Road to Gold River - Taken on 2007 Eau de Hell 600, April 12,
Eau de Hell Week
A message from series organizer Ken Bonner
We are promising
you another one helluva week! The following is an edited version
of the 2007 Eau de Hell Week information. The brevet routes are
all the same as last year. Any questions, please contact me directly.
What The Hell !!
(VanIsle "Eau de Hell Week")
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[Note that this link is to last year's - the 2007 - routes.
The 2008 routes will be the same.]
[Additional... *Important Details*... Notes
from Ken's Pre-rides (message: April 9, 2008)]
Based on the old randonneur saying, In
for a 200, in for 1500, the Vancouver Island contingent
of the BC Randonneurs has established a compact super
randonneur brevet series (200k; 300k; 400k and 600k) starting
with the Tour de Cowichan 200 on April 12th. Originally, the
concept was to ride each brevet, back to back. 1500k in 100.5
hours! After considerable whining, complaining and then negative
publicity initiated by an unnamed webmaster J [Link],
the concept was revised.
Randonneurs now have a whole week to complete
the compact super randonneur series, which includes considerable
rest time to explore the scenic wonders of Vancouver Island not
already examined while riding the compact brevets. Normal
randonneurs can choose to ride any one, or several, of the individual
brevets which comprise the Eau de Hell Week and earn the
respective distance medal(s).
Other randonneurs will earn the new, coveted
and prestigious BC Randonneur 1500 k Hell Week pin should they
manage to complete the full compact brevet series*:
Saturday, April 12th
The traditional Tour
de Cowichan 200k
Sunday, April 13th The reverse direction version of
The Hills Are Alive 300k (Alive Are the Hills)
Monday, April 14th -- relax
Tuesday, April 15th The Lost (But Not Forgotten) 400k
(includes the Tour de Cowichan route in reverse and some Back
Country Roads territory)
Wednesday, April 16th relax
Thursday, April 17th Ride for Gold 600k (Chemainus
to Gold River and return)
--> All rides start and finish in Chemainus, B.C. (Dancing
Bean Café , 9752 Willow [Nope... See box below for the 300-600 start location]) Start time for each brevet is 7:00 a.m.
--> It is recommended that only experienced randonneurs attempt
to complete the full compact brevet series
--> No organized support provided. (Upon completion of required
paperwork and payment of Club membership and ride fees, each
rider will be provided with a route sheet and control card before
the start of each brevet in the compact series in traditional
randonneur fashion each rider is then on her/his own).
--> No manned controls where controls do not have convenience
stores that are open, each rider will answer a question on their
control card and insert the time/date of arrival and riders
--> $20 BC Randonneurs Club 2008 membership; plus $15 for
each brevet No discounts for signing up for all of the
compact super randonneur brevets.
information about the start location from Ken from April
Good news! The registration
for the 300, 400 & 600k Eau de Hell brevets will be at the
Chemainus Subway (opposite the train station). Although
registration will open at 6:00 am, the Subway will be open at
6:30 am. Also, the train station restrooms have been open by
6:30 am when I have been doing the pre-rides.
The bad news is that the Subway
closes at 9:00 pm, in fact, everything in Chemainus is closed
by then. So, if you are finishing a brevet after 9:00 pm and
are hungry, then stop for food at Duncan or Ladysmith before
finishing the brevet (or drive to either place after finishing).
Eau de Hell =
Perfume of spring blossoms
Pitter-patter of spring showers
Phrase oft-repeated by Eau de Hell Week riders
* No front and rear light attached to the
bike (B.C. Traffic Law) equals brevet disqualification
* No approved cycling helmet on the riders head while cycling
equals brevet disqualification
* Use as much reflective material on your bike and clothing as
practical!! Dont let motor vehicle drivers use the excuse
I didnt see the cyclist!
