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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Update 8 June, 2019 – Check out the Tours page for a self-guided tour with Exodus in Puglia, Italy this September.

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Update June 10: Shorter ride option posted below, same day.

THIS RIDE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JULY 14. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RIDING EMAIL WILL ASAP. At the end of my latest ride to Langley, I mentioned that I was thinking of trying a longer ride and a few others indicated that they might be interested (update: currently expect 5 riders, but you are welcome to join us). I expect this ride will be about 200km starting at the Lincoln Skytain Station in Coquitlam and riding on the northern side of the Fraser River through Maple Ridge to Harrison Hot Springs for a break and back on the same route. I am hoping that the terrain will not be very steep, except the one short (but steep) hill just west of Agassiz. Obviously, we will need to start early and riders will need to be able to keep themselves fueled and bring supplies to address the vicissitudes of pneumatic tires. As a one day tour this ride is only open to VBC members.

Start: 8:05am outside Lincoln Skytrain Station on Sunday 14 July (this will mean that you can be on the first run of the Millenium Line leaving VCC-Clark at 7:30am). I will be going by Arbutus Coffee just before 7am (then riding this route, if you want to ride to the train together).

Route: here, return on the same route subject to improvement based on suggestions received ASAP.

Leader: Will

SHORTER RIDE OPTION BELOW: Thank Tony D. for mapping out this ride, one of his favourites.

For Route, click here.

RSVP the leader Teresa if you plan to come on the shorter ride.

Meet at 930AM at the Tim Hortons parking lot, address 43971 Industrial Way, Chilliwack, BC

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Members only

Kelly wants to bring out the billy goat in you and test the size of his and your cahones by climbing both Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain on the same day. If you are curious about the Triple Crown, this is a good taste of it. Speaking of good taste, enjoy brunch at Kelly’s afterwards. This is a no-drop ride.

Bring: a bike in good working order, supplies to fix flats, extra layers for the descent

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30439553

Meet: 730AM at the Northeast corner of Cassiar and Hastings

RSVP the Leader to ensure enough food: Kelly

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Gentle ride out to the Reconciliation Totem Pole at UBC (counter-clockwise via the Arbutus Strollerway to soften the hills) then back to Bin 4 Burger Bar to hopefully coincide with their half price for parties arriving 9pm and later.

Start: 7:00pm at Arbutus Coffee (at W 6th Ave in Kits) on Monday, 22 July

Route: Arbutus to 37th Ave – Ridgeline to 29th Ave – Imperial Drive – 16th Ave – Wesbrook Mall – Reconciliation Pole – University Blvd – 8th Ave – Off Broadway – 10th Ave – Yew Street – 14th Ave – Bin 4 (Granville St. at 14th Ave)

Leader: Will but only email if you want me to know, just showing up is also okay.

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Ganges Harbour

Update July 9: I’ve moved the ride again to August 18 due to a conflict.

Shikyo used to lead this ride when training for the Lung Association Charity ride. It is a hurry-up-and-wait kind of a ride where ferry trips alternate with bouts of riding. Because there are 5 ferries, it will take all day, hence the need for lots of daylight. We leave Tsawwassen and arrive in Swartz Bay, ride the Saanich Peninsula to Brentwood Bay, ferry to Mill Bay, ride up island to Crofton, and ferry to Saltspring. Kill yourself riding the steep, long, Fulford Ganges hill to Fulford, then ferry back to Swartz Bay. Breaks will be in Cowichan Bay and Ganges, where hippies and yuppies have intermingled, creating “the yippy.” The first leg will be the fastest, due to time constraints to make the Brentwood Bay ferry. Ensure you can sustain mid 20’s km/hr on flats. Terrain is hilly, but ferries offer respite. Ride is weather dependent. Check website night before for cancellation.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30211547 but subject to change.

Meet: 645AM at Tsawwassen ferry terminal for 7AM sailing to Swartz Bay.

Bring: a bike in good working order, tools and supplies for fixing flats

Cost: $58 for ferry costs, less $5 if you buy the BC Ferries Experience card and extra $ for food.

RSVP and let leader know if you need or can offer a ride to the ferry: Teresa

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Get out your aprons and best cooking pots. This is now turning into an annual gourmand ride (the 3rd annual). I use the word “ride” rather liberally as this now seems to be more about the food. Last year we had about 20 “riders”, let’s see if we can do better this year. Bring the food you’d like to share with everyone, there always seems to be a great mix whether it’s salads, appetizers, desserts (without rhubarb), etc. The company is always the best.

Remember to bring plates and cutlery for yourselves.

Route: click here,

Meet: 10:30 AM Canada Line Bridge (North side, Kent Ave at Ash)

Contact: Colin 

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Many of your favourite VBC members are away on a tour July 29-Aug2, so the weekends of July 27/28 and Aug 3/4 are up for grabs. Don’t be a Grumpy Cat: 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.