Guide to Cycling in Vancouver: Steph Corker Style


When I first moved from Toronto to Vancouver, I realized that everyone raced across the city on two wheels (or two feet!). I was hooked into this West Coast vibe and couldn’t get a bike fast enough. So, I made my first bike purchase from a pro triathlete (goals!) and took it to Bicicletta for a fitting, who ended up being my first bike sponsor. From super newbie to super ambitious, my relationship with my bicycles proves to be very exciting! Except: being a newbie was undeniably an overwhelming process, especially shopping for “all of the things” that go with getting a bike...

Water bottles.

High socks.

Bike shoes and cleats.

Tools and (chain) lube.

Outfits! (And questions like: do you wear underwear with a chamois?!)

#whaaaatisthissport?!

 here is what I carry in my jersey on a ride!

Here is what I carry in my jersey on a ride!

Anyway, it’s been a long-lasting love affair. In the spirit of sharing the love, here are my top 4 rides for all different cycling levels:

  1. The Beginner Buddy

Distance: 15 - 20km

You're chasing the sunset and only have an hour to kill – definitely hit Stanley Park. One loop is 10km and it’s a beauty. But keep your eye out for cars and horses! Especially the cars filled with people coming in and out of the park and gawking out at second beach! If you are lucky, you will find a buddy also doing a lap of the park and your 10km ride will turn into a 20km..or 30km ride before you know it! (We call that: bonus miles!)

  1. The Casual Hobbyist

Distance: 30 - 45km

This is my bro, Matt’s ride from Vancouver to Steveston, and the best way to get the full Juice Truck experience. Take the bike path down Ontario and stop to hydrate up at The Juice Truck Steveston location.


If you want to incorporate some hills into your ride, Richmond via UBC is the way to go. Hill repeats on Spanish Banks? Don’t mind if you do!


  1. The Weekend Warrior  

Distance: 50 - 80km

  1. My favourite local climb is undeniably Cypress Mountain. You can go for the first look out or all the way to the top! You can hit cruise control all the way up or put in some punchy efforts with a set like: 5-8x (2min hard/ 2min easy) -- easy is never so easy when you are climbing a mountain.
  2. My second option is Horseshoe Bay via Marine Drive. It is beautiful and perfectly rolling to keep you honest. Zip out to Whytecliff Park or even up to Lion’s Bay on a gorgeous day, because #bonusmiles.
  1. The Ride or Die

Distance: 100 - 180km

Option 1: Vancouver to Whistler. Stay the night and make it a quick weekend getaway!

Option 2: Vancouver to Squamish. Stop at Zephyr Cafe for a tasty veggie meal and make the ride back down.

Option 3: The Triple Crown. Three local mountains - Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour.

ProTip#1: For these rides, have approximately 1 bottle of fluid per hour (I’m biased: i highly suggest F2C hydration products!) and some calories to go along with it. If real food is your kick, a banana or Prima bar are great choices. If you’d rather some chemicals, then GU makes it easy to digest gels. #fuelmatters

ProTip#2: This ride is beautifully hilly -- and the only way to get stronger on the climbs is to relax your shoulders and keep!climbing! I promise if you just ...keep...riding you will get to the top and be stronger for it.

If it’s raining?

It rains here a lot. We know.

And if riding in the rain is your thing, awesome!

Another option is indoor cycling and there are great places including Method and TaG. My newfound favourite indoor ride is on my trainer in my office, so rain or shine, there is no reason to miss a ride!

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When it comes to cycling routes here in this beautiful city we gratefully call home, there are options for everyone! Everyday is a chance to discover a new route and I will never stop finding them. Next stop: find a start line -- Penticton GranFondo or GranFondo Whistler are two awesome races in beautiful BC.


(Spoiler: my favorite accessory to a bike ride is actually...my coach! Because with a coach comes direction, feedback, more belief in what I can do and more education on how I can do it better. Consider this a plug for my lifeline known as B78 Coaching!)

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Steph Corker is the founder of The Corker Co, starting the company after spending the last 12 years recruiting across several sectors. She held senior management positions for over 10 years at two major North American retailers before starting her own management training and consulting company. Steph has led workshops for Google, WestJet, and The Rennie Group to help take their team from performing to soaring. She is a 16x Ironman finisher and 3x Ironman World Championship qualifier. 







