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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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It’s been a while since I’ve led a ride to Surrey and Langley, which offers more than we expect. Hopefully there will be lots of pastoral beauty to behold. After some tweaking, I will omit the Fraser Hwy section but it means more twists and turns. And as much as I enjoy wet shoes from creek-crossings, I will omit that too. If you smell smoke, that’s my brain burning. Lunch will be at JD Farms. If people are open to it, we can also stop at Kraus Berry Farm for dessert, as it’s on the way. We return via the swooping descent across the Port Mann bridge into Coquitlam, where the ride ends at Braid Skytrain. Make sure you bring enough warm clothes/snacks/water/tools/spare tubes to get you through the ride. Expect pauses for wayfinding. Mostly paved road with the ever-hopeful possibility of gravel. NB: I repeat, the start and end points are not the same! Click on the route link for details. Ride is weather dependent.

Meet: 10AM King George Skytrain station, eastern terminus of the Expo line

Route: click here

RSVP the leader: Teresa

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This was a highlight of last year’s rides. You haven’t really lived until you’ve ridden in Washington state, with pastoral views and car-free country roads. Expect rolling hills and extended time in the saddle. This is not a ride for beginners. Riders should be self-sufficient and prepared for thirst, hunger, flats, and all other acts of God or Satan. This is my 2nd foray into this part of the world; expect possible wayfinding issues. Lunch will be at the 57 km mark, at the Haggen’s or Pizzazza in Fairhaven. Credit goes to Rocket Rob for the route.

Route: click here, terrain is mostly paved.

Meet:8AM at Peace Arch Park parking lot, take Beach Ave exit, just before the border crossing.

Leader: RSVP Teresa if you plan to come

Bring: Nexus or passport, travel insurance, USD for lunch, extra water bottles and snacks because you’ll need them.

NB: This ride is open to members only.

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What’s summer without ice cream? “More cream, less scream” are words to live by. Not to worry, for the dairy and sugar-averse, as there are soup and sandwich options. This is a fairly flat ride, save crossing the Skytrain and Queensborough bridges, which explains this ride’s popularity. Who are we kidding? It’s all about the ice cream.

Meet: 9am at Arbutus Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus (40+km ride), or Kent and Cambie for shorter 31km ride.

Route: click here

RSVP the leader, inform her where you plan to meet: Teresa

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Avoid the heat 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. Look at that chest. Rumor has it he grooms it with a rake.  Consider this part 2 of the weekly Pie Ride where I actually go around UBC, hopefully at at pace worthy of the pie ride name. Plan is to ride in cool(er) conditions. Route is west along False Creek, Pt Grey bikeway, 4th Ave past Jericho up to UBC, around Marine Drive, south on Arbutus corridor. Your reward is a late dinner of half-price burgers at Bin4. It’ll go perfectly with your potato chip diet.  BRING YOUR LIGHTS.

Meet: 7pm at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

RSVP: Teresa

 

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Ride to Whytecliff Park for a picnic and a swim. 65 glorious km., lots and lots of hills. Great training ride. Nice views of pricey homes.Bring bathing suit, flip flop sandals, towel, picnic. There is a concession stand. Water is very “swimmable”. Expected pace: 20 + kph on the flats.

Meet: 830AM outside Science World entrance, 1455 Main Street

RSVP the Leader: Sharon

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I love Tucson in February. Very bike-friendly, 80 mile paved loop around the city, many bike meetups, lots of good eating, museums, etc.
Hard to find winter get-aways because it seems  the snowbirds flock there, and so very little left.
Here is what I came up with:
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/ 17922748  in a 55+ community with many more amenities than just pools.
I would like to go from Feb.14-Mar. 14.
Cost for sharing with me (2 BR. 2 Bathrooms): $400 per week. Stay as many weeks as you would like.
Please let me know asap, ’cause will be booked soon. Thanks.

Sharon

778- 878-1068

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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 May 20. 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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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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