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2024 Cycle Tour

August 11 - September 8, 2024

Registration open for Optional rides:https://www.vg4a.ca/events

Registration now open for 2024 Cycle Tour: https://www.vg4a.ca/event-5716809

Chair:        Mary Ann Matous

Co-chair:  Tory Stevens

    Photo by Jane Player



Summary of 2024 Cycle Tour Optional Rides

(Details and how to register are now on the Events page).

1.     Cycle Tour Launch9:00 a.m. from Mile 0 to Clover Point or beyond! - Sunday, Aug 11, 2024. For all riders.

2.     Pedalling Past the Point - 40 km on Thursday, Aug 15th, 2024. Intermediate riders.

3.     Fickle Fig 50 - 50 km on Saturday, Aug 17, 2024. Intermediate riders.

4.     Galiano Gallivant/VG4A Day trip - 20/28/62 or 72 km on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2024. Intermediate riders.

5.     Port Angeles to Sequim - 60 km on Thursday, Aug 22, 2024. Intermediate riders.

6.     Easy Riders - 25 km on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2024. Beginner riders.

7.     Cow Bay 55 - 55 km on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2024. Experienced riders.

8.     Tackling the Serpentine - 35 km on Thursday, Aug 29, 2024. Beginner/Intermediate riders.

9.     Campbell River to Victoria 3-day Ride - 275 km - starts Friday, Sept 6, 2024, ends on Sunday, Sept 8, 2024. Experienced riders.

10.  Victoria to Centennial Park to Mile 0 - 40 km on Sunday, Sept 8, 2024. Intermediate riders.

11.  Grandmothers and Grandkids (parents welcome also) - 1.6 km on Sunday, Sept 8, 2024. Beginner riders.

2024 Cycle Tour Finale - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 8th, 2024 (Grandparents Day). 

For all tour participants, VG4A members and supporters.



 Weekly Rides for 2024:

Please contact: vg4acycleregistrar@gmail.com if you would like to be on a mail out list. (Infrequent weather cancellations are sent out to the e-mail list.)

Monday Training Rides: see below

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. from Blenkinsop Connector

Thursday, 11:00 a.m. Joy of Cycling.  Meet at Janion bldg near ‘blue bridge’. e-mail Julie at jsholder54@gmail.com to get on the list.

Fridays, 9:30 a.m. from Saanich Municipal Hall, corner of the Lochside Trail and Darwin Ave.



Monday Training Rides
 DATE  TIME  Meet Up LOCATION
RIDE #  Map #
 April 8   9:30 am  Connector  Ride 1 - 33 km  Map_Ride1
 April 15   9:30 am  Connector  Ride2 - 37 km  Map_Ride2
 April 22   9:30 am  Switch Bridge  Ride 3-42.6km  Map_Ride3
 April 29   9:30 am  Switch Bridge  Ride 4-43 km  Map_Ride4
 May 6   9:00 am  Connector   Ride 5 - 51km  Map_Ride5
 May 13   9:00 am  Lochside Park  Ride 6 - 52 km  Map_Ride6
 May 20   9:00 am  Switch Bridge  Ride 7 - 56.4 km

 Map_Ride7

 May 27   9:00 am  Switch Bridge   Ride 8 - 54.1 km  Map_Ride8
 Jun 3 8:30 am Switch Bridge Ride 9 - 57 km Map_9
 Jun 10 8:30 am Connector Ride 10 -70.1 km Map_10
 Jun 17 8:30 am Connector Ride 11 - 69.6 km Map_11 
 Jun 24 8:30 am Connector Ride12 - 73km Map Ride12
 July 1 8:00 am Switch Bridge Ride 13 - 70km Map_13
 July 8 8:00 am Lochside Park Ride 14 - 70km  Map_14
 July 15 8:00 am Michell Farm Ride_15 - 75kmMap_15
 July 22  8:00 a.m. Switch Bridge Ride_17 - 82km Map_Ride 17
 July 29 8:00 a.m. Blenkinsop Connector Ride_16 - 80kmMap_Ride 16
 Aug 5 8:00 a.m. Switch Bridge Ride_18 - 88kmMap_Ride 18
 Aug 12 8:00 a.m. Blenkinsop Connector Ride_19 - 76kmMap_Ride 19
 Aug 13 8:00 a.m. Switch Bridge Ride 20 - 89km  Map_Ride 20 
 Aug 19 8:00 a.m. Switch Bridge Ride 21 - 70km  Map_Ride 21
 Aug 26 8:00 a.m. Blenkinsop Connector  Ride 22 - 52km  Map_Ride 22
 Sept 2 8:00 a.m. Blenkinsop Connector Ride 23 - 33km  Map_Ride 23
 Sept 6-8  CR to Victoria 275km 


               Last Year's Cycle Tour 2023 Finale                      

Cyclists Collectively Clock 30,000 km. and raise over $131,000 

Amid cheers and clapping, tears and laughter, cyclists in Victoria Grandmothers Cycle Tour 2023 rode in to Mile 0 on Sunday, back where the Tour launched four weeks earlier.  Over these four weeks, 50 cyclists collectively rode over 30,000 kilometres, in multiple group rides that were offered almost every day of the week or riding on their own and counting kilometres.   28 cyclists also completed the ride that was initiated back in 2007 -- the three-day, 275 km. Campbell River to Victoria Ride.  A new addition this year was the inclusion of a Grandparent and Grandchildren Ride from Ogden Point to the Finale, reaching out to the next generation of cyclists. A phenomenal $125,000 has already been raised by this year's Tour; the donate button will stay active for at least another two months.

Over the 17 years of its existence, the Victoria Grandmothers Cycle Tour has raised over $1.2 million; when added to the funds raised by other VG4A activities such a Craft Sales, African Dinners and National Walks, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa have raised over $2 million for our grandmother sisters in Africa.

Photo by Jane Player.  Members may access multiple photos by Jane and others on the Members Only page.

2023 Cycle Tour Summary

Pedalling the Cycle Tour News:  Edition 1    Edition 2     Edition 3     Edition 4     Edition 5

Optional Rides for Cycle Tour participants were popular

  1. Thursday, Aug 17th: Pedaling Past the Point - average pace 16-17 km/hr.  Video of cyclists by Todd N. here
  2. Tuesday, Aug 22nd: Fickle Fig 50 - average pace 16-17 km/hr
  3. Thursday, Aug 24th: 3 Ferry Ride - 80K and quite hilly. Suitable for stronger cyclists
  4. Wednesday, Aug 30th: Cow Bay 60 average pace 18-20 km/hr. Suitable for stronger cyclists. Video by Laurie Wilson here
  5. Thursday, Aug 31: Tackling the Serpentine average pace 16-17 km/hr
  6. Friday, Sept 8th: Campbell River to Victoria - average pace 18-20 km/hr. For stronger cyclists; registration now closed
  7. Sunday, Sept 10th: Grandmothers and Grandkids - pace slow to accommodate children
  8. Sunday, Sept 10th: Victoria to Centennial Park to Finale - average pace 16-17 km/hr
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