Stanley Park "White Stuff?" Night Ride - Strong Beginner Plus

  • December 9, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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2013 Stanley Park Series!

Dallas and I will take you for a ride up and through the Park to enjoy an array of hidden single track. Our pace will allow the slowest rider to keep up, with regular regrouping stops and a 'sweeper' to prevent people becoming separated from the group. Stanley Park is an ideal place to gain night-riding experience!

  ** Riding lights are now COMPULSORY **

This is a fun group ride, not an instruction ride, however we will offer assistance as we can to ensure the best possible experience for everyone attending.

** Remember your locks, for our post-ride refuel! **

Details: Duration: 2-2.5 hrs. Weather: Fair to Light rain. For inclement days we will post a Go/No-Go by 4.30pm on Monday.  Meet at 6:00pm at the covered picnic area near the Car Park, overlooking the beach.  Parking is $1.50/hr to a max of $5 all night (credit card, loose change, or pay-by-phone only).  We'll be looking to get the ride started at 6.05pm!

Terrain: The trails themselves are not steep but they do have a lot of technical elements that require some skill: roots, rocks, rolls, some tighter turns, etc.. We will be on 'proper' biking trails not the wide, flat gravel paths within the Park. Logs and structures do get very slippery when damp!

Here's a video of one of our routes:  He starts in on Monte's Leap, then across the gravel path (gp) to Coaster, across another gp to Darcy Did It (she still hasn't) and into MudGuards.  He then timewarps along a gp to Ewok & Roll.

Suitability: Experienced Amateur (and above).  This ride is ideal for riders with some trail experience who would like to improve fitness & riding skills without the steeps of a mountain trail. This is not the ride for beginners due to the night-riding element. A good cardio level is required as there is a lot of pedaling.  All stunts have a ride-around or can be walked.

Intermediate and above riders: this ride is geared toward increasing skill and off-road trail comfort for the experienced amateur riders, so it has a lot of stop and go and socializing (but can still be fun!).

Equipment: A cycling helmet. A front suspension (hardtail) mountain bike with proper off-road tires is required as a minimum. No commuters, cruisers, road bikes, etc! A quick-release seatpost clamp is recommended, for easy saddle-up/down between sections. Trail-riding lights are now mandatory. (400Lm actual output should be considered minimum for this ride.)

Please don't put us in the position of having to tell attendees they cannot join the ride. We are strict about Suitability and Equipment.

Restrictions: All riders must be 19+ years old.  No Pets! (Stanley Park is an official 'On-Leash' area, with a $2000 max penalty).



All organizer(s) are volunteers who do not accept responsibility for rider safety and health state before, during and at anytime after this event.

Your Assumption Of Risk

By agreeing to participate in this ride you acknowledge that mountain biking is considered a high risk activity and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the sport. These risks include and are not limited to equipment failures, weather conditions, collisions with natural and man-made objects, including, but not limited to exposed rock, trees, snow, ice, earth stumps and man made obstacles on or adjacent to the mountain bike terrain, collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, animals, et al; becoming lost or separated from the group; failure to ride safely or within your own ability, and you accept these risks and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage and the loss resulting therefrom due to any cause and without limitation.  In the event of injury or loss, you and/or next of kin waive all future claims against the organizer(s).

Organizer(s) Reservations

The organizer(s) shall reserve the right to turn away any participant who shows up without RSVP, unprepared and/or ill-equipped to handle this ride. A helmet, water, lights in working order, a good sense of humour and a sense of fun are required no exceptions. Other required items are appropriate clothing, armour, food and a trail side repair kit.

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  • Tina

    hey guys,
    missing biking. Still nursing thumb and shoulder. My mtn bike (baby blue Santa Cruz Julianna, blue Duke front shocks, fox floating shock) got stolen again. Yes again. If anyone happens to see it on Craigslist or on the trails wanna let me know? I am hoping i have some karma left over and it will come back like last time...
    Gary, Dallas, r u still thinking about Test of Metal?

    December 7, 2013

    • Tina

      guess what? i got my bike back! Some guy who saw my bike for sale on craigslist contacted me, then actually set up a meet to "buy" my bike for me. We had the police involved and they arrested the two people and returned my bike to me!! The guy who set up the buy/meet with the thieves refused any reward $, just told me, "get on your bike and ride!". Amazing hey?

      2 · December 10, 2013

    • Lisa

      That is such incredible news for you!! Its great some people are on the lookout for others! He is right, go ride!!

      December 10, 2013

  • Lisa

    Just got home. No way ill make it from north van. Last weeks drive of 50 minutes backs that up. Ill assume people aren't prepared for driving in this weather and it would be a long travel time. Wanted to prove that I can stay on a bike. :). . Really glad i got out to Burnaby mountain yesterday :D. Enjoy tonights ride!!

    December 9, 2013

  • Lisa

    My bike i have for use right now has 29's. How will that do out there today. Im deciding what to do,

    December 9, 2013

    • M

      I ride a 29er. I think the key is whether or not you're comfortable with what you're riding.

      December 9, 2013

    • Dallas

      I would suggest you take your bike out and use it a few times before night riding in the snow/ice. If you're comfortable on the bike then you'll be fine.

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Dallas

    SNOW!!! Woohooo!

    December 9, 2013

  • Oriana

    Hi guys
    I havent ridden since the last I saw you Gary. Will it be challenging in dark?

    December 8, 2013

    • M

      I just got back and everything's really crunchy in there. Thanks to the sub zero temps, all the bits that were unstable before are totally solid now. :) Frozen is definitely easier to ride than muddy. (IMHO) I encountered a couple of iced over puddles but you should be able to see them coming, even in the dark.

      December 8, 2013

    • Oriana

      I think I might pass on this night ride and wait for a day ride . I am not working now so flexible.....Need to get back into my comfort riding zone before I ride dark...

      December 8, 2013

  • M

    My game this afternoon just got cancelled (frozen pitch) so heading to SP for some messing around. I know it's cold but I can't resist the sunshine. :) Should be there around 12:45/1:00 if anyone wants to join.

    December 8, 2013

    • Gary T

      Sorry, at work this afternoon. Not busy though, as you can probably guess! >P^)

      December 8, 2013

    • Lisa

      Just back from burnaby mountain ride . Would have been great to join you.

      1 · December 8, 2013

  • Gary T

    Looks like we could have a covering of snow for our Monday ride! At least it will be brighter with all of the reflected light...

    December 5, 2013

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