What we're about

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. E Bikes 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.

Upcoming events (5+)

pace 2ish ride to Pedder bay for coffee

Bike stop

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.

Are you "Ride Ready"? VCA Riders Checklist

Needs a location

Not an actual event but a source for everything you need to know about VCA/VCAC. New members please read carefully and complete all necessary steps. JOIN THE VCAC 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 MEMBERSHIP FEE AND PAYMENT METHODS 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 [masked] or by cash or cheque. If paying by e-transfer, the question and answer should be: What are the initials of this society? VCAC. CHECK IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP HAS EXPIRED Click on your icon, top right. Select "Profile". Just below Victoria Cycling Adventures it will say something like "VCAC Member Oct 2018". If the date is more than 1 year old, then your membership has expired. Please e-transfer $15 ($20 if you are more than 1 month expired) to [masked] or bring cash to your next ride. For insurance reasons and club policy, we cannot have people on rides whose membership has expired! RECEIVE ORGANIZER MESSAGES 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/ RIDE SAFETY QUIZ Your safety is our first priority so please complete the following tutorial (in quiz format) before your first ride: http://vcac.net/CyclingQuiz.php UPDATE YOUR RIDER PROFILE AND PICTURE Please complete and keep up to date your rider profile. This information is used by ride organizers to determine if you are capable of completing a particular ride based on your riding experience. https://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/profile/ 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 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: https://vcac.net/Documents/StandardStuff.pdf QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS? Please leave your questions and and comments below.

October Bike To Work Week Volunteers Needed

Hi all -- Bike To Work and School Week is coming up fast and given our goal is to support cycling we thought we let you know that the BTWW society is looking for volunteers for the Celebration stations in the morning and end of day on Oct. 22-24. Your job would be to: • Help set up and tear down the station • Engage with attendees • Offer food and drink • Encourage people to fill out ballots • Ask people to park their bikes at bike racks • And just be friendly and awesome! They need about 3 or 4 volunteers per station, so pretty exclusive spots! You can expect to be on site for about 3.5 hours per shift. You get a t-shirt, will likely get your photo taken (posterity!), and get to share endless smiles and good times with fellow cyclists! If you are interested, please contact Mia to put your name down or get more info! [masked]

Pace 3: What's Up Wednesdays

Cafe Fantastico

Pace: 3 / 5 Hilliness: 3 - 4 / 5 Distance: 40 - 60 Km Terrain: Road and some mild trails. 2 or 3 hours fun ride for pace 3s. A variety of routes and different leaders but always an emphasis on having a fun and enjoyable ride. Sometimes quite challenging, sometimes nice and easy. Maybe even a swim on the hot days. We will try to post the route as soon as we know it and always welcome new ideas for rides. Please post your ideas in the comments. 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

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Pace 2: Sunday Two Plus Rides

Cafe Fantastico

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