Stanley Park "Sunday!" Evening Ride - Strong Beginner Plus

  • May 11, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Let's ride the "2014 Stanley Park Series"!

An extra ride to the usual weekday evening ride as I finish work Downtown at 5pm and a blast on the trails is the best way to finish the weekend after that!

I will take you for a ride up and through the Park to enjoy an array of hidden single track. The pace will allow the slowest rider to keep up, with regular regrouping stops to prevent people becoming separated from the group and a more experienced 'Parkee' usually sweeping. Stanley Park is an ideal place to gain experience of trail-riding as there is a gentle gradient rather than the steeps of the mountain trails.

                    ** Riding lights are RECOMMENDED (at least for the ride home) **

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 at our venue of choice! **

Details: Duration: 2-2.5 hrs. Weather: Fair to Light rain. Meet at 5:30pm at the covered picnic area near the Car Park, overlooking the beach.  Parking is $3/hr to a max of $10 all night (credit card, loose change, or pay-by-phone only) in the Car Park. Possible free parking available locally if you have time to search and are lucky! Look for me on my red & silver Kona Cadabra. We'll be looking to get the ride started at 5:40pm!

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!

Suitability: Strong (experienced) Beginner (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 complete beginners due to the possibility of some night-riding later in the ride. A good cardio level is required as there is a lot of pedalling.  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 hardtail (front suspension) 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 recommended for later or in case of delay. A cycling helmet is always mandatory.

Please don't put us in the position of having to tell attendees they cannot join the ride for their own safety. We will be 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).

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Waiver

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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  • Paul

    Very good night at the upper limits of my ability but that's a good thing. A few more times around the loops and I think I could have it down. Nice meeting all of you and thanks for your patience.

    May 12, 2014

  • Gary T

    A mostly new group (3 first-timers out of 4 attendees!) for a lovely bright evening. Weird trail conditions where most areas were dry, some very dry and some soggy and marsh-like! Thanks for coming out guys and I hope to see you again on our future rides.

    May 11, 2014

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