YYJ bikes: September cycling events in Victoria, B.C.

Bryna Hallam

Enjoy those last days of summer -- there are still plenty of bike events happening in September.

Be sure to check back, as I'll be updating the list as the month goes on. Know about an upcoming event? Pass it on!

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To see future events, visit my calendar.

Tour de Rock: CTV Personalities & Pasta Night

Don’t miss this lip-smacking event at the Old Spaghetti Factory! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal served by your favourite CTV personalities and receive a Mystery Bag $50 – $150 in value!

When: Sept. 5. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Old Spaghetti Factory Victoria, 703 Douglas St.

Tickets: Each seat is $70 with all proceeds donated to the Tour de Rock fundraising campaign of media rider Chandler Grieve. Make your reservation today by calling 250-38-.8444 or team_spaghetti@osf.ca.

For more information: vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/events/tour-de-rock for further details and updates.

GVCC theme ride: Victoria’s Secrets

Discover Victoria’s cycling jewels and secrets: those places where bikes can go but cars cannot! Be sure to bring a lunch!

When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Ride starts and ends at Centennial Square, by Victoria City Hall

Tickets: Suggested donation $5

For more information: gvcc.bc.ca/theme-rides

3rd Annual Ambriss Clermont Memorial Ride for Hospice

Join us for the 3rd Annual Ambriss Clermont Memorial Ride. This one-day cycling event is named in memory of Ambriss Clermont, Russ Hay’s co-owner from 1974 to 2012, and raises money for Victoria Hospice. The event has two ride distances (60km and 110km), allowing beginner to intermediate riders to participate.

When: Sept. 7, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Riders leave from Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop, 650 Hillside Ave. There will be a Russ Hay’s support van at the half-way point of each ride. 

Tickets: Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt.

For more information: AmbrissHospiceRide.com

Tour de Rock: Dinner and Silent Auction

Dinner and silent auction to support the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, which raises money for childhood cancers. Silent auction items include Canucks tickets, a stay at the Pan Pacific hotel in Vancouver, B.C. Ferry passes, recreation passes, Prestige Hotel accommodation, Whiskey Point Lodge, Fairways Market gift cards, Pagilacci’s, and many more great items.

When: Sept. 10, 6 p.m.

Where: Six Mile Pub, 494 Old Island Hwy.

Tickets: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by emailing dnj@shaw.ca, or at the door.

For more information: tourderock.ca/upcoming-events

Tweed Ride

The GVCC is pleased to be host the Tweed Ride in its fourth year. Join the parade of cyclists dressed in classic tweed or smart looking outfits for a police-escorted ride (safe for all!) and picnic/tea party (bring lunch and a tea cup). All proceeds will go to support Bicycles for Humanity, a grassroots movement that donates used bicycles to people in developing countries. 

When: Sept. 14, 11 a.m.

Where: St. Ann’s Academy to Esquimalt Gorge Park

Tickets: Register here. The registration fee is $10. Children under 12 are free.

For more information: tweedridevictoria.ca

VeloWorks 2014

VeloWorks 2014 will build upon the legacy of Velo-city Global 2012 by highlighting plans, improvements and programs from around the region and Province by bringing together political leaders, cycling experts and advocates to further move cycling forward.

Sept. 17 will focus on all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling networks and the integration of AAA cycling facilities with complete streets featuring progress smaller cities and suburban communities as well as the health, social and environmental benefits of cycling. The discussion will also include measures to reduce conflicts between road users

Sept. 18 will feature experts on all aspects of cycling tourism including network development emphasis on all ages and abilities routes, product development, marketing, wayfinding and events as well as the community and economic benefits. Also included will be practically advice on how the hospitality industry can cater to and attract cycling customers.

Sept. 18will also include a cycling education workshop by HUB, a technical tour lead by City of Vancouver staff of their latest AAA facilities and a presentation on the new workplace cycling amenities at Vancouver General Hospital.

When: Sept. 17-18

Where: The Pinnacle at the Pier, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tickets: Registration ranges from $150 for one day to $315 for both.

For more information: veloworks.org

Webinar: Optimize Signals for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Please bring your lunch and join us for a local screening of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals' webinar, Optimize Signals for Pedestrians and Bicyclists.


The CRD is committed to increasing capacity across the region and building a network of practitioners from across disciplines, sub-regions, and industries. The PCMP Community Practitioners’ Network aims to bring together planners, engineers, safety experts, technicians, law enforcement officers, city builders, business professionals, volunteers, advocates, and consultants to discuss important issues, tools, and opportunities related to walking and cycling.

When: Sept. 17, 12 p.m.

Where: Capital Regional District, 625 Fisgard St. Please note that if you are unable to join us at this location, you may register and attend the webinar from any location – please visit apbp.org for more information on costs and registration.

Tickets: Free, please RSVP to jblack@crd.bc.ca

For more information: civicinfo.bc.ca/302e.asp?eventid=4107

Trans-Form speaker series: Creating a City for Everyone

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and Capital Regional District present Trans-Form: Creating a City for Everyone with urbanist Gil Penalosa (of 8-80 Cities) and Dr. Kay Teschke (who leads the Cycling in Cities research program at the University of B.C.)

How do we create vibrant public spaces? Can cities support well-being and provide places for people of all ages to relax, walk, bike, and play?The Trans-Form Speaker Series is sparking a dialogue in the capital region focused on city-building, vibrant public spaces, accessible mobility, health, urban design, and livability.

When: Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

Where: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 900 Johnson St.

Tickets: Suggested $5 donation

For more information: gvcc.bc.ca/trans-form-speaker-series-creating-a-city-for-everyone-september-18

Country Rock for Tour de Rock

If you find yourself toe-tapping every time a Keith Urban song comes on, then I suggest you get yourself down to the Duke this Thursday night for Country Rock for Tour de Rock. Electric Timber Company, a music collective of some of the city’s best local artists, will be mixing their diverse blue grass, rock and roots vibes with a country twang. 

When: Sept. 18, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Duke at 502 Discovery St.

Tickets: By donation at the door. Donations support Tour de Rock rider Katie DeRosa

For more information: See Katie's blog

Flats, Bogs & Bottoms AKA Colquitz Watershed Tour

A gentle, off-road meander through the Colquitz Watershed taking in several wetlands, lakes and streams at this driest time of year to check the water levels and flows. Bird and other wildlife viewing. Picnic and hike around the unique ecosystem of Rithet's Bog. Bring a picnic lunch.

When: Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Meet at Cafe Fantastico, Dockside Green, 102-398 Harbor Rd.

Tickets: Join the group and RSVP through meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/events/188391192/. Riders must be 18+. Victoria Cycling Adventures Club insurance allows anyone to come out and join us for one ride to see what the group is all about.  After one ride a Club Membership costs $5 annually and $1 per ride.

For more information: meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/events/188391192/

Saltspring Apple Festival

Visit the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival. This year's schedule hasn't been finalized, but much of the festival takes place on the southern part of the island. We'll tour the southern part of the island and likely have lunch at Ruckle Park, avoiding Ganges. Bring a lunch or pick up a lunch at one of the many food vendors at the festival.

When: Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at Cafe Fantastico, Dockside Green, 102-398 Harbor Rd.

Tickets: Join the group and RSVP through meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/events/201464302/. Riders must be 18+. Victoria Cycling Adventures Club insurance allows anyone to come out and join us for one ride to see what the group is all about.  After one ride a Club Membership costs $5 annually and $1 per ride. Note this ride involves riding the ferry. See website for more details.

For more information: meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/events/201464302/

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