Organizing Made Easy : LM 400
Doug and I organized the Lower Mainland 400 which ran May 23-24. We had the great fortune of a large number of people contacting us and volunteering. It was wonderful. Instead of the 30 hour marathon we have done to run the ride in the past we did a couple of (admittedly early) mornings. So special thanks to:
Ken W. : for taking the graveyard shift at the finish
Gary B. : for Pointe Vista control and pre-scouting food in the Cultus Lake area
Karen & Michel : for Pointe Vista control and scouting Thomas Rd (so new its not on Google satellite yet!)
Keith N. : for first shift at the finish and dragging 5 of us around the course for the pre-ride
Morgan H. : for the second shift at the finish and for testing the 400 as a newbie… though not for the names he called me : see elevation profile.
Susan B. : for sitting the hour at the start to welcome late comers (there were two) and for suggesting we do the pre-ride on Sunday
Also to club volunteers behind the scenes that just make it all work:
Jeff M. on equipment
Ali & Roger on the great blue box etc etc
Eric F. on web
Cheryl L. on database
And to Frances R., Harold B. for helping out on the day. And to Danika, Casey and Edward (and Barb) for making the first control so much fun.
Yes, one could ask what I actually did in the end. With this kind of help, signing up to run a ride will be more of pleasure and less of a duty.
P.S. the organizers day-of-event ride was 100 km in the sun and featured Milkshakes in Fort Langley.
80 hours on the RM 1200 Route
The ride was beautiful, hard, easy, hot, cold, fun, difficult, inspiring, noisy, quiet — one can pack a lot into 1200 km! We did very well – finished 8 minutes ahead of our schedule.
Rocky Mtn 1200 Plan and Execution
Our Rocky Mtn 1200 went extremely well - basically, we cruised it! Here’s a view of our spreadsheet plan for the event with our actual times in and out of the controls and our other planned stops.
Stay tuned for some analysis and opinions on these data, and some photo links.
Here’s Susan’s ride story.
South-Central Alberta Tour
We spent the week after the summer solstice doing a “super-tour” of south-central Alberta. Our definition of a super-tour is to travel light, stay in motels, eat in restaurants, and ride 150 to 200 km a day for at least part of the tour.
The goals of the trip were to see part of the country we’d never been to, train for the Rocky Mtn 1200, and visit the Canadian Badlands and “Dinosaur Central” around Drumheller.
The trip went like this:
- Sat 21-Jun-08: Vancouver to Calgary
- Sun 22-Jun-08: Calgary to Banff - 137 km
- Mon 23-Jun-08: Banff to David Thompson Resort - 186 km
- Tue 24-Jun-08: David Thompson Resort to Sundre - 218 km
- Wed 25-Jun-08: Sundre to Drumheller - 175 km
- Thu 26-Jun-08: Drumheller - 13 km
- Fri 27-Jun-08: Red Deer River Valley - 61 km (DJL), 97 km (SEA)
- Sat 28-Jun-08: Drumheller to Calgary - 138 km
- Sun 29-Jun-08: Calgary to Vancouver
We may get some journal entries posted when time allows, and perhaps even some photos. For now, the Calgary to Banff link is a teaser.
Calgary to Banff
Epic Day! All uphill and into a wind that was often 30 km/hr. A little rain at Cochrane after our morning coffee break. Buffet lunch with amazing planked salmon at Nakoda Lodge (83 km). Wind eased some as we left our afternoon snack stop in Canmore. The ride along the wide shoulder once we entered Banff National Park was nice.
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