With the the arrival of significantly cooler weather and shorter days, Killer Beez regular group rides scheduled for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday will start at 10 AM, effective immediately. The start time for the West Kelowna Friday group ride will remain at 9 AM.
This notice does not apply to the Green Mountain Ride scheduled for this Saturday. The Green Mountain Ride will start at 9 AM from Skaha Lake Park in Penticton.
There appears to be considerable interest in riding the Green Mountain route out of Penticton. Therefore it has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd and will start from Skaha Lake Park at 9 am.
Carpooling will be available from Starbucks in West Kelowna from 7:30 – 745 am. Be aware that there may be a slight delay on the drive to and from Penticton due to alternating one way traffic at the slide location north of Summerland.
The Green Mountain route is approximately 90 km in total distance with 1,100 m of climbing. Faster riders will have the option of including the climb to Apex Ski Village as well. A couple of shortcuts are available for those wanting a shorter route. The ride will be followed by coffee/lunch at a location to be chosen by the group.
Hope to see you there as this will probably be the Killer Beez last special ride of the season.
We just wanted to reach out to everybody and ask how you’re doing! Over the last 5 days, we have learned about evacuation orders for some of you, evacuation alerts, leaving the smoke behind and generally stress and worries for everybody. Thankfully the situation is calming down and no new wind events are forecast to happen. The firefighters did an amazing job protecting our community ❤️
Hopefully the current status we are aware of, that none of us has lost their house, continues to be true. Some of you are still in town battling the smoke while some of us have left early for the coast where the breathing is much better, or departed for Revelstoke and other areas with cleaner air. Remember to reach out to each other for support!
Wherever you are, stay safe and healthy!
Another Armstrong / Enderby Group Ride is planned for Friday September 8th and will start at 9 AM from Memorial Park in Armstrong. Several people including Michael Malkowsky missed the first ride and so a second one had to be scheduled which Michael will lead.
This popular ride travels through scenic farm land on the East side of Highway 97 to Enderby and Grindrod. An excellent refreshment stop halfway along the route is Farmer Johns near Grindrod where riders can fuel up prior to the climb up either Springbend Road or Grandview Bench Road.
Before getting into the myths, I would like to ask for your support again: We have been maintaining the Beez blog with volunteer hours for probably 10-12 years now. With recent changes to implement the waiver, we needed help from a web developer and we would like to ask for your contribution to help cover his charges. Please consider sending a $10 Interac transfer right now (email@example.com).
$10 for all these years of communication about starting times, special rides, cycling articles and more seems like a great deal!
Now, the below list aims to debunk some myths that I have heard over the last few days:
- Yes you need to sign the waiver even if you just occasionally drop into a Beez group ride.
- No it’s not a hassle, it takes 15 seconds. Once a year.
- Yes we are checking the list at group rides.
- No there is no cost for the waiver, the rides, the fun you have with your cycling buddies. But you have to sign the waiver.
- Yes, thank you, we also think it works really well! 15 seconds, once a year.
- No, we are still not a club.
- Did I say you have to sign the waiver if you plan to join any of the rides in 2023?
The Armstrong/Enderby group ride is scheduled for Sunday, August 13th, starting at 9 AM from Memorial Park in Armstrong. To participate in this ride you must sign a waiver.
Please click here to access and sign the waiver. This waiver applies to all Killer Beez group rides for 2023. If you have already signed this waiver there is no need to sign it again.
See you in Armstrong.
The Victoria Group Rides are only 2 weeks away. Fingers crossed for good weather and no smoke.
Riders are arranged into two groups based on pace. The B group (moderate pace) will start all rides at 9 AM. The A group (fast pace) will start all rides at 9:15 AM.
Riders will be advised of the group they are in by email.
The starting point for all of our rides is the Dallas Road parking lot just East of the intersection of Dallas Road and Douglas Street in Beacon Hill Park. Click here for a map showing the starting point. Please note that the maximum allowed parking time is 3 hours. Therefore it is recommended that you cycle to the starting point rather than drive.
Following is the schedule and routes for all of the rides. Garmin Connect versions of these routes are also available.
Many thanks to Lawrence Berg for providing us with so many interesting routes and for offering to lead us in exploring them.
Be aware that these are unsupported rides (no support vehicle) and therefore all participants must carry ample food, drinks, etc for their needs.
A waiver must be signed in order to participate in these rides. Please click here to access and complete the waiver. This waiver applies to all Killer Beez group rides for 2023 so if you have already signed it there is no need to sign it again.
Each rider is asked to contribute $15 to cover meals and ferry fees for our ride leaders plus other miscellaneous expenses. This will be collected in Victoria.
A dinner for all riders and their partners/spouses is being held at 5 PM on Friday, August 25th at Browns Social House, located at 809 Douglas Street. Please let us know in the comments section who and how many will be attending so we can advise the restaurant.
See you soon in Victoria.
Sorry, we have noticed and fixed some of the technical issues so the waiver is working fine again!
Please remember to sign the new waiver if you plan on joining any of the Killer Beez group rides. Instructions in the previous post:
Click here to open and sign the waiver!
Also, please consider contributing to the costs for this waiver, professional website work and domain registration for our blog by sending $10 via Interac to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your support ❤️
With Peter’s help, we have now implemented a waiver for our group rides that is available on the website. Everybody who wants to ride with the group in Kelowna and around the Okanagan (out-of-town special rides) needs to fill out this waiver once a season.
For 2023, please go to:
and enter your information. If you are not already part of the mailing list (you get a notification when a new blog post is published), you will get added to it unless you opt out. A few of us will have access to a master list of registered riders that is available on our phones so we will check this list against riders showing up for any of the rides.
So please don’t delay and fill this out today – it only takes a few seconds!
If you are not on this list, you will not be able to join any group rides!
In addition, implementing this meant we had to use Peter’s IT skills and time, which is what he does for a living and therefore we incurred some costs. All the rest of the work on the website so far has been completed by volunteers (and domain costs paid) but we ask you this time to contribute a small amount to this necessary website upgrade.
Please send an Interac/email transfer to email@example.com for $10 and we will collect these contributions to reimburse Graham.
Due to potentially adverse trail conditions and a lack of interest, the Kettle Valley Railway gravel group ride scheduled for July 21st, 2023 has been cancelled.