News

Club rides starting the first week in April, 2014.

Check MTB or Road tabs for details

2014 RCCC Membership forms now available

Click the link below to join the RCCC online

RCCC Online Registration

Click the link below to open the 2014 Membership Form

2014 RCCC Membership Form & Waiver

Note: If you want to ride with other clubs, or race you will need to join as a Citizen Race Licence holder.

Active Road Building to start in the Snowden Forest

BC Timber Sales Strait of Georgia Business Area is commencing Road Construction in the northwest portion of the Snowden Forest starting September 2013 and continuing through until April 2014.

Temporary trail closures may be posted for: Frog Legs, Box Lunch, Tadpole, Enchanted Forest, Escargot and Lookout Loop (East Side).

Please obey all signage and stay clear of construction areas.

For more information and for updates on trail closures please visit our website: search "BCTS Campbell River" in your browser or click here.

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Click here for a map of where the road building will be taking place.

Snowden Trail Day, Sunday Oct 6th

Meet @ 10 AM at the Lost Lake Parking Lot (Snowden). Trail day will go until 2 PM.

The project for the day will involve improving the drainage and trail alignment of the Riley Lake and Trimac junction. Currently the junction becomes a 'large' puddle from October to May.

Some club tools will be available, but if you are able to bring your own shovel, rake or pick axe it would be appreciated.

The Trail day will take place rain or shine, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather (gloves, raingear, boots). Bring some water and some snacks for during the Trail Day, but also bring a camp chair, as Pizza and Refreshments will be provided after the trail day!

Upcoming Rides

Some great rides coming up in the next month:

Sunday July 21st, Pedal Your World is hosting the 2013 Fred Krueger Memorial Hornby Island Bike Ride. Meet at the Denman Ferry for the 9am boat. RSVP to Pedal Your World so Ken can bring enough buns.

Sunday, August 11th, Outdoor Addictions is hosting the Buttle Lake Ride. This 80km out and back ride will take you along the shores of Buttle Lake through spectacular Strathcona Park.

Sunday August 25th, Outdoor Addictions will be hosting the Annual KOM (King of the Mountain) Ride. Riders will roll out from Campbell River and climb Mt. Washington, with a few detours along the way. Expect a great ride with a bit of suffering.

2013 Sponsors

Thanks again to these local businesses who go above and beyond to support cycling in Campbell River!

Pedal Your World your local Giant and Norco dealer.

Island Joy Rides for organized local bike excursions.

Go Campbell River for what's happening around town.

Outdoor Addictions your local Trek and Surly dealer

Updated RCCC Constitution on-line

Click here to see the finalized 2013 RCCC Constitution. Changes include the addition of a new membership category, "Supporting Member". As a Supporting Member you are able to attend meetings and vote, but will not carry Cycling BC insurance and will not be able to regularly attend Club rides/events. Supporting Member dues are $20 annually, as opposed to $50 for insured members.

Women's Rides in the Snowden

Women's-only rides will take place every Thursday night. Meet at 6pm at the Lost Lake parking lot.

If you are not currently an RCCC Member, please bring a signed waiver (downloads section of website) to the ride. You can join 2 club rides (w/ a signed waiver) before being required to obtain a club membership.

Beginner Rides in the Snowden and Beaver Lodge

Monthly beginner rides in the Snowden will take place every SECOND Tuesday, starting May 14th, meet at the Campbell River Logging Bridge at 6:20pm.

Beginner rides in the Beaver Lodge the LAST Thursday of every month, meet at the Hilchey end of the Rail Trail (@ Dogwood) at 6:30pm.

If you are not currently an RCCC Member, please bring a signed waiver (downloads section of website) to the ride. You can join 2 club rides (w/ a signed waiver) before being required to obtain a club membership.

Google Earth Overlay of the Snowden Trail Network

Open .kmz with Google Earth to check out all the trails in 3D. You can edit the properties and colours of each individual trail to highlight your favourite loops.

Google Earth Overlay of Snowden Trail Network

New RCCC Membership Category voted in!

At our last general meeting we brought in a membership class of 'supporting member'. This 'supporting member' of the club will be a voting member but will not carry the cycling BC insurance required to join us on events/races. It is hoped that this membership class will appeal to commuters, cycling advocates and other trail riders who want to support the club and the trail systems the club maintains but who are unable to join us on regular rides. This supporting membership with the club will be $20 and gives you a voice in the cycling community in a formalized way.

2013 RCCC Membership Form & Waiver

RCCC to vote on Constitution Amendments on March 27

The amended Constitution has been uploaded and can be found by clicking this link 2013 RCCC Amendments to Constitution.

The club will be voting on these changes to the Constitution at the March 27th meeting. The primary change to the Constitution is the addition of a new membership category "supporting member". The intent is to provide an alternate membership option for folks who want to support the club, but do not want to pay for Cycling BC insurance. Supporting Members will be voting members of the of the RCCC, and can partake in Club meetings and Social Events. However, as this membership category will not carry Cycling BC insurance, they will be unable to attend club rides or race events.

RCCC Trail Committee to meet March 22nd

The River City Cycle Club Trail Committee will be holding its first meeting of 2013 on March 22nd at 7pm at the Merecroft Village Pub (MVP).

