Special Ride September 8 – Green Mountain

After a wonderful ride in Armstrong today (21 riders), please mark your calendars for one of our all-time favourites, the Green Mountain Ride, for next Saturday, September 8. It will be another good training ride for the Salmon Arm Century on September 15!

Meet at 9am in the Skaha Lake Parking lot (corner Elm Ave and Cypress St). 

Meet at 7:45am at Starbucks on 2231 Louie Drive in West Kelowna to carpool. If you have room for another rider or are looking for a ride, please meet us there!

The ride is 90km long with almost 1100m of climbing, see GPS here. Bring enough food and drinks for this distance (one resupply point at 47km).

We will regroup and wait for everybody at the very least at the Apex turnoff, the junction with Highway 3A, Twin Lake Golf Course (to resupply) and Okanagan Falls. If waiting to regroup is not for you, feel free to organize a separate ride!

Watch this blog for a last update on Sept 8 at 6am to confirm (or cancel) the ride, based on weather.

Special Ride Saturday Sept 1 – CHANGE OF MEETING POINT!

Update 6am: A mainly sunny day awaits in Armstrong. Temp at 9am is 13C. See you at Starbucks at 7:30am or Tim Horton’s at 9am!

Please note: Due to the IPE Parade the area around the park in Armstrong will be busy. We are meeting at Tim Horton’s (2101 Harding Road) instead. It’s a left turn off the highway just before you get to Armstrong. It’s easy to spot, easy to park and is on our route.

We would like to propose a special ride from Armstrong this coming Saturday (Sept 1) … breaking up the long weekend a bit! Now that the smoke has cleared and the temperatures are perfect for cycling, we have to take advantage of it!

The route will be like this one, unless there is consensus to modify: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/48216749

It is roughly 79km and does NOT include the Grandview Bench (some might choose to include it …).

We would start the ride at 9am from Tim Horton’s. To encourage car pooling (and caffeine up!), we will be at Starbucks on Leathead/Highway 97 at 7:30am. Please meet there if you have space for other riders or wouldn’t  mind catching a ride!

The weather forecast is for mostly sunny and up to 22C. If there are concerns about the weather, we make a final call on Saturday morning (the cancellation would be posted to the blog by 6am).

PS Photo is from 2010 🙂

Special Ride Monday, August 6

Armstrong-Grindrod Ride for Monday, August 6
Meet at Starbucks (1970 Kane Rd, unit 210, Kelowna) at 8 am to organize carpooling.  If you are heading straight to the starting point, the ride begins (and ends) at Rogers Foods, 4420 Larkin Cross Rd, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B6.  People should start arriving at Rogers Foods at around 9.00 am and we hope to start at 9.15 am. To get to Rogers Foods, drive through Vernon on Highway 97 and continue past Swan Lake.  The turnoff to Larkin Cross road is about 5km past the Swan Lake Nursery at the North End of Swan Lake.  See the attached map for finding Rogers.  The ride itself is 94 kms and includes some stunning scenery and great roads.  We will ride clockwise around the circuit illustrated in the second attached map.  Hope to see folks there.  
Lawrence
 

Special Friday Ride June 29

From Michael:

On Friday, June 29, we will go on a different ride (weather permitting). 

We will meet at 8:00am at the West Kelowna Starbucks for car pooling, or at 9:00am in Penticton at Skaha Lake Park (Cypress St.).

The ride will start at 9:00am. It will be about 98K. 
This is the ride:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14433149

Hope to see you there.

Michael

Cycling in Japan

From one of our Vancouver friends:

I am a Vancouver cycling enthusiast that runs an annual cycling tour to Japan each fall. I am reaching out to you to see if there would be any interest among your club members to join this year’s tour. Japan is a relatively unknown but amazing destination for cycle touring with roads that rival Europe. I consider it a cycling paradise with scenic routes, marvellous cuisine and a unique culture. Please visit my web site to see the photos and read the testimonials of last year’s happy participants, all of whom were from local Vancouver cycling clubs.
 
Web site: www.wasabicycling.weebly.com

 
If you’ve ever thought about discovering the wonders of Japan by bike, this is an opportunity to do so at a very attractive cost.
 
I can be available to answer any questions and I hope some of you can join me in Japan!
 
Kind regards,
 
Jim

Oliver Ride October 6

On Friday, October 06, we will go on a different ride (weather permitting). 

We will meet at 8:00am at the West Kelowna Starbucks for car pooling, or at 9:00am in Penticton at Skaha Lake Park (Cypress St.).

The ride will start at 9:00am. It will be about 98K. 
This is the ride:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14433149

Hope to see you there.

Michael

Ride London – A special event to consider!

From one of our friends from the UK:

Wonder if you know about Ride London?  Dave and I did the Ride London 100 at the weekend- since the 2012 Olympics we have a 3 day cycling festival in London,  including pro World Tour road races and on the Sunday 24,000 people doing a 100 mile ride over closed roads right thru the city centre past all the major landmark buildings and out into the countryside, returning to finish in front of Buckingham Palace. It’s quite special, even if you live here.

If you or any of the Bees fancy it, first step is to enter the ballot which opens next week (August 7). You’ll hear if you have a place (you have about a 1 in 4 chance) in Feb 2018, and the ride date next year is July 29th so plenty of time to prepare. Entering the ballot commits you to nothing, you only make your decision when offered a place.

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