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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A classic leisure ride to a familiar destination – Iona Beach. Flat, smooth pavement to ease the way and a beautiful seascape to view at our destination, then we will reverse the route back to Ikura Sushi on Granville near 70th Avenue for everybody’s favourite bento box selection. Leisure ride with pace 15-18km/h; no one dropped. Bring the tools and parts you need to keep rolling.

RSVP: email to Will

Meet: 10:00am Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus St. at W. 6th Avenue), or 10:30am at corner of SW Marine at Milton St (South end of the Arbutus Strollerway).

Route: South via the Arbutus Strollerway to Arthur Laing Bridge, then following Ferguson Road to Iona Beach (return on same route). Detailed route map here.

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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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Leisurely ride around Richmond ending with a stop for lunch at the group’s choice of: Flying Beaver, Doshas or Shanghainese. Terrain is flat and pace will be moderate (~18kmh). All are welcome and no one will be dropped.

Meet: 10am at SOUTH end (Richmond side) of Skytrain bridge (this is on River Drive at Van Horne Way). Note this is not the usual meeting spot for recent leisure rides.

RSVP: Email to Will if you are coming and we will make sure you are there before we depart.

Route: simple circumnavigation of Richmond, about 30km; something like this.

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billy miner pub

The Ride:  The ride leaves Braid Street Skytrain, winds it way to the Coquitlam river (and up, no paddle), across to the Pitt for a short dyke ride to the Pitt River Bridge. From there we go along bike trails and back roads to the Billy Miner Pub.. After a beverage or two, (and perhaps a bite to eat), We will return via Pitt Meadows Airport, Mary Hill Bypass to United Boulevard to return to Braid. This is a no drop ride, it’s not a speed ride.

Bring tools/spares in case of flats. Keep an eye on the website for possible cancellation in the event of rain/snow/ice.

Route: click here

Meet: Braid St Skytrain station at 9:30.

Distance: 75km

Ride coordinator:  Colin

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It’s time to test your conditioning! 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

Meet: 730AM 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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119359This ride starts at the Olympic Village, Stanley Park, UBC, Marine Drive to Kent to Dorothy and Colin’s house for a BBQ (provided). We can pick people up along the way, just let me know before hand. Want a real easy ride, may I suggest meeting at the Skytrain bridge at Cambie and Kent. Want to go a bit further, meet at the SW end of the Burrard bridge. Want to go further yet, ride up Seymour before the start of the ride. Just let me know if you plan on coming so that there will be enough food and drink.

Route: click here,

Meet: 10:00 AM at Terra Breads in the Athlete’s Village

Please RSVP ride leader Colin if you plan to come.

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If lungbusting is your name, then climbing Cypress is your game!  We will climb the 16k to the top of Cypress Bowl.  Be prepared for some spectacular views as well as steep hills.  On the way back we will traverse West Van and stop for our lunch/snack before returning to the start.

Rain or threat of rain will cancel the ride.

Meet: 830AM at Urban Fare, located at 305 Bute at Hastings

RSVP the Leader: Gwyn

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pitt polder

There are three possible starting points for this ride: 1)JJ’s on Commercial; 2)Braid St Skytrain; 3)East end of the Pitt River Bridge. The ride is fairly flat and the turn around place is Pitt Polder, a bird area at the start of Pitt Lake. We will haved a picnic here (It’s a bring your own.) Sometimes there is a food truck there, but this is not a guarantee. From the picture, you can see it’s a beautiful area. We may stop at the Gillnetter on the way back.   This is a no drop ride.

RSVP the Ride Co-ordinator: Colin

Distance: about 100km return to JJ Bean.  (70km return from Braid, 40km return from Pitt River Bridge)

Route: click here

Meet: jjbean on commercial at 8:30 (Braid about 9:30, Pitt Bridge about 10:30)

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The Wednesday Night Pie Rides have beautifully showcased Vancouver’s scenery until we lost our fair leader to retirement. Many have never experienced this ride due to schedule conflicts, what with the inconvenience of employment. Now’s your chance to experience the Pie Ride on a Saturday.  This is a no-drop ride. Coffee/refuel stop will be at University Village at UBC before everyone splits for home.

Meet: 1000AM at Canada Place, between Burrard and Howe

Route: click here

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

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