Ok, the last two times this ride was rained out. So here it is for one more try and hope for the best.

The Ride:  This popular ride attracts many cyclists and has become a club classic. It’s perfect for a fine spring, now summer, day. It boasts spectacular scenery, varied terrain and challenging climbs to work up an appetite.

We will across Stanley Park, ride over Lion’s Gate Bridge, ride residential roads skirting the ocean, then join the bike route with its many twists, turns and killer climbs and eventually find ourselves in Horseshoe Bay. Lunch will either be at one of several fine dining restaurants or take your picnic to the waterfront park. We will then return along scenic Marine Drive with a cappuccino stop at Delany’s in West Vancouver. Almost any bike with triple rings and good brakes will do.

Route: here

Meet:  930am at  Arbutus Coffee at 6th & Arbutus 

Distance:  Approx. 60 km.

Contact:  Andrea C.

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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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Whether your taste in ice cream runs tall, wide, silly or fancy – all will be considered – and NO ONE does not like ice cream. Plan for the ride is to ride no more than 25km at a pace that does not exceed 18km/h to get the best ice cream! And where is the best ice cream? – bring your suggestions (within the distance limit) – and we will ride to the location those riding select. Feel free to post your suggestions in the comments, but be prepared to argue for your choice before we ride. Destination will be announced to WhatsApp Group before we embark.

Ride is subject to weather – check this post by 8am on the ride date in case of cold, rain, snow or volcanic  eruption.

Meet: Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Ave at Arbutus St)

Time: 10am

Instigator: Will and Naiden (email if you want us to be sure you are there before we set out)

Route: only the shadow knows…

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Milltown Marina

Milltown Marina

This ride will run, rain or shine! Weather forecast at this time is for showers. Bring your rain gear.

Come and raise a glass of cheer to the memory of one of the VBC’s main benefactors, John Hathaway.

You can read about John’s lifeHERE.

The Ride: This ride will take us from the Olympic Village and eventually end at for lunch at the newly opened Milltown Bar & Grill at the also newly opened Milltown Marina in Marpole. Actually, the place is officially in Richmond, but it suffers from a rare case of Pt. Roberts syndrome (those geographically challenged can keep wondering).

The plan is to south on Heather, to West 10th Ave, and make our way around UBC to Milltown Pub.  However, how we reach the pub will mostly depend on the current conditions – we might take a longer route if it’s really nice, or shorten it if it’s crappy.

Meet: At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 10:30am

Distance: about 30 km.

Ride coordinator: Cam S.

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Summer is coming! Weather is good. Let’s ride!

The Ride:   We’ll take Canada Line Bridge to River Rd, then taking No. 7 Rd, Cambie, Sidaway and Dike to Steveston. Return via Railway/Russ Baker/River Road. Route Map

Distance: 30 km or so to the pub.

Meet: JJ’s Coffee, East 6th Ave. and Commercial at 10:00 AM.

Ride coordinator: Cam_S

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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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Flying Beaver

The Ride:  

I would  like to lead a Richmond ride on the above date starting a 9 AM from Terra Breads at the Olympic Village site. I will be taking the following route: Ontario, 45th, Heather, Jacomb, Sidaway, No. 5, Dyke Rd, …. Railway, No. 2 bridge, Flying Beaver. I may be averaging around 21 to 23 km per hr. (I probably will be leading from behind at times!) I will print out a few waiver forms for any newbies. It should be a fun and doable ride for everyone.

 

Meet : 9:00AM at Terra Breads 1605 Manitoba Street, Van, BC

Distance: 40 km.

Contact: Faye

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The ride cuts onto Marine Drive in West Vancouver which we then follow to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Riders have been known to turn back here. Keep going, it’s a great ride to Roberts Creek and lunch at the Gumboot Cafe (yum!). The hills are nice and rolling, (OK, some are short and steep) and one long one out of Gibsons. Teresa introduced me to this ride, and I thought it was great. We’ll have an early start in order to try and catch the 9:40 AM ferry.

 

 

 

 

Route: click here, distance 90+km (average speed on flats – low to mid 20km/hr)

Meet: 7:30AM at Terra Breads in the Athlete’s Village

Please RSVP ride leader Colin if you plan to come.

Bring: your BC Ferries Experience card (or so Teresa says), snacks, water, extra tube and basic tools for repairs.

 

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This is a mostly flat ride with some climb in the beginning and end. There will be  peaceful pastoral and awesome river views. The long open stretches will call to the inner roadie in us all. We will take a break at Tugboat Annie’s.

 

Meet:   Terra Breads at the Olympic Village

Time:   8:00 AM

Route:  distance is approx 100 km here

Bring:  Snacks and bike maintenance tools

Leader:  Faye

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