|Newsletter - 2010 Archive|
Lee Ringham, BrynneCroy & Mike Croy at the start in Qualicum
200 Pre-ride - Two Reports
What a lovely way to spend a day! The route
was unusual for an island brevet in that it was flat and the
cue sheet was remarkably short.
This Saturday marks the inaugural running of the Pacific Shores 200. Although this piece of roadway is very familiar to most randonnees who have ridden onVancouver Island, this is the first time this route has been run in isolation. Following a route laid out by Graham Fishlock as a permanent, it offers the following:
1. Great scenery overlooking the upper reaches of the Strait of Georgia.
2. Relatively flat terrain (hey this is the Island after all).
3. Relatively light traffic, although the traffic does tend to occur in bunches.
4. Nice shoulders for frequent two up riding.
5. Many potential refueling spots.
6. Easy navigation.
After Brynne and Mike Croy generously offered to accompany me on the pre-ride on June 5th, we met in Qualicum Beach at 7 am and started north along Highway 19A.
The day was pleasant, weatherwise, with a light head wind all the way to Campbell River. We saw several eagles and turkey vultures soaring effortlessly on the breeze. We saw California quails bobbing comically along the roadside. We even spotted several deer.
The breeze swung aound and freshened once we made the turn at the Campbell River control and blew in our faces all the way back to Qualicum. After a couple of stops to remedy a slipping seat post on Brynne's bike and a caffeine stop in Courtenay we rolled into finish after nearly 10 hours of riding. Our slightly sunburned trio seemed happy to have returned in good spirits and this ride was certainly a great improvement on my last pre-ride!
This was also the first ride on my newly built up Velo-Orange Polyvalent (with 650b wheels) and it passed with flying colours!
I hope to see as many members as can make it on June 12th.
June 9, 2010