A strange thing happened on the way back from Oliver

There was no head wind.  Highly unusual, but a very good thing.   Therefore there wasn’t the normal amount of whining after the last leg of the Oliver ride along Skaha Lake – just smiles.

11 riders (including Roxy) participated in Wednesday’s ride.  Conditions were a little cool at the start but warmed up nicely to an ideal riding temperature in the mid 20s.  We only experienced one flat tire (Bunny), which was changed by Andrew in under 5 minutes due to excellent supervision by the group.

The ride was followed by a great lunch at the Bad Tattoo in  Penticton.

Click here for Relive of the ride as prepared by Geoff.

Oliver Ride Scheduled for Wednesday, June 29th

Due to popular demand we will be doing the Oliver (almost Osoyoos) ride on Wednesday, June 29th.  The ride will start at 9 AM from the Skaha Lake Park.  Those wishing to carpool can meet at Starbucks in West Kelowna between 7:30 & 7:45 AM.

This very scenic ride is just under 100 km in length and involves a considerable amount of cycling along Hwy 97 (there’s a bike lane).  However as we are doing this ride midweek, traffic volume should be reduced.  Here is a map of the route.

Come join us if you can.

Saturday and Sunday Group Rides Start at 9

The heat is finally here so it’s time to start our weekend group rides an hour earlier.  Therefore starting this weekend (Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th) the group rides will start at 9 AM instead of 10 AM.

Shouldn’t be a problem because the sun probably is getting you up earlier anyway.   As for you sleepyheads, set your alarms.

Can we ride 2 abreast in a bike lane in Kelowna?

As responsible cyclists we need to adhere to rules of the road.  In Kelowna that means not riding 2 abreast in a bike lane or on streets without bike lanes within the Kelowna city limits.

Kelowna bylaws state that a person operating a cycle:

  • must, ride as near as practical to the right side of a highway, within a bicycle path if available.
  • must not ride abreast of another person operating a cycle on the highway.

These bylaws override the Motor Vehicle Act and are the regulations we must abide by on our rides.  Thanks to Mike Wagstaff for bringing this to our attention.

Rules of the Road for Cyclists

What are the rules of the road for cyclists?  This is something we all should know.  Click here for a great Castanet.net article on the rights and duties of cyclists when riding on the road.  Some might surprise you.

Also keep in mind that some drivers may not know these rules and may not agree with them

Thanks to Tom Ferguson for bringing this to our attention.

Memorial Ride for Bob Perra

Despite some initial concern about rain, we were blessed with good weather on our Memorial Ride for Bob Perra.  19 riders in total participated, indicating how well Bob was liked by our cycling community.  The ride, a 70 km out and back route from Lumby to Mabel Lake, was one of Bob’s favourites and was thoroughly enjoyed by all riders.

After the ride we had lunch at Alexander’s Pub in Coldstream and reminisced  about fun times spent hiking and biking with Bob.

We will miss Bob’s company and think about him often on future cycling and hiking adventures.  Rest in peace.

Click for the Relive of the ride

 

 

Bob Perra Memorial Ride

According to his good friend and frequent riding partner, Michael Malkowski, the Mable Lake Ride was one of Bob’s favourites.   Therefore it is fitting that the Killer Beez do this ride to remember Bob and all the good times we spent in his company. 

The ride will start in Lumby at 10 AM on Saturday, June 11th and will be led by Michael.  The starting point is the Lumby SuperSave located at 2056 Vernon Street.  There is ample parking available in the SuperSave lot.

The Mable Lake ride is a very scenic, rolling, out and back route of approximately 70 km with no major hills.

Those wishing to carpool can meet in the parking lot near the Eco Centre in Mission Creek Park (Springfield and Benvolin) at 8:45 AM.

In case of wet weather this ride may be postponed and participants will be advised through WhatsApp and this website.

Volunteers Required for Rider Registration at Armstrong Century Ride

Volunteers are required for rider registration at the OSCR (Armstrong) Century Ride to be held on on May 29th.  This ride, one of our favourites, is finally back after a 2 year absence.  12 to 16 volunteers are required to register riders and pass out swag between 7:15 AM and 8:30 AM.  Please consider volunteering so this excellent ride can go ahead. 

Email Janet at janetsteinjewelry@hotmail.com to offer your services.