by Bob Boonstra
This Interior 300 randonnée was
pre-ridden by the organizer two days prior to the event. Fourteen
participants presented themselves with eager anticipation of
what was rumoured to be a scenic but challenging new course set
among the hills and backroads of the Shuswap and Thompson-Okanagan
region. It proved to be both.
The weather for the event was ideal with gloves being required
only for the 6:00 am start. Afternoon highs were in the upper
20 degree range with sunshine and light winds of no consequence.
The evening was dry and warm.
This very strong group consisted of senior randonneurs as well
as younger and more competitive riders. All individuals rode
with determination and completed the course in good individual
times. Ian Fillinger set a world class pace around the course
- completing the official 303 km (but reported by riders as 310
km) in just 9 hours and 52 minutes. This is just 3 weeks prior
to his attempt at the RAAM, so it certainly looks like he is
well prepared in terms of strength and speed. I believe this
Audax time is equal to some of the fastest club times set on
a 300 km brevet. Ian was very excited with his performance and
took delight in the route, including the "backroad unpaved"
(hardpack) section of 3.8 km.
I was impressed with the delightful manner in which each person
presented themselves throughout the day. There was a rather sudden
breakup of a tightly knit group of 4 riders when a turn was missed
while descending into Salmon Arm, scattering riders over a distance
of about 4 blocks. Chris Wenger passed this turn to descend all
the way to the bottom but cheefully chose to ride back up the
hill to rejoin the others. Daren Inouye was a few moments late
to start the event but had all his things in order and made a
relaxed and easy start to the day for the organizer.
There was a secret control at White Lake where nesting birds
and turtles crossing the road kept the organizer entertained
for a few hours.
Most of the participants commented on my measurement skills but
were certainly most accomodating as they pedalled their way to
what was actually a course of about 310 km in length. Some struggled
a bit in the latter sections as the hills continued but all completed
the route safely with only a few riders in the dark for a few
May 15, 2010
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