Invitation – Coast Mountain 1200

Dates:  July 13 – 16, 2020

Please join the BC Randonneurs for the first running of the Coast Mountain 1200 km brevet from July 13 to July 16, 2020.

This will be an out, and part way back, style ride from Prince George to Prince Rupert and back to Smithers in North West British Columbia.  The ride starts on the central plateau of British Columbia and traverses forests and fields for the first day as we gradually approach the Coast Mountains in the vicinity of Smithers, our first overnight stop.  While the scenery is sublime on the first day, it changes to stunning on the second day and spectacular on the third day. Day two sees us gradually descending toward the coast by following first the Bulkley River to its confluence with the Skeena River at Hazelton.  From there we descend further to Terrace for our second overnight. But before sleeping there is a little out and back jog up the Nisga’a Valley to Rosswood. The scenery here is of a big lake, in a big valley, surrounded by big mountains, all with very little habitation.  On day three we ride out to Prince Rupert and back to Terrace along the increasingly huge Skeena River through big steep mountains with glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife. This is likely to be a high speed day for most as it is nearly at sea level and mostly flat. We pay for that on day four by climbing back up to Smithers with a short detour to Kispiox.  There will be a wrap up breakfast in Smithers on Friday, July 17, followed by a chartered bus trip back to Prince George later that day.

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Cost

TBD.  There will be a two tier cost structure with full cost for those who want to use the provided accommodations in motels with breakfast, and a lesser cost for those who want to book their own accommodations.

Style

This will be a collegial style of ride where we expect that all riders will start each day more or less at the same time (after a hearty breakfast).  The faster you ride each day the more sleep you will get. This is not the ride for an attempt at a personal best time for a 1200. We will only be staffing control points during the hours that we expect the riders to be there.  There are long stretches of road with no services of any kind and especially no cell phone service. There are exactly two 24 hour eateries between Prince George and Prince Rupert, one of which will be behind us by noon on the first day.  

Registration

Registration will open in January 2020.  Date TBD. To get on the interested list please send an email to the organizer.  Include your name, email address, nationality, and experience level. This list will help us estimate rider numbers and plan a better event.  The position of your name on the list does not imply any sort of preference when registration opens.

Qualification

All riders signing up for this ride must  have ridden at least a 600 km brevet in either 2018 or 2019.