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Kitsilano and Second Beach pools open Saturday, the 18th, and my plan to celebrate the first day of outdoor swimming is A Different Kind of Triathlon. We’ll meet at Kits pool to swim a few laps, then ride over to Second Beach pool where we’ll swim a few more laps, warm up the sun on the deck, and, finally, enjoy lunch. The Second Beach pool concession has actual, yummy food this year, so let’s explore. If you aren’t interested in swimming, just keep riding, and we’ll rendezvous over lunch at Second Beach pool. Ride is weather dependent: will cancel by 8AM in the event of bad weather. Check website and Whatsapp.

If you are not a swimmer, but want to ride while Dianna and the Aquapeople swim, but then meet them for lunch, Will will be leading a ride. Hydrophobics can meet with their bikes outside the Kits Pool around 9:45am. We will then agree on a route that will get us to Second Beach by high noon.

Meet: Kits pool, pool deck @10:00. Second Beach pool @11:15. Lunch @high noon.
Dress code: bathing suit

RSVP the Leader: Dianna


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Update May 15: This ride runs rain or shine, though leader may modify the ride or cut it short in the event of rain.

Let’s go  to Fort Langley for lunch. We leave from Port Moody, go through Port Coquitlam and head towards Fort Langley via the Golden Ears bridge. On the way back we hop over Fraser river via the Port Mann bridge and ride over to Como Lake before we head back to Port Moody. Depending on the spirit of the group we can indulge in a victory brew.

Meet: Rocky Point Park washrooms at 8AM, by the water park

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Yves



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This ride will go rain or shine, but hopefully shine.

The Ride:  This ride follows the shore of Boundary Bay through a major bird habitat and is a nature lover’s dream. Last time we did this ride all manner of wildlife was seen. Ride 18km on gravel into Tsawwassen for a snack, then back to Mud Bay. It’s not all gravel, just mostly, which is a totally different thing. Be prepared for at least 200m of pavement.

Bring tools/spares in case of flats. Ride cancellation will be posted 3 hours before the start of the ride. Let ride leader know if you can provide carpool in your vehicle.

Route and distance: click here

Meet: Mud Bay Park at 10AM, address 13030 – 48 Avenue, Surrey BC.

Ride coordinator: Colin

If you are looking for an early start and some extra kms, Will will be riding to the start via Alex Fraser Bridge at a medium ride pace leaving from Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Ave at Arbutus St) at 7:30am and will be crossing the Skytrain bridge around 8:10am. Be ready to roll at these times, as will want to get to Mud Bay for the start.

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For the “MEDIUM” riders, the ride starts at the Olympic Village, for the “LEISURE” riders, it starts at the parking lot just before the Seymour Demonstration Forest. Be prepared for uphill from just after the bridge, past Cap College to the start of the forest. Once in the forest, we will proceed at a leisurely pace along the rolling paved trail to the lookout. (If you want to race to the lookout, feel free, I’ll be there at a leisure pace.) Be prepared for some gravel riding (short) as we cross to the other side of Lynn Creek for lunch will be at the Lynn Canyon Cafe.

Meet:  Olympic Village, Terra Breads

Time: 9 AM Olympic village, 10:15 Demonstration Forest

Ride Leaders: Colin

Route: Here

Distance: 65 km

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The Ride:  We will start at Lafarge Lake–Douglas skytrain station. Go over the Pitt bridge and then follow Dewdney Trunk road to almost Stave lake. We could go up to the Abbey in Mission, but it’s a pretty good climb. We’ll come back via the Lougheed and Pitt Meadows airport to Braid skytrain.

Bring tools/spares in case of flats. Ride cancellation will be posted 3 hours before the start of the ride.

Start time: 9:00AM

Route and distance: click here

Ride coordinator: Colin

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Get your passports ready and dust off your aero wheels. We’re heading for Point Roberts. Make sure your bidons are full of water before crossing the border. We don’t want to be chased out like it’s 1973. This is classified as a “fast” ride because of the overall distance 135km and selection of roads. There will be windy segments and we’ll be riding along the South Fraser Perimeter Road. There is generous shoulder for cyclist but trucks go by fast. This is a no drop event. We’ll maintain a “leisurely” pace on city streets and we’ll maintain a steady endurance pace; say ±25 km/h (on flats) on regional roads depending on weather and road conditions.

