Want to post a last-minute impromptu ride? Want to be updated about impromptu rides? We’re starting a WhatsApp group for just this purpose. We’re calling these rides “Flash Rides” because they’re so spur-of-the-moment. It’s wonderful because a text can be sent out once and everyone gets it instantaneously. If a ride is cancelled, a text can be sent out to notify the group.

Everyone who wants to be part of this group need to download WhatsApp (it’s free) to their phone. Once this is done, they can email Faye their phone # and be added to the group. WhatsApp, once loaded, can be access through WiFi or data.

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The Ride: Last time I visited White Rock the old pier was still proudly standing but, alas, a wicked storm decided to take out a section of said structure, along with a number of moored sailboats of course. Since then, the pier has been rebuilt to the sound of millions of our dollars. So I thought: it would be fun organize a club ride to check out the new and improved White Rock pier.

The Route: We will start from the 22nd Street Skytrain station and follow a southerly route consisting of a mix of pavement and gravel (gravel cycling is so fashionable these days it seems). Once in White Rock we will first visit and marvel at the brand new expression of art and engineering, then head to one of the many fine dining establishments nearby for lunch. After both our eyes and stomachs had their fill, we will continue on our loopy ride to catch the King George station Skytrain back home. This ride is weather dependent; check here and WhatsApp for updates.

Meet:  At 22nd Street Station at 1000am

Route: HERE

Distance:  about 65 km.

Ride coordinator:Andrea C.

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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 or Arcteryx, BlundstoneBirkenstock, and Glerups products.
  • Does not apply to previous purchases, no exceptions.
  • Does not apply to clearance items

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. 

If an item that you wish to purchase is not in-stock during the night of the event, we are able to apply the clubnight discount to omni-channeled items. To access this wonderful perk, speak to any staff member to check to see if the item is still available at another location to get it shipped to the location of your desire. The staff member will call the Service Centre for you and tell them the item you’re ordering and that you’re in the store for the clubnight event (you will have to show the staff member your discount card prior to ordering to receive discount). The staff member will pass the phone over to you and you will confirm shipping and payment details. (Please note that omni-channeled orders will be a separate transaction from your other purchases made that evening in the store)

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
: MEC Vancouver, 130 West Broadway

RSVP to Teresa by Thursday October 31 if you plan to go, so your name can be put on the attendee list.

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On the 26 October ride, Naiden started on about how the “best way to ride to UBC was clockwise” (up via Arbutus Stollerway and SW Marine, then down NW Marine and along Jericho Beach), and I asked him to plan a ride, which is this posting. The result is not too long and not too steep climbing – perfect for a leisurely ride in the autumn. And to reward those riding we will stop for lunch at one of Naiden’s favourite restaurants in Kits, Sahel, an Iranian restaurant. Additional riding after lunch for those interested (not Naiden, obviously), will be discussed.

Meet: 10am 9 November at Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Ave at Arbutus St.)

Leader: Naiden (and Will)

Route: 21.5km is here

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Lets climb a mountain like the pros! Dawn your Sunday best mismatched cycling kits. Just like the pros we’ll start at Musette Caffé. Head for the north shore, re-fuel in Deep Cove (Cafe Orso) then climb the mighty Queen Elizabeth “Little Mountain” and do a summit victory lap around the parking lot.

Lastly we’ll finish at Musette where we can regale at how many decimeters we climbed.

Meetup: Musette Caffé @ 10:00am
Ride Leader: Yves Chartrand
Route details below

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The Ride: Come for a ride and enjoy some of Richmond’s longer riverside stretches. The views are awesome, and traffic is light on weekends.

The Route: The route will take us on 10th, south on Heather, across the Canada Line bridge, east on River Road, then south on 7 and Sidaway, and finally ride west on Dyke Road to Steveston for a yummy lunch at one of the VBC’s favourite pubs: The Buck & Ear (but trust me: don’t order the quesadilla).

Meet:  10:00am in front of Velo Star Cafe at Heather & 16th (note new time and meeting place)

A vaguely approx. route: HERE

Distance:  about 60 km.

Ride coordinator: Andrea C.

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Come out to the AGM and help guide the club into the future! Vote for the board, spend club money, eat the lunch, drink the Kool-Aid. Meeting takes place at the Fraserview library and is preceded by a leisure ride. As per photo, any contraption that improves team building is welcome. Sorry groupies, but only members in good standing can vote. Anyone wanting to lead the leisure ride preceding the meeting or wanting to do a food run, let Teresa know. Food runner also gets to decide the menu. Feel free to submit any agenda items before the event. 

Update Oct 15: Colin has kindly offered to lead the ride. If you can, please bring your own dishes and utensils to reduce waste. Your landfill will thank you.

Ride Start Time and Place: 1030 at Terra Breads in Olympic Village

Please RSVP by Nov 16 so enough food can be ordered: Teresa

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What’s holding you back from leading a ride? Not excessive cattitude, I hope.  Lead a ride, give back to your club, and go where you want.

Email Teresa to have your ride posted.

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Regular Weekly Rides

Wednesday Night Pie Rides


The ride: We zip around the edges of Vancouver. Starting from Canada Place we climb to Prospect Point in Stanley Park, then along Beach to Science World, across to Kits, and out to UBC and back home along the bike routes of Kits.

A fast, but friendly ride with several stops to collect everyone.

Meet: EVERY Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). (Ride depends on the weather.)

Distance: About 20 to 50 km, depending on how far you ride.

Pace: Multi-paced – please wait at pre-determined spots for others.

Contact: Henry H. at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca


Helmets are required on all VBC rides and tours.