New plan: Armstrong Ride on SATURDAY!

Seems like the September Sundays are cursed 🙂

Considering the weather forecast, we are moving the special ride to Saturday (Sept 21) as it should be a sunny and warm day, compared to Sunday.

We decided to do the Armstrong ride instead of Green Mountain as it is lower, has shortcut options if needed and seemed to be very popular, based on your feedback. We want the special rides to be safe excursions that everybody enjoys!

So here are the details for Saturday:

Armstrong Classic on September 21th

We will meet at 8:45am at the Memorial Park in Armstrong (where the Century Ride starts); you should be ready to start cycling by 9:00am.  Please try to car pool to Armstrong with other cyclists if you can – meet at 7:30am at the Bean Scene on Dickson to catch or offer a ride. 

The park washrooms will be open in Armstrong.  Remember to bring enough food and drinks for the ride. We are planning on doing the 90km route from Armstrong via Grindrod and Enderby back to Armstrong (980m elevation gain). There will be a resupply at Farmer John’s in Grindrod (at 63km); they have drinks, snacks, ice cream etc.  After the ride we can decide if we want to go for lunch somewhere.

Watch this blog for a last update on September 21th at 6am to confirm (or cancel if we really have to) the ride, based on weather. But the forecast looks good!

If the weather is decent on Sunday morning at 9am, we will meet for the regular Sunday ride at the Bean Scene and adjust length if necessary, depending on the forecast.

Green Mountain Ride: Sept 22

Green Mountain Ride September 22 (weather permitting) 

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

The ride is approximately 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 22 at 6am to confirm (or cancel) the ride, based on weather.

Armstrong Ride cancelled!

As per Tom Ferguson:

I am going to call a “no go” [for the Armstrong ride on Sunday Sept 15] now … the weather forecast doesn’t look good. People might as well know now so they can plan their day.”

We might try to reschedule for sometime in the future but no date yet. 

Green Mountain Ride postponed!

With 80-90% chance of rain in Penticton and Keremeos all morning, it is wise to leave this ride for a dry day! The route is too remote to be caught in downpours or thunderstorms. We will postpone to September 22, in two weeks (next weekend is Tom’s Armstrong Classic).

If the roads are dry in Kelowna at 9am today, we can ride from the Bean Scene and stay close to town and shortcuts. If it’s wet, just coffee 🙂

Sept 15: Tom’s Armstrong Classic – Another favourite!

Cows

Presented by Tom Ferguson:

Armstrong Classic on September 15th (weather permitting)

We will meet at 8:45am at the Memorial Park in Armstrong (where the Century Ride starts); you should be ready to start cycling by 9:00am.  Please try to car pool to Armstrong with other cyclists if you can.  The park washrooms will be open.  Remember to bring enough food and drinks for the ride.  There will be a resupply at Farmer John’s in Grindrod (at 63km); they have drinks, snacks, ice cream etc. 

The ride is approximately 80km with 815m of vertical gain (see GPS here).  There is an option at the beginning of the ride to add another 10 km (with a little climbing) for those keen and interested.  We would regroup on Otter Lake Road. 

After the ride, for those interested, we will meet for lunch at Spallumcheen Golf Course.  They have decent food with a nice sitting area outside. The easiest way to get there is to drive south on Otter Lake Road.

Watch this blog for a last update on September 15th at 6am to confirm (or cancel) the ride, based on weather.

Green Mountain Ride! Yeehah!

Green Mountain Ride

Green Mountain Ride September 8th (weather permitting) 

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

The ride is approximately 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 8th at 6am to confirm (or cancel) the ride, based on weather.

After this wonderful Green Mountain ride, please mark your calendars for another favourite, the Armstrong Ride for the following Sunday, September 15th. This one is organized by Tom Ferguson.

Westside Special Ride

From Michael:

“We would like to do a different ride on Friday, August 09, this time in Summerland. We meet at Starbucks in West Kelowna for car pooling at 08:20am and start the ride at 9:00am in Summerland. Parking is on Kelly Ave at the Summerland Middle School. The ride is mostly on quiet roads with some hills; distance is about 65KM. Hope the weather will be good and see you there.

Michael

Sunday Ride July 14

A few of the Beez would like to make the upcoming Sunday ride (July 14) a bit longer by going to Predator Ridge. Same meeting spot and time (9am at Bean Scene) where the details of the route will be shared. If you’re interested, just show up prepared (food and drinks).

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.