2014 Pacific Populaire – April 6th


The 2014 BC Randonneurs Pacific Populaire runs this Sunday April 6th. What is perhaps one of the most anticipated days in the early season Vancouver enthusiast cycling calendar, the Populaire runs for the 29th edition of the spring 25km/50km/100km classic. The introduction to randonneuring ride starts at 9:00am and be there early to register if you haven’t already.

Also running on April 6th is the Ronde Van Vlaandaren monument, which if it isn’t the best single day race in the pro calendar, it’s certainly one of them with all the cobbled climbs and early season drama in Flanders. Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara go head to head again for classics supremacy as the youngsters of Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarke, and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck aim to push the elder statesmen off the podium.

You can catch the race on TV at Musette Caffe Burrard prior to the populaire and fill up on their great morning breakfasts if you need a little motivation to get up early and be prepped for the Populaire.

Spring riding and racing is in full swing, and if you haven’t been out, there’s no excuses now.

ACA – Youth Bicycle Touring Scholarships

The Adventure Cycling Association is offering youth scholarships for cyclists aged 18-25 who are interested in participating in their Leadership Training Course or the Introduction to Road Touring course. The offered scholarship covers airfare!, the cost of one of the courses which includes meals, lodging accommodations, and the cost of a rental bike and gear. Perhaps this is only offered to Americans, but hopefully young Canadian Students can apply?

Get more information on the ACA website

Merino Base Layers Now Available


After literally considering four continents for a base layer material, contacting more than a dozen suppliers, and scouring through hoards of swatches we found a small American Mill that produces, by what we have felt, the softest and highest quality 100% Merino Wool. It was very important to us to source as regionally as possible so we used this buttery-soft merino to make a small batch run of our new Le Domestique base layer.
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