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Maybe we're having an overnight bike trip to do a ride somewhere, having a club meeting or party, or staging a club-members special ride. We'll be describing and inviting you to it here!

Chuckanut Classic is the MBBC's Signature Ride! August 27th

MBBC Club trip to ride the Whistler Gran Fondo - September 9th

MBBC club member Dave Dardano is organizing a trip to Canada to ride the Gran Fondo Whistler on September 9th this year.

Details of the ride and explanation of a GranFondo are on the website, where the intro paragraph says: Imagine for one day, the best possible cycling roads are closed to traffic. Before you is an epic route with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. All you have to do is concentrate on the beauty around you. You're feeling fit and you're lined up for a huge ride with thousands of your fellow cyclists. It's not a race, so there's no pressure. You can ride whatever pace you want. You can even stop for a sandwich along the way - they're provided. And no matter what pace you choose, you're not likely going to be riding alone, and you can count on local spectators cheering along the way. The scenery is better than you would see in a magazine. The ride ends with a massage and a party, and everyone’s invited. This is the GranFondo Canada Experience!

If that sounds like a great time to you, join Dave and other MBBC members for a trip to Vancouver on September 8th and ride the 'Fondo the next day, with optional stay for a day afterward for some leisurely riding in the area. Dave is organizing carpools and hotel room blocks. Hotels are already filling up in anticipation of the weekend ride, and signup for the event gets more expensive the later you sign up. The MBBC has received a discount Team-Signup code so with your early signup and use of the $25-off code, you'll get a pretty good deal the earlier you sign up!

Notes from Dave: We’ll need to be at the starting line around 6:15-6:30am on September 9th, so spending the night in Vancouver is advised. Packet pick-up is the 8th as well. We want to stay right in downtown so we can walk to the convention center to pick up our bib, garb, packet and see some vendors, then grab some chow. Then in the morning on the 9th, we can all meet downstairs and ride to the starting line in Stanley Park together. Last year I stayed at the Empire Landmark hotel and I've checked rates at hotels and the Empire Landmark still seems the best option, especially how busy hotels are in Vancouver this time of year. For those who want to stay in Whistler on Saturday night, there are hotel options there too. Let's get our Friday Vancouver plans locked down early, then we can discuss Saturday and maybe Sunday nights in Whistler.

Please contact Dave at: ddardano@gmail.com or 360-325-6849. Please make it easy on Dave and sign up as soon as possible so he can plan for everyone! It's going to be a great time and an end-of-summer cycling adventure for all!