Archive for June, 2019

UPDATE at 7.50am: The forecast is for clouds but no rain for today. We will try for a quick Iona run with lunch at Ikura Sushi, still meet at Arbutus Coffee, but at 10 instead of 930. This sprinkle we are having now should have stopped – so we were promised.

The Ride:  This popular ride attracts many cyclists and has become a club classic. It’s perfect for a fine spring, now summer, day. It boasts spectacular scenery, varied terrain and challenging climbs to work up an appetite.

The Route: We will across Stanley Park, ride over Lion’s Gate Bridge, ride residential roads skirting the ocean, then join the bike route with its many twists, turns and killer climbs and eventually find ourselves in Horseshoe Bay. Lunch will either be at one of several fine dining restaurants or take your picnic to the waterfront park. We will then return along scenic Marine Drive with a cappuccino stop at Delany’s in West Vancouver. Almost any bike with triple rings and good brakes will do.

Route: here

Meet:  930am at  Arbutus Coffee at 6th & Arbutus 

Distance:  Approx. 60 km.

Contact:  Andrea C.

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Ganges Harbour

Update July 9: I’ve moved the ride again to August 18 due to a conflict.

Shikyo used to lead this ride when training for the Lung Association Charity ride. It is a hurry-up-and-wait kind of a ride where ferry trips alternate with bouts of riding. Because there are 5 ferries, it will take all day, hence the need for lots of daylight. We leave Tsawwassen and arrive in Swartz Bay, ride the Saanich Peninsula to Brentwood Bay, ferry to Mill Bay, ride up island to Crofton, and ferry to Saltspring. Kill yourself riding the steep, long, Fulford Ganges hill to Fulford, then ferry back to Swartz Bay. Breaks will be in Cowichan Bay and Ganges, where hippies and yuppies have intermingled, creating “the yippy.” The first leg will be the fastest, due to time constraints to make the Brentwood Bay ferry. Ensure you can sustain mid 20’s km/hr on flats. Terrain is hilly, but ferries offer respite. Ride is weather dependent. Check website night before for cancellation.

Route: but subject to change.

Meet: 645AM at Tsawwassen ferry terminal for 7AM sailing to Swartz Bay.

Bring: a bike in good working order, tools and supplies for fixing flats

Cost: $58 for ferry costs, less $5 if you buy the BC Ferries Experience card and extra $ for food.

RSVP and let leader know if you need or can offer a ride to the ferry: Teresa

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