All ride details will be posted on Twitter @FRFuggitivi or see below. The regular ride calendar for 2018 will start with the Pacific Populaire in April. Until then there will be ad hoc rides as the weather and enthusiasm allows. Our ride calendar is a mix of regular club rides and other events that are likely to be attended by club members.
We are a road cycling (‘roadie’) club, and FRF rides emphasize fun and camaraderie. While they are about ‘more miles’ and the fuggitivi ethos, there are often pacelines, sprints, and hill climb challenges thrown in (and a few gravel rides as well). 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 always a cafe break and occasionally a brewery tasting room stop. They are ‘no drop’ rides with a variety of routes in all directions from New West. There is a designated ride leader (dare we say ‘patron’) on each ride, who is responsible for the route and providing direction to the group. The tempo and distance might vary and typically depends on the numbers on the day.
Regular Sunday rides 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. Always check Twitter or the feed below for details and changes.
We also have Tuesday night ‘grimpeur’ rides in the summer (coinciding with the Tuesday night crit series) where we hit the hills. These depart: 18:30 River Market, 18:40 park at McBride/Columbia, 18:55 Costco carpark Government St. These involve Burnaby Mtn and variations such as ‘Deliverance’, Buckingham or Holmes for the return climb.
There are also some early ‘dawn patrol’ rides that take place during the week, including the now legendary waffle ride. Again, follow Twitter for details – and make sure you’re on the Twitter message thread for rides (contact someone in the club if you aren’t already on).
What’s new for 2018?
This season we’ll have two new innovations for our ride calendar. Firstly, every other week the Sunday ride will be The Club Ride. This will be one of 2-3 fixed and well known routes around 70-80kms and be at a pace that will suit everyone. Likely routes to include Steveston, Langley/Pitt Meadows, and Port Moody. The other Sunday rides will be more in keeping with the ‘exploratory’ rides we’ve done previously, sometimes with A and B options.
Secondly, for some of the Tuesday rides we’ll try some paceline practice rides on River Road. These will be an opportunity for everyone to sharpen their group riding skills. As always, for any of the rides, check the Tweeter.
2018 Ride Calendar (draft)
Events likely to be attended by club members are shown in italics. Otherwise, regular rides are shown as normal.
April 08: Pacific Populaire – traditional season opener. 100km of riding followed by a refreshment stop.
April 15: The Club Ride – Steveston.
April 29: The Club Ride – Pitt Meadows.
May xx: Dageraad anniversary ride.
May 13: The Club Ride.
May 26 (Saturday): Golden Ears Gravel Fondo.
May 27:The Club Ride.
June 10:The Club Ride.
June 24: The Club Ride.
June 24: Cowichan Crusher Gravel Fondo.
July 1: Canada Day Populaire.
July 8: The Club Ride.
July 15: The Club Ride – Bastille Day celebration ride.
July 29: The Club Ride.
July xx: Steel & Oak Anniversary Ride.
July xx: Triple Crown for Heart (exact date TBC).
August 12: The Club Ride.
Aug xx – Cypress Challenge (TBC).
August 18: Tour de Victoria.
Aug 25/26: Annual FRF FonDon’t & BBQ weekend (TBC).
Sept 22: Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo (Kelowna/Penticton).
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).
2017 RIDE CALENDAR (for reference)
April 09: Pacific Populaire – traditional season opener. 100km of riding followed by a refreshment stop.
April 16: Regular Sunday rides will start for the 2017 season.
April 18: Tuesday night rides start for the 2017 season.
May 13 (Saturday): John Lee #moremilesmorebeer memorial ride. (See the report from 2016 here.)
May 21: The Original Bike Shop Rotary Club Century Challenge – a sponsor event that we’ll be getting a group together for. There will be 100km and 160km distances (the latter is mentioned on the registration form but not yet on the main website).
June 4: Community ride for Run Up For Down Syndrome where we lead the run up at SFU (on our bikes), followed by Belcarra/Port Moody ride and likely a refreshment stop.
June 20 (Tuesday): summer solstice Tuesday night New West/Burnaby triple.
June 25: The Prez’s Zero Ave special, departing 07:30 for around 120kms through Fort Langley and beyond.
July 1 (Saturday): Canada Day Populaire – another popular local event organized by BC Randonneurs. Celebrate this year with 150kms.
July 9: Bastille Day Seymour climb – annual celebration of all things French cycling (wear your team kit but bring something French with you). Also, after ride celebratory visit to our good friends and sponsor Steel & Oak for their 3rd anniversary party.
July 11 (Tuesday): New West Grand Prix – the GP is part of #BCsuperweek and the first time that New West is hosting one of the races. A number of the club members are co-ordinating volunteer teams and there are lots of opportunities for everyone to join one of the teams. It’s going to be an awesome event and a great chance to be involved! More details here.
July 13 (Thursday): Giro di Burnaby – another #BCsuperweek opportunity, but this time just spectating. We typically ride over to the race in Burnaby, enjoy some viewing at the barriers or in the beer garden, and then ride back home.
July 15: Triple Crown for Heart – another great local event for an excellent cause. We’ll be hoping for slightly warmer weather this year!
August 13: Cypress Challenge – we had our best club turnout in 2016 so this year we’ll be aiming for an even better one. This is a awesome event and lots of fun (as well as a challenge!).
August 20: Long ride option or possible Mt Baker ride by some.
August 27: The annual FRF Fondon’t – our ‘epic’ ride and event.
September 3: Whytecliff Park in North Vancouver and return. 07:30 depart River Market/08:00 Costco. 100+kms.
September 9 (Saturday): Club BBQ and prize giving. All details will be confirmed on the members page.
September 10: Recovery ride. Regular Steveston route (& Iona) with coffee stop. 08:30 River Market depart. 80kms.
September 17: Tri-City Cycling Club out of Port Moody has invited us on their ‘club mixer social ride’: 70 or 100km routes with start/finish at Yellow Dog Brewing and depart 09:30. Details here. The 100km ride route is on Strava. Depart 08:00 from River Market to ride-to-the-ride and Curtis will ‘patron’.
November 5: What a way to end the season: 2017 Royal City Baker’s Dozen.
November 12: Queens Cross in Queens Park. Great opportunities for getting muddy, volunteering, or spectating.