Armstrong/Enderby Ride Sept 26

We are planning on riding the backroads from Armstrong to Enderby (and back via Grindrod) on Sunday, Sept 26. Start time at the Memorial Park in Armstrong at 9am sharp. Washrooms should be open. 

The route takes the backroads towards Enderby and then to Grindrod on mostly flat roads. Snack break is at Farmer John’s in Grindrod. After that, the regular route takes Springbend Road to Deep Creek and back to Armstrong. If you want more climbing, you can take Grandview Bench from Farmer John’s to Deep Creek. 
 
It’s about 40km to Farmer John’s, total around 80km if taking Springbend. The route can be made shorter or flatter if needed. 
 
Final assessment on the weather will be posted Saturday afternoon. Please check the blog. 

Killer Beez Arm Warmers

Since I have been asked a few times in the last few months about another order of arm warmers, I wanted to explore the “real” interest before committing to an order. The arm warmers are great for sun protection as well as some additional warmth when needed. It’s a very lightweight material.

If you would like to purchase a pair of arm warmers as shown, please let me know how many pairs and what size. Medium fits most women (such as Joyce and myself), Large all the men as far as I know (unless you prefer Medium). The cost would be $20/pair if you pick it up at a Sunday ride (the next two Sundays after arrival of package) or $25/pair if you want it mailed. Payment would be via Interac transfer.

Please email me directly with your “expression of interest”. If there is enough interest, I will respond and confirm your order.

Annual Rail Trail Excursion Sept 10

With moderate temperatures and a chill in the air at night, it’s time to schedule our annual Rail Trail tour to Coldstream. This year, we will be starting on Wood Lake to add this lakeside section for the first time. 

Meet at 10am on Friday Sept 10 in the parking lot at the east end of Woodsdale Road (arrow in the pictures), just before the uphill towards Oyama we have ridden many times.

It’s always a favourite so cancel any non-essential plans and join us 🙂 It is 26km (one way) to the pub in Coldstream for lunch. Pace will be very leisurely. Most of us use a mountain bike or e-bike with sturdy tires but it has been done on a road bike with wider tires as well.

Check the blog on Thursday, September 9, for a weather update.

 

Kootenay Tour

I think we all have expressed already how much we enjoyed the Kootenay Tour and how much we appreciated Angus and Bunny organizing this (and Andrew providing his bike fixing skills). Thanks again!

I have selected a few highlights and added them to the gallery:

Just click here – you should be able to view it as a slideshow …

In light of rising Covid cases …

As we want to continue riding and chatting over coffee, we ask that you only join any of our rides if you are fully vaccinated or it has been at least 2 weeks since your first vaccination.

With rising case counts among unvaccinated residents of the Central Okanagan, we have to limit the rides to those who have protected themselves and the people around them. Safety for our riders is always our first priority, whether on the road or in the coffee shop … we look forward to seeing you after your vaccination.

See you out riding!

Hike for Friday – August 6

We will be meeting for a walk to the famous “ovens” on Friday morning at 8am at the Hollywood Road parking lot for the upper Greenway (click here).

First it’s flat, then a few bumps. If the air quality is 5 or below, we will go!

Memorial Ride for Alistair Baillie

We are dedicating the group ride on August 14, 2021, to our beloved friend and long-time Killer Bee, Alistair Baillie, who passed away in October 2020.  This memorial ride will start at 8am from the Kelowna Cycle parking lot, and the route will incorporate sections from the A ride and the Killer Beez Wednesday night ride which Alistair rode with us many times over the years.  Alistair’s kindness, good nature and sense of humour made every ride or activity we shared with him special. 

Join us at to share your memories of our dear friend.

Beez Wednesday Group Ride Starts at 8 AM.

OK, we give up. 

It’s just too hot to ride at 4:30 pm.  Therefore the Killer Beez Wednesday group ride will start at 8:00 AM until further notice from the Kelowna Cycle parking lot.

Come join us for a relaxed 35 km ride around SE Kelowna – followed by coffee and gossip of course.

Killer Beez Saturday Group Ride

Although it has been operating unofficially for a while, the Killer Beez Saturday Group Ride is now official.  Currently beginning at 8 AM due to the heat wave, the ride starts in the Kelowna Cycle parking lot.  This is a highly social, relaxed pace ride of 40 to 50 km.  Routes will vary week to week.  Enjoying coffee (or your beverage of choice) and conversation (gossip) after the ride is almost as important as the ride itself.

Come out and enjoy.