Want to post a last-minute impromptu ride? Want to be updated about impromptu rides? We’re starting a WhatsApp group for just this purpose. We’re calling these rides “Flash Rides” because they’re so spur-of-the-moment. It’s wonderful because a text can be sent out once and everyone gets it instantaneously. If a ride is cancelled, a text can be sent out to notify the group.

Everyone who wants to be part of this group need to download WhatsApp (it’s free) to their phone. Once this is done, they can email Faye their phone # and be added to the group. WhatsApp, once loaded, can be access through WiFi or data.

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TINY UPDATE: The start time is now 1200 (noon) to take advantage of this nice weather. Please beware there could be patchy ice on city streets, and ride accordingly.

The Ride: Cheryl and Joel have once again invited the VBC to their annual New Year’s day open house. Weather permitting, we will leisurely ride Vancouver’s neighborhoods for a couple of hours or so, and magically arrive at C&J’s place to cheerfully toast the new year. Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided by our hosts. Bring a good lock to park your bike outside their house. Please note that this event is open to current VBC members and their guests only.

The Route: A route will depend on current conditions and the mood.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1200

Ride coordinators:  Andrea C.

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There are numerous oases of nature in the urban desert. This ride will pass through several in Vancouver and Burnaby where you can fill your quota of trees, water, and ducks. We’ll cycle to Deer Lake via Killarney and return via Central Valley. Expect some hardpack gravel that is easily rideable with road tires going through Captain Cook, Central and Deer Lake Parks.  There will be a food stop at Deer Lake Wonton House  at the 24km mark. There are hills, but climbs are gradual or short for the most part. This is a no-drop ride and will run weather-permitting

Meet: 10AM Arbutus Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus

Route:  about 42km total, click here for route details

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

 

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting many riders! John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 93) on or near his birthday. The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the float plane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress. That would give us a total of 47km. That makes it about half of Hathaway’s age.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

The ride leaves from Terra Breads near seance world (that dark arts place) over the  Lions Gate bridge and then along Marine Drive to Horseshoe Bay. Stop for a bite (MMMM! Fish and Chips.) and then return via the same route. We do not follow Andrea’s route that seemed to alternate between Marine and the Upper levels. This makes for a flat route, (I think, anyone know of any hills along Marine?)

 

 

 

 

 

Meet: At the Olympic Village Terra Breads at 10:00

Route:  Click HERE

Distance:  Approx. 65 km. round trip

Ride coordinator:  colin

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Zero Avenue

Photo:Empty road calling your name. 

Here’s your chance to lead the ride you’ve always wanted to try.

All remaining January and February weekends are up in the air and waiting for ride leaders.

Note: Ride posts by Teresa may show up last minute as she plans to ski if conditions are right.

Email Teresa to have your ride posted.

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Regular Weekly Rides

Wednesday Night Pie Rides

 

The ride: We zip around the edges of Vancouver. Starting from Canada Place we climb to Prospect Point in Stanley Park, then along Beach to Science World, across to Kits, and out to UBC and back home along the bike routes of Kits.

A fast, but friendly ride with several stops to collect everyone.

Meet: EVERY Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). (Ride depends on the weather.)

Distance: About 20 to 50 km, depending on how far you ride.

Pace: Multi-paced – please wait at pre-determined spots for others.

Contact: Henry H. at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca

 

Helmets are required on all VBC rides and tours.