Classic bike rides for 2013

Everyone’s doing it!  Cycling seems to be the new thing in the Lower Mainland – so dust off your bikes and plan to hit the roads once the winter is over.  Sign up now for one of the many classic cycle rides, as space books up quickly for the most popular ones.  It’s so much easier to train once you have a goal .. and so much more difficult to find an excuse for not getting out there.

Here are a few of the classics:

STP (Seattle to Portland) – July 13-14 2012

Join 10,000 of your closest friends on this two-day ride from Seattle to Portland.  Many treat this as a kind of pilgrimage and do it every year.  For the brave, you can opt to do this in one day instead of two!  Registration will open in January.

RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and PARTY!) – August 16-17 2013

This scenic 180 mile ride from Seattle to Vancouver along the beautiful Pacific North West back roads, fills up quickly!  The finish line is in downtown Vancouver, and as the name suggests, there’s a big party at the end .. a bar, BBQ and music!

RSVP 2 – if you don’t get into RSVP, sign up for RSVP 2, which is the same course, but starting a day later – August 17-18.

Gran Fondo Whistler – September 7 2013

And then there’s the RBC GranFondo Whistler, which is probably one of the hilliest 120 rides you get to do.  This is also the only chance you’ll get to cycle over the Lionsgate without any cars!

Other GranFondos are Banff (date TBA), Valley First GranFondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (160 km – July 7th), the Fraser Valley GranFondo (160 km – July 21) and the Victoria Gran Fondo (date TBA).

Ride to Conquer Cancer – June 15-16 2013

If you’re looking to support a great cause, there is still some space left for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which is a two day ride from Vancouver to Seattle.

Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath - date TBA 2013

Organized by the BC Lung Association, this is a two-day ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake.

In the meantime, why not try a spinning class for cross training!  Great way to get those legs moving and develop those muscles without braving the elements.


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