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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: We will try our luck for a decent day to 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.

Meet:  At Tandem Bike Cafe at 1000 (note start time back to 10am)

Distance:  60 km. return

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:  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: Believe it or not, the forecast calls for a decent day.  It’s time to enjoy some of Richmond’s longer riverside stretches with its awesome views and light traffic.

The Route: The route will take us 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.

Meet:  10:00am at Tandem Bike Cafe at Heather & 16th

Distance:  approx. 60km. return

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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TINY UPDATE: The start time is now 1200 (noon) to take advantage of this nice weather. Please beware there could be patchy ice on city streets, and ride accordingly.

The Ride: Cheryl and Joel have once again invited the VBC to their annual New Year’s day open house. Weather permitting, we will leisurely ride Vancouver’s neighborhoods for a couple of hours or so, and magically arrive at C&J’s place to cheerfully toast the new year. Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided by our hosts. Bring a good lock to park your bike outside their house. Please note that this event is open to current VBC members and their guests only.

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

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1200

Ride coordinators:  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 93) 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 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 47km. 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:  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:  This popular 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, 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 caffè latte 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. velovan11@yahoo.ca

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