I rode the BC Randonneurs Crouching Rat 300K on Saturday. I’m uber busy at the moment so no detailled ride report will be forthcoming.
- Distance = 301kms
- Event Time = 17:10hrs
- Off Bike Time = 2:23hrs
- Ride Time = 14:47hrs
- Elevation Gain = 2377m
- well organized and executed event
- started/finished at a bakery with excellent espresso and tasty beer [in that order]
- varied route with lots of different terrain/scenery
- Tobin [shown above] hung out with me for most of the ride even though he was capable of a faster time
- friendly faces and treats at most controls [salted pretzels are my new favourite next to chocolate milk!]
- got to see a lot of familiar BC Rando Club faces
- traffic was quite polite/courteous
- 2 different old men on mountain bikes who decided to race us at various points on the course!
- chose the right clothing for the day so I was comfortable with minimal fuss
- wasn’t nearly as destroyed as the 2011 Hatzic Hills 300K
- ~20kms of gravel to switch things up a bit…=-)
- my front derailleur wouldn’t shift to the small ring [there were some uber steep slopes I would have used it on!]
- lots of steep climbs all packed into the first 150kms left me pretty worn out on the 2nd half
- 2nd half of the ride started with a long stretch of highway riding into a noticeable headwind – demoralizing!
- GPS refused to navigate us along the route I had programmed for the last 60kms to the finish [when riding in the dark in the city turn by turn GPS warnings are so nice!]
- course seemed far harder than it should have been….not sure why, but I heard that from several people who I didn’t ride with so it wasn’t just me!
- we took a 5km detour off route and climbed the most heinous climb off the day only to find out we were on Old Claybourn Rd instead of Claybourn Rd!!!
- definitely the most punishing bonus miles I’ve ever done…=-(
Thanks to Chris Cullum who organized the ride as well as his intrepid band of volunteers who staffed the controls! Another fine BC Randonneur Club event in the books…=-)