Comox Valley News

Friday Oct. 18

Last official ride of the season and another “iffy” day…..but it turned out to be just fine. 14 members rode up Dove Creek, down Farnham, then Merville Rd, Coleman, Bates, Waveland, Eleanor, Little River to the airport for coffee.  Hopefully we are able to fit in a few more rides if the weather cooperates.

Friday October 11 Country Market….and Grieve hill!

A rather chilly start to the sunny day saw 15 riders meet at the Filberg for a ride up Piercy to 19, down Dove Creek to Headquarters then up to Smith and down 19A to the Courtenay Country Market for coffee and to help Steve FA celebrate his 70th.  Stella also rode to this   social gathering.  After eating, not unexpectedly, talk began of challenging some nearby hills, specifically Grieve….and sure enough, 6 people picked up the challenge and completed Grieve & Hardy and took the Coleman/Waveland route back home.  Thanks to Sherry for coordinating.

 

 

Sunday October 6 Multi-Surface Ride

6 riders participated in the gruelling (see photo!) Baynes Sound View trail ride.  A cloudy day  with a few drops of rain but a good time was had by all (again, see photo! )  Oh, and yes, they actually did climb a hill….though it appears like a flat ride out towards Tree Island.  Thanks to Andrea for coordinating.  

 

Friday Oct. 4

Another one of those “iffy” days with rain overnight and into the morning.  It did, however, stop before 9 so we rescheduled to a “Choose a Ride” and 3 hearty souls (all female I might add) showed up….Cathy, Sharon & Marilynn.  They decided to cycle Dove Creek, Farnham, Merville, & Coleman where they met up with James & Jane going the other way.  All 5 then cycled to the Airport for coffee as the roads got drier & drier.  Hopefully we get a drier October compared to the past September, so we can perhaps cycle into November like we did last year.

Friday September 27 Rabbit Hole time ~ 60 km

A group of 20 riders met on a coolish, windy day to check out the ice cream at the Mini-Golf Course.  Our leader,  Glenn  aka “Rabbit Hole” gave us a couple of possibilities for routes including one very few people had ever been on.  13 of the 20 riders took up the challenge and made their way up from the end of Burns Road to Highway 19.  The ~ 100 m trail passed over a creek and through a “gate” cut strategically through a wire fence.  After meeting up with the other 7 riders at Dove Creek Road we headed straight into the very brisk, challenging wind for 13 km to Hamm Road.  Part way down Hamm Road, “Rabbit Hole” lead many through another “long cut” which eventually took everyone to the Mini-Golf Course where, as always, we would be treated to some fabulous ice cream!  Alas, the owners had determined that summer was over, and had closed up shop!  As a result we headed back south on 19 A, now with the wind following us!  Some stopped at Black Creek General Store while others made their way down Headquarters to the Climate Change rally in Simms Park and a few even participated in the march up 5th & 4th.   All in all, an interesting, well-rounded day!

September 20 Airport Express

A healthy group of 35 riders participated in a short ride to the Airport today to attend the opening ceremonies of the new Bike Station.  Free coffee and muffins were the big attraction, as was the opportunity to look good in the new CCCTS jersey. A few nice photos including the group shot….and one less than satisfactory one of the lone cyclist!  Next week we are off to Black Creek.

 

 

 

Monday September 16 Multi-Surface Ride Comox Dam

10 riders participated on the ride to the Comox Dam and the One Spot Trail.
It was dark in the woods, so no action shots. There was some talk about being lost in the Twilight Zone.
Some photos:
1. A key moment before entering the Twilight Zone..
2. After the Twilight Zone, when we could all laugh about it.
3. Heading home on the One Spot.
A further report from the Coordinator:

Attached is a start of ride photo. 9 of us started off on a rainless ride with a mix of bikes. A few missed turns resulted in a slightly different route to the dam on Comox Lake. On the way to the fish hatchery several riders took a wrong turn and the rest of the group waited at the hatchery and Marilyn went to look for them. After a half hour wait they all turned up. During the wait we suspected they had entered a space time continuum and visited a parallel universe. The rest of the ride went without incident, while we took some easier trails to accommodate the gravel bikes. A couple of riders turned home early around Burns lake. A good ride in spite of a few miss turns and delays.

Ken is new member who joined the day before was on the ride He chose to return early and Glen thinks he’ll be asking for a refund after the visit to the Nymph Falls Twilight Zone.

I think the group passed a motion to preclude the Coordinator from leading any more mystery tours 🙂

Thanks for coordinating, Bob.

Friday September 13 Dove Creek to Airport

8 optimists rode today on an adjusted course, rain-free on Friday the 13th. The forecast was for morning showers and rain in the afternoon, so we kept close to town (Dove Creek, Farnham, Tsolum, Little River, Airport), 50ish kms, with just a few drops of rain early in the ride. The ride coordinator did a brilliant job to keep us all dry and happy.  Thanks, Glenn!

 

Friday September 6 Innisfree Farm

A short ride today (~35 km) to Innisfree Farm off of Royston Road.  12 riders were able to relax in the open air cafe and enjoy the delicious fresh food and gardens.  A great place to sit and ponder, or wander on a sunny day!

 

August 30 FBI and Buckley Bay

A perfect day for cycling…no wind, cloudy and a reasonable temperature brought a group of 26 members out for the ride.  Most of the group made their way to Buckley Bay for coffee while a few went on to the FBI.

Photos to come.

 

Friday August 16 Denman/Hornby

12 members chose a beautiful day for the 50 km ride around Denman & Hornby.  This included a stop at a very large Campbell’s Tomato Soup can on Hornby.  Lunch at Tribune Bay.  Thanks to Rob for coordinating.

Choose a Ride had 10 members cycle from the Filberg up Dove Creek, Farnham, Tsolum River, Smith with coffee at Paradise Plants.

Friday August 9 Gold River & Choose a Ride

A group of 10 riders completed the challenging 83 km ride to Gold River this year.  Fortunately the weather turned out to be perfect for cycling …..overcast and a moderate temperature.

Lunch at the Clayworks Gallery  before the 10 km climb out of town.

Thanks to Rhonda for coordinating and for upping the standard for all other Coordinators by supplying homemade brownies and fresh picked plums at the completion of the ride! 

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The Choose a Ride group also had 10 participants and travelled to Cumberland via Dove Creek Rd and the Inland Highway, back via Minto , Fraser.

Friday August 1…Choose a Ride to Miniature Golf

Well, after a miserable day on Thursday with heavy rain and the possibility of rain still in the forecast on Friday morning, we decided to give it a go and 11 riders met at the Filberg. Most, though not all, had finished their breakfast by then!   By the time we arrived, the skies had cleared and the sun was shining.  We took Dove Creek to the  inland Highway then up to Hamm Rd and down, through the rabbit hole, to the Miniature Golf near Black Creek where we enjoyed some hearty ice cream cones.  Return trip was via 19A, Howard, Headquarters for most.  A nice 60+ km ride.

Friday July 26 Rathrevor Beach and Choose a Ride

A gorgeous day for 26 cyclists who met at Wembley Mall near French Creek and had a winding ride through many lovely streets in Parksville and Nanoose including Northwest Bay.  We made a stop at Serious Coffee in Parksville and made our way to lovely Rathrevor Beach for lunch, before returning to the Wembley Mall.  A very satisfying 60 km ride (of course, Rhonda cycled from Courtenay so did 135 km!)   A big thank you to Jane & James for coordinating.

The Choose a Ride met at the Filberg and the 15 riders rode up Dove Creek Rd to the Highway then onto Cumberland and the Moose, returning via Minto/Fraser.  

All told, 31 riders on this great day!