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Time to get together and kick start a new cycling season. Enjoy a leisure ride to the usual lunch spot to celebrate spring and better cycling weather.  If you can’t come on the ride, meet the gang at the Fraserview library at 1230pm.

Meet: Olympic Village Terra Breads at 1030AM, leader will be Cameron

Bring: a bike in good working order, your completed membership form and fee if you plan to re-join. You’ll also need a lock to secure your bike OUTSIDE.

RSVP by March 25:email  Teresa so she knows how much food to order

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Update March 24: Note the date change. No, it’s not a joke, as the date would suggest. 

This is a classic VBC Leisure Ride.  We’ll break for noshings and coffee in Lonsdale Quay. The ride home will go through Moodyville Park, much more pleasant than the Lower Level road, which is not shown in the route link below, and will involve a steep but short climb. Cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Ride will be canceled in the event of rain. Keep an eye out on the website the morning of the ride for updates.

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

Route: click here

RSVP Teresa if you plan to come.


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Update May 8: see alternate meeting location below. 

NB: The summer schedule for the Massey Tunnel Shuttle is now in effect. Click here for the schedule. Options to get to the start point include driving, transit, bike across the Alex Fraser bridge, or carpooling.  

I’m starting this ride on the other side of the river, only to end up on that other dark side, the USA. This is a ride through mostly flat farmland, with hills in Tsawwassen and Point Roberts.  A food stop will be made in Tsawwassen, probably here.  Keep an eye on the website, as this ride is weather-dependent. If it’s raining, a cancellation will be posted by 7AM.

Parking: Town and Country charges $5 a day for parking.  There is free parking at the Delta Chamber of Commerce (6201 60 Ave) or in the industrial park next to the Shell station, which is where I’ve parked without incident. The address is 6165 Highway 17A, Unit 310, Delta, V4K 5B8.

Meet: 915AM at Town and Country Inn, 6005 Hwy 17A, Delta. This has closed down, though the bike shuttle still stops here. If there is no place to wait in the parking lot, plan B is to meet in the industrial park directly east of the Town and Country, address 6165 BC-17A Delta, BC V4K 5B8

Route: click here, about 60km round trip. Pace will be about 20-25km/hr on the flats. If the group wants a longer ride, add 10km for the out-and-back to Westham Island.

Bring: your Nexus card or passport , CAD if you plan to buy your lunch.

RSVP the Leader and indicate whether you need or can offer a ride. I will do my best to be your ride matchmaker: Teresa

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May is  all North Shore rides, all the time. This ride is no different, starting from 6th & Arbutus then heading to West Van for some hills and big views. Perfect for the closet mountain goat. The route ends at our lunch stop in Ambleside.  Kelly and Marty will co-lead, Kelly from the front turning one way and Marty in the back yelling noooooo.

Route: click here

Meet: 9AM, 6th and Arbutus coffee shop

Leaders: Marty and Kelly

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Kitsilano and Second Beach pools open Saturday, the 18th, and my plan to celebrate the first day of outdoor swimming is A Different Kind of Triathlon. We’ll meet at Kits pool to swim a few laps, then ride over to Second Beach pool where we’ll swim a few more laps, warm up the sun on the deck, and, finally, enjoy lunch. The Second Beach pool concession has actual, yummy food this year, so let’s explore. If you aren’t interested in swimming, just keep riding, and we’ll rendezvous over lunch at Second Beach pool. Ride is weather dependent: will cancel by 8AM in the event of bad weather. Check website and Whatsapp.

If you are not a swimmer, but want to ride while Dianna and the Aquapeople swim, but then meet them for lunch, Will will be leading a ride. Hydrophobics can meet with their bikes outside the Kits Pool around 9:45am. We will then agree on a route that will get us to Second Beach by high noon.

Meet: Kits pool, pool deck @10:00. Second Beach pool @11:15. Lunch @high noon.
Dress code: bathing suit

RSVP the Leader: Dianna

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Update May 15: This ride runs rain or shine, though leader may modify the ride or cut it short in the event of rain.

Let’s go  to Fort Langley for lunch. We leave from Port Moody, go through Port Coquitlam and head towards Fort Langley via the Golden Ears bridge. On the way back we hop over Fraser river via the Port Mann bridge and ride over to Como Lake before we head back to Port Moody. Depending on the spirit of the group we can indulge in a victory brew.

