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. See Twitter (@FRFuggitivi) for specific ride details or the Twitter feed below – all ride info (including cancellations will be on Twitter).

Regular rides for 2014 are underway: 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) and get out and ride with other local roadies. There are some chances for sprints and hill climb hammering if you need them. Sometimes the hammer gets dropped; other times it gets left at home.

Tentative special ride calendar:

  • Tuesday night hill climb sessions: Royal Oak/Burnaby area; #WTNTG (World Tuesday Night TrophĂ©e des Grimpeurs); details on Twitter (and there may be prizes!).
  • July 13 & 20: two mountains rides  to coincide with the Tour de France — Seymour and (hopefully) Cypress.
  • August 24: Tour de Huit Ponts; 120km loop with eight bridges.

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 many members at present 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 (the author of the blog posts on the rest of this site)

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 and #MoreMilesMoreBeer also sums up our ethos.

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.