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2019 Route Info & Brevet Details
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All routes have some gravel—the 200 has a couple of 800m sections and is the most “off road” like as you ride through Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. This also coincides with a “no cycling” rule, so you decide if you need to walk—the sections are short. Other routes have “across the parking lot” gravel. I ride all of it on 25mm tires.
The routes have a variety of road types, from busy highway (I’ve tried to minimize this) to quiet (means ‘challenging cycling’) backroads. Surfaces vary from excellent to barely acceptable, but mostly good. The 400 and the 600 have the majority of the highway mileage (and not just because of the distance), but even these routes have some navigational challenges if you don’t pay attention to your route sheet (or gps). The 300 is titled as an “explorer” for a reason—you’ll definitely see some corners of Vancouver Island not usually visited. Check out the routes before riding, and load your gps a few days before the event.
There are a number of information controls, particularly on the 300--carry writing implements (include a spare, expect rain) and carry a flashlight.
Cellphone service is not available along several sections of the route, mainly Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew, and Campbell River to Buttle Lake, with other pockets of “no service”. If your family is tracking you (find my iphone anyone?) you will appear to drop off the map.
And while on the 400, why not stop (5 minutes) to view the Harris Creek Sitka Spruce? But do this on the return leg when you’re going uphill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_Creek_Sitka_Spruce
Check for more updates after the pre-rides are finished, 1 to 2 weeks in advance of the event.
Pre-registration for all rides is strongly recommended and can be found at RandoPony:
You must be a member of the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club (membership is $10).
Contact, Series Organizer: Stephen Hinde