This served as the intro to this section before on line database was introduced in 2011. Other sorts of information and statistics have become possible - the datebase is a wonderful tool. We have Ryan Golbeck to thank for this, building on work by Cheryl Lynch and Alex Pope. This intro still offers a glimpse into the data sorts contained in the recordbook section. There's a bit of history here too.
[Eric F, 2012]
So who's counting...?
Many people ride randonneur events and
are indifferent to things like randonneur pins, medals, and the
John Hathaway Trophy, and could care less about information like
who had a big season in 1988. Fine. However, if you are interested
in trying to measure achievement in randonneur cycling, or if
you simply like browsing historical data, well this section's
The question is, how should we measure
achievement in randonneur cycling? Because different people approach
the sport differently (they emphasize different sorts of rides
because they have differing objectives), there is no one definitive
list or set of data that can encapsulate randonneur cycling achievement.
Each of the seven chapters in this section looks at our club,
and its members past and present, from a different angle, and
each tells a different story.
The criteria I have used to define who
is a BC Randonneur, and therefore who should be included in the
various lists, is the same definition used in determining eligibility
for the John Hathaway Award: a rider must either be a BC resident,
or if living outside BC, must have done a 200, 300, 400, 600
km series in BC in the year(s) being considered. [These are minimum
figures... a 200, 400, 400, 1000 km series, for example, would
also qualify] For the purposes of this section I have called
members who fit these criteria 'bona fide BC Randonneurs'. This
is not meant to be a slight against riders who are from out-of-province/country
who don't meet the criteria - everyone is welcome to be a BC
Randonneur and to participate in the rides.
So who is counting? Well, me and Cheryl,
to name two. BC Randonneur databaser (databaser?), Cheryl Lynch,
has taken all of the information contained in the randonneur
database reports going back to the birth of BC Randonneurs in
1979, and entered this information into one giant master database
file. For some years, like 1989, the reports were clearly incomplete,
but information for most years seems reliable.
In 2001, I didn't fully understand what
Cheryl was up to so I independently pored over the same old database
reports, at the same time, and put together the lists found in
this section. (The one exception is the Total Accumulated Distance
list, which was generated from Cheryl's database.) This is worth
noting because in some cases we have included different sorts
of information. In general, Cheryl faithfully entered the information
contained in the historical database reports, whereas I attempted
to harmonize the information contained in reports which themselves
differed from year to year depending on what information the
database manager of the day chose to include and exclude. Consequently
my lists differ slightly from Cheryl's, though they may purport
to be the same thing. The compilation of data for both of us
is a work in progress, so if you notice any errors or omissions
we (Eric & Cheryl)
would appreciate hearing from you.
The whole exercise wouldn't have been possible
without the efforts and attention to detail of the handful of
people who acted as database managers over the years.
BC Randonneur Database Managers:
1979 - 1993
1995 - 1997
1998 - present
One name not on this list is Vancouver
Island Ride Coordinator Stephen Hinde who has been keeping his
own records of Island Brevets for many years, and has now made
helpful corrections and additions to the club records.
Finally, this project would not have been
possible if Harold Bridge had not had the foresight to save all
of the database reports...he appears to have been the only one.
April 2001, revised occationally