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Kootenay Rocky 1000 Report
by Bob Goodison

Conditions - Warm and dry for the first day, then severe thunder/lightning, rain, at times very heavy. Strong headwinds from Cranbrook to Canal Flats, then lighter tailwind and sunshine from Invermere to Golden. Cold and wet from Golden through Rogers Pass to finish.

Bob Goodison        55:47
Phil Lennox         69:22
Jim Runkel          69:22
Gord Blair    dnf @ 407km
Stuart Wood   dnf @ 101km

[The start was at 2 a.m to make the timing of a ferry crossing work. EF]
During the ride it occurred to me that a smarter approach to the ferry problem would be to start much later, probably 7:00 am. You would start well rested, it would be impossible to catch the second ferry, so you would have a leisurely ride to Kaslo, a good length sleep in Kaslo, then catch the first ferry in the morning at 6:30 and have lots of time to make the Cranbrook control. It would eliminate the possibility of a really fast time, but make it much easier. Be prepared for a difficult climb just after New Denver. The route is beautiful, and worth doing if you can time things to avoid the heavy traffic on # 1 through the Rogers Pass to Salmon Arm.

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September 7, 2010