The Top Health and Wellness Trends for 2018


2018: The year Plant Based everything went mainstream! From celebrities and athletes going vegan to new definitions of what to expect from the food world. Does milk have to come from a cow? Does cheese have to come from dairy? Do eggs have to come from chickens? This is the year where the world gets a little more plant friendly and social activism becomes the norm! Last year we predicted that adaptogens, cold showers, intermittent fasting, minimalism and mushrooms would all be big.

Scroll down to see what we feel is going to be the buzz in health and wellness.


Health and Wellness Trends for 2018


Plant Based Everything

From Kyrie Irving to Will.i.am, athletes and celebs are leading the plant based movement. 2018 is the year of the plants! For the longest time Veganism lived in the fringes but with companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods at the forefront, you can now find burgers that taste, look, and smell like meat but are made entirely of plants. The future of meat is meatless and dairy is going cow free! Nut based cheeses like Miyokos and Kite Hill have been making waves with major retailers but we’ve got some local hot shots here in Vancouver with Blue Heron CreameryPulse and Black Sheep. Plant Based Butchers like The Very Good Butcher and YamChops will be changing the conversation of what to expect from your local butcher. Stores like Vegan Supply are stocking up on goods like ribs, bacon and pulled pork from Plant Base. All of your meaty needs without compromising flavour and texture, and most importantly without harming any animals! Plant Based living is going beyond the plate from fashion to cosmetics. Look out for plant based everything in 2018!


CBD Oil

Go Green! The Marijuana plant is abundant in its health benefits, from the all mighty hemp seed to Mary Jane herself. CBD oil is the next big marijuana trend. CBD is a non psychoactive part of the plant… aka, it’s not going to make you high. However it can help chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety, sleep and nausea…just to name a few of the many benefits. Fleurs Tea, Hemp Hydrate and Grind Bar are a few of the brands bringing CBD to the mainstream.


Activism for Everyone

In 2018 everyone holds a social responsibility. We are all activists. From #metoo to #blacklivesmatter we saw activism take the mainstage in 2017. This is only the beginning. Equal rights for all beings, people, animals and nature alike is becoming more and more a point of how we identify with our values and purpose. Gone are the days of activists being fringe or alternative. 2018 is the year that everyone becomes an activist. So find your calling and be part of the change!


Zero Waste

If Captain Planet was still airing, he would be telling us to commit to a zero waste lifestyle. Bulk and reusable are in and the world is a happier place because of it. With plastic islands the size of Texas floating through the ocean and packaging for everything we can all work harder to reduce our footprint. Check out NADA and The Soap Dispensary and get down with that Zero Waste lifestyle.


Tai Chi

Yoga's cool cousin. Bruce Lee, Doctor Strange and Yoda all championed the benefits of Tai Chi. Think meditation in movement or martial arts meets yin yoga. Good for the mind, body and soul. This ancient practice is making its way back into the mix. All good things come back around and who doesn't want to practice their chi like Bruce Lee!


Non-Toxic Beauty

If you wouldn’t eat it… you shouldn't put it on your face! Natural beauty is the new organic food and it makes sense... our skin is our largest organ. If we care about what we’re putting in our mouths, it’s only logical to care about what we’re putting on our skin. Don't forget to look out for beauty products that don’t test on animals while you're at it! Harlow Skin Co, Woodlot and K'pure are a few brands to check out. 


Ethical Fashion

Similar story…different medium. Across the board, it’s all about transparency. Where does your clothing come from and what is the impact of our consumer choices? Vegan fashion is making some major strides. Gone are the days where leather has to come from an animal. Matt and Nat has some incredible options. We’ve seen leather products made from pineapples and mushrooms. Anything is possible! Check out ARC Apparel, Nicole Bridger, Everlane and Patagonia. lululemon also recycles and reuses everything that doesn’t get sold. That’s pretty cool in our books.


Instant Pot

Topping off Martha Stewart's wish list, this years cooking sensation the Instant Pot. An old classic has found its way again. Millennials have taken a liking to Instant Pot cooking making it the modern way to make dinner again! Search #instapot on Instagram to see what all the craze is about!


