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Victoria Cycling Adventures (VCA) has been hosting bike rides for recreation, fitness, nature appreciation, education and just plain fun since 2013 in and around Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We offer 3 - 5 rides a week, year round, anywhere from 10 to 100+ Km. Our range (so far) is from Sooke in the West to the Cowichan Valley in the North, East to the Gulf Islands and the lower mainland. Our rides may include a picnic lunch at a scenic park, a hike, a swim, a pub or cafe, wine or beer tasting and even occasional bike-camping. We avoid busy highways and the main city arteries preferring quieter roads and neighbourhoods. Our members ride road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes. Class 1 and 3 E Bikes (excluding Class 2 E-bikes that do not require you to peddle them to move forward -- see more at the bottom) are permitted at the discretion of the ride leader. VCA offers rides at different pace levels from beginner (Pace 1) to advanced (Pace 4). Cyclists are expected to wear a helmet, bring water, snacks, and a spare tube or patch kit, pump, gloves and protective eye-wear and gear appropriate for the weather anticipated. Your bike must be in good working order and have front and rear lights for night rides. Riders are responsible for their own safety and fitness. Event leaders are volunteers and may not have first aid or survival training. If you aren't sure where you fit in, try a Pace 2 for your first ride. If you decide to join VCA, please complete the member questions so that we have an idea of the most suitable rides for your riding level.

Membership Fee & Payment Method

The fee is $20 a year ($15 for new members and existing members if paid within 1 month of the expiry date) to cover meetup (VCA), society (VCAC) and insurance costs, due before your second ride. Payment can be made by e-transfer to our club email at victoriacyclingadventures@gmail.com or by cash or cheque. If paying by e-transfer, the question and answer should be: What are the initials of this society? VCAC.

VCA Ride Paces

1. 10-14 kph

2. 15-20 kph

3. 18-22 kph

4. 23+ kph

Speed is on a flat, paved surface.

VCA Ride Safety

Your safety is our first priority so please complete the following tutorial (in quiz format) before your first ride: http://vcac.net/CyclingQuiz.php

VCAC (The Society)

Victoria Cycling Adventures Club (VCAC) - the society, was created as an umbrella society for Victoria Cycling Adventures - the meetup group, in order that we are able to provide you with ride liability insurance. Your first ride with us is free and you will be covered by our liability insurance. Our insurance company requires that you join the VCAC before your second ride. Please visit the VCAC website for more information about the society: http://vcac.net (http://vcac.net/).

Joining the VCAC is done online at: http://vcac.net/join-the-vcac

VCAC Waiver

You agree that at the beginning of every ride, you will sign the ride signup sheet declaring that you have read the VCA waiver ( http://vcac.net/Documents/VCACWaiver.pdf ) also printed on the back of the sign-up sheet.

IMPORTANT FOR FIRST TIME RIDERS WITH Victoria Cycling Adventures:

By attending this ride, I declare that I have completed the general Cycling Safety Quiz ( http://vcac.net/CyclingQuiz.php ) .

By attending this ride, I declare that I have read, understood and agree to the contents of Victoria Cycling Adventures Waiver. If this is your first ride with us, please read the Waiver: http://vcac.net/Documents/VCACWaiver.pdf .

It is critical that you receive email notifications sent out by organizers of events you are attending. These contain important information about the event such as cancellation or rescheduling, change of time, change of venue and other relevant information that you will want to be aware of in order that you make the most of the event, including showing up at the right place and at the right time with the right equipment and expectations! Please follow these steps: https://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/pages/28207167/Organizer_Contact_Settings/

IMPORTANT FOR ALL RIDERS WITH Victoria Cycling Adventures:

By attending this ride, I declare that I have read, understood and agree to the following ride procedures and policies:

Obey all traffic laws.

When you hear the rider leader's bell ringing repeatedly, give the ride leader your full attention - some important information is about to be imparted. In return for your attention, ride leaders will keep their speeches concise and infrequent.

Repeat any signals performed by the person in front of you for the person behind you. e.g. Left Turn, Right Turn, Stopping, Hazard. When turning at an intersection, all riders should signal in order to let cars know that all of us are turning.

Turn your head to the side and shout "stopping" so that the person behind can hear you if you need to stop unexpectedly or if the person in front of you indicates the group is stopping.

Always stay behind the ride leader and in front of the sweep. This is the only way we can know that we have not lost anyone.

It is okay to pass the leader on a hill, so that you don't lose your momentum, but if you do, stop at the top of the hill and resume your place behind the leader.

Any time you are overtaking members of the ride group (or anyone else for that matter) announce yourself by shouting “passing on your left” and ringing your bell if you have one - you don’t want to cause a crash if the rider in front of you suddenly moves to the left.

When we stop for any reason, move your bike (and yourself) completely off the road or trail.

