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Saturday, 27 January 2018 - Leisure Ride and Post-Ride Robbie Burns Celebration

Hoping that we get a drier day without risk of falling branches for an easy ride around Stanley Park or UBC (exact route will be adjusted to reflect weather and the feeling of the riding horde, but we will ride at least 21 kms to mark each of the years that elapsed after the Ploughman Poet died before the greatest invention of humankind) ending at my home in Kitsilano for some warming treats, mostly of the baked variety. If you do not appreciate the gluten, I will have some grain-based products that have been purified by a well-known distillation process (that may leave you among the baked varieties). As we will then be in the weekend after the celebration of the 259th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns (25 January 1759), we may all lift a glass in remorse that poor Robbie died 21 years before the invention of the bicycle. This tragic mis-ordering of history denied us all a wealth of poems to the "steel pony" that Robbie would, no doubt, have written, but I ask each of you to bring your favourite ode to that most perfect machine to share with the gathered several. If you cannot join the ride, but do not want to miss the bacchanalia (or you have a poem that you REALLY want to share), let me know and I will provide you with my address by email. . I will shorten the ride if road conditions do not allow a safe or comfortable ride, but I will not want to have to eat all the pie and drink all the whisky myself - we all know how badly that would be! Ride: Approximately 25kn; details of the route to be determined based on road conditions to be agreed before we head out on the ride. Meet: 10:30am at Arbutus Coffee (2200 Arbutus St. at West 6th Avenue). Leader: Will, please let me know if you are coming so I can stock adequate provisions. As with all VBC rides, bring your helmet, but leave your haggis and bag pipes at home.

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Sunday, Jan. 14: John Hathaway Birthday Ride (Medium)

The Ride:  Another VBC classic attracting many riders! John was a long-time member of the club. Each year he led a ride with a distance of about the same number of kilometers as his age (that would end up at about 93) on or near his birthday. The weather is ALWAYS awful, but no one cares; the ride just magically shortens up if things get ugly. The group might end-up at the Flying Beaver pub, by the float plane terminal, to hoist a pint or two to a departed friend.

The Route:  The exact route and pace will greatly depend on the climatic conditions and the mood of the moment, but if the weather man got it right we will make a run for Iona Island via Heather bike route and River Road, return on Cypress. That would give us a total of 47km. That makes it about half of Hathaway’s age.

For more information about John Hathaway click HERE.

Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1030 (late start to let most of the ice melt)

Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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Monday, Jan. 01:  New Year's Open House at Cheryl & Joel's (Leisure)

        TINY UPDATE: The start time is now 1200 (noon) to take advantage of this nice weather. Please beware there could be patchy ice on city streets, and ride accordingly. The Ride: Cheryl and Joel have once again invited the VBC to their annual New Year's day open house. Weather permitting, we will leisurely ride Vancouver's neighborhoods for a couple of hours or so, and magically arrive at C&J's place to cheerfully toast the new year. Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided by our hosts. Bring a good lock to park your bike outside their house. Please note that this event is open to current VBC members and their guests only. The Route: A route will depend on current conditions and the mood. Meet:  At Terra Breads at the Olympic Village at 1200 Ride coordinators:  Andrea C.

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Sunday, Dec. 10: Richmond Express (Medium)

The Ride: Believe it or not, the forecast calls for a decent day.  It's time to enjoy some of Richmond’s longer riverside stretches with its awesome views and light traffic. The Route: The route will take us south on Heather, across the Canada Line bridge, east on River Road, then south on 7 and Sidaway, then ride west on Dyke Road to Steveston for a yummy lunch at one of the VBC’s favourite pubs: The Buck & Ear. Click HERE. Meet:  10:00am at Tandem Bike Cafe at Heather & 16th Distance:  approx. 60km. return Ride coordinator:  Andrea C.

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Saturday December 9 - Christmas Lights - Leisure Ride

  Bike wheels in snowIs the lack of Vitamin D getting you down? Let’s combat the darkness with a festive Christmas lights ride around town. Maintain your cardio while everyone else is swilling eggnog. The ride will wend its way around town from east to west, hitting all the highlights before ending at the mother of all light displays at Van Dusen Gardens. Dinner at Van Dusen or Main and 29th for those needing to defrost with a hot beverage. Dress for the weather as there may be some stopping to oo and ah. When: 5pm Where: meet at JJ’s Coffee on Commercial and 6th Ave Who: RSVP Teresa How long: Click Here for route; 30ish km at leisure pace What: Canceled in the event of rain, snow, other events of Biblical proportions Cost: $15 to enter Van Dusen, optional

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