Moringa

Every year a new ‘superfood’ makes it big. This year everyone will be wanting more Moringa! It’s a name that rolls off the tongue. Moringa is every bit worth the attention too. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It’s a good source of vitamin A, C, and E; calcium; potassium; and protein. It's also an antioxidant that helps fight those free radicals and it helps prevent inflammation. We could go on and on… but trust us, Moringa is something every smoothie maker should have in their cupboard. You can get a high quality Moringa from us in store or online.


Pine Pollen

Our favourite supplement to make it into the limelight. Pine Pollen is here to stay. Some say it’s the new maca. Pine Pollen is libido boosting and is an incredible source of plant based testosterone, great for balancing hormones and for getting a little extra boost for your exercise regime. For those in the baby market, it also boost fertility. It’s adaptogenic so it will cater to exactly what your body needs and treat areas of distress. Pine Pollen is packed with Vitamins A, B-Carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E and full of minerals like Calcium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, and Zinc. One more plus: Pine Pollen contains over twenty amino acids and all eight essential amino acids! That makes it a complete protein! Basically… a little shake of pine pollen in your daily smoothie or tea is good for just about everyone. You can get it at our store and online or through Harmonic Arts!


Craft Kombucha (and Ferments) are The New Craft Beer

Kombucha has been a staple for most of the past decade. This year we’re going to see a new look in kombucha and in ferments...it’s going craft and its going local. In Vancouver, look out for Hoochy Booch and Oddity Kombucha. Looking to sample them all to see what fits your fancy?  August Market has over 15 kombuchas on tap. Squamish Water Kefir Co and Moonbrew Tonic Co are mixing up Kefir and Jun… Kombucha's lesser known cousins in the fermented beverage game. In the fermented food sector check out Pure Earth Superfoods


Podcasts Take Over The Waves

Podcasts have been around for sometime now, but this is the year they take over radio. The quality of content and diversity in podcasts has reached a tipping point where radio can’t keep up. Veganism, business, running, meditation… whatever your interest there are dozens of podcasts that cater to whatever you’re into. A few of our favourites; The Rich Roll Podcast, Finding Mastery, How I Built This, Masters of Scale, Serial, On Being and The Ezra Klein Show.








Juiciest Jams - The Best Songs of 2017

JUICE TRUCK -10 BEST OF 2017 PLAYLIST

By Erika Preece

Well, there’s no arguing that 2017 was quite the year. Instead of reflecting on the news stories, biggest events or even tastiest smoothies, we decided to bring you a playlist full of juicy jams from this past year- tune in and enjoy!

  1. Black Fur - Elder Island

This band has quickly become a staff favourite to play in store since we are always looking for new indie-pop tunes to juice to. Check ‘em out!

  1. Fantastic Man - William Onyeabor

Our truck manager, Devon, loves this song. We often dance to this disco record in order to heat up while working on the truck (basically a giant refrigerator) during the winter!

  1. Strange or Be Forgotten - Temples

This Brit band played a show at the Fox Cabaret this past summer and the lead singer came in to the West 5th store that day for a juice. Full disclosure: he ordered a custom carrot/apple/turmeric blend, which clearly fuelled his performance!

  1. Chronic Sunshine - Cosmo Pyke

The song first caught my eye because the title literally opposes Vancouver weather. Watch out for this up-and-coming artist and his jazzy melodies!

  1. Young Hearts - Ponytails

This tune is from a local Vancouver band that plays an insanely fun live show.

  1. Incredible - Future

I remember jamming to this while closing during my first training shifts at the JT. It’s not family-friendly enough to play during the day; but if you stop by past closing time, it’s likely you’ll catch our staff grooving hard while cleaning floors.

  1. Girl Like You - Toro Y Moi

Another indie pop jam that is continuously on rotation.

  1. Love Forever - The Babe Rainbow

We like any songs that remind us of happy rainbows and beachy vibes, so this Australian band and they’re 60’s sound definitely makes the list.

  1. Not My Baby - Alvvays

This toe-tapper is by an indie band from Toronto- our neighbours to the East who also have their juice market on lock (checkout Greenhouse Juice Co. if you’re ever over there)!

  1. One Dance - Broods

Our Juice Truck soccer team won the league this fall, and no athlete is without their pre-game tunes. This cover of the Drake classic definitely helped some of our better games.