The GVCC’s Themed Rides Team has been organizing rides for over a decade, and we are proud to announce our 2016 Rides Calendar is available now! Our 2016 Rides Calendar features 8 themed rides, a mix of new rides and some 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 putting these rides on. If you’d like to send us ideas or recommendations for theme rides or sign up to help out, send us an email at email@example.com.
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! We are primarily member and volunteer run.
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 food.
25 Year Cycle Celebration: GVCC Anniversary Ride
Sunday, June 3rd (10 am to 2 pm)
Join the GVCC in celebrating our 25th anniversary with a leisurely, 20 km ride over a selection of new cycling infrastructure in the Victoria area. Enjoy a slice of anniversary cake at our rest stop, but please bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.
Saturday, June 18th (10 am to 2 pm)
Come and learn about architecture in our city, in this 20 km tour lead by reputed architects and designers. Be sure to bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.
Magical History Tour
Saturday, July 2nd (10 am to 2 pm)
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.
Heritage Hallmark Ride
Sunday, August 14th (10 am to 2 pm)
The Hallmark Heritage Society will be providing commentary on a variety of homes along this easy, 20 km route. Be sure to bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Windsor Park (2451 Windsor Road, Oak Bay).
Victoria Tweed Ride
Saturday, September 10th (11 am to 1 pm)
The GVCC is once again proud to sponsor 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 on the Legislature grounds.
Victoria Secrets Ride
Sunday, September 18th (10 am to 1 pm)
Find out some of Victoria’s cycling jewels and secrets on this easy, 20 km ride: those places where bikes can go, but cars cannot! Be sure to bring a lunch for the rest stop. The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.
Spooks n’ Spokes Ride
Sunday, October 30th (6 pm to 9 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 and ends in Centennial Square.
Christmas Lights Ride
Sunday, December 18th (6 pm to 9 pm)
A perennial family favorite! Join us on this easy, 20 km ride to view wonderful holiday light displays in the James Bay area. Free refreshments and door prizes after the ride. As this is a night ride, front and rear lights are required. Decorated bikes are highly encouraged! The ride starts and ends at the James Bay New Horizons centre (234 Menzies Street).
You can also see the 2016 Rides Calendar here. See you there!