Riders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the route beforehand and to carry a detailed area map or other navigational tools.  

Optional Sprint Segments: There are two sprint segment for those in need for speed. If sprinting please wait for the group at the end of the segment Rider leader will sweep at the back during the sprint sections:

  • River Road Eastbound (no7 Road to Westminster hwy) approx. 6km. Wait for the group to regroup at the intersection of River Road and Westminster highway
  • SFPR Eastbound (Hwy 99 to Nordel Way) approx. 9km. Wait for the group at the Nordel Way Truck parking. It is on the right where “Hwy 99 connector” meets “Nordel Way”. There are washrooms there.

Meetup:Riley Park Fieldhouse @ 7:30am PST.
Lunch stop: Breakwaters Bar & Grill (opens at 11:00am)
RSVP the Leader: Yves Chartrand

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Leave your indoor trainer behind. Put on your finest lycra and join fellow mamils in a leisurely yet refreshing ride exploring the bike paths and bike lanes (ahem… and small repetitious hills!) of North Vancouver. As we leave we ride through downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Once we cross the Lion’s Gate bridge we’ll ride along North Vancouver Spirit Trail. Then we follow Dollarton highway head to Deep Cove for some refreshments before we tackle the Mount Seymour Parkway’ short but epic climb followed by a very, very, long descent.

On the way home, we’ll cross into Vancouver via the Iron Workers Memorial bridge. Then ride Trout Lake before heading back to Olympic Village Square.

Date & Time: June 29th, 2019 @ 9:00 am PST
Startup Location: Olympic Village Square @ 9:00 am PST
Pace: Leisure, Difficulty: Medium
RSVP: Yves Chartrand

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Leave your indoor trainer behind. Put on your finest lycra and join fellow mamils in a leisurely yet refreshing ride exploring the bike paths and bike lanes (ahem… and small repetitious hills!) of North Vancouver. As we leave we ride through downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Once we cross the Lion’s Gate bridge we’ll ride along North Vancouver Spirit Trail. Then we follow Dollarton highway head to Deep Cove for some refreshments before we tackle the Mount Seymour Parkway’ short but epic climb followed by a very, very, long descent.

On the way home, we’ll cross into Vancouver via the Iron Workers Memorial bridge. Then ride Trout Lake before heading back to Olympic Village Square.

PS: Swim trunks optional

Date & Time: June 29th,8:00 am

Startup Location: Olympic Village Square

Distance/Elevation: 56Km, 600 meters

Pace: Leisure

RWGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29977788

RSVP the Leader: Yves

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Friends and members only.

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.

Route: click here,

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

Please RSVP ride leader Colin if you plan to come.

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Update June 10: Shorter ride option posted below, same day.

THIS RIDE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JULY 14. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RIDING EMAIL WILL ASAP. At the end of my latest ride to Langley, I mentioned that I was thinking of trying a longer ride and a few others indicated that they might be interested (update: currently expect 5 riders, but you are welcome to join us). I expect this ride will be about 200km starting at the Lincoln Skytain Station in Coquitlam and riding on the northern side of the Fraser River through Maple Ridge to Harrison Hot Springs for a break and back on the same route. I am hoping that the terrain will not be very steep, except the one short (but steep) hill just west of Agassiz. Obviously, we will need to start early and riders will need to be able to keep themselves fueled and bring supplies to address the vicissitudes of pneumatic tires. As a one day tour this ride is only open to VBC members.

Start: 8:05am outside Lincoln Skytrain Station on Sunday 14 July (this will mean that you can be on the first run of the Millenium Line leaving VCC-Clark at 7:30am). I will be going by Arbutus Coffee just before 7am (then riding this route, if you want to ride to the train together).

Route: here, return on the same route subject to improvement based on suggestions received ASAP.

Leader: Will

SHORTER RIDE OPTION BELOW: Thank Tony D. for mapping out this ride, one of his favourites.

For Route, click here.

RSVP the leader Teresa if you plan to come on the shorter ride.

Meet at 930AM at the Tim Hortons parking lot, address 43971 Industrial Way, Chilliwack, BC

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