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Spring Social 2002

Ian Stephen


Another Spring Social has come and gone. The weather, which had looked like the worst of a Lower Mainland winter only days before, turned Spring-ish just in time for the Social ride. Randonneurs being the tough bunch they are, I'm sure the 19 hearty souls who rode would all have been there come what may!

Rainy, Joe, John and Danelle organized the Poker Ride that started at Brockton Oval and followed a route through some of the best "controls" Vancouver has to offer. At each control riders received a playing card. These cards were used later to award prizes based on such things as best poker hand, best crib hand and various versions of bingo. One stiff link in the plan occurred when it was discovered just how thin the group's knowledge of poker hands was. This didn't slow them down for long though. If there's one thing randonneurs are good at it is overcoming the unexpected!

In the evening randonneurs gathered at Moose's Down Under where they were well looked after by Chris, Corina and Corina's visiting sister Debbie. The food was great, Guinness was served and the atmosphere was festive! Speeches were spoken, club clothes sold, 2002 route maps were posted, in colour! The laissez-faire approach of the MC led to time running out before the annual slide show could commence, but overall a good time was had.

Fortunately there was time for the most important part of the evening, door prizes! MC forgot to bring tickets for awarding of prizes, but the randonneurs again adapted and overcame! Sticky notes were used, on which everyone wrote their names before depositing them in the "Hydration pack of Shame" which the forgetful MC wore. Prizes were plentiful due to the generosity of a number of donors. We are thankful for this contribution to the success of our Social.

Our thanks go out to;

DPL Consulting
(Winner of this article's "Most Digits Award"!)
Danelle Laidlaw,
2025 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1B6
(604)737-0043, (604)737-0374 fax, (604)220-8403 evenings, dplaid @
Tour BC        tourbc @
Toll Free-1-877-606-BIKE (2453)

Cloverdale Cycle Centre
17679 57 Ave,
Surrey, BC V3S1H1

Reckless The Bike Store
1810 Fir St
Vancouver, BC V6J 3A9

LA Bicicletta
233 Broadway West,
Vancouver, BC V5Y1P5
(604) 872-2424

Momentum Magazine
#205 - 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3

Les Randonneurs Mondiaux
(Check out the new website!)

Bike Cellar
1856 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3

Guywires Cycle Tech


Thanks also for the donations from Harry Leiber. These items were the property of Rod Horseley, a randonneur who passed away in 2001.