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Bicycle associations, clubs & groups

Vancouver Island is rife with bicycling groups, clubs and organizations, all with the purpose of bringing joy to those who bicycle. The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition promotes cycling as a whole, wether for recreation, commuting or sport. We happily put cyclists in touch with organizations that peeks someone's interest, wether that is mountain biking, road racing, randonneuring, events, tours, social or recreational rides.

Here is a listing of some of the groups on the island. Please notify us if you know of a group or organization that we are unaware off.

Bicycle Clubs


Mid Island Velo Association (MIVA)

MIVA promotes road and cyclecross bike racing in the Nanaimo area. The club holds a weekly criterium race on Boxwood Tuesday night, a time trial event on Thursday and in the late Summer and Fall the club puts on hill climbs and cyclocross events - See more at: www.bikeracing.ca/

Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club

If you want to know where to go riding on Nanaimo's amazing trails, the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club is your resource. This group of hardworking mountain bikers organizes great rides, events and do a pile of trail maintenance and building. Visit their website for superb video's, photos, maps and information. www.nanaimomountainbikeclub.com

Cowichan Valley Cycling Club

Cowichan Valley Cycling is based in Duncan, BC. The club host a number of events ranging from mtb and cyclo-cross races to fun group rides. Check their facebook page at Cowichan-Valley-Cycling

Comox Valley Cycling Club

CVCC is a non-profit cycling club located in the Comox Valley Their main focus is encouraging participation in the wonderful sport of road cycling through sanctioned road-races and time trials throughout the year with an emphasis on junior rider development. www.comoxvalleycycleclub.ca

Experience Cycling Club

Cowichan Valley http://experiencecycling.ca//

Port Alberni Cycling Club

The Port Alberni Cycling Club is a local club dedicated to growing, sharing and enjoying all kinds of cycling (both road and mountain biking) in the Alberni Valley. The group is made up from all different tread patterns. cross country, road, DH, freestyle, slopestyle and cyclecross make up the majority of our club. We work hard on building, maintaining and promoting the trail system and organize rides & races on weekends. www.pacyclers.com/

United Riders of Cumberland

The United Riders of Cumberland is a registered Non Profit Society that promotes and supports the local Mountain Bike Community in the Comox Valley. Through trail advocacy, volunteerism, promotion of the sport and fund raising, The United Riders of Cumberland are able to encourage participation for all, as well as maintain and build the local trail infrastructure. www.unitedridersofcumberland.com

QBMS Bike Club

The Qualicum Beach Middle School has a bike club

South Island Mountain Bike Society

SIMBS in Victoria promotes mountain biking that is environmentally sound & socially responsible. The society coordinates and trains volunteers to build trails and maintain them, in addition the group works on getting more trails open for biking. SIMBS organizes a monthly ride on the third Sunday of month at the Mount Wok Hartland Regional Park. www.simbs.com/

Arrowsmith Mountain Bike Club

The AMBC has been organizing rides since 1994 and hosts the Island Cup Series XC and Enduro races as well as The Ramble Marathon race on the epic HammerFest. Club Members meet at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on Wednesday Nights, Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Check www.arrowsmithmtbclub.com

Nanaimo BMX club

www.bmxcanada.org/tracks/1483

Hub City Triathlon Club

Serving the Vancouver Island triathlete community from Ladysmith to Nanoose. Members will receive regular notices of new clinics of interest, rides, races, deals on gear, socials, access to the Splash and Dash events, and access to swim sessions. www.hctc.ca

B.C. Masters Cycling Association

The non-profit B.C. Masters Cycling Association offers a comprehensive schedule of road races, time trials and criteriums for men and women 30 years and older. www.bcmasterscycling.net

BC Randonneurs Cycling Club

The mandate of BC Randonneurs is to organize rides in accordance to the rules of randonneur cycling as practiced by Audax Club Parisien in France. Randonneur Cycling is sometimes referred to as marathon cycling and can be described as fast long-distance cycling. The activities of the club and the general information about the sport is discussed more fully elsewhere on this site www.randonneurs.bc.ca

