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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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Get going on those New Years resolutions to get into shape! This ride is great in the winter because trees have dropped their leaves, permitting you nice views of Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet. Although this is a short ride, there is a long climb into Burnaby and about 4km of hard packed gravel with some steep sections. Hybrid tires and hill-climbing gears recommended. Click here for the route.

Lunch will be in East Village at Mr. Red Cafe, a northern Vietnamese eatery.

Meet: Terra Breads at 1030AM

Leader: Please RSVP Teresa if you plan to come. The restaurant is small.

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Come join a ride from Mission to Harrison along the north side of the Fraser. The ride follows the Lougheed which has a nice wide shoulder the whole way. Leaving Mission, it’s a flat spin till Deroche, from there a gentle rolling terrain to Harrison with the exception of one hill (both ways). Usually on a Sunday the road is fairly quiet. We will stop at a pub in Harrison for lunch before returning. No, the photo does not depict the location of the lunch spot.

Meet: 10AM at the Dairy Queen in Mission, address 32753 Lougheed Highway, V2V 1A7

Distance: approx. 100k

Leader and RSVP: Colin by email if you plan to come. He accepts payment in beer.

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Enjoy this quick burn to the North Shore. The 32km loop is deceptively short; there’s some good climbs in there, steep and longish. Reward your quivering quads with big water views. We’ll take a break by grabbing snacks in the village and soak in the atmosphere by the water.

Meet: 9AM at JJ’s Coffee, located at 6th and Commercial Dr.

Route: click here

RSVP the leader: Teresa

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This ride ventures into sleepy but charming Dundarave in West Vancouver where I used to frequent the Bakehouse, but then was introduced to Crema in Ambleside that crushes the coffee and baked goods.  This place is pretty packed, so we can take our goodies to the water for noshing. There’s one hill in Stanley Park and the bridge to overcome, otherwise it’s pretty level. This will be a no-drop ride.

Please keep an eye on the website Saturday morning for possible cancellation in the event of rain. All riders are expected to have basic tools/supplies to repair flats and know how to use them.

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

Meet: Arbutus and 6th Ave coffee shop at 9AM

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 View from Grouse Fire RoadYou know when you’re running out of ride ideas when rides start going vertical. This is a classic training ride for roadies near and far. Expect a long, sustained climb. Pace yourself, or expectorate a lung. Break is at Nester’s at the top.

Meet: 9AM at JJ’s on 6th and Commercial Drive

Route: click here

RSVP the leader: Teresa

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It wouldn’t be summer if there wasn’t a ride up one of the 3 local mountains. Some rides include all three. This one is a cardio lover’s dream. Just be sure to dust off the lightest bike you own with the climbing gears, because you’ll need it. There’s big views to reward those willing to brave the switchbacks up to the parking lot of Mount Seymour. There’s drinks at the top, and a food stop at the mini mall at Mt. Seymour Parkway & Mt. Seymour Rd. Make sure you carry enough water and food to get you to the top, as there will be no stops for these essentials on the way up. But wait! The ride doesn’t end at the bottom – it continues over to Seymour Demonstration Forest afterwards. Tommy, ride leader extraordinaire, has recently returned from the Pyrenees and doesn’t want to lose his cardio crown. Ask him all about it…

Bring: a completed membership form/waiver if you’re not a member, tools for simple repairs, water, snacks

Meet: 9AM at JJ’s coffee on 6th Ave and Commercial Dr.

Route: click here

RSVP:Tommy

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Saturday, August 5 ride will be heading west around UBC. Details in route below.

Meet: Saturday, August 5 10AM at the coffee shop at Arbutus and West 6th Ave

Route: 37.3km. see https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23861796

RSVP: email to Will

September 2, 16 and 30 rides rides will also be around 30-40km in length with a break in the middle involving food. Average speeds will be in the mid-teens/hr. Everyone’s welcome; no one will be dropped.

 

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