1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC
The VCA Christmas Lights & Winter Solstice ride tends to be more adult oriented than the GVCC Christmas Lights ride and ends at a pub!
We'll just meander around Downtown, Fairfield and Oak Bay finding all the best lights and probably end up at Fernwood pub again for some suds and their a snack if so inclined. And suggestions of somewhere else to go? We should reserve now, this is the last Saturday before the Christmas weekend.
This was great fun the last couple of years, we rode for two hours, getting to the pub at 8. Just the right length ride without getting too cold.
Dress warm! Charge up those lights. Dress up and dress your bike too if you wish.
n.b. the ride departure from Centennial Square. (They have nice lights there and it is closer to where we are going than Cafe.)
Come early and ride the ferris wheel. Only $2! (Not sure if this will be in effect this year.)
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• Some VCAC rides include stops at venues where alcohol may be available, during or after the ride. It is the participant’s responsibility to never become impaired by alcohol during the ride and to remain fit and able to safely cycle. VCAC does not allow intoxication and should a participant become intoxicated in violation of law, the participant is expressly doing so at their own risk and VCAC assumes no liabilityfor any civil or criminal violation or damages that may be assessed against a participant as a result.
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Participants are expected to observe the following group riding procedures:
• 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, Pedestrians on the trail.
• 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 you stop for any reason, move your bike (and yourself) completely off the road or trail.
• When necessary, the front of the ride will 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".
• When necessary, a “pointer” will be placed to indicate any turns off the current road. If we get stretched out and you don’t see any riders in front of you, just keep going on the current road until you see the pointer indicating a turn.
• 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 or behind you to pass your request up to the ride leader or back to the sweep.
• If you are leaving the ride prematurely, let the leader or sweep know or we may think you are lost and spend time looking or waiting for you.
• Ride safe and have fun!
About Victoria Cycling Adventures Club
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Embrace The Rain
In case of bad weather, we may reschedule this ride and substitute an Embrace The Rain Ride in its place. Hey - we live in a rain forest, it rains sometimes!
I'm a former GVCC director and have led quite a few rides in the past and hope to in the future.
GVCC Member, experienced ride leader and avid recreational rider. I live to ride!
I'm a fair-weather commuter cyclist who also enjoys a relaxed group ride on the weekend.
Cycling is a great way to explore
Retired. Enjoy riding with a group. Ideal rec ride, still enjoying it till it's over.
Riding with the best group of cyclists anywhere is such a great reward.
I enjoy road cycling or the goose, also mountain biking. Cycling to the lake for a swim and lunch.
Loving island life.