Bicycle Coalitions


Oceanside Cycling Coalition

The Oceanside Cycling Coalition is a society composed of local citizens dedicated to improving cycling conditions and raising awareness of cycling issues in the Oceanside area. The Coalition, located in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island, is a member of the B.C.Cycling Coalition. www.oceansidecyclingcoalition.blogspot.com/

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition

A fantastic group of keen cyclists are teaching, advocating and promoting cycling in the scenic Comox valley. Their mission: to create a safe environment for cycling in the Comox Valley and encourage cycling as an effective, economical, healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. They do that and a lot more from bike valet parking, various courses, mapping etc. Have a look at their web site: www.cyclecv.squarespace.com

Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition

In the mecca of cycling, Victoria CC is a powerhouse of action. From great speakers series, a fantastic publication (Cycle Therapy), to maps, events and a lot of advocating. Hats off to this industrious group and join them on their rides or events. www.gvcc.bc.ca

Cycle Cowichan

Cycle Cowichan is a group of cyclist trying to improve cycling conditions in the Cowichan Valley. Add your voice to the growing bicycling buzz and become a part of creating cycling culture in Cowichan. www.cyclecowichan.ca

BC Cycling Coalition

The BC Cycling Coalition is the leading provincial voice for cyclists. The provincial body wants to see more people ride more bicycles more often. They work with cycling advocates and professionals from across the province. www.bccc.bc.ca

Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition

Yeah we believe in our coalitiongroup and we want our community of Nanaimo to become bicycle savy. Not only do we advocate by enganging community leaders and the public, we offer bicycle education, commuter classes, a host of programs and inititiatives, from bike mapping, create & promote routes, bike storage lockers, etc

Bike Groups


Slow Spokes of Nanaimo

This group of cycling enthusiasts meet for weekly rides in the Nanaimo area. They have two regular rides per week on Fridays and Sundays. Leaving Serious Coffee Downtown Nanaimo at 1:00 pm Friday and 10 am Sunday in the winter and 9am in the summer. Go to their website for more details: www.slowspokes.ca/

The Nanaimo Yellow Jackets

Known for their yellow slickers, this bunch of funloving cyclists meet at the Starbucks Coffeeshop on Enterprise Way and Metral almost daily at 9am. It is very informal, meaning sometimes they ride sometimes they don't, and the rides are usually about 40 to 45K. Weather permitting some rides are longer with a stop for lunch. These rides are longer (anywhere from 60 to 90k).

Parksville Bike Riding Groups

There is choice of five sessions per week year-round, between different levels of cycling. The PGOSA Riders are a faster riding group who ride from the Oceanside Arena on Sundays and Wednesdays. Contact: Hilda Emery 250-468-5779 for Sunday and Wednesday information.

The "Slo-Mo's group" is for cyclists wanting fresh air, exercise and friendly companionship, rides are Sunday and Thursday from the Parksville Community Centre.
"The Turtles" is for those new to cycling or those wanting a slower pace.
For the Slo-Mo's ride, Ray Bertons 250-248-7067 or Gilles Gratton 250-586-5055 who also leads The Turtles or you can also contact them via email: slowmotionbikes@gmail.com

Cowichan

Cowichan Cycles hosts and supports a number of events in the Cowichan Valley. In addition the store supports a number of mountain bike group rides around the valley.
Mondays - Dirt Diva's beginner ladies rides. No one is left behind here, with the focus on fun, building skills and meeting new people to ride with. They usually ride on Mt. Tzouhalem, but check their Facebook page to be sure.
Tuesdays _ MTB Group Ride. The location changes weekly, but is at 6pm every Tuesday. Check our Facebook page for the location, usually Mt. Tzouhalem or Maple Mountain.
Wednesday - Kid's MTB group ride. Taking place at Cobble Hill and meeting at 6pm, these rides are for the kid in all of us, but geared towards youth 11 years and older. www.cowichancycles.com