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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Update April 18/18: There is a trip to Spain in the fall.

Update May 25/18: See Tucson, AZ trip in February under the Tours page.

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This ride ventures into sleepy but charming Dundarave in West Vancouver where I used to frequent the Bakehouse, but then was introduced to Crema in Ambleside that crushes the coffee and baked goods.  This place is pretty packed, so we can take our goodies to the water for noshing. There’s one hill in Stanley Park and the bridge to overcome, otherwise it’s pretty level. This will be a no-drop ride.

Please keep an eye on the website Saturday morning for possible cancellation in the event of rain. All riders are expected to wear a helmet and have basic tools/supplies to repair flats and know how to use them.

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

Meet: Arbutus and 6th Ave coffee shop at 9AM

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May 15 Update: starting location changed to parking lot at Peace Arch Park to accommodate the parking needs of the vehicular. We have a “coyote” who will guide us through the border area (on bikes) to get us to 0 Avenue to the start of the ride.

I almost posted this ride for Cinco de Mayo, but was worried that the Tamales would be sold out before we could ride to Ferndale. As a lover of Mexican cooking, I am always disappointed by Mexican food in Canada, so we are riding to the country of my birth (and, yes, the orangutan child king) to get the good stuff! We will be riding at a medium pace (this is not one of Naiden’s leisure rides) along the border from near Peace Arch to the Aldergrove Crossing then turning south through Lyndon and on to historic Ferndale where we will stop for lunch at the New Mexico Tamale Company (website), which closes on Saturdays when they run out of tamales, so if you can email me your choices before Friday, I will order them on Friday

afternoon and they will save them for us. If you do not get your request to me in time, you run the risk that your chosen tamal will not be available or, worse, no tamales will be left (I may share a Clif bar, but not a tamal, even friendship has its limits). As we do not get to Ferndale until 52km, I suggest you bring some aqueous and calorie supplements to be sure you can stay happy in the saddle. Also, since we will be riding a more rural route, it would be wise for you to bring more than the mandatory replacement tube, tire levers and pump to keep your ride rolling. Note: the starting point is NOW the usual parking lot at Peace Arch Park, but you still need to bring your PASSPORT or you cannot ride into the US at Aldergrove (and I cannot comment on the rumours that ICE agents may be hanging around Mexican restaurants).

Distance: about 75km

Route: here

Leader: Will

Start: 9:30am at Parking lot for Peace Arch Park on the Canada side behind the duty free (do NOT go into the duty free) – BRING YOUR PASSPORT

RSVP: Email Will what tamales you want to have ordered before 4pm on Friday, June 15.

 

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Don’t let the pictures fool you…it’s not about the beer!! Enjoy the pastoral views on quiet country roads. All the elevation is at the beginning then nothing but flat terrain…a roadie’s dream.  I am going anyways so I thought I can take some people with me. We’ll be riding to the Buck and Ear for lunch in Steveston.

Be prepared by packing adequate food, water, spare tubes and tools for the ride.

Meet:9:00 AM at Terra Breads, Olympic Village

Route:  approx. 70km, all paved

RSVP the Leader: Faye

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This ride starts at the Olympic Village, Stanley Park, UBC, Marine Drive to Kent to Dorothy and Colin’s house for a BBQ (provided). We can pick people up along the way, just let me know before hand. Want a real easy ride, may I suggest meeting at the Skytrain bridge at Cambie and Kent. Want to go a bit further, meet at the SW end of the Burrard bridge. Want to go further yet, ride up Seymour before the start of the ride. Just let me know if you plan on coming so that there will be enough food and drink. (Please don’t bring anything.)

Route: click here,

Meet: 10:00 AM at Terra Breads in the Athlete’s Village

Please RSVP Colin and Dorothy if you plan to come.

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The ride cuts onto Marine Drive in West Vancouver which we then follow to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Riders have been known to turn back here. Keep going, it’s a great ride to Roberts Creek and lunch at the Gumboot Cafe (yum!). The hills are nice and rolling, (OK, some are short and steep) and one long one out of Gibsons. Teresa introduced me to this ride, and I thought it was great. We’ll have an early start in order to try and catch the 9:40 AM ferry.

 

 

 

 

Route: click here, distance 90+km (average speed on flats – low to mid 20km/hr)

Meet: 7:30AM at Terra Breads in the Athlete’s Village

Please RSVP ride leader Colin if you plan to come.

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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.

If you don’t see a ride posted, it means that weekend is waiting for ride leaders.

 

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.