Ride Difficulty Rating: Beginner to Intermediate
Distance: 55 Km
Estimated time: Based on cycling speed of 20 Km per hour it would take roughly 3 hours.
Elevation Gain: 455 m
Maximum Elevation: 1245 m
Maximum Grade: 4.5 percent
Best Parking Option: Park at the Priddis Community Hall (178131 Priddis Valley Rd W, Priddis)
Points of Interest: This route passes right by the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society. This is where the Millarville Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays. There is also a racetrack. Check out the website millarvilleracetrack.com for events and schedules. In addition, this route is festoon with fantastic views of the Rocky Mountains.
Amenities: The hamlet of Priddis has many options but depending upon your timing it is best to come prepared with all of your supplies and refuel at the Millarville Farmers’ Market, Black Diamond or Turner Valley.
Comments from our test riders:
Beginner Road Cyclist: This was a challenge for me due to the hills but was very pleased with the quiet secondary roads.
Intermediate Road Cyclist: This was a great ride with wonderful scenery
Expert Road Cyclist: This was a good early season training run.
What to expect from this ride
This is an excellent way to access the Millarville market and Black Diamond-Turner Valley on quiet secondary roads It is an out and back trip that has some excellent mountain scenery.
Start in Priddis and head South along Range Road 32. Carefully cross the #22 Hwy at Twp Rd 214 and continue South on Range Road 30. A little past the intersection with the #549 you will see the grounds of the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society. This is where you can stock up on delicacies to fuel your ride. Next you will head East on Twp Rd 210 and then South on 176 Street to Turner Valley – Black Diamond. These two scenic foothills towns are connected via the Friendship Trail and, most recently, are considering amalgamating to save on municipal costs.
Enjoy the great scenery on this ride and be safe by checking the weather forecast and leaving early to avoid traffic and afternoon storms.