Rides

The 2022 season is underway…

All ride details are now being posted exclusively on Slack, which we use for managing our rides. All club members should make sure they’re on Slack as only particular rides are shown in the calendar below and not on Twitter anymore. All Covid-19 related procedures from Cycling BC can be seen here.

We are a road cycling (‘roadie’) club, and FRF rides emphasize fun and camaraderie, as well as building group riding skills. We usually have a regular Sunday ride through the season, as well as ad hoc rides organized through Slack (often featuring gravel excursions). Tuesday night climbing rides are also part of the calendar.

We welcome new riders; if you’re not sure that we’re the club for you, come on out and see what we’re about (you will need to sign a waiver, a standard practice for club rides, and drop us a line to let us know you’re going to be joining us). A Cycling BC licence is required for club members. We have some etiquette guidelines that will be useful.

Our regular Sunday rides are typically 70-90 kms at 25 kph average speed. There is often a refreshment stop. They are ‘no drop’ rides with a variety of routes in all directions from New West. The tempo and distance might vary and typically depends on the numbers on the day, and there might be a breakaway group that does a longer loop.

Regular Sunday rides typically start from River Market in New West at 08:30 (sometimes earlier in the summer, such as 08:00 or 07:30). Saturday rides may sometimes take place as an alternative. See below for the Italian Rules for the weather.

What are we doing for 2022?

The last two years have been challenging (right!). We’ve got a small group of dedicated members who are keen to ride. We’ll be doing regular weekend rides, most likely on Sunday mornings but also with other ad hoc rides. Tuesday night climbing rides will be starting in May. We’ll also be building towards an annual fondon’t ride in August. As local events re-start, we’ll also coordinate attendance at those. Expect some gravel options throughout the season.


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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 (Flandrien rules).

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