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The 2016 Canada Day Populaire will be 149 km long to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday.
We are currently working with the Township of Langley to determine if we can begin the ride at the Walnut Grove Community Park. We believe this is a better start and finnish location as there is more parking near by and serveral ammenaties like a concession stand and a water splash park. If we can't work this out we will be starting at the same location as the last few years, Yorkston Community Park. This page will be updated as soon as we can confim details wtih the township.
There will be 3 staffed controls along the 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.
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. The start window is from 7:00 am to 8:30 am on Friday July 1st. You may start at any time during that window. Slower riders are encouraged to take advantage of the early start time.There will be a Control Card and a route sheet with a simple map given to each rider as the route and roads are not marked.
We encourage participants to preregister onine as this greatly speeds up our ability to get riders started on July 1st. Prerigistion before June 15 is $20. June 16 - 28 is $25. Ride day registration is $30 .
We look forward to seeing you on Friday July 1st.