Update on Killer Beez Special Group Rides

Due to rider response, the West Kootenay Group Ride will be proceeding (August 24 – 27).  Hotel and route information will be provided as soon as accommodation is secured.

Rider response was not sufficient to proceed with the 2 day Penticton/Keremeous/Osoyoos Group Ride, however, we are scheduling a one day Green Mountain Group Ride for Sunday, June 23rd.  This ride will start at 9 AM from Skaha Lake Park.   Further details to follow.

Registration Deadline for Special Killer Beez Group Rides

Due to the urgent need to book accommodation for the Penticton/Keremeos/Osoyoos group ride (June 22 – 23) and the West Kootenay group ride (August 24 – 27) we are requesting that anyone interested in participating in these events register by Sunday, May 26th latest

Please register by emailing Angus at shagus1980@hotmail.com.

Further details regarding these rides are available on the May 15th post on this website.

A minimum of 30 riders is necessary for each event to proceed.

 

Bob’s Ride Changed to Sunday

Bob’s Ride, originally scheduled for 9 AM, Saturday, May 18, has been changed to 9 AM, Sunday, May 19 due to the high probability of rain on Saturday.   The starting location and route remain the same.

A signed waiver is necessary to participate in this ride.  Those of you that have already signed our online waiver for the 2024 season are all set.  However if you wish to join this ride and have not signed the online waiver please click here to complete it. You only have to sign this once per season for all weekly and special rides. 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Potential Killer Beez Special Group Rides

There has been some discussion within the group recently about the possibility of repeating some of the rides we have taken in recent years.  A repeat of last year’s Penticton/Keremeos/Osooyos/Penticton ride, the 3 day Kootenay ride and perhaps 1 new ride.
 
The following special group rides are proposed for 2024.  All these rides will be supported by at least 2 support vehicles.  Accommodation has been checked and is available.  A minimum of 30 riders is required for each event to proceed.
 
Group Ride #1 – Penticton/Keremeos/Osoyoos – Saturday, June 22
From Penticton we ride up Green Mountain Road, turn south to Keremeos, take the back road to Cawston, then on to Osoyoos where we stay overnight.  Dinner, drinks and pool party upon arrival.   After a leisurely start, we return to Penticton via back roads on Sunday.   
 
Group Ride #2 – West Kootenay 3 Day Loop – August 24 to 27
Sat, Aug 24 –  Arrive at the Super 8 motel in Castlegar and take a 30 km ride warm up ride followed by group meet and dinner.
Sun, Aug  25 – Ride from Castlegar via Pass Creek Road to Slocan Park then north up the Slocan Valley to New Denver.  Drinks, dinner, and overnight at Fabulous Miss Vicky’s motel and restaurant.
Mon, Aug 26 – Ride from New Denver to Kaslo and Balfour followed by a change in the route from the previous ride in this area. We will ferry from Balfour to Crawford Bay (longest free ferry ride in North America) and ride to Kokanee Springs Golf Resort where we will stay overnight. 
Tues, Aug 27 – Take the ferry back to Balfour, then cycling to Nelson from where we ride backroads to Castlegar.  This is another route change as we do not go to Trail.
 
We are still working on a 3rd special group ride for September.
 
Please advise us of your intention to participate in the above group rides in the Comment Section by Sunday, May 19th latest so that we can confirm hotel reservation numbers.   A minimum of 30 riders is required for each event to proceed.  A full agenda and all other essential information will be provided after event confirmation.

Start Time Change for Saturday and Sunday Group Rides

As the weather this coming weekend looks to be quite warm, we will start the Saturday and Sunday group rides (May 11 & 12) at 9:00 AM instead of 10:00 AM.  So, set your alarms one hour earlier and maybe leave those arm warmers and tights at home (at least for the weekend).

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  A time to celebrate the Mothers in our lives.

Signing a waiver is necessary for participating in all Killer Beez Group Rides.  If you haven’t done so yet, click here.

See you out there.

Announcing Bob’s Ride for 2024

This year we will be holding Bob’s Ride, a memorial ride for Bob Perra, on Saturday, May 18th.  The ride will be lead by Bob’s frequent riding partner and close friend, Michael Malkowski.  The route, Bob’s favourite, is a very scenic, rolling, out and back route of approximately 70 km to Mabel Lake from Lumby with no major hills.  Those wanting a longer ride can start from Alexander’s Pub parking lot in Coldstream at 9 AM.  Those wanting  to do the 70 km ride will start at the Lumbly shopping centre  parking lot at 10 AM.

 

 

Killer Beez Saturday Group Ride Starts

The Killer Beez Saturday group ride will officially start this coming Saturday, April 20th at 10 AM.  Because the Kelowna Farmers Market now occupies the Dickson Road/Landmark Square area on Saturday mornings, the Killer Beez Saturday group ride will start from the Kelowna Cycle/Bread Company parking lot.  This is a moderate paced ride of approximately 40 – 50 km in distance.

If you missed the 2024 Paris Roubaix Race held on April 7th, click here to view a 11 minute video summary of the race.  The race is a total of 260 km with speeds of 50 – 60 km per hour over the cobbles.  Amazing!!

Change to BC Vulnerable Road User Law

Starting June 3, 2024, cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users will have new protections under BC’s new vulnerable road user law which requires drivers to give space when passing.  Under the new law drivers will be required to give cyclists at least 1 metre clearance when passing or face penalties.  Click here for further details.  Thanks to Paul and Linda Myers for the heads up on this.

By the way, the Killer Beez yacht, pictured above, is being sent back for repainting of the name.

Waiver and Safety Rules

To view the content of the Kelowna Killer Beez website, you must read and agree to the following Waiver and Safety Rules that apply to all our rides. Compliance with these rules and the signing of an annual waiver is mandatory in order to participate in our group rides.

  • You are riding at your own risk!
  • All road rules and traffic signals must be followed.
  • A helmet must be worn. It’s the law.
  • You should have liability insurance to cover any potential accidents.
  • All participants must ride single file and in bike lanes where available.
  • Highly visible clothing should be worn at all times while riding.
  • Pass only on the left when it is safe to do so. Passing or pulling up to riders on their right is not permitted.
  • Use of headphones or cell phones while riding is not permitted.

By clicking “AGREE” you acknowledge that you ride at your own risk and comply with the safety rules.