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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Saturday, September 16 ride will not be heading all the way to Persepolis (see above), but we are going to Zeitoon for Persian food in North Vancouver!  Details in route below (with thanks to Marty for the route through North Van to minimize the climbing – I reserve the right to adjust the route back if my rough planning is not a good way back to the Ironworkers Bridge).

Meet: Saturday, September 16 10AM at the coffee shop at Arbutus and West 6th Ave (or 10:30am at North end of Lions Gate bridge and be ready to join the riders who will be passing this point around 10:45am)

Route: 33.5km (incl. return ride). will follow this route. I am told that there is some gravel on the route through parks in North Van, but I will be riding a tandem with an 11-year-old with skinny-ish tires.

RSVP: email to Will

September  30 and October 14 rides rides will also be around 30-40km in length with a break near the middle involving food. Average speeds will be in the mid-teens/hr. Everyone’s welcome; no one will be dropped. Bring the tools and parts you will reasonably need for the kind of mishaps that sometimes occur on bike rides, and water if you are a carbon-based life form.

 

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With all this good weather we’ve been having, I’d like to continue with the al fresco lunch theme. A good place is at Westminster Quay, which has a bevy of dining options, from sit-down service to take-out eaten on the most inviting bench on the boardwalk. Regardless, the mighty Fraser is at your feet at all times. We will ride the out over the Canada Line Bridge, to Richmond’s River Road, and return via 7/11 Trail.

 

 

 

 

Meet : at 10:00AM at Terra Breads 1605 Manitoba Street, Van, BC

Distance: around 40km

Ride Coordinator: Cam

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The ride starts at the Braid street skytrain station, we will then go through  to the Pitt Bridge, Golden Ears Bridge to Langley where we will have lunch (at 39km)

 

 

 

 

 

or go on to Whiterock (at 62km). I’m sure the weather will  be sunny and warm like all of my rides (this year!!) The pace will  be in the low to mid 20’s along the flat. (I’ll try and have a new speedometer by then.)

 

 

 

 

 

The ride ends at the King George Skytrain station, or perhaps at Central City Brew Pub.

 

Meet:  9AM at theBraid station.

Distance: 94km approximately

Route: view here

RSVP the leaderColin

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Silver Lake Park, near Sumas, WA

That’s a photo from a club ride in 1992. The bridge is gone, but you can still enjoy the backroads and farms of Washington State. A longer version of last year’s ride, this ride is 15km longer, totalling 97km. Make sure you bring your passport/Nexus card, a bike in good repair, some tools/spares for simple repairs, US dollars/credit card, and enough snacks/water. There is climbing, but it’s very gradual or short spurts. There are nail-biting sections with heavy traffic and minimal shoulder. Pace will be in the low 20kms/hr. I’ll be relying on GPS, so expect wayfinding issues. Many thanks to Justin for the route. Lunch will be at North Fork Brewery.  Open to VBC members only.

If you can take others in a carpool or need a ride, please let Teresa know in your RSVP.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Route: click here

Meet: 9AM at the Tim Hortons near Sumas/Huntington border crossing. Address is 1255 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 8H2

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The first part of the ride goes for a leisurely (mid teen km/hr) from Patterson station down to Kent, up to the BC Parkway (skytrain trail) looping east and then back to Patterson. For those on the leisure part of the ride, Dorothy will lead you down for goodies and refreshments and give you and your bike a ride back up to the skytrain. For those who continue, the pace will increase to a medium ride where we will look at the rest of Burnaby; SFU, Barnett Marine park, etc. A lunch spot will be decided somewhere along the way. (Sushi? Middle Eastern? Dry bread and water?) The ride will end at Steamworks. In case of  iffy weather, the ride can be shortened.

 

Meet:  9:30AM at the Patterson Skytrain station.

Distance: Leisure ride approx 30km, full ride approx 86km.

Route: view here

RSVP the leader:  Dorothy and Colin

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MEC Club NightNot a ride, but a bike event nonetheless.
Relieve your shopping itch. Receive 10% off all regular priced items purchased that evening – including bikes and boats! Returns and exchanges cannot be processed that evening.  Club members can put items on hold up to 48 hours before the event, and they must be picked up by 7 pm.  Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate.  Participants must be a member of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase.  If you are not yet a member, you may purchase a $5.00 membership that evening.

Time:  7-9pm
Location
: MEC Vancouver, 130 West Broadway

RSVP to Teresa by October 12th if you plan to go, so your name can be put on the attendee list.

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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 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side).

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.