Welcome to the PGOSA Cycling Page with Important Information!
There are three levels of PGOSA Cycling, CASUAL, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED. Each ride is 2-3 hours long with a stop at a coffee shop during the ride.
We go as far as our weakest cyclist (nobody gets left behind).
Sun & Thur, starting at 10:00am winters and 9:30am summers
Location: Parksville Civic Centre
Leader: Gilles Gratton (250) 586-5055 res. (250) 240-5055 cell
approx. 30 km averaging around 16 kmph
Tues Thur & Sun, starting at 10:00am winters and 9:30am summers
Location: Parksville Civic Centre
Leaders: Ron O'Black (250) 937-1545
Paul Tinney (250) 586-6258
Gilles Gratton (250) 586-5055
PGOSA Cyclists (advanced):
40 plus km averaging 20 plus km/h
Wed & Sun, starting at 9:30am
Location: Oceanside Place
Leader: Hilda Emery (250) 468-5779
PGOSA CYCLING 2017 Status Update
Outlook & Numbers
We are having another growth year in PGOSA cycling. At this time we have approximately 150 riders in three ability levels. Each week there are 8+ rides scheduled and we are continuing to discuss other ride options, including an evening ride. We have to keep working on making rides safe and enjoyable, and remember that these are group rides, not a race from one place to another.
Current Ride Schedules
• Casual Cycling: Thursday & Sunday
• Intermediate Cycling: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
• Advanced Cycling: Wednesday & Sunday
Safety, PGOSA & Insurance: All riders on PGOSA rides must be PGOSA members.
With increasing size and local traffic we need to make sure our rides are safe and all riders are accounted for on any ride. On highways and connector roads like Northwest Bay road we need to stay right and in one line whenever possible. Crossing busy highways and highway merge lanes needs to be done with great care. On all roads we need to stay together, helping out anyone with difficulty and informing the person who is leading the ride if we are leaving.
Several excellent emails have gone out with safety information, thanks to those who sent them our way.
Special Rides already completed this year
In addition to our regular rides to Nanoose, Parksville, Errington, Coombs, Hilliers and French Creek, we are looking forward to several special rides and events. While most of these rides have been popular, they may not be a fit for all riders, and we often have a local ride concurrently.
1. Kinsol Trestle: Kinsol Trestle is the largest trestle in North America and one of the largest in the world. We usually visit the trestle and include a 20-30km ride on good, but not paved trails. Mountain or hybrid bikes are suggested.
2. Denman Island: The Denman Island ride is a 29km ride on Denman Island on paved roads. Starting at the ferry terminal on the west coast it is a 13 km ride to Bill Mee Park on the east coast of Denman for lunch. After lunch a 10km ride up the east coast to visit Fillongley Park and enjoy the scenery. Finally, 6km across the Island to the ferry terminal.
3. Little Qualicum Falls: (already done twice) The ride to Little Qualicum Falls is a 56 km loop out to Little Qualicum Falls via Bellevue, Grafton and Hwy 4. Enjoy the sights and views of the falls before crossing the little Qualicum river on the top bridge and meeting up with Meadowood Way on the east side of the river. Down to Meadowood Convenience store for lunch and returning via Corcan, Baylis, Hwy 19A and bike path.
4. Downtown Victoria, Galloping Goose and Lochside Trail: This is the 2nd year for this ride. It has expanded to a three day ride, with a ride Downtown, a ride out the Lochside Trail and a ride out the Galloping Goose to Sooke.
Additional Special Rides and Events being Considered
1. Courtenay: The Courtenay ride to Kitty Coleman Park is a 39km ride on paved roads through rural Courtenay, with a lunch at Kitty Coleman Park. This is a very pastoral ride, wandering through farmlands on quiet rural roads and has been very popular.
2. Little Qualicum Cheese Works: The Little Qualicum Cheese Works and Mooberry Wine have coffee, snacks and sandwiches, possible wine tasting, and farm tours. An easy ride for us to schedule sometime this summer.
3. Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery: During fish runs the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery is a great place to visit. Underwater views of river & fish hatchery, tours, viewing spawning channels, wildlife galore. Also a possible ride for a picnic and/or tailgate party
4. Windup Potluck Dinner: a tremendous hit last year!! Repeat this year (had live entertainment) this year supplied by “Tangerine Swing” Diane & Mitch two of our cyclists .
5. Beach Picnics or Tailgate Parties: There has been some discussion about having a beach picnic or tailgate party. If you are interested, talk to your group leader.
Hope to see you all on the road again!!!