2008 was a PBP hangover
year. It is normal for club total distance to dip dramatically
for this year in the four year cycle, but it didn't happen this
time around. Our club total of 213,874 is the third highest in
our history after PBP years 2003 and 2007. No doubt the 26 club
finishers of the Rocky Mountain 1200 played a part in this. Indeed
Rocky 12 was centre stage for us this year so let's start there.
Rocky Mountain 1200
With Roger and Ali Holt as organizers and Bob
and Patty Marsh as ride directors the event ran flawlessly.
Visiting riders couldn't say enough about the event and especially
the volunteers. The event was greatly honoured to have Robert and
Suzanne Lepertel on the course. Beginning in 1966 Bob Lepertel
built Paris Brest Paris into the mega event it is today.
BC riders performed exceptionally
well at Rocky - Ken Bonner, Nigel Press and Keith
Fraser were the first three finishers. (Keith finished co
3rd alongside Bryan Johnson, USA). Ken did something
few of us thought was ever going to be possible. He broke Othmar
Altmann's untouchable 2002 course record, and did it convincingly.
He slashed 90 minutes off the Austrian's time, lowering the new
course record to 50:34. Ken has been first finisher in 3 of the
last 4 Rockys. Nigel's time of 54:18 was impressive as well -
it's the forth fastest RM1200 time ever. There was a woman's
course record also this year with Sophie Matter from France
finishing in 64:44, knocking over seven hours off Susan Barr's
2004 mark. Sophie was the 8th finisher overall. Congratulations
also to Ron Himschoot and Manfred Kