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 8 June, 2019 – Check out the Tours page for a self-guided tour with Exodus in Puglia, Italy this September.

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Update June 17: It’s now a leisure ride!

Celebrate the summer solstice and go on a night ride. No, not with David Hasselhoff, though the show Knight Rider foreshadowed the self-driving car and the smart watch with which to summons it.  Don’t look directly into his eyes! Many try but few escape the grip of the Hoff’s swarthy stare. Your reward is a late dinner of half-price burgers at Bin4. It’ll go perfectly with your potato chip diet.  BRING YOUR LIGHTS.

Approximate Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30294303. Route back will be along Heather or Arbutus greenway

Meet: 7pm at Riley Park Fieldhouse located at Quebec and 32nd Ave

RSVP: Teresa

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The Ride:  Come for a ride and enjoy some of Richmond’s longer riverside stretches.  The views are awesome, and traffic is light on weekends.

The Route:  The route will take us on 10th, south on Heather, across the Canada Line bridge, east on River Road, then south on 7 and Sidaway, then ride west on Dyke Road to Steveston for a yummy lunch at one of the VBC’s favourite pubs: The Buck & Ear.  Click HERE for the route preview.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1000

Distance:  65 km.

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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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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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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Ganges Harbour

Open to members only.

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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30211547 but subject to change.

Meet: 645AM at Tsawwassen ferry terminal for 7AM sailing to Swartz Bay. Give yourself lots of time to get there; you’ll be competing with Scouts Canada Jamboree for road and ferry space.

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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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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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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Rise to the occasion and lead a ride. Watch other riders flock to you. It’s no flight of fancy that you can give back to your club, grant respite to existing ride leaders, AND go where you want.

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.