This is the organizing page for the Fraser River Fuggitivi (FRF), an informal roadie riding group that starts from the River Market in New Westminster, BC and is now in its fourth season. See Twitter (@FRFuggitivi) for specific ride details or the Twitter feed below – all ride info (including cancellations) will be on Twitter. Regular rides are finished for 2015 but will resume in spring 2016. Informal rides will take place throughout the winter.

The regular schedule is around 3 hours on a Sunday, with a 0830 roll out from Tre Galli cafe in River Market. Around 25 kph easy to moderate pace with routes including variations on Steveston and return, UBC loops, Port Moody/Belcarra, and farther afield such as Fort Langley and the Fraser Valley when we get the chance. The emphasis is on the pleasure of riding, and an excuse to drink espresso (sometimes beer – the official club hashtag is #MoreMilesMoreBeer) and get out and ride with other local roadies. There are some chances for sprints and hill climb suffering if you need them. Sometimes the hammer gets dropped; other times it gets left at home. In 2014 we did 22 rides on Sundays for around 1,800 kilometres (and 13,000 metres of climbing) in total.

Feel free to join us on one of our rides. If you’re unsure if you’ll fit in, come along and find out. This page will be updated from time-to-time as things proceed and arrangements change. Specific ride details and confirmations, or weather and other cancellations, will be advised via Twitter. As for weather, we follow the ‘Italian rules’ (see below). We also have a club on Strava for the GPS equipped (see stats below, although we don’t have everyone on board as the FRF tend to be a bit old school); you can get the details by following on Twitter then tweeting and/or direct messaging.

Questions? Email: guy[at]le-grimpeur[dot]net

This year we were saddened by the untimely passing away of one of our founding riders, John Lee, on May 14. He continues to be missed. Tributes have already been posted here and here. John’s presence was a reminder that how we conduct ourselves on the bike is only a small part of our lives, but is still a reflection of who we are.

Fuggitivi is the Italian expression for breakaway riders; the translation, perhaps unsurprisingly, is ‘fugitives’. It seemed like an appropriate choice for a name as sometimes escaping one’s other commitments to go for a ride can feel like being a fugitive. Our ‘patron’ is Jo de Roo (a Dutch professional who won Lombardia twice and now uses the trophy as an umbrella stand, and who has also given us the hashtag #WhatWouldJoDo).

Italian rules for the weather

1. If the sky is blue, the ride is on.

2. If the roads are wet, the ride is off (unless rule no.1 applies).

3. If it rains on the way out, we head for a cafe.

4. If it rains (or snows, which has happened) on the way back, we get on the team bus.

5. If there’s no team bus, we toughen up and ride like Belgians.