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The Ride:  What’s a new year without a bike ride to work out all the fine holiday toxins out of your pores and liver? Weather permitting, we will leisurely ride Vancouver’s neighborhoods for a couple of hours or so, and magically arrive at Urban Fare in Olympic Village to toast the new year. Bring a good lock to park your bike outside. Check the website a couple of hours before the start for cancellations in case of bad weather.

The Route: A route will depend on current conditions and the mood.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1200

RSVP the Ride Leader:Cameron

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting may riders!

John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 92) on or near his birthday. The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the floatplane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Distance:  40 to 60 km.

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

 

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting many riders! John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 94) on or near his birthday (this year due to scheduling confusions the ride has drifted to February, but we were thinking of John all month). The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the float plane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress. That would give us a total of 47.5km. That makes it about half of Hathaway’s age.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Ride coordinator:  Will.

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The Ride: Weather permitting… join us on this impromptu ride around Richmond.

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 favorite pubs: The Buck & Ear. Click HERE for the route preview.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1000

Distance: approx. 60km.

Ride coordinator:Andrea C.

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The Ride:  Believe or not, but there’s a promise for a sunny Sunday. We will leave the comfort and safety of Vancouver to venture to the North Shore to Horseshoe Bay via a twisty and wavy bike route. Lunch will be at our destination at one of the fine dining establishments, or eat at the park. We will then return on scenic Marine Drive with its breathtaking views, and make our usual cappuccino stop at Delany’s.

Route: Click here

Meet: At Arbutus Coffee at 0930

Distance:  Approx. 60km. return

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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The Ride:  Sunday’s Horseshoe Bay ride will have to wait for a sunnier weekend. It’s worth the wait. Instead we will try our luck and have an easy one to Ikura Shushi for lunch. This place has been a club favorite for years, the food is good and cheap.

Route: Really depends on the weather but it should not be more than a couple of hours of riding to our destination.

Meet: new time – 10:00am at  Arbutus Coffee at 6th & Arbutus

Distance:  Approx. 50 km.

Contact:  Andrea C. 

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The Ride:  Steveston is having its annual Ship to Shore event this weekend. A variety of maritime events are planned including a visit by the majestic Japanese tall ship Kaiwo Maru docked at Garry Point, a must see.

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. Lunch will be on the deck of the Little Mexico Cantina. The Buck & Ear is the backup place.  Click HERE for the route preview.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 930

Distance:  65 km.

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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Lions Bay will wait for a sunnier day later in the month. Instead we will go south, at a Medium ride pace, to either Iona Island or Steveston. Meet at same place same time.

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

We will across Stanley Park, ride over Lion’s Gate Bridge; take Capilano Road, Upper Levels Hwy. to the Sea-to-Sky and on to Lions Bay. Lunch will be at the Lions Bay Café on top of a short but ungodly hill. The café is blessed with spectacular views of the Howe Sound. 

We will then return along scenic Marine Drive with a caffè latte stop at Delany’s. Almost any bike with triple rings, good brakes and tires will do.

NOTE: Although the Sea-to-Sky highway has been greatly improved, it’s still strongly recommended to exercise extra caution due to hazards such as traffic and those nasty, sharp rocks on the road. This ride has a Day Tour designation and is open to VBC members only.

Route: HERE

Meet:  At the Olympic Village Terra Breads at 9:30am.

Distance:  Approx. 75 km.

Contact:  Andrea C.

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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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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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The Ride:  As the name implies, this ride will somehow end at the Flying Beaver

The Route:  HERE. In case of iffy weather, the route can be altered or shortened.

Meet:  At the Arbutus Coffee Shop at 10:00am. (don’t forget to move your clocks back)

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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The Ride: Last time I visited White Rock the old pier was still proudly standing but, alas, a wicked storm decided to take out a section of said structure, along with a number of moored sailboats of course. Since then, the pier has been rebuilt to the sound of millions of our dollars. So I thought: it would be fun organize a club ride to check out the new and improved White Rock pier.

The Route: We will start from the 22nd Street Skytrain station and follow a southerly route consisting of a mix of pavement and gravel (gravel cycling is so fashionable these days it seems). Once in White Rock we will first visit and marvel at the brand new expression of art and engineering, then head to one of the many fine dining establishments nearby for lunch. After both our eyes and stomachs had their fill, we will continue on our loopy ride to catch the King George station Skytrain back home. This ride is weather dependent; check here and WhatsApp for updates.

Meet:  At 22nd Street Station at 1000am

Route: HERE

Distance:  about 65 km.

Ride coordinator:Andrea C.

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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, and finally ride west on Dyke Road to Steveston for a yummy lunch at one of the VBC’s favourite pubs: The Buck & Ear (but trust me: don’t order the quesadilla).

Meet:  10:00am in front of Velo Star Cafe at Heather & 16th (note new time and meeting place)

A vaguely approx. route: HERE

Distance:  about 60 km.

Ride coordinator: Andrea C.

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