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Pedal power takes Richmond cyclists beyond city limits

Pedal power takes Richmond cyclists beyond city limits

Near 50-year-old club has toured as far away as Europe and the Canadian Rockies Members of the Richmond Bicycle Club, on a recent tour to…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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Near 50-year-old club has toured as far away as Europe and the Canadian Rockies Members of the Richmond Bicycle Club, on a recent tour to Burnaby They may be called the “Richmond Bicycle Club” but this group of cycling enthusiasts knows no boundaries.

Their roots, for sure, are firmly planted in Richmond, having been founded in the early 1970s by Jim Smith and his friend, Peter, as a recreational touring club.

But since then, the group – now numbering about 40 or so members from across the Lower Mainland – have put their feet to the pedals as far away as the Oregon Coast, the Rockies, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ireland, France, the Czech Republic and the last trip, prior to Covid, to Budapest.

Closer to home, the club has toured the Sunshine Coast and still sets out locally most weekends and on a Wednesday. Ride pace "brisk to smell the flowers"

According to club president Bev Robertson, the pace of their rides can range from “brisk to smell the flowers.”

“The people are so nice, it’s a great group. We love getting together and enjoying these rides,” said Robertson, who’s been a member since 1985.

“We try to ride every weekend and have midweek rides on a Wednesday. The weekend rides are scheduled and members are asked to sign up and volunteer to lead a ride.“We have fast riders and slower ones. We did one on Sunday at 35 kilometres, but some can be 60.”Robertson said the group members come with a variety of […]

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