This past Mother’s day was my first group ride with the Coast Riders having just joined the club a few months back, the day started out looking grey and overcast with some sunny spots and it was cool enough to be donning the chaps.
I arrived at the A&W in Coquitlam early with coffee in hand and before long other members started to trickle in.
Pretty soon it was kick stands up as our group of 6 riders set out towards Burnaby mountain where we stopped for a quick photo, a peek around and we were off once again, this time headed to Mount Seymour.
At first I wasn’t sure what to expect as is the case when you ride with a group of new people but it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable riding with this crew, it’s easy when everyone follows the group riding guidelines.
Once we began heading up Mount Seymour as planned everyone took their own pace as we broke rank and spread out some, keeping an eye out for cyclists and gravel in the switchback corners, the temperature took a nose dive heading up but upwards we went. Reaching the top parking lot it was another quick photo and we were rolling again.
Heading back down on our way to Cypress mountain one member had to drop out due to an old injury acting up from the cold ride up Seymour so now 5 riders continued on up Cypress.
After some photos and a look around the group moved on to Horseshoe Bay where we stopped for some good fish and chips.
After lunch I broke off to visit someone in the area while the group made it’s way homewards. It was a fine day with some great people riding some of the best roads in Canada, I think mom would approve.
Motorcycle Safety Skills Challenge
The Burnaby RCMP is pleased to invite motorcycle enthusiasts to our second annual safety challenge offering a unique opportunity for riders to update their skills and learn from the best!
This year’s event will be held at the Burnaby Rugby Club, a venue large enough to allow two courses— one for beginner and intermediate riders and a second one for those who are more experienced.
“We are very pleased to offer this public service to motorcycle riders”, says Burnaby’s Officer-in-Charge Chief Superintendent Dave Critchley. “The event means a lot to Burnaby’s senior officer who also rides a motorcycle. Motorcycles make-up three per cent of insured vehicles, but they’re involved in about 11 per cent of road fatalities”, OIC Critchley says. “Road safety is one of our five policing priorities in Burnaby. This is an opportunity for us to improve road safety in our community.”
When: May 13-14, 2016
Where: 3760 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby Rugby Club parking lot
What: May 13, Women riders only, 2 to 6 p.m.; May 14, Open to all. Class 6 required for all riders on both days, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.