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Victoria BC Cycling Day Trip

In preparation for the Victoria 1/2 Ironman this weekend, I took a day trip to Victoria a couple of weekends ago to ride the course.  

Ellen, who is always up for cycling fun, was excited for the adventure.

We took a 7am ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.  Parking at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, we rode on the ferry.  This is a cheaper option than brining the car over and much more fun.  It does, however, require a bit more planning. 

 Waiting for the ferry in the holding pen.  Yay, no rain!

We paid the extra $12 to sit in the SeaWest Lounge.  Quiet environment, comfy chairs, unlimited Starbucks coffee, yogurt, fruit and cheese!  Well worth the extra money.

View from the lounge.

I had the map for the route loaded in my phone but forgot the paper map.  My concern was my iPhone running out of juice before we were done.  A BC InfoCentre popped up at the perfect time on the Pat Bay Hwy so we stopped in for some info.  After grabbing a map, we were on our way.  We still managed to get off course more than a few times but most of the area looked familiar so I am confident in our ride. 

I remembered Victoria being hilly but was pleasantly surprised it was not as hilly as I remembered.  I will give St. George 70.3 credit for that.  After that race, I should never be afraid of hills around here.

Strava screenshot of the route.  We circled a few times to make almost 90kms.

Our day started at 4:45am by getting ready and being at the ferry for a 7am sailing.  The sailing time is about an hour and a half.  Around 9:30am we were in Swartz Bay and riding off the ferry.  By 1:20pm we were done and back at the ferry terminal to go home.  Too bad there wasn't a 2pm sailing.  We got the 3pm sailing and were back at the car in Tsawwassen by 5pm.  Not bad for a day of adventure.

Post ride recovery with Starbuck and Chocolate Milk (of course).  #pbchocolatemilk

Happy Training!


sexuences said…
Good Luck Erin ... :)

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