Meet: Rocky Point Park washrooms at 8AM, by the water park

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Yves

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Update May 14: Will wants to offer an alternate start point for those who need to exercise their watermelon-carrying superpowers: 815AM at 22nd Ave Skytrain. Let Teresa or Will know if this is where you wish to start. Also, this ride is weather-dependent. Check this website 2hr before the ride for any updates if in doubt.

Surrey is full of treasures waiting to be discovered by cyclists, even its misunderstood middle child Whalley. It will be scenic, but you will have to earn it. There are several hills, one with a 10% grade. Surfaces will be a mix of pavement and hardpack gravel, sometimes on busy streets. Lunch will be at the 34-36km mark, at the Sunflower Cafe or Delrios. Come prepared with tools to fix flats, spare tubes, snacks and a water bottle. If you lose the leader and your way because you passed her 2 hours ago, you may be left on the tracks to be picked off by seagulls. I wait for people at turns, but can’t be chasing stray riders.

Meet: 9AM at King George Skytrain Station, terminus of Expo Line

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

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In the winter, the North Shore is a wall of gloom and rain.  In the summer, it’s a major playground for city slickers and worth exploring.  This ride ventures into the forest of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve that features a nice 12km paved trail free of cars that follows a river to Seymour Lake.  Expect to climb for an extended period of time at a moderate grade. There is a short section of dirt trail, otherwise the route is paved.

Meet: 900AM at Terra Breads in Olympic Village.

Route: click here, over 60km

RSVP the Leader: Faye

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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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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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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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Update June 17: It’s now a leisure ride!

Celebrate the summer solstice 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.  Don’t look directly into his eyes! Many try but few escape the grip of the Hoff’s swarthy stare. Your reward is a late dinner of half-price burgers at Bin4. It’ll go perfectly with your potato chip diet.  BRING YOUR LIGHTS.

Approximate Route: Route back will be along Heather or Arbutus greenway

Meet: 7pm at Riley Park Fieldhouse located at Quebec and 32nd Ave

RSVP: Teresa

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Don’t let the pictures fool you…it’s not about the beer!! Enjoy the pastoral views on quiet country roads. All the elevation is at the beginning then nothing but flat terrain…a roadie’s dream.  I am going anyways so I thought I can take some people with me. We’ll be riding to the Buck and Ear for lunch in Steveston.

Be prepared by packing adequate food, water, spare tubes and tools for the ride.

Meet:9:00 AM at Terra Breads, Olympic Village

Route:  approx. 70km, all paved

RSVP the Leader: Faye

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Leave your indoor trainer behind. Put on your finest lycra and join fellow mamils in a leisurely yet refreshing ride exploring the bike paths and bike lanes (ahem… and small repetitious hills!) of North Vancouver. As we leave we ride through downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Once we cross the Lion’s Gate bridge we’ll ride along North Vancouver Spirit Trail. Then we follow Dollarton highway head to Deep Cove for some refreshments before we tackle the Mount Seymour Parkway’ short but epic climb followed by a very, very, long descent.

On the way home, we’ll cross into Vancouver via the Iron Workers Memorial bridge. Then ride Trout Lake before heading back to Olympic Village Square.

PS: Swim trunks optional

Date & Time: June 29th,8:00 am

Startup Location: Olympic Village Square

Distance/Elevation: 56Km, 600 meters

Pace: Leisure


RSVP the Leader: Yves

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Update June 5: When you RSVP, please indicate if you have space in your car for another person and their bike. Enjoy good company, staying awake, and gas money in return. 

Update June 2: Please note date change. How better to celebrate Canada Day weekend than to leave the country!  

Whatcom County is a pleasure to ride in especially in summer. This ride takes us to the Lummi Reservation located between Ferndale and Bellingham. Note, there is no place to buy a decent lunch on this ride, so pack a sandwich or three. If water and food are scarce, I may stop in Ferndale. Best suited for a road bike, as route is paved, and the ride is long (110km). Make sure your bike is in good working order, and that you’ve packed tools for basic repairs. A ferry ride to Lummi Island will require $7US for a round trip fare.  This is a day tour, open to VBC members only. The ride goes only in  good weather. Don’t forget your Nexus or passport; if you do, it’ll be a fast ride…right back to your car.

Meet: 8AM at Peace Arch Park parking lot. Exit on Beach Rd, just before the border, to reach the parking lot

Route: click here

RSVP: Teresa

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