The Killer Beez 2022 Tour of the Kootenays is in the books!

Many thanks to Angus and Bunny for organizing a wonderful repeat of last year’s 3 day Kootenay Group Ride (but in reverse). 

It was simply epic ! 

Lots of smiles, lots of hills, lots of kilometers and lots of BEARS (ask Rory and Nick for details).

Congratulations to everyone who participated.  More than 300 km of riding and 3500 m of climbing over 3 days is a major accomplishment!

Kudos to all the Kootenay businesses (hotels, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops) that took such good care of us during a major labour shortage.  This tour wouldn’t have been as much fun without their full contribution and support!

Do it again next year?  Stay tuned 🙂

Please check out the picture gallery here.  More pictures will be added as they come in.

Armstrong Ride on Sunday, August 14th

Since it’s so nice riding around the Armstrong area we’ve decided to head up there again on Sunday, August 14th.  This time we will do the regular Okanagan Shuswap Century route (100 km).  70 km & 50 km routes are also available.  This group ride will start at 9 AM from the Memorial Park in Armstrong.

Those wishing to carpool can meet at the Eco Centre parking lot in Mission Creek Regional Park between 7:30 and 7:45 AM.

Hope to see you there.

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.

In Memoriam

It is the most upsetting of all posts when we have to announce the loss of one of our beloved Beez. Having just chatted with Bob over coffee, smiling and happy after a 90km ride, his very sudden passing just days later shocked us all. There are lots of shared kilometres on our bikes around the Okanagan to remember, and Bob will be missed. We offer condolences and supportive thoughts to Betty and the rest of the family.

Link to Obituary

Snowshoe Saturday

Last snowshoe outing! We will meet Saturday, April 2, at 9am in the Summit parking lot at Nordic (right turn off Highway 33 at the high point, 2km after the Big White turnoff).

The plan is to go to Thunder Mountain and enjoy the views. Estimated duration: 2.5hrs.

A thermos with coffee for afterwards is always a nice treat!

snowshoe map

Weekend Plans March 26/27

Here is your Beez update for this coming weekend – we really hope to see some of you after the long winter break!

Saturday – March 26
This might be the last weekend for skiing, and we plan to celebrate the end of the ski season with a snow outing for everyone … Meet at 9am at the Summit parking lot on Saturday morning. Some might ski, depending on weather and grooming, some will snowshoe. We might go to the lookout tent or do a tailgate party. Please bring a thermos, some snacks and maybe a blanket/pillow/chair. 

Sunday – March 27
We are planning to hike around Dilworth, even if there is a chance of rain (bring a jacket). Meet at 10am at the Bean Scene on Dickson for the first coffee.

Meet at 10:30am at Dilworth Dr/Glacier Ct to hike. 

Armstrong/Enderby Ride Sept 25 – NEW DATE!

We are planning on riding the backroads from Armstrong to Enderby (and back via Grindrod) on Saturday, Sept 25. 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 Friday afternoon. Please check the blog.