Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY SARA BER­GEN

The Pavil­ion Lake ride is one of my all-time favourite rides in B.C. and a huge high­light of my pre-sea­son train­ing. This ride de­liv­ers ruggedly beau­ti­ful vis­tas that are unique to the Fraser Canyon in Bri­tish Columbia.

The Pavil­ion Lake ride starts in the town of Lil­looet (two hours north of Whistler along the BC-99N). Lil­looet em­braces its fron­tier-town routes and goes by the un­for­get­table slo­gan of “Guar­an­teed Rugged.” Due to the harsh na­ture of the ride, be sure to bring a warm outer layer for the fast but cold de­scent. Run a heavy-tread train­ing tire, as there is a rough gravel sec­tion around Kilo­me­tre 20. Also, bring sev­eral spare tubes be­cause . . . gravel, and don’t for­get the all-im­por­tant snacks, many of them be­cause of the re­mote na­ture of the ride.

From the start of the route, you are greeted by vis­tas of vast moun­tain ranges to the east and west. From the main street in Lil­looet, ride south and take a left on Se­ton Lake Road and an­other left on the Duf­fey Lake Road to cross the Fraser River. One more left on Hwy. 99 and that’s it. The ride is a sim­ple out and back.

Once on Hwy. 99, you climb grad­u­ally for the first 15 kilo­me­tres. Af­ter that, a quick down­hill and you are onto the rough gravel sec­tion that lasts ap­prox­i­mately 800 me­tres. From there, you climb grad­u­ally into a beau­ti­ful open valley before the road sweeps right to the start of the climb. The climb is ap­prox­i­mately eight kilo­me­tres long with an ap­prox­i­mate 8% grade. Af­ter the climb, you find your­self in an­other pic­turesque valley.

From there, the road rolls for an­other 10 kilo­me­tres before reach­ing Pavil­ion Lake. At the lake, flip it and en­joy the fast de­scent back into town, but make sure to be care­ful of fallen rocks and other road de­bris.

Pavil­ion Lake Ride de­liv­ers ruggedly beau­ti­ful vis­tas that are unique to the Fraser Canyon in Bri­tish Columbia.

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