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June 10/05 9:02 am - Vancouver Bike Month News, B.C. BMX Clinics, Blizzard Results

Posted by Editor on 06/10/05

Bike Month News - Vancouver
Courtesy Velolove

Bike Month is here!!!

Check out the online Bike Month Calendar at:

To submit an entry to the calendar go to or click on the plus sign on the day you want to add the event. It's a moderated calendar so events will not be displayed until they are approved which could take a couple of days.

Friday, June 10

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective (MC3) Ride

Vancouver's freak art bike collective invites you to take a ride with this post-apocolypitic gang of velomutation riders starting at 6:30pm at the Science World gazebo, 1455 Quebec St, and featuring new choppers built at PedelPlay's boneyard. ALL WELCOME.

Saturday, June 11

The World Naked Bike, the craziest and most fun'est of all the events on the planet earth will be happening June 11th. Naked and colour clad cyclists will be challenging conformity in cities across the World. Amsterdam, Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, London, Spain, Montreal, Belgium and countless others will be streaking through news headlines and making life on this planet a lot more colourful.

The World Naked Bike ride is a protest against car culture. It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. According the United Nations close to a million species of plants and animals could disappear from the face of the earth in the next 50 years as a result of green house gasses being released primarily from cars. Unless we change direction we are likely to land up where we are heading. The Vancouver ride starts 3 pm at Sunset Beach (Beach Avenue at Bute). The theme for Vancouver is masquerade.

After party at Open Studios, 252 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (see below)

The World Naked Bike Ride is an international celebration of the power and individuality of our bodies as well as a protest against oil dependency. All cyclists, roller bladers, joggers and skate boarders are invited to attend. The dress code is bare as you dare. The decision as to how naked participants are is determined by ride participants.

For more information and other start locations:

Saturday, June 11


Come celebrate the re-launch of MOMENTUM Magazine at Open Studios, 252 East 1st Avenue with DJ Goulash, Corrior, Taal Mala and Sven Torpedo.

Featuring pedal-powered cocktails, performance by Luxotica and fabulous bike-themed visuals by Marriane Bos and Rena del Pieve Gobbi.

Doors at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 (available at Bikes on the Drive).
This party is co-sponsored by BikeBox and will also celebrate the launch of Max de Druck Swiss-made bike trailers.

Sunday, June 19

Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival
Noon to 6 pm

Rumours that we plan to rip up the Drive and plant it are unsubstantiated, although it is true that all of the jackhammers at A&B Tool Rental have been mysteriously reserved for that day. Please bring seeds.

Details at:

This Fest is gonna be off the hook. We've got 8 blocks of Car-Free Drive, 4 stages, are expecting gazillions of people, and WE NEED HELP!

If there's anything specific you would like to do or have experience in or resources to offer, such as...

-event organization
-roving performer
-graphics or promotion
-community outreach
-creative visualizer
-video or still photo documentation
-liaison with merchants or organizations
-on-site volunteer (info, security, donation-gathering, marshalling, setup/teardown, etc.)...

OR you "just wanna help", please e-mail for, yes, info... or to offer your gifts.

Sunday, June 19

This year, the notorious EastVan Chopper Fest (4th Annual) is happening in conjunction with the Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival.

The Drive will be closed to car and bus traffic between First Ave and Venables for the entire afternoon... for a big community party in the street! PedalPlay is presenting the EastVan Chopper Fest as part of the event, with support from the Margaret Charles Chopper Collective. and . If you haven't been to an EastVan Chopper Fest before, chopper riders from Vancouver and beyond bring their bikes out for people to ride. Watch spectators get drawn into the action, wobbling and laughing their way down the street on wonky and stylish wheels. Kids and people of all ages love this event! Also featured is the PedalPowered Sound system and PedalPowered fresh fruit smoothies.

We are looking for about 2 dozen volunteers who want to be involved. Volunteers need to agree to one two-hour shift, sometime between noon and 6 pm on June 19th. Volunteer jobs are, greeting people, helping with bikes and bike maintenance, making fresh fruit pedal-powered smoothies, encouraging people to ride the bikes which power the sound system.

Volunteer rewards (aside from being involved in this showcase of positive bike culture): Cheap pedalpower T-shirts (black with option of sleeveless), yummy smoothies on June 19th, and an after party for festival organizers and volunteers.

To volunteer, please contact RedSara at

Come 'N' Try BMX Clinics for Youth
Courtesy Cycling BC

Action BMX in Surrey, Saturday June 10th
Abbotsford BMX in Abbotsford, Sunday June 11th

On Saturday at 9:30am in Surrey, and Saturday at 9:30am in Abbotsford, come and check out your local BMX track for a 2 hour introductory course on BMX and meet some new kids!

Learn about BMX from some of our provinces most enthusiastic coaches and from our top Professional riders! While you are trying out your new skills on the track, your parents will enjoy refreshments and snacks while they learn all about BMX rules, safety and enjoy the family oriented fun too. Then they can watch you when you try your first ever mock race!!! And you get a free hot dog for lunch too! How cool is that?

Now if you just can't get enough, we are offering another 2 hour camp after lunch!

Novice #1= $10 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Novice #2= $15 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Want to know more and find out how to sign up?

Contact: Larissa Hoath
BMX Coordinator


Abbotsford BMX track
32740 Haiday Drive
Behind Agrifair Arena

Surrey BMX track
76th Ave at 126th St

Blizzard Bike Club - Fort St. John, BC
Courtesy Pat Ferris

June 9, 2005

Mike Heintzman won the Baldonnel time trial, Thursday (June 10th), with a time of 25:03. Pat Ferris and Tim Gladysz tied for second at 25:38 and Matt Sparling third at 26:53. Bob Andrews was 4th at 27:20 and Ed Fornelli 5th at 27:41.

Trisha Gladysz was the women's winner with 29:21. Two-time Alberta Champion Tessa Bilodeau was second at 29:39 and Elyce Henry third at 30:23. Barb Polehoykie was 4th at 30:55.

Other times were Richard Wood at 28:32, Darren Guliov 28:33, Gord Harris 28:41, Ken Nix 29:48, Kevin Cooper 30:31 and Owen Giebelhaus 32:31. Eric Lowry had 11:34 for 8 km.

Seventy-six Triathletes are registered for Sunday's Tri-Co-op Triathlon. Organizers are hoping the weather gods will cooperate to make this ninth annual event the most successful, ever. Start time is 9 am at the pool.


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