The front of the ride will always stop on the other side of an intersection to wait for everyone to safely get through the light or stop sign. Do not ever compromise safety by riding through a red light, or a stop sign without looking. Just because the rider in front thinks it is safe to go through an intersection does not mean it is safe for you. Make your own decision to cross intersections - DO NOT call out to others “it’s safe to go” or "clear".

A “pointer” will always be left at any turn off the current road, so don’t worry if we get stretched out, just keep going on the current road until you see the pointer.

Always ride single file on busy roads.

Always leave a safe stopping distance between you and the rider in front of you. This will vary depending on terrain, hilliness, speed, weather, traffic...

Leave a gap of 1.5 meters (5 feet) when passing parked cars to avoid getting doored.

Always do a shoulder check and signal when moving laterally -, someone may be overtaking you.

If you would like to stop for any reason (add or remove clothing, water break, rest stop, bike problems, take a picture, pick some blackberries...) ask the person in front of you to pass your request up to the ride leader.

If you are leaving the ride prematurely, let the leader or sweep know or we may think you are lost and waste time looking or waiting for you.

Ride safe and have fun!

Feedback If you have any comments about this or any other rides, you may email the board at victoriacyclingadventures@gmail.com Constructive criticism is welcome.

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More on Class 2 E-bikes: Class 2 electric bicycle shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

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Pace 3 Wednesday Rides

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RIDE DESCRIPTION

A 3 hour or so Pace 3 ride with a coffee stop. Typically 50-70kms depending on weather, route, participants etc. Check back a few days before for the next ride route. Your suggestions welcome.

RSVPs open the week before the ride.

Attendees should be minimum doubl;e-vaxxed

Provincial COVID recommendations apply:

  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet at all times
  • Do not attend the ride if you are experiencing flu like symptoms
  • Wear an approved mask when required when we are off the bikes
  • Any beverage or lunch stops will be outdoors only

Please cancel your RSVP ASAP if you cannot attend the ride. With the ride cap, by not attending and not cancelling your RSVP, you are preventing someone else form enjoying the ride that might otherwise have taken your place. We frown on such behaviour!

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Pace 2.5 Evening Ride

Needs a location

The evenings have been great lately, so let's try an evening ride for a change! We'll just leave from Janion Plaza and ride around town for a couple of hours and maybe do a pub stop after the ride!

Note that we will not be heading out on the Goose so you will have to meet us at Janion Plaza. Remember to bring charged lights on this one!

DOUBLE COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION!

If the weather is iffy, check back here for cancellation or rescheduling by 9 am of the day. "Showers" we are good to go. Anything with "Rain" in it, maybe not.

Type A & C (The kind you have to pedal!) E-bikes welcome.

Road bikes also welcome but be prepared to travel slower than you are used to.

Pace 2.5 - Westshore Beaches

Needs a location

It looks like it will be decent weather on Sunday for a coastal ride.

We'll stay pretty close to the shore for this one and have a meander thru Royal Roads, a short hike at Witty's Lagoon and have a brief stop at MyChosen Cafe and stop for lunch at Taylor Beach this time.

I'm still working out the route but we will take the Goose on the way out but try to avoid it on the return ride, so let me know if you'd like to join up at the Switch Bridge at 10:15 or Atkins Station at 10:30.

Bring your lunch, and coffee if you like or pick it up at the cafe.

DOUBLE COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION!

If the weather is iffy, check back here for cancellation or rescheduling by 9 am of the day. "Showers" we are good to go. Anything with "Rain" in it, maybe not.

There will be hills and the distance will be about 60k.

Type A & C (The kind you have to pedal!) E-bikes welcome.

Road bikes also welcome but be prepared to travel slower than you are used to.

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Monday Morning Ride - Pace 3 various locations

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ABOUT THESE RIDES---
Monday Morning rides, Pace 3, to various locations, usually starting at the Switch Bridge. May be anywhere from 45 to 65+ km. Usually involve coffee and/or lunch or snack, sometimes local watering hole after the ride.
Please: Only those who have been double vaccinated against COVID!!!
and SORRY, but no e-bikes. Please ensure to bring your masks, VACCINE PASSPORT and actual government ID in case we stop at locations where they are required!

We all must:

  • Bring and use hand sanitizer if using shared facilities.
  • Avoid spitting or clearing our sinuses.
  • And not attend group rides if we have any COVID symptoms -- see the poster in event pictures from WorkSafeBC.

By attending you are confirming that you understand all safety precautions and are willing to abide by them. You confirm that you agree to the waiver of liability for VCAC.

Anyone not willing to follow these rules will be removed from this and future VCAC rides during the ongoing COVID outbreak.

Please do not message this ride leader or comment on this ride unless you are one of the ride attendees.

If you would like to be notified when new rides are added in the future or if you have any comments or questions about our rides and COVID policy, please direct them to [masked].

RIDE DESCRIPTION
NOTE: Route will be provided day before the ride, can be anywhere from 40 to 65+ Km, and may be trails, or roads, or both. Usually includes a coffee or lunch spot.

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Monday Morning Ride - Pace 3 various locations

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