Registration

Registration for the Coast Mountain 1200 in 2020 is now open.  You can sign up for the event by sending an email to the treasurer and paying the registration fee of $690 CAD.  Payment will be accepted via e-transfer or Paypal or check.  The email should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number including country code
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Emergency contact (someone not riding)
  • Qualifying ride
  • Bicycle type
  • Polo shirt size
  • Dietary restrictions if any
  • If you plan to make your own motel reservations
  • If you will not be riding the bus back to Prince George
  • Number of extra guests for the wrap up party

Payment

Payment can be done by etransfer (preferred), PayPal, or check. If paying by etransfer please transfer the funds to rhneifer@hotmail.com . If paying by PayPal you can log into your PayPal account and click on “Send & Request” in the menu at the top of the page. Then follow the prompts to send the payment to rhneifer@hotmail.com. If paying by check please send the payment to:

Roy Neifer
20140 49A Ave
Langley, BC, Canada
V3A 3S1

Please add $20 to the registration cost for any guests that you wish to bring to the wrap up breakfast banquet.  The banquet cost is included in the registration fee for riders.

What is included?

The registration fee includes:

  • Accommodations during the ride at the overnight controls.  Four to a room, two in a queen size bed, rando style.
  • Dinner each night at the overnight control.
  • Three staffed controls with food and water.
  • One drop bag that will be delivered to each overnight control.
  • Wrap up party at a local ranch with a catered breakfast on Friday July 17.
  • Chartered bus with bicycle transportation from Smithers back to Prince George on Friday July 17.
  • A bit of Swag
  • Participation medallion.

What is not included?

Riders are responsible for the following:

  • Accomodations in Prince George before and after the ride.  The event organizers will be staying at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and the ride will start there.  Rooms can be booked at UNBC here.  There are lots of other fine motels in the area.  All of which are downhill from the ride start.
  • Breakfast during the ride.  The motels will have the usual sort of motel breakfast available early enough to not run afoul of the control closing times.  There are also restaurants open early enough in the control towns to go there if you want something more.
  • Food and water during the day.  There are services available at reasonable distances so that riders can be self sufficient.  Where this is not reasonable there will be staffed controls (Rosswood and midway between Terrace and Prince Rupert).
  • Transportation should you abandon.  Don’t take this lightly. The first bus that you could take back to Prince George runs on Friday July 17.  There is a train from Prince Rupert to Prince George on July 15 and July 17. Information about the train can be found here.
  • Extra guests for the wrap up party will be billed at $20/person.
  • Insurance.  Les Randonneurs Mondiaux (LRM) rules require that “each rider must be covered by liability insurance, either by a group policy or by a personal policy.”

Key dates

  • Now – Registration is open.  Registration closes on April 15.
  • April 15 – Refund drops to 50 percent
  • June 1 – No refund
  • July 12 2 pm to 5 pm – Rider check in and bike check in Prince George
  • July 12 5 pm – Mandatory rider orientation and safety talk in Prince George
  • July 13 6 am – Ride starts
  • July 16 midnight – Ride finishes
  • July 17 9 am – Wrap up party in Smithers
  • July 17 11:30 to noon – Chartered bus from Smithers to Prince George

Refund policy

Payment is due in full at the time of registration.  There is a limit of 48 riders that we can accommodate and this will be on a first come first served basis.  If you need to cancel for some reason we can refund some or all of your payment according to this schedule:

  • Full refund until April 14, 2020
  • 50 percent refund until May 31 2020
  • No refund after May 31 2020

Qualification

In order to do this ride you must meet the qualification requirements.  These are pretty simple. You must be a member of the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club (membership fee of $10.00) and you must have completed at least a 600 km brevet in 2018, 2019, or 2020.  You will sign a comprehensive waiver before starting the ride. If you are planning to complete your 600 km qualifier in 2020 then be aware of the refund policy in the event that you don’t succeed.

The membership requirement is necessary to comply with our club insurance .  You can join the club here.  The 600 km requirement is to ensure that riders will have some experience with a multi day ride.   We want riders to fully appreciate the challenges of this event and the limited on road support that will be provided by the organizers.  Preferably you will have ridden in the rain at night while sleep deprived and suffering various mechanical breakdowns in a remote location.  

Safety

This ride is being conducted on a major highway through Northern BC.  There are good shoulders most of the way with two short, but notable sections with no shoulders west of Terrace.  There is heavy truck traffic with logging trucks travelling in both directions, particularly closer to Prince George.  There are two diversions off of Hwy 16 where we go to Kispiox and Rosswood. These are also on good roads, but with no shoulders. It is highly recommended that riders have some sort of rear view mirror so that they can see what is coming behind them and take evasive action if necessary.  In particular you want to get well over on the shoulder if you see a situation developing where two large vehicles are going to pass each other and you at the same time.

There are bears and cougars in the area.  You will be very unlikely to see a cougar and very likely to see bears.  On the pre preride I saw black bears twice and was warned about a grizzly up ahead which I never saw. 

There will be a mandatory rider meeting in Prince George on the registration day.  We will go over safety concerns and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.

If you abandon

We want riders who are not likely to require assistance during the ride other than what we provide at the staffed controls.  We are running this event with very few volunteers and so will not be able to rescue folks who get in trouble. There are stretches where cell phone service is spotty at best and non existant in some areas, particularly the farther west you go.  If you need to abandon the options for getting back to Prince George are few. There is a bus on Friday and Sunday. Since the ride runs from Monday to Thursday this is inconvenient at best. There is a train from Prince Rupert to Prince George on Wednesday July 15 and Friday July 17.  But you are unlikely to be anywhere close to Prince Rupert when you abandon. The train will stop at intermediate places between Prince Rupert and Prince George if notification is given in advance. It *might* stop if you flag it down at one of those intermediate stops. Information can be found here.  It is probably very unlikely that any riders will abandon and get back to Smithers of Prince George on the train.  The best option is to get to Smithers and stay there until Friday July 17 when we will have a chartered bus to take riders back to Prince George.  We have rider accommodations in Smithers on Monday July 14 and Thursday July 17. You will be responsible for your own accommodations on Tuesday and Wednesday if necessary.