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Themed Rides

Sam Macey speaks to the riders at Fernwood Square on the Architectural Tour

The GVCC’s Rides Team has been organizing rides for over a decade, and we are proud to announce the 2017 Rides Calendar is available now! Our 2017 Rides Calendar features 7 themed rides, a mix of new routes and old favorites. Thanks to everyone on the Rides Team (Janet Besler, Brenda Boyd, Michael Fisher, John Perry, Darren Marr, Kathleen Fraser, Greg Merkley, and Jason Weedmark) for organizing and planning these rides. If you’d like to send us ideas or recommendations for theme rides or sign up to help out, send us an email at info@gvcc.bc.ca.

Pace and Distance

The GVCC’s themed rides are meant for all riders- young and old, new and experienced. The ride pace is moderate (approximately 10 to 15 km/hr, depending on the route). If you are interested in faster and longer rides, check out Victoria Cycling Adventures.

Donation and Membership

All themed rides are by donation ($5 suggested). Your donations help cover our expenses and also support the GVCC’s advocacy efforts. If you enjoy the rides and the advocacy work the GVCC does for Greater Victoria, please become a member!

Safety

The GVCC obeys all traffic laws, and be sure to listen to the safety instructions before the ride. Participants are required to wear helmets and bicycles must be in good mechanical condition. All night rides require functioning front and rear lights. There will be rest stops, but we do recommend that you bring water and snacks.

 

2017 Themed Rides 

 

Picnic Ride to Sidney

Saturday, June 17th (10 am)

Join us on a ride out to Sidney, ending with a picnic! We start at Saanich Municipal Hall at 10 am, with an additional pickup at Michell’s Farm at ~11 am. Approximate distance is 40 km at a sedate pace.

Magical History Tour

Saturday, July 8th (10 am)

Come along on one of our most popular rides, led by renowned local historian John Adams. Experience a spell-binding, 20km look at Victoria’s past. Be sure to bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.

Bowker Creek Ride

Sunday, August 13th (10 am)

Explore Bowker Creek from outfall to headwaters on this 20 km ride. The ride starts and ends in Windsor Park (2451 Windsor Road, Oak Bay) at 10 am.  Be sure to bring a lunch!

Victoria Tweed Ride

Sunday, September 10th (11 am)

The GVCC is once again proud to host the Victoria Tweed Ride. Families are welcome and entrants are encouraged to wear their old-timey best. Be sure to bring a lunch or picnic! You must pre-register for this easy, 10 km ride roceeds go to Bicycles for Humanity and the GVCC. The ride begins at the Legislature grounds. 

Social Justice Ride

Sunday, September 24th (1 pm)

See Victoria through the eyes of a well-known advocate for social justice in Victoria. The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.

Spooks n’ Spokes Ride

Sunday, October 29th (6 pm)

One of the most popular GVCC rides! Join us on the easy, 15 km ride and learn about the ghosts and spirits who haunt the city. As this is a night ride, front and rear lights are required. Costumes and decorated bikes are highly encouraged! The ride starts at Fairfield Plaza.

Christmas Lights Ride

Sunday, December 17th (5:30 pm)

The most popular ride of the year! Decorate your bike and come and trip the light fantastic by seeing some of Victoria’s best Christmas lights.  Front and rear lights required and the pace is suitable for all ages. The ride begins at Oaklands Community Centre at 5:30 pm.