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Old 03-28-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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100+ km road ride - good lower mainland routes?

Friends from the snowy lands are coming out to road ride 100 + km per day. Where should I send them? They'll be staying downtown.
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Langely FTW. Throw in a wine tour on the ride.

Ride I'm planning for this year when the weather is better:

Day 1: Ride to the HS Bay->Ferry to Langdale->Ride to Earls Cove->Ferry to Saltery Bay->Ride to Powell River->Ferry to Comox->Hotel

Day 2: Ride to Nanaimo->Ferry to HS Bay->Ride home

Just over 100k/day. You can take the bus to/from HS Bay to cut off some mileage.
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:22 PM   #3
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Langely FTW. Throw in a wine tour on the ride.

Ride I'm planning for this year when the weather is better:

Day 1: Ride to the HS Bay->Ferry to Langdale->Ride to Earls Cove->Ferry to Saltery Bay->Ride to Powell River->Ferry to Comox->Hotel

Day 2: Ride to Nanaimo->Ferry to HS Bay->Ride home

Just over 100k/day. You can take the bus to/from HS Bay to cut off some mileage.
Sounds similar to this ride we did in 2006 and are doing again this year... http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Sunshine2006

There are also some routes with directions and what not here: http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/routarc/rout_arc.html



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Old 03-28-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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Langley, Fort Langley and Sumas Prarie up the Valley. I've found road riding in the city a bit frustrating after living out there for a couple of years. Riding out to Horseshoe bay is a nice ride and I've heard that Richmond can be fun but really if you want a nice long 100km ride Langley and surrounding area is pretty much the place to go. I would tell your friends to either ride or drive out the Fort Langley and then go from there.
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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Anyone know of some good, lengthy rides directly outta DT? I always tend to go South towards the airport, but haven't ventured into the heart of Richmond yet.
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Oh actually one more suggestion. Last summer I road to Horseshoe bay, took the ferry to Bowen and rode around and then rode home. That was a pretty nice ride. And Bowen has some nasty little hills.
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what's the route to Langley that's not hwy 1? Along hwy 7?
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Oh one more, last summer I rode up towards SFU (on the Adanac route) then down Barnett and through Port Moody, over the Pitt River bridge and out to Pitt Lake. I've lost it but if anyone has the map the Cascadia Bike Club puts out every year for their Seattle to Vancouver ride is a great route for getting out to the valley on a bicycle. Next time I do it I will write it down and post it.
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:38 PM   #9
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what's the route to Langley that's not hwy 1? Along hwy 7?
Its through Burnaby, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and then over the albion ferry.

I'm sorry but I really can't remember street names as I got the route from the Cascadia Bicycle Clubs route for the Seattle to Vancouver ride. If anyone has better google skills than I do I would love to see the map again because last time I did it I kinda goofed up going through Maple Ridge.
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Oh one more, last summer I rode up towards SFU (on the Adanac route) then down Barnett and through Port Moody, over the Pitt River bridge and out to Pitt Lake. I've lost it but if anyone has one the map the Cascadia Bike Club puts out every year for their Seattle to Vancouver ride is a great route for getting out to the valley on a bicycle. Next time I do it I will write it down and post it.
Beat me to it. That's a great route. If you want to switch it up a little, then you can head up Old Dewdney and ride past the dikes, get back onto Dewdney around 232nd via Abernethy way, then head out Dewdney to Mission past the Woodlot and Bear Mtn.

Another good one is to head across the border and ride Northern Washington, it's flat and quiet out there. Maybe take a trip down to La Conner if they will be around for late spring.

Albion is definitely the best option unless they are willing to drive to a start point over the other side of the Fraser. Skytrain would be another option, but then you are stuck in Surrey
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Another place to look:

http://www.bikely.com/
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Anyone know of some good, lengthy rides directly outta DT? I always tend to go South towards the airport, but haven't ventured into the heart of Richmond yet.
Wow, that's surprising - I thought all the roadies did the Richmond route. When I do my group ride through Richmond saturday morning, I see like 6 different riding clubs/teams on more or less same route. Very popular.

I get 70kms out of the Richmond route and could up it to 100kms pretty easily. Goes something like this:

Downtown-Cornwall-Spanish Banks-UBC-SW Marine-Iona-Over No2 Rd Bridge-South on No1 or No2, At last light on No2 go east - take a right when road end - follow the dykes staying south, keep making right turns to stay east and south - Over the tunnel - north to Westminster Hwy - east on Westminster - left onto east end of River Rd- ride westbound on River Rd - Vulcan Way blah blah smell the fish, pass casino, back over Art Lang, repeat Marine & UBC, then do 1-2 laps of Stanley and you'll be at 100kms no problem.

If you're still not sure how to do this ride, sign up for the BC Randonneur's "Pacific Populaire 100" which basically follows this classic route.
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This summer as a trial run for a longer touring trip I really want to ride from Aldergrove up to Mt.Baker and camp overnight. I talked to a relative over Christmas who had left with a friend from DT Vancouver, took a bus to Whiterock and rode from there out to Glacier Washington, stayed in a B&B, rode up to Baker ski hill and back down, I think stayed another night and drank beer and then road back to White rock and bussed home.
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Wow, that's surprising - I thought all the roadies did the Richmond route. When I do my group ride through Richmond saturday morning, I see like 6 different riding clubs/teams on more or less same route. Very popular.
I'm not really a roadie, I just show up to race against them sometimes. I'm also not on any team ... Unattached rider here.

Thx for the route info ... I'll check it out one of these days.
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Sounds similar to this ride we did in 2006 and are doing again this year... http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Sunshine2006
Definitely not a go-light trip. I'm planning on minimal gear - couple of tubes, maybe a spare tire, one change of clothes, credit card. Leave Sat morning, return Sunday afternoon.
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