This loop route from Whistler is relatively long (200 mile) day ride that is 2 completely different types of riding. The road from Whistler north through Pemberton and on to Darcy Lake is a nice mountain drive and short precursor to the next phase, which is a gravel forestry road that runs along the western edge of Anderson Lake and is known as the Seton Portage road. YOU MUST HAVE AN ENDURO BIKE, a road bike can not feasibly go on this road. It is accessed just before reaching the end of the road that ends at a boat ramp on Anderson Lake. The lakeside road is about 20 miles long and it will take the better part of an hour to get to Seton Dam and a small town with beer hall near there. Ther road is gravel with many rough spots and numerous blind corners with a lot of climbing and descending on a fairly high line accross the flanks of a few mountain. Second part of this is to get to Lilloet by going up and over a great climb out of the valley to connect to Highway 99 coming down in Lilloet. This is more high speed oiled gravel for half of it and then pavement appears as you get to 99. The road back to Whistler from Lilloet is a fantastic biking road with a steady dose of high speed sweepers and S-bends with a lot of spectacular scenery along the way.
La Seu d'Urgell - Sort section
An unbelievably good road across the pyrenees which runs from quite close to the Andorran border down to the town of Sort. There are many fast open corners with great visibility, allowing you to use road width to the full. This is one of if not the best road I ever rode. A must if you are in the area. The only downside is that sometimes some cattle walk into the road, but this is only a problem on a few of the more blind corners travelling up the mountain at the start of the route.
The road from Outsdhoorn to Prince Albert via the Swartberg Pass is a fantastic trip back in time. Shortly out of Outsdhoorn you can divert to the pass via gravel roads. The pass was built in the 1850s by a convict gang under the supervision of a road building engineer named Thomas Bain. It is a single track road, with dry stack rock revetement walls built so that farmers could get there goods to market by ox wagons. Bain didn feature too many switchbacks (although there are unavoidably a few) so it is a long climb along the flanks of some majestic mountains winding in an out of the draining gullies along the flanks. The road is very narrow and you can encounter the odd bit of traffic so you must be constantly aware of speed. There are a number of swales built in to stop rainwater from draining directly down the road and eroding the surface. They present like large speed bumps so caution is required. The road leads over the pass through a fantastic gorge with many spots to pull out and admire the view. We had an encounter with a Cape Cobra that my wife will never forget....the lead bike drove around but very near what looked like a stick on the road and by the time we got level with it we watched it coil up and turn back and flare the distinct hood. As we passed, the snake struck at us going by on the bike. Fortunately, we zoomed buy untouched, partly because my wifes legs were wrapped around my head as she reacted to the cobra strike! No harm done and some nervous laughter later on. The views were amazing and after a couple of hours you arrive in Prince Albert where some trendy coffee shops will serve you some refreshments. We did the return route on the same day and enjoyed it as much going back to Outsdhoorn as on the way over to Prince Albert.