The RCCC Trail Committee is responsible for managing the RCCC Trail Agreements with Recreation Sites and Trails BC for the Snowden, and BC Parks for Elk Falls Park (aka Pumphouse trails). For 2013 the Trail Committee would like to organize a series of Trail Days to accomplish our goals for the year. This meeting will be an opportunity for individuals to come out and hear what our plans are for 2013 and get involved in organizing Trail Days and take part in the maintenance of our local trail systems.

So if you are interested in helping maintain our trail systems and keeping our relationships with the Land Managers positive, come on out and get involved.

RCCC General Meeting March 27th

The River City Cycle Club will be having its first general meeting of the year to kick off the 2013 cycling season.

When: 7:00pm - Wednesday March 27th 2013

Where: The Royal Coachman (Carriage Room located upstairs)

Who: old members, new members, public and all cycling interests

Why: to actively promote cycling interests in Campbell River, to build a stronger cycling (MTB, Road and Cross) community, to help organize, promote, legitimize and maintain cycling related events, facilities and trails.

Stop by, say hello, have a beer and participate in your cycling community. See what we do and why?

2013 Membership forms will be available at the meeting and are also available online.

RCCC 2013 Membership Forms Online Now

The 2013 RCCC Membership form is now available. Click on the link below and don't forget to sign the waiver. Completed membership forms can be dropped off at the next meeting or a club ride. If this doesn't work for you, and you live in Campbell River, contact the Treasurer and he will ride by and pick it up from you! How's that for service.

2013 RCCC Membership Form & Waiver

RCCC Facebook Group

In an effort to make the club info regarding events, races, and group rides more accessible, a facebook group has been created. Here's a link to the RCCC facebook group.

Archived News

Campbell River Watershed Info

Contrary to information recently printed in the Courier-Islander, swimming in John Hart Lake is prohibited. The Campbell River Watershed was designated a Community Watershed in 2001, and as such, has protection measures to ensure the safety of our drinking water. John Hart Lake is located within Risk Zone A of the Campbell River Watershed. Activities that are prohibited within Risk Zone A include swimming (incl. dogs), boating and camping. The RCCC has been involved with the City and BC Parks to ensure our recreational use of the trails does not impact the drinking water of the city. The RCCC encourages all mountain bikers to help protect our drinking water by recreating responsibly in our watershed. If you would like to learn more about the Watershed, we recommend you take a free guided tour. Contact water.wise@campbellriver.ca for the watershed tour details.

Click here to see the map of the Campbell River Watershed and the Risk Zones.

Campbell River 50K Trail Challenge Cancelled

Due to a number of factors, we've decided to cancel the 50K this year. Thank-you very much for all your support over the years. It has been a lot of fun! I think Dan's last post on the blog sums it up for us all.

Have a good fall,

Jamie Farrer, Dan Clements, and Kevin Onclin

CR50K Organizing Committee

Elk Falls Trail Day: July 21st at 9AM

River City Cycle Club and BC Parks will be conducting some trail work in Elk Falls Park on Saturday July 21st. Many projects will be tackled that day, including installing some BC Parks signage and removing some rotting wood structures from a trail. If you have some spare time on Saturday we would love to see you out there! Meet at the Water Tower (Foreplay trailhead) at 9AM. Bring a snack, water and some work gloves.

Snowden & Elk Falls: Voluntary Trail Closure until July 6th

The RCCC is asking that local riders hold off on riding on the BC Bike Race Course until the weekend to let the trails dry out thoroughly. You will know you are on the BCBR Course if it looks like a herd of cattle have recently gone down the trail. RCCC Trail Committee members have been putting in long days doing emergency repairs on the trails. The race has left the trails wider, rutted, and prone to holding water. Once the trails dry out the ruts will disappear with use. When riding, try to stay in the center of the widened sections to allow the edges to revegetate and recover to the narrow singletrack we all love. Trail work is ongoing, the trails will be repaired. Thanks for your understanding.

BC Bike Race comes to town

With over 500 riders from 33 countries the BC Bike Race once again descended upon Campbell River for stage 2 of the 7 stage race on Monday July 2nd. A week of precipitation, along with heavy rains the night before had left the trails totally saturated. As the race progressed, the trails turned to mud, adding more challenge to the already challenging course of bluffs and rooty singletrack. Despite the conditions, many racers enjoyed our course and finished with a smile.

The Trails of the Snowden Demo Forest have been designated Non-Motorized. Violaters will be prosecuted! and heckled!

Club Members

If you are a new member and are not yet receiving club emails, please contact the Treasurer to be added to the email list.

Upcoming Events

Next Club Meeting is Wednesday March 27th at the Royal Coachman Pub Carriage Room (upstairs).

About us

We are a mostly recreational club featuring both road cycling and mountain biking members. There are group rides, trail days, organized rides to other communities, and good times for all. To find Road or Mountain bike events and rides, just click on the tabs above.

Our home Campbell River, is located half way up the east coast of Vancouver Island. We are a scenic three hour drive from our provincal capital, Victoria. If you are coming from the mainland we are only an hour and a half north of Nanaimo.

If you haven't visited Campbell River for a while you will find our town has grown into a city and the feel is definitely migrating toward an outdoor, active lifestyle.

With our abundance of trails, and some truly stunning road rides (Westmin rd, along Buttle lake in Strathcona Park would be one), all our lakes, the ocean and the mountains of Strathcona park, Campbell River is set to become the active persons "place to be" on Vancouver Island.

If you plan to be up our way please contact us, we can help with local info and perhaps get out for a ride together. info@rivercitycycle.ca

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