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 February 8, 2019 – Check out the Tours page for a hub-and-spoke tour in La Conner, Washington, USA this July.

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The ride has been cancelled due to the forecast of rain all day.

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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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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This event has been 202 years in the making – come ride to celebrate the invention of the proto-bicycle; the patent for the Draisine was filed by German Baron Karl Christian Ludwig Drais von Sauerbronn of Baden on 2 June 1817. The Draisine was called the Laufmashine by Karl, who had a knack for monikers, but was also known as the “running machine”, the “hobby horse” and eventually the “Dandy Horse”, but don’t worry you will be able to bring a bike with pedals to this ride (and don’t forget your helmet, patch kit, water bottle, snack, chain breaker, etc, etc.). You may even have a saddle that is not made of wood!

Following the ride you are invited to come to Will’s home for lunch. Please email Will  if you are able to come so he can make sure there is enough to eat. If you are not sure where, you can be sure you do not miss a turn or I can provide that information by email. As usual, Will will provide food but only drinks that disappoint many, so you may bring your own. N.b., please do not bring food, snacks or treats.

Meet: 10am Sunday, 2 June at Arbutus Coffee

I was wondering if the ride should be 202km to mark the auspicious date…but then I woke up…tentative route (less than 23km): here, but I am thinking that depending on numbers we may also have a medium route for those who want more.

Weather: in the event of messy weather the event will be ON, but the ride will be adjusted.

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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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DATE FOR THIS RIDE IS BEING RESCHEDULED. 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. 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 lunch and back on the same route (if you know a better route (of roughly equal distance) back to transit along the other side of the river, I would be interested). I am hoping that the terrain will not be very steep, except the one short (but steep) hill just before 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: 8am outside Lincoln Skytrain Station on Sunday TBA

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

Leader: Will

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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.

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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A Vancouver beginner cyclist classic! This ride is perfect for cyclists of all skill levels. We’ll head to UBC & Steveston, popular cycling destinations for individuals new to the sport of cyclists, and enjoy the vistas that: Kitsilano, Locarno Beach, Spanish Banks, UBC Botanical Gardens and Shaughnessy have to offer. Then we head toward the Canada Line Bikeway and meander along the seawall and No 1 Road to Steveston where we break for a lite lunch/brunch.

Finally, the group heads back home via Railway Avenue, Canada Line Bikeway, Heather, Ontario Street to finish the ride at Faculty Brewing where the adults can enjoy a celebratory pint (Colin should feel right at home).

Meetup Location: Saturday July 20th, 2019 @ 9:00am Olympic Village Square (across from Terra Breads).
Pace: Leisure
Lunch stop: To be determined
Finish: Faculty Brewing
RSVP the Leader: Yves Chartrand

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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.