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...or choose the 100 km Celebration Route
The 2020 Canada Day Populaire will be 153 km long to celebrate Canada’s 153th birthday. New in 2018 was the 100 km route option out to Birchwood Dairy and back, and we're offering it again in 2020.
The Start and Finish location for both routes is the same as last year at the Yorkson Community Park on 84th Avenue at 206th Street.This is located on the south side of the freeway approximately 1.1 km from the Carvolth Exchange Park & Ride. Access by vehicle will be to exit right (south) off TCH 1 at 200th Street, turn left on 86th Ave and follow it east then south as it becomes 206th Street.Yorkson Community Park is at 206th on 84th. Parking is very limited so car pooling is encouraged.
There will be 3 staffed controls along the 153 km route and each will have water, Gatorade, fruit and sweets. The route offers a mix of terrain and mostly quiet roads taking you from the start through scenic Fort Langley, site of the official proclamation of British Columbia in 1858, onwards to Matsqui and quaint Old Clayburn, across Sumas Prairie, up Sumas Mountain, through Veddar Crossing, returning across Sumas Prairie via Huntingdon and Aldergrove to Fort Langley.
The start window for the 153 km route is from 8:00 am to 8:25 am. The window for the 100 km routes is between 8:30 and 9:00. You may start at any time during these windows. There will be a Control Card and a route sheet with a simple map given to each rider as the routes and roads are not marked.
Pre-registration is available on line only. Pre registered riders will have expedited sign-up on ride day. You may also register on the day of the ride, however please allow at least 20 minutes for processing.
To ride a Populaire, you do NOT need to be a member of the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club. To enter, complete the entry form and waiver on-line or available at the start, pay the $30.00 entry fee and ride.
We look forward to seeing you on July 1st.