2007 Eau de Hell 600 Start Group in Chemainus
The Ride for Gold 600k (Chemainus
to Gold River & return)
1. I will be manning the Gold River control (Gold River Chalet
- km. 316 Open 4:26 pm Thursday, April 17; Closes 3:00
am, Friday, April 18)
2. For those who cannot manage this brevet on their own, I am
prepared to transport one small drop bag (pre-tagged with riders
names) up to the Gold River control for up to 10 riders
bring bags to the start of the Ride for Gold 600k.
3. The Gold River control room will be available to riders on
a 1st come-1st served-short nap and move on-basis
to nap/clean up. Pack your own towel. It is highly recommended
that riders make and pay for their own reservations if they want
a substantial rest period. The website for the Gold River Chalet
Telephone toll free 1-866-450-2688. No special rates. In order
to avoid disturbing other guests, attempt to reserve rooms close
to the control room, which is booked under Ken Bonner
4. Riders planning to sleep in Campbell River might want to consider
making and paying for a reservation at the Campbell River Lodge
which is next to the Campbell River control at km. 226 and km.
406. The Campbell River Lodge website is: http://www.campbellriverlodge.com/
or, telephone toll free 1-800-663-7212. No special rates.
Lodging at Start/Finish
Please use the BC Governments Hello
BC tourism website to locate appropriate accommodation:
The moderately priced Fuller Lake Motel is about 3 km from the
start/finish at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Henry Road. A café
is nearby. The more costly Best Western is about ½ km
south of the start/finish. There are many B&Bs in Chemainus.
Ladysmith is about 10 km north of Chemainus and has a couple
of m/hotels and a 24 hour Tim Hortons. Duncan is about
15 km south of Chemainus and has many motels and fast food establishments.
In addition to fast food and convenience dining, all areas have
some very fine dining opportunities and fine wineries
to visit. The professional Chemainus Live
Theatre is very good. SAINT JOAN is beginning during Eau de Hell
It is very, very helpful if you are planning
to ride any/all of the Eau de Hell Week brevets, if you advise
us in advance of your plans (Patrick/Jenny Tour de Cowichan
200; and Ken for the other 3 brevets). Although we can
accept your 2008 BC Randonneur memberships and related general
waivers at the start of the 200k, it would make the start process
smoother if you processed your membership per the information
on the BC Rando website forms
page as soon as possible.
As we all know, a positive attitude is
important when riding brevets. Those who are contemplating riding
the Eau de Hell Week brevets should consider practicing the enunciation
of the phrase Eau de Hell! with positive enthusiasm.
In order to achieve a full cathartic release, try putting a short
breathing space between each word
. For example, EAU (breath
in, breath out pushing down with the right foot); DE (breath
in, breath out pushing down with the left foot); HELL!! Repeat
as necessary or tears blur your vision. :-)
Michel Richard pauses in Nanaimo
More on: The Eau de Hell Week 600k (Ride for Gold 600)
Thursday, April 17 - Strathcona Park Lodge has a range of accommodation
options and room prices. Strathcona Park Lodge is located at
268 km on the way up to Gold River; and 388 km on the way back.
This is NOT a control.
Strathcona Lodge http://www.strathcona.bc.ca/
There will be no café open before
the start of the 300k, 400 or 600k. Consider eating in advance
elsewhere. There is a McDonalds and Tim Hortons
not a control at about 55k on the 300; a Tim Hortons
and 7-11 at Ladysmith at about the 10k point on the 400k and
the 600k. I am hoping the Subway in Chemainus (opposite the train
station) will start its early opening hours of 6:30 am by then.
Thank-you to everyone who has informed
us in advance that you are planning to ride one or more of the
Eau de Hell Week brevets!!
* Road to Hell
* Best of Purgatory
* One Hell of a Week
* Going to Hell in a Hand-basket
* Decrepit Man Going to Hell
* The Route to Hell
* Eau/Neige/Soleil/Grêle/éclairs de Hell
Happy riding!! ... Ken
For more information contact: Ken
Bonner ,Tel: 1-250-598-4135
Jeff Mudrakoff finishes the 600 and receives the 2007 Eau de
Hell Week pin:
200 - 300 - 400 - 600
March 28, 2008