Island Cycles Off to the Races

 

Looking for Action on the Weekend?

 

The Victoria Times Colonist Cycling Festival races the backroads of the west Island and downtown Victoria all day Sunday (September 6).  Road racers follow the leader for 5 to 70 laps of a tight downtown circuit.  http://victoriacyclingfestival.com/

 

Ride the slow lane with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition on the “Tour de Garden City”.  Recreational riders can choose from 20, 50 and 80 km rides at your own pace.  The GVCC offers rec rides all summer.  www.gvcc.bc.ca

 

Victoria’s Bike to Work Week launches its 10th Anniversary event Monday, June 7th with a trailside breakfast on the capital’s Galloping Goose.  More events all week.  www.biketoworkvictoria.ca

 

Nanaimo’s Bike Fair starts off Bike Week and gets mid-Island cyclists ready for the riding season.  Check out what’s hot with the Hub city’s bike shops and clubs.  Added value:  Live music and bike demos.  http://thegncc.org/

 

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort will open its summer season June 26.  Mountain bike season passes and 10 km of new trails for off-road fun awaits.  It’s a great view of everything else the Comox Valley has to offer:  http://www.mtwashington.bc.ca/summer04/

 

Who’s That Coming:

  • Guy from Calgary ordered a bike map, said he wanted to get away from the snow.  It was May. 
  • Family from Seattle came with their bikes, and more of their family – 15 of them.  10 days on the Island.  Welcome invasion. 
  • Tourism exit surveys show cycling participation growing steady – up by 15% in the first quarter.  That’s a good start to the year. 
  • 700 are due in September for Pro Walk/Pro Bike .  BC Ferries will be ready – they’re hosting a design competition for new bike racks for their fleet.  Get in on it:  www.bcferries.com
  • Flying in?  Victoria’s Airport Authority will welcome you with an assembly station and new bike lanes.  Thanks eh.

 

Mapping the Island:

The Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance is polishing up the 2004 Map and Guide.  Last year’s edition is all over North America.  With BC Ferries, Tourism Vancouver Island and business and communities on-side, the Island is revealing the secrets of riding the Island.  From touring routes to the gondola downhills of Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island has it all.  The map invites new friends to come and ride our turf.  Want one?  Email for your free copy.

 

Need more maps.  Check our web site for commercial map titles and prices. 

New product:  Check out cycling and the outdoors of the Comox Valley.  Awesome mountain biking and back roads to everywhere.  $3.00 from www.comox-valley-tourism.ca

Email for these new free maps:

  • Nanaimo’s cycling and walking trails
  • Oceanside Trails
  • Saanich Trails
  • Galloping Goose

 

Win Chocolate:

Victoria’s Roger’s Chocolates is fronting the best.  Send in your best pics of cycling on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.  You’ll see your photo in Island Cycles and we’ll award a pound of Roger’s Victoria Creams to the best.  This month’s theme – bikes and boats.  Bikin’ and the BC Ferries.  What’s your favourite float.

 

Buy your own at:  www.rogerschocolates.com  Send your photos to: johnluton@shaw.ca

 

Got an event or tourism tip? Favourite Ride? Share it with VICTA: johnluton@shaw.ca

 

Island Cycles is published by:

John Luton, 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6; 250-592-4753/250-886-4166 (cell) johnluton@shaw.ca

Coordinator, Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance

Chair, Victoria Host Committee for Pro Walk - Pro Bike 2004*

*Pro Walk - Pro Bike 2004, is hosted by the National Centre for Bicycling and Walking in Washington, DC.  The conference will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, September 7 - 10More info at: www.capitalbikeandwalk.org