Update Nov 10: If you have not RSVP’d to Teresa informing her of your intentions to come, do not be disappointed if you go hungry for lack of food. We don’t like people to be disappointed or hungry! 

Contribute to your club by coming out to the AGM: vote for the board, spend club money, eat the lunch, drink the Kool-Aid. Meeting is preceded by a leisure ride. Per photo, you are allowed to wear your favourite mom jeans. Sorry groupies, but only members in good standing can vote. Faye has kindly volunteered to lead. May the weather that day be as sunny as she is.

Meeting: 1030 at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

Please RSVP by Nov 10 so enough food can be ordered: Teresa

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Udon noddle soup

Update Nov 17: Rob S. wants to lead a ride to Deep Cove after the leisure ride. VBC bounty knows no bounds. See Part 2 below:

I don’t know about you, but all these VBC food rides are going to give me diabetes. But I love them! You might want to fast before and after, as it’s common to overeat at this popular event. Join us on a ride over to the Japanese Language School for their annual fundraiser bazaar, complete with a variety of homemade Japanese food for sale. Bring a strong lock, tools, spare tube and know how to use them. Ride runs rain or shine in the event of fair to middling weather. No riding in a downpour; I’ll drive to the event instead.

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

Route: less than 30km, goes out to Stanley Park, ends at Alexander and Jackson. Pace is low 20s km/hr, noone is dropped.

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

Part 2: Deep Cove Sunshine Ride

We’ve been blessed with another great sunshine weekend. Let’s take advantage of the great weather and get a ride in. This is a No Drop ride. For hills 100 meters or more in height, we will wait at the top of them until the last rider makes it up. If your bike breaks down or you are hurt, then we will be there to help you out.

Meet: Science World at 130pm
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8223005
Rating: Intermediate
Ride duration: 2 – 2.5 hours: expect speed of about 22 kph overall
Rider Limit: 8
RSVP : Rob

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…and other snacks available from Sean’s Good Eats at Avalon Dairy (7985 N Fraser Way, Burnaby). I was surprised to learn that this is Naiden’s favourite VBC lunch destination (even when it is NOT ice cream season, although some think it is never to cold for a milkshake). The route crosses the North Arm of the Fraser on the skytrain bridge and goes along River Road to the Queensborough Bridge then back through Burnaby. We will travel at a leisure pace (around 20kmh along the flats) and no one will be left behind. This ride is dependent on reasonable weather. I will send out a message to the VBC WhatsApp Group at 90 minutes before the starting time if the ride is cancelled or postponed (and I will also endeavour to update this post).

Meet: 10am at the Arbutus Cafe (Arbutus St. at W. 6th Avenue) or 10:30am at Vancouver side of Skytrain bridge.

Route: 40+ km (from Arbutus Cafe) or 31km (from Skytrain bridge); for details see here

Leader: Will (and Naiden); you can let us know your preferred starting point by email (I will ride through both starting points).

 

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Yes, that is exactly what Rocky Point will look like on the 1st of December.

Tentative plan is to eat at Charlie’s Mexican Restaurant at Rocky Point Park, but it looks like there’s a lot of choice in easy riding distance if that turns out to be closed or otherwise a no-go. Ride will be canceled in event of rocks, trolls with sticks, all sorts of dragons, Mrs. Cake, huje green things with teeth, any kinds of black dogs with orange eyebrows, rains of spaniels, fog, Mrs. Cake. Check ~12 hours before for the final word.

Pace is expected to be halfway between a leisure ride and a Colin ride. We will of course not leave anyone behind.

Meet: JJ Bean (Commercial Drive at E. 6th Ave.) at 10am

Leader: Dov (obviously) – email to let him know you are coming. [Update: Will did not enter Dov’s email correctly – now it is fixed. Sorry]

Route: see here

 

 

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TINY UPDATE: The start time is now 1200 (noon) to take advantage of this nice weather. Please beware there could be patchy ice on city streets, and ride accordingly.

The Ride: Cheryl and Joel have once again invited the VBC to their annual New Year’s day open house. Weather permitting, we will leisurely ride Vancouver’s neighborhoods for a couple of hours or so, and magically arrive at C&J’s place to cheerfully toast the new year. Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided by our hosts. Bring a good lock to park your bike outside their house. Please note that this event is open to current VBC members and their guests only.

The Route: A route will depend on current conditions and the mood.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1200

Ride coordinators:  Andrea C.

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There are numerous oases of nature in the urban desert. This ride will pass through several in Vancouver and Burnaby where you can fill your quota of trees, water, and ducks. We’ll cycle to Deer Lake via Killarney and return via Central Valley. Expect some hardpack gravel that is easily rideable with road tires going through Captain Cook, Central and Deer Lake Parks.  There will be a food stop at Deer Lake Wonton House  at the 24km mark. There are hills, but climbs are gradual or short for the most part. This is a no-drop ride and will run weather-permitting

Meet: 10AM Arbutus Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus

Route:  about 42km total, click here for route details

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

 

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting many riders! John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 93) on or near his birthday. The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the float plane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress. That would give us a total of 47km. That makes it about half of Hathaway’s age.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting may riders!

John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 92) on or near his birthday. The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the floatplane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Distance:  40 to 60 km.

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

 

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The Ride: This ride falls on Valentine’s Day, an apt celebration of my love affair with food. Sorry Cam, you have not been overlooked. Ever wonder what “banchan” is? Have you ever wanted to shout “bibimbap” and not sound crazy? You can on this ride. To continue with a cyclist’s favourite theme, the rolling bellies are headed into Burnaby/New Westminster for Korean food this week. The terrain will be mostly road, with unpaved sections of the Central Valley Greenway. The pace will be leisurely, the distance is easy, but there are a couple of good climbs. Road bike tires will be fine. Lunch will be at Insadong restaurant. Family style dining is likely unless the majority states otherwise.

Route: click here

Meet: At JJ’s Coffee East 6th and Commercial at 1000AM.

Distance: 52 km

Ride coordinator: RSVP Teresa  required for restaurant seating.

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Hoping that our unseasonably seasonal weather has passed by then, an easy ride around UBC ending with a roll down West 8th Avenue ending at my home in Kitsilano for some warming treats, mostly of the baked variety. If you do not appreciate the gluten, I will have some grain-based products that have been purified by a well-known distillation process (that may leave you among the baked varieties). As we will then be in the week prior to the celebration of the 258th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns (25 January 1759), we may all lift a glass in remorse that poor Robbie died just 21 years before the invention of the bicycle. If you cannot join the ride, but do not want to miss the bacchanalia, let me know and I will provide you with my address by email. As everyone knows, if you find yourself unable to ride home, you run the risk of suffering Colin’s fate of leaving a bicycle in my “shed of iniquity”.

I will cancel the ride if road conditions do not allow a safe or comfortable ride and amend this post to so indicate by 8am on the ride date (and I will send a message on WhatsApp).

Ride: Approximately 25kn; details of the route to be determined based on road conditions and I will post an update prior to the ride.

Meet: 11am at Arbutus Coffee (2200 Arbutus St. at West 6th Avenue).

Leader: Naiden (and Will), please let me know if you are coming so I can stock adequate provisions.

As with all VBC rides, bring your helmet, but leave your haggis and bag pipes at home.

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