Stanley Park "Cotton Wool" Ride - Strong Beginner Plus

  • June 11, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Let's ride the "2014 Stanley Park Series"!


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. 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.


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.


Details: Duration: 2-2.5 hrs. Weather: Fair to Light rain. Meet at 6:00pm at the covered picnic area near the Car Park, overlooking the beach.  Parking is $3.75/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 and silver Kona Cadabra. We'll be looking to get the ride started by 6.10pm!

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 trails' technical nature. 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 (or dropper seatpost) is recommended, for easy saddle-up/down between sections.  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).



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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  • Jeremy H.

    Awesome ride, thanks a lot guys! I'm going to become a Stanley Park local for sure.

    June 12

  • Andrew

    That was a fun ride, thanks everyone and thanks to the organizers/leaders for the great tour of the park.

    June 12

  • Aeron

    Awesone ride! Thanks everybody and good luck!!

    June 12

  • Gary T

    As for the ToM, thank you for the wishes and I hope to be in one piece for next week's ride!

    June 12

  • Gary T

    Great to see Dallas back on a bike - it was too long to be off the beast! New fork looked like a real improvement too. A good mixed SP group with a couple of returning riders from long ago (Oriana and Fiona), some repeaters from the last couple of rides and a few new faces too! Even the quinoa salad was good after at the 3 Brits. Thanks gang!

    June 12

  • Fiona

    Great ride, great conditions! Thanks Gary and Dallas! Gary, best of luck at the Test of Metal!

    June 12

  • Colleen

    Af other awesome night of riding. Thanks Gary and Dallas. And good luck in the Test of Metal.

    June 11

  • Elena

    Same as Darcy DARN!!

    June 11

  • Darcy

    Got called back in to work. Darn!!

    June 11

    • Dallas

      As soon as I sign up you can't make it?

      I see what's going on!

      June 11

    • Darcy

      Lol!! Well my Monday and Wednesday nights are free now (except when they can't live without me at work of course!). Hopefully see you guys next week :)

      June 11

  • Gary T

    As we have the long-awaited "Return of Dallas" (HOORAH!!!) this evening (and a couple of previously-regulars) we'll have a sweeper and riders in the 'train' that know where they are going!! No worries about lost riders should mean a ride with more flow and less stops than last week.
    Also, if you are unable to make it, please RSVP 'No' --as -- soon -- as -- you -- can to give those in the waitlist a chance to take the space instead. Thanks!

    June 11

  • Darcy

    Hey Gary I should be able to make it out there on time after all but if not don't wait for me I'll meet you on the trail.

    June 11

  • Jennifer

    I need to get out to one of these rides one day. I've never ridden any trails in Stanley Park. I bet it's a beautiful ride!

    June 11

  • Cal

    Looking to make friends to ride with in Vancouver.

    June 9

  • Darcy

    Hey Gary. I can't make it there by 6 but can meet up with you on the trail.

    June 8

    • Darcy

      It has been aaaaaaaaaages! Is it the usual route to meet up with you?

      June 8

    • Gary T

      Pretty much! We still loop through Monty's 2-3 times and ride most of the same trails - with a couple of new ones thrown into the mix. >P^) Text me when you are there / close and we'll sort out a meetings spot.

      June 8

  • Oriana

    Back from Hawaii. Will be nice to get back on my bike :)

    June 8

  • Dirty M.

    I'd love to attend but Sundays & Wednesdays are my "no play" days....

    June 8

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