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The Ride:  To continue with a cyclist’s favourite theme, the rolling bellies are touring Burnaby for Korean food this week. This is perfect for family style dining, unless the group states otherwise. Guaranteed to be hearty and warming. The terrain will be mostly road, with unpaved sections of the Central Valley Greenway. The pace and distance will be easy, but there are a few short climbs. There is a short section of riding along North Road, which may require riding on the sidewalk. Road bike tires will be fine. Lunch will be at the 22km mark, at Insadong restaurant.

Bring snacks to tide you over, and 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: At JJ’s Coffee East 6th and Commercial at 1100AM.

Distance: 38 km

Ride coordinator: RSVP Teresa 

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MEC Club NightNot a ride, but a bike event nonetheless.
Relieve your shopping itch. Receive 10% off all regular priced items purchased that evening – including bikes and boats!

  • Does not apply to package discounts; BlundstoneBirkenstock, and Glerups products.
  • Does not apply to previous purchases, no exceptions.

Returns and exchanges cannot be processed that evening.  Club members can put items on hold up to 48 hours before the event, and they must be picked up by 7 pm.  Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate. 

Participants must be a member of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase.  If you are not yet a member, you may purchase a $5.00 membership that evening.

Time:  7-9pm
Location
: MEC Vancouver, 130 West Broadway

RSVP to Teresa by Thursday October 18th if you plan to go, so your name can be put on the attendee list.

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With all this good weather we’ve been having, I’d like to continue with the al fresco lunch theme. A good place is at Westminster Quay, which has a bevy of dining options, from sit-down service to take-out eaten on the most inviting bench on the boardwalk. Regardless, the mighty Fraser is at your feet at all times. We will ride out to New West via 7/11 Trail, and return by Richmond’s River Road, over the Canada Line Bridge.

 

 

 

 

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

Distance: around 30km

Ride Coordinator: Cam

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Avoid the heat 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. Look at that chest. Rumor has it he grooms it with a rake.  Consider this part 2 of the weekly Pie Ride where I actually go around UBC, hopefully at at pace worthy of the pie ride name. Plan is to ride in cool(er) conditions. Route is west along False Creek, Pt Grey bikeway, 4th Ave past Jericho up to UBC, around Marine Drive, south on Arbutus corridor. Your reward is a late dinner of half-price burgers at Bin4. It’ll go perfectly with your potato chip diet.  BRING YOUR LIGHTS.

Meet: 7pm at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

RSVP: Teresa

 

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Ride to Whytecliff Park for a picnic and a swim. 65 glorious km., lots and lots of hills. Great training ride. Nice views of pricey homes.Bring bathing suit, flip flop sandals, towel, picnic. There is a concession stand. Water is very “swimmable”. Expected pace: 20 + kph on the flats.

Meet: 830AM outside Science World entrance, 1455 Main Street

RSVP the Leader: Sharon

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The San Juan Islands are the more touristy, less hippy-dippy siblings of the BC Gulf Islands. This used to be an annual tour for the VBC and is due for resurrection. This 4 day tour will explore San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands by self-supported bike. It starts  in Anacortes Saturday morning, where we ride to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry for San Juan Island.  We spend the first night at Lakedale Resorts and Campground which is blessed with campsites, a hotel, and everything in between. The 2nd day, we take the ferry to Orcas Island and camp at Moran State Park for 2 nights. The goal is to ride up to Mount Constitution the third day. On the 4th day, we take a ferry to explore Lopez Island, before taking one last ferry back to Anacortes and our waiting vehicles.

Lodgings: Although the leader will be camping, riders are welcome to book the fixed roof lodgings available at both sites. Keep in mind the self-supported riders will be slower paced. Getting to the start of the ride is the responsibility of the riders.

Costs: $30-40US for camping, $30US for return ferry, gas to and from Anacortes, health insurance, meals

Meals: breakfast and dinner likely in the campsite, lunches on the road

Bring: a bike in good working order, tools and parts for simple repairs, passport or Nexus, toilettries and clothes,  camping gear if you plan to camp

Distances: Expect to ride up to 60-70km/day. Anacortes to Ferry: 6km, San Juan Ferry to Lakedale: 8km, Orcas Ferry to Moran State Park: 21km, Moran to Mount Constitution: 10km one way, mostly climbing. Not a beginner tour. Routes: Day 1plus 6km to ride to ferry, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Meet: Cap Sante Marina located at 1019 Q Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221, at 830AM on Saturday July 8.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Open to VBC members only.

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Overnight ride to Victoria Aug 13+14 with Irene, Chris and Eva

Can you join us? Here is the itinerary:

Saturday: take the 9:00am ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Ride through North Saanich following the West Saanich Road to Brentwood Bay where we cross over to East Saanich Road and then pick up the Lochside Trail. Most likely there will be a lunch stop at the Cordova Bay Golf Course. After the break we continue on the Lochside Trail to Victoria and to the UVIC campus. Check-in at the dorms (reservation required), shower, relax, before taking the bus to downtown Victoria for dinner.

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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:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMQzwWeh40By2S5e08lZ6LOeK_TrPSPSUFynqKQy4cJTOttH2KgbkBBLiglwQ-h2w?key=SFFoYUs3dkMyRHNOaVpiNjkwVEk4dnpPN2pWNXBn

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All members are welcome and encouraged to lead a ride to the destination of his/her choice. It may be the only way to see it.  Plus, you do not want the existing ride leader(s) to burn out.  Please email Teresa or VBC Forum Moderator if you want the ride description posted. Details such as distance, pace, and meeting location and time, in addition to destination, are all that you need to provide.

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Update March 4: Please note the date change. 

Join me on another excellent adventure! We will be heading into Richmond again but in reverse. Steveston will not be a stop this time so we can head directly to the Fraser where eagles roam. After traversing along the farmland of Richmond, we will be heading to Tugboat Annie’s to refuel for our trip home. The ride is mostly flat with the climb up the Queensborough and along the BC Parkway. There will be long stretches of flat riding for the roadies!

Meet: 10AM at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

Route: 67km, click here

RSVP the leader: Faye

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