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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Many will recall the dreary experience of hearing me prattle on about my jazz allergy (resulting from overexposure as an infant) and wondered if there was even a scintilla of truth of its genesis. Well, now all doubts can be address: you are invited to experience the “joy” of a brass band concert following this ride and my dear father will be among the E Flat Horns of the Little Mountain Brass Band performing at the Mount Seymour United Church in North Vancouver (details below). The ride will cross on the Ironworks Memeorial Bridge then follow Dollerton Highway to Cates Park and on to Deep Cove (there is some gravel in this part, so you have been warned) then stop for lunch at the Ravens Pub for refueling before a short ride to the concert.

This ride is dependent on reasonable weather – in case of messy weather, I will send a message on WhatsApp and post here if cancelled by 7:30am on the day of the ride.

Following the concert we will return to Vancouver with “riders’ choice” routing.

Meet: 9:15am at Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus Street at W. 6th Avenue) or 10:00am at JJ Bean (Commercial Drive at E. 6th Avenue).

Route: between starting points on 10th Avenue and then see here for route to North Shore.

Leader: Will (please email me to indicate which starting point I should expect to see you – I will ride through both).

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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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The Ride:  As the name implies, this ride will somehow end at the Flying Beaver

The Route:  HERE. In case of iffy weather, the route can be altered or shortened.

Meet:  At the Arbutus Coffee Shop at 10:00am. (don’t forget to move your clocks back)

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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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

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

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Zero Avenue

Photo:Empty road calling your name. 

Here’s your chance to lead the ride you’ve always wanted to try.

If you don’t see a ride posted, it means that weekend is waiting for ride leaders.

 

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.