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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This gastro-ride takes us to Chronic Tacos in New Westminster via River Road. Consider it the Subway of Mexican food – select your favourite toppings, and they wrap it into a nice neat package. Burritos tend to be big, so consider sharing, or be prepared take leftovers home for use as a door stop or draftproofing.  This is a no-drop ride and is longer than a typical leisure ride by about 10km. Option to shorten the ride by taking Skytrain home in New Westminster. Ride is weather-dependent, so check the website at 8AM in case of cancellation. Have a bike in good condition, basic tools, and know how to use them.

Meet: North end of Canada Line bridge, located at Cambie and W. Kent Ave at 10 AM

Route: click here but possible return via Fraser Way and Kent Ave

Pace: mid teens, low 20’s km/hr

Leader: Teresa

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UPDATE: Given the forecast for morning rain, I have postponed the start to 12:30pm. Also, if you want to just come for the food, drinks and poetry, you are welcome to come directly to my home around 2pm (address provided by email – please do not post here or on WhatsApp). An easy ride of about 20km, subject to abridgement, but not cancellation due to weather; traditional liquids on offer; spoke’n’words (a toast to bicycles); and warmth following ride. To be clear, there will be food and whisky for all and this is NOT a potluck (please bring only bike, helmet, tube and tools, drink for yourself, and a poem or other written thoughts about bicycles and the undying love of them). I mean love of bikes, not love of drinks; no need for us to fall into cliches. As 25 January will be the happy coincidence of lunar new year’s day and the 261st anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s most famous son, it is ever better if poems and writings also have rat theme. We will ride at a gentle pace and no one will be left behind.

Route: 18.9km see here
RSVP: Will (so we have enough for all to eat)
Location: Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Avenue at Arbutus Street)
Revised Time: 10am 12:30pm

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting may riders!

John was a randonneur, world cycle tourer, and 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 be 95 this year) 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 host a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route (meeting location changed from the one shown – see below) 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 the Arbutus Greenway.

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

At Velo Star Cafe at Heather & 16th

 

Ride coordinators: Henry H. or Andrea C.

 

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What’s holding you back from leading a ride? Not excessive cattitude, I hope.  Lead a ride, give back to your club, and go where you want. Help is available from experienced ride leaders in route planning, posting your ride and co-leaders.

2020 New Ride Leaders
Recently, VBC adopted a plan to encourage club members to lead rides by “requesting” all who have not lead rides to pick a month in 2020 and plan to lead a ride in your month. There are still some months open, so don’t wait to pick your month and let Will know to add your name below:
February:
March:
April: Dorothy
May: Gwyn
June: Toby
July: Lewis
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:

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.