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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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! 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 October 12th if you plan to go, so your name can be put on the attendee list.

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Update Friday Oct 20-Sorry, folks, ride is canceled due to rain, to be rescheduled for a drier day. 

For fear of becoming a dotard, this ride challenges my navigation skills by combining a couple of rides: Manis and Fort Langley. This ride explores the Poco Trail, winds through Pitt Meadows, Fort Langley, and ends in Surrey. I repeat, in dotard fashion, the start and end are not the same! Enjoy beautiful views of no less than 3 rivers. Be prepared to climb initially and towards the end. There is about 3km of flat, hardpacked gravel, manageable by skinny tires.  By lunch time, you’ll have earned a nice meal, at Blacksmith Bakery. Bring a bike in good working order, tools and spares to fix flats, and lunch money.

Route: click here

Meet: Lougheed Skytrain station, at 900AM.

RSVP: Teresa

Weather: ride is canceled in the event of rain, to be posted at least 2 hours before the meeting time.

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Let’s see how the other half lives on our ride to the Milltown Pub via Southlands.  We will ride round UBC clockwise and along the new and improved SW Marine Drive. Enjoy river views and equestrian pastorals with short sections of gravel. Expect to climb hills on the way up to UBC and along SW Marine. We’ll milk the Arbutus Corridor for all it’s worth for the return trip back to the start point.  This is a no-drop ride.

Meet: coffee shop at 6th Ave and Arbutus at 10AM

Route: click here

Pace: leisurely, teens to low 20km/hr on average. Option to hammer on Marine Drive.

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

 

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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. Yes, you can wear your favourite mom jeans. Sorry groupies, but only members in good standing can vote.

Meet: 6th and Arbutus coffee shop at 11AM for the ride.

Meeting: Fraserview branch of the Vancouver Public Library

Please RSVP: Teresa or Will

 

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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 bi-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.

Meet: 10AM at JJ’s Coffee on 6th and Commercial

Route: less than 30km, goes out to Stanley Park, ends at Alexander and Jackson

RSVP the Leader: Teresa

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Enjoy this quick burn to the North Shore. The 32km loop is deceptively short; there’s some good climbs in there, steep and longish. Reward your quivering quads with big water views. We’ll take a break by grabbing snacks in the village and soak in the atmosphere by the water if the weather cooperates.

Meet: 10AM at JJ’s Coffee, located at 6th and Commercial Dr.

Route: click here

RSVP the leader: Teresa

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We have been having leisure rides every second week, and Naiden and Will have lead most of them. Typical leisure rides are 30-40km, moderate terrain and we ride at moderate pace (~18km/h on the flat); no one is dropped.

Upcoming dates are:

Sunday, 12 November (followed by Club Meeting and Lunch at Fraserview Library)

Saturday, 9 December

Saturday 23 December

If you are interested in leading a leisure ride and one of these dates suits you, let Will know.  Details for each of the rides will be posted during the week before.

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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 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side).

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.