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Hi everyone, I needed to make a change to this week's ride, for this week only, we will be starting at 9.00am and do a two hour ride with no coffee break, as Jill and I need to be in Ladysmith for about 1.00pm. This series of rides was started with the intention of encouraging pace two riders to expand their riding horizons from the Goose and Lochside trails. Different routes each week of about 30 to 50 Km and 2 or 3 hours duration. We will try and avoid busy roads and steeper hills (THERE WILL BE HILLS!) and (if you usually ride pace 2) expect to push yourself a bit more than you are used to, to get a bit of a workout and improve your cycling range and ability. This is the "Plus" in "Two Plus". We will depart at 10.00am *PACE 3 RIDERS YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THESE RIDES, BUT! PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP UNTIL 24hrs BEFORE RSVP,S CLOSE. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS SERIES IS TO ENCOURAGE PACE 2S! Pace: 2to3 / 5 Distance: 30 to 60 Km Hilliness: 2 or 3 out of 5 Terrain: Mostly paved roads plus the usual Lochside/Galloping Goose/E&N trails No one will be left behind. We'll also take a few minutes here and there to learn and practice basic group safe cycling procedures. First timers welcome but note this is Pace 2+, not Pace 1 - you are expected to have basic cycling skills and fitness levels. (please check to make sure you are able to ride at this level) That said, these will be fun rides, with a park or scenic viewpoint as a destination longer rides may include a lunch/coffee stop for a break before the return. Requires a minimum of 4 participants to go ahead. Occasional showers won't deter us but torrential downpours, gale force winds and snow will! 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: http://vcac.net/Documents/StandardStuff.pdf
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30458462 I have been doing this regular ride for a while now, but the person who was organising it has stopped doing it, so I am going to continue! the route is 50 kms round trip, start and finish at Atkins road and GG bike stop, with another meeting point on the goose at Luxton Rd fair grounds at 10.00am, we can always schedule other points in between. out and back on the goose but we can always vary the route a bit. the ride will be a minimum of pace 2, with average speeds around 18 km h please make sure your bike is roadworthy, and you and the bike are capable of completing the ride. please carry a spare tube or repair kit. This ride will be cross posted with Club Tread, please only sign up on one sign up by 9.20am for a 9.30 departure.
Join 72-year-old Bill Brooks as he tells the story of his solo cycling adventure starting at Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean, challenging 1000 kms of gravel, mud and potholes along the Dempster Highway and then 2800 km across 4 mountain ranges, all the way to Victoria's Mile 0 and the Salish Sea. This event is a fundraiser for Cycling Without Age Society, a non profit group in Sidney that gives seniors FREE rides on a tri-shaw bike. COST: only $10 advance purchase -[masked]. Admission $15 at the door. Bill's audiovisual presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions along with coffee/tea and treats. Text Brenda at[masked] to arrange a seat of this amazing story told by Bill.
N.B. Capped ad 16 but please join the waiting list, there are always dropouts. An annual favourite. More than just apples! We'll also visit the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company and a bakery for supplies for the lunch stop, Ruckle Park and/or a wine tasting on the return. Pace: 3 / 5 Distance: 24 or 36 Km of riding on the island depending if you do the wine option or not. If you also ride both ways to Swartz Bay, add 66 Km. Hilliness: Salt Spring Island is hilly! We are rating this ride 4 out of 5 for hills. We won't be in a rush on this ride, but we expect you to be reasonably fit and capable of handling hills. We will always wait at the top for everyone to catch up. Terrain: Some dirt trail at Ruckle Park and of course the Lochside trial. Ride route map at Ride With GPS (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24790886). The second loop out to the winery (left of the 21 km marker) is hilly and optional - you can just turn left at the point and head back to the ferry. Meet at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal no later than 10:30 at the Gulf Islands toll booths down on the right hand side to catch the 11 am ferry to Fulford Harbour. Organizers will be there from about 10 to 10:30 to get you a discounted ferry ticket. Please don't arrive any later than 10:30 or you are on your own! $8.50 for the return ferry, bring exact change if you can or at most a $10 bill. September 29th departure time and fare confirmed. We can pool resources when purchasing cheeses and baked goods for lunch. Some people will be riding up from the Switch Bridge, departing promptly at 8:30 am. Moderate to fast riders only please - we don't want to miss the ferry! Please leave a message here if you are taking this option. If you are driving up and have room for extra people and bikes, please leave a message in the comments. There are a couple of buses Sunday morning: http://bctransit.com/victoria/schedules-and-maps/route-overview?route=70 Click "Jump to Schedule" and then "Sunday". The #70 is the express, takes about 54 minutes. The 72 is the milk run, taking 70 minutes. Only 2 bikes per bus so don't everyone plan on taking the same one! Best is to catch it at the beginning of the route on Government, beside the Legislature, to be sure you will get your bike on the bus. If you are driving up, consider parking free in Sidney and riding to the ferry instead of paying BC Ferries parking rates. If you are driving up and parking in the BC Ferries parking lot or taking the bus, please consult this map to get to where we will be waiting to buy you your discounted ferry ticket: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10478264 So from where you get off the bus, follow the road South, away from the terminal, winding around and through the parking lot, then right on ramp out of the terminal, turn left at the first stop sign to cross the hwy overpass, then left again on Dolphin Road, then take the cyclists entrance through the fence on the left, then look right to see Simon's curmudgeonly face to buy your ticket : )