200, 300, 400 & 600 - August 23-24
by Harold Bridge
Including pre-rides, an entry of 33 can
be considered a success. The concept of having 4 events on the
same routes at the same time is not strictly in line with with
ACP rules I believe. But their situation is somewhat different
to ours and the idea of staggering the starts by 10 minutes does
alleviate the "crime" . At 07:00 the 10 "600"
rideirs went on their way, followed at 07:10 by 3 "400"
riders, 5 "300" riders at 07:20 and lastly, the 10
"200" riders at 07:30.
The weekend lived up to the weather forecast which meant the
"Make-Up" riders mostly missed the rain whereas the
"600" riders got a wet Sunday. For several years the
MU weekend centred upon the Petro Can on 228th St @ #7 in Haney.
But #7 is now very busy and having found the Lion's Seniors'
Hall in Fort Langley we dreamed up 4 revised routes that all
start & finish there. A big plus was that the southern portion
of the "600" returned to the Hall at about the ideal
60% point. Ideal for those who feel the need for sleep during
To observe the rule about only using a road twice, once in each
direction, the Glover Road way out / way in was used on Saturday
(or very early Sunday) while the River Road/240th Street was
used on Sunday. By using 80th Av & Telegraph Trail early
Sunday we just avoided the conflict at 72nd Av & 248th Street.
Saturday's route went east on 72 and south on 248. That same
corner was used on Sunday with the riders coming SE on Telegraph
Trail & turning left at 72.
Unfortuneately, I failed to add a note "NO SIGN" at
the 3.4 km point on the route sheet where the route turns off
232 onto 72. But with a clearly marked "Left Turn"
lane on th road at the appropriate location, I was rather surprised
at how many people missed the turn.
As organiser I tend to think in terms of route sheets and control
cards. With a hall in which to leave bedding & food I assumed
riders would be lookng after themselves. But luckily, Ali &
Roger Holt had a whole pile of left overs from the RM 1200, as
well as foamies & blankets.They saved the day I think. I
am not in least bit offended that they took my event over! Where
would we be without the Holts?
My thanks to Ali, Roger, Keith Fletcher, his sister-in-law June,
Tracy Barill and Barry Chase for their assitance in this event.
September 4, 2008