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This hub-and-spoke bike trip is based out of Sorrento, located near Salmon Arm, on the banks of Shuswap Lake. There will be day rides starting and ending in Sorrento, with ride options available here and here. There are many country roads to explore with minimal traffic. Obviously there are more rides than time available; the plan is to whittle down the choices closer to the date, with longer rides on full days and shorter rides on arrival and departure days.  We will stay at the Sorrento Center in their cabanas, which are rustic cabins with no running water, meaning a traipse to a washhouse nearby for showers/bathrooms/dishwashing. Dishes, cookware, and bedding are NOT provided. There are options for meals to be provided or DIY. Apparently, they can accommodate special diets. If it rains, we ride and/or hang out in the cabana playing full contact Scrabble. Limit is 8 participants.

RSVP: by notifying Teresa, providing a $75 deposit before March 25. Let Teresa know if you plan to have your meals provided by the Sorrento Center. Also let her know if you have room in your vehicle to take other passengers

Cost: gas $ to get to and from Sorrento. Shared cost of cabana ($85 per cabana per night, divided among total people). Food -there is a local grocery store close by. $ for souvenirs to make your friends jealous, in the form of chainsaw art.

Bring: a bike in good working order, bedding (sleeping bag), toiletries, towel, tools and supplies for flats, bike clothing for the weather conditions, food if you plan to cook, and many items recommended here.

Meet: 12pm-1pm at the Sorrento Center,1159 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento. It’s a 4-5hr drive from Vancouver.

Tours are open to members only.

 

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The San Juan Islands are the more touristy, less hippy-dippy siblings of the BC Gulf Islands. This used to be an annual tour for the VBC and is due for resurrection. This 4 day tour will explore San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands by self-supported bike. It starts  in Anacortes Saturday morning, where we ride to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry for San Juan Island.  We spend the first night at Lakedale Resorts and Campground which is blessed with campsites, a hotel, and everything in between. The 2nd day, we take the ferry to Orcas Island and camp at Moran State Park for 2 nights. The goal is to ride up to Mount Constitution the third day. On the 4th day, we take a ferry to explore Lopez Island, before taking one last ferry back to Anacortes and our waiting vehicles.

Lodgings: Although the leader will be camping, riders are welcome to book the fixed roof lodgings available at both sites. Keep in mind the self-supported riders will be slower paced. Getting to the start of the ride is the responsibility of the riders.

Costs: $30-40US for camping, $30US for return ferry, gas to and from Anacortes, health insurance, meals

Meals: breakfast and dinner likely in the campsite, lunches on the road

Bring: a bike in good working order, tools and parts for simple repairs, passport or Nexus, toilettries and clothes,  camping gear if you plan to camp

Distances: Expect to ride up to 60-70km/day. Anacortes to Ferry: 6km, San Juan Ferry to Lakedale: 8km, Orcas Ferry to Moran State Park: 21km, Moran to Mount Constitution: 10km one way, mostly climbing. Not a beginner tour. Routes: Day 1plus 6km to ride to ferry, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Meet: Cap Sante Marina located at 1019 Q Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221, at 830AM on Saturday July 8.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Open to VBC members only.

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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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Overnight ride to Victoria Aug 13+14 with Irene, Chris and Eva

Can you join us? Here is the itinerary:

Saturday: take the 9:00am ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Ride through North Saanich following the West Saanich Road to Brentwood Bay where we cross over to East Saanich Road and then pick up the Lochside Trail. Most likely there will be a lunch stop at the Cordova Bay Golf Course. After the break we continue on the Lochside Trail to Victoria and to the UVIC campus. Check-in at the dorms (reservation required), shower, relax, before taking the bus to downtown Victoria for dinner.

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This is a 2 day bike tour that features some spectacular scenery of the Fraser Valley, from the pastoral farms to snow-capped mountains. The ride starts near Sumas and goes to Harrison Lake where we spend Saturday night. The following day will take us past Bridal Falls and back to the start. There are some challenging hills and busy roads, so have a word with yourself and your cardiologist before embarking. Distance is about 80km each day-NOT a beginner tour. I’ll be relying on a GPS, so expect wayfinding difficulties. You will need to bring a bike that has the right gearing for hills, tools and spares in the event of mechanical failure, and a rack for carrying overnight gear.  For the weight-conscious, all you need is a credit card and toothbrush with toothpaste already applied. I plan to motel it, but riders are welcome to camp/hotel/motel as all are in town. I plan to eat out in town and on the road, ie. no cooking. Credit goes to Bill and Erin Woods for the route.  Tour is weather-dependent.

Route: Day 1 and Day 2

RSVP: Teresa

Meet: Saturday 900AM at 1st Ave and B St near the Sumas border crossing. (See Day 1 map for start point.)

Comments: There were no takers other than Cam and I again for this tour. I get it that Harrison is a rinky-dink resort town, but it’s really about the journey. In terms of riding, there’s a good variety of terrain and interesting stops. No mechanical issues at all, but Cam’s affinity for animals led him to get stung by a bee. I managed to drop my wallet and find it again after riding back on the wrong side of the road. Again, we curse the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge for being such a Russian roulette of 18-wheeler suicide. Oh, and the brutal headwinds westbound. No free lunch, even on the flats.

Enjoy the photos:

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Update Jan 25: Note the new meeting place. I plan to do this ride in reverse, going west to east.

The Ride: Now that the weather has warmed up, let’s tackle the North Shore. I may be tempting the weather fates, but the rolling bellies ride on this week, entering the wilds of North Van in search of good coffee. This ride will venture into the rarefied community of Edgemont Village before descending down, down, to the Spirit Trail Main Street. Home is via Lions Gate bridge and Prospect point 2nd Narrows. The ride is short, but one particular hill is not, hence the medium designation. Bring your thinnest tires and climbing legs. The hills will do your lungs and mine some good.

RSVP the Ride Co-ordinator: Teresa

Distance: 38km, all riding levels will be accommodated. This is a no-drop ride.

Route: click here

Meet: Terra Breads at Olympic Village at 10:00 AM

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Update March 4: Please note the date change. 

Join me on another excellent adventure! We will be heading into Richmond again but in reverse. Steveston will not be a stop this time so we can head directly to the Fraser where eagles roam. After traversing along the farmland of Richmond, we will be heading to Tugboat Annie’s to refuel for our trip home. The ride is mostly flat with the climb up the Queensborough and along the BC Parkway. There will be long stretches of flat riding for the roadies!

Meet: 10AM at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

Route: 67km, click here

RSVP the leader: Faye

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The Ride:  We are hoping on a fair day to enjoy Richmond’s rural roads and their long straight stretches.  The route starts undulating in Vancouver, then flattens out in Richmond all the way to the Buck & Ear in Steveston for lunch.  The food is good at the Buck, but take my word for it: avoid the quesadilla.
Route: here
Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1000
Distance:  65 km.
Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.
Note: In case of inclement weather, the route and destination will be altered accordingly.

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