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Wet, Wetter, and Wettest
When Ken Bonner envisioned the EdH Week in 2007 and identified it as “Hell Week”, he must have had the weather in mind we experienced during the Coast2Coast 300. Wet, wetter, and wettest best describes the intrepid riders as they came into the lobby of the Best Western Hotel in Chemanius that marks the finish.
The event started in a slight drizzle but soon transformed into sheets of cold rain that lasted throughout the day. Generally, the only change came in the form of heavier rain and some very strong winds. Evening temperatures dropping to 4 degrees made the rainfall extra challenging.
Despite these conditions, there were some very noteworthy results. Ian Fillinger finished in a time of 11 hours and 47 minutes followed by Keith Frazer and Ken Bonner. Two of the best achievements were accomplished by Ben Coli and Shiro Ogawa who finished their very first 300 km brevets-----a day I am sure both will never forget. Equally impressive was how so many riders still came in cheerful and upbeat. Nigel, Cheryl, Guido and Jeff seemed happy as larks at the finish and would certainly win the award for the “Most cheerful finishers.”
I am embarrassed to admit that Rob Welsh, a friend from Minnesota, and I rode the route several days before. We had nothing but blue sky, dry roads and moderate temperatures having to wear my sun glasses all day. It was an entirely different route that day. Witnessing the determination and commitment amongst so many riders in very challenging conditions during the EdH 300 made me proud to be considered a randonneur and even more proud to be a B.C. Randonneur.
Special thanks to the Utopia Bakery in Chemanius, the Tourist Information in Lake Cowichan and especially the Coastal Kitchen Cafe in Port Renfrew for their assistance. The assistance of Jenny, Patrick and Rob was essential and appreciated by all. The conscientiousness and thoroughness of the EdH co-ordinator Martin was superb!
April 11, 2011