Island Cycles: News from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance
  1. Thousands Read About the Island
  2. Cyclists Retreat to Island
  3. Vancouver Sun Points to Trails
  4. Media Inks the Island
  5. Mountain Bikes Mean Business

87,000 cyclists to explore Vancouver Island:

Adventure Cyclist Magazine serves the Adventure Cycling Association, a 40,000 member organization based in the U.S. More than 90% of their 87,000 plus readers will take a bike trip next year and those readers will be seeing Vancouver Island sometime soon. An Association writer will be cycling the island this October and writing about his family adventure. Watch for it at:

Cycling Advocates Retreat to Vancouver Island.

The Thunderhead Alliance, the national coalition of state and local cycling advocacy organizations will hold their 2004 annual retreat on Vancouver Island. Thunderhead members usually attend the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference held every two years. With the 700-delegate conference coming to Victoria in September of 2004, the Thunderhead board confirmed this month that next year's retreat will come to the Island. 70 or 80 cycling activists will hunker down somewhere within a dayís ride of Victoriaís Conference Centre and plan strategy for 2005. For info on Thunderhead visit:

Vancouver Sun tells readers to ride the Goose:

Last month the Vancouver Sun profiled the superlative riding experiences of the Galloping Goose trail network. Earlier this spring, author Jeff Lukovich set out from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to explore local routes and the trail system. He went home with tales of his travels. Find his Vancouver Sun story on our site at Locals swear trail traffic got a boost after the article appeared.

Media Frenzy: Island cycling inked everywhere

Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Everett Herald:

Naples News (Florida):

Feature Article: Bike Magazine:

Destination mountain biking is accounting for fantastic growth in tourism in one region of Wales. Partnering with forestry interests, local mountain bikers have built a network of off-road trail parks and pumping $25 million (U.S), into the nationís economy. The story runs in the August/September issue. More info at

Our off-road community is carving trails to position Vancouver Island as the next destination. Follow their work at

Business Profiles:

The Best Western Carleton Plaza in downtown Victoria knows cycling. Manager John Clisby rides to work from North Saanich (30k one way), on a regular basis and counts many riders among his guests. They are always pleased with the service (bikes get first class treatment Ė secure, weather protected parking). Last month, the hotel donated rooms to the Team Canada Challenge, a ride to raise money for the Canadian Childrenís Wish Foundation. Four Quebec cyclists started in Victoria for a 15-day cross-country sprint. Many thanks to John Clisby for hosting the cyclists as their journey began. For info on the Best Western Carleton Plaza, visit:

Victoria by Bike and Kayak:

Richard Reeve and his company came to the rescue when a group of Quebec cycling tourists found themselves without a campground last month. Richard set up Le Companie des Nomades on his extensive waterfront property in View Royal. Victoria by Bike and Kayak organizes cycling day tours and extended trips. Richard also hauls kayaks by bike trailer. His knowledge of cycling and kayaking on the south island serves his customers well. Thanks Richard, for taking care of our visitors! For more info on Victoria by Bike and Kayak visit:

Get Maps:

Find your way around Vancouver Island. Check out the Maps page to find the directions you are looking for. VICTA can supply the maps you need to help plan your cycling visit to Vancouver Island. See a current list of maps and tour guides at:

This Monthís Event: You canít do this!

But there are folks that can. Check out the south islandís spectator spectacular. The Back Yard Bash is strictly for "Trials riders", a sport for bike acrobats. Find your way to Metchosin for the August 23rd, 2003 event. Whatís it all about? Check the site and see

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Island Cycles: is published by John Luton, Coordinator of the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance;