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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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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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Fish and Chips!

There’s never a bad time for fish and chips, especially after biking. I’m going to try out the Cockney King in New Westminster. For those who care about their health, there are non-fried options. This is a no-drop ride and falls in the middle of being classified as leisure or medium.

Meet: JJ’s Coffee Shop on 6th and Commercial at 10:30AM

Route: click here

Pace: 20-25km/hr, with opportunities for faster riders to blaze ahead.

Leader: Teresa

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This rides extends last year’s Blackie Spit ride into White Rock. Surrey is full of treasures waiting to be discovered by cyclists, if you exclude 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 40km mark, at the Sunflower Cafe. Come prepared with tools, spare tubes, snacks and water bottles. 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. Thanks again to Rocket Rob for the route.

Meet: 8AM at King George Skytrain Station, terminus of Expo Line

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

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Silver Lake Park, near Sumas, WA

That’s a photo from a club ride in 1992. The bridge is gone, but you can still enjoy the backroads and farms of Washington State. A longer version of last year’s ride, this ride is 15km longer, totalling 97km. Make sure you bring your passport/Nexus card, a bike in good repair, some tools/spares for simple repairs, US dollars/credit card, and enough snacks/water. There is climbing, but it’s very gradual or short spurts. There are nail-biting sections with heavy traffic and minimal shoulder. Pace will be in the low 20kms/hr. I’ll be relying on GPS, so expect wayfinding issues. Many thanks to Justin for the route. Lunch will be at North Fork Brewery.  Open to VBC members only.

If you can take others in a carpool or need a ride, please let Teresa know in your RSVP.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Route: click here

Meet: 9AM at the Tim Hortons near Sumas/Huntington border crossing. Address is 1255 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 8H2

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Saturday, September 16 ride will not be heading all the way to Persepolis (see above), but we are going to Zeitoon for Persian food in North Vancouver!  Details in route below (with thanks to Marty for the route through North Van to minimize the climbing – I reserve the right to adjust the route back if my rough planning is not a good way back to the Ironworkers Bridge).

Meet: Saturday, September 16 10AM at the coffee shop at Arbutus and West 6th Ave (or 10:30am at North end of Lions Gate bridge and be ready to join the riders who will be passing this point around 10:45am)

Route: 33.5km (incl. return ride). will follow this route. I am told that there is some gravel on the route through parks in North Van, but I will be riding a tandem with an 11-year-old with skinny-ish tires.

RSVP: email to Will

September  30 and October 14 rides rides will also be around 30-40km in length with a break near the middle involving food. Average speeds will be in the mid-teens/hr. Everyone’s welcome; no one will be dropped. Bring the tools and parts you will reasonably need for the kind of mishaps that sometimes occur on bike rides, and water if you are a carbon-based life form.

 

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