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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For fear of becoming a dotard, I’m challenging my navigation skills by combining a couple of previous rides. This ride starts in Burnaby/Coquitlam, explores the Poco Trail, winds through Pitt Meadows, Fort Langley, and ends in Surrey. I repeat, in dotard fashion, the start and end are not the same! Enjoy beautiful views of no less than 3 rivers. Be prepared to climb initially and towards the end. There is about 3km of flat, hardpacked gravel, manageable by skinny tires.  By lunch time, you’ll have earned a nice meal, at the Jolly Coachman Pub. If we do the Fort Langley section, there will be a coffee/bathroom break there too. Bring a bike in good working order, tools and spares to fix flats, your Compass card if using the Skytrain, a lock, and lunch money.

Route:  click here   It’s an 83km ride, but I may cut it short by 20km (the Fort Langley section, ironically) depending on weather, and my own lack of fitness

Meet: Lougheed Skytrain station, at 900AM.

RSVP: Teresa

Weather: ride is canceled in the event of rain, to be posted at least 2 hours before the meeting time.

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RAIN, and more in the forecast…(I really should have thought up a clever reference to the winter Olympics but, sadly, did not.) Hoping we have seen the last of snow and will enjoy more of the beautiful clear skies we had last Monday for this ride out the Central Valley Greenway to fill up with Korean food at Insadong on North Road in Coquitlam (just barely). It will be a flat and easy ride at moderate pace (18-20km/h), and no one will be left behind. Likely, we will take the same route back, but the will of the group will be considered for alternative routes. Did I mention we were not going to be working too hard…it’s a leisure ride.

 

 

Meet: CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN 10am at Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus at West 6th Avenue) – see this posting for update by 8am on ride day if weather is unpleasant

Route: Approximately 22km out Central Valley Greenway (like this)

Ride Leader: Will (hopefully with Tom and Naiden) – RSVP to make sure we have enough space reserved for lunch.

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The Ride:Let’s hope third time lucky.Meet up is at Terra Breads near Science World. We’ll go around Stanley Park, then to West Van and Marine Drive to Horseshoe Bay. After the fish and chips in New Westminster at the start of February, we may choose Troller’s pub for lunch.

 

Meet: At the Olympic Village Terra Breads at 010:00

 

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 February and March 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. Teresa’s not riding weekend of Feb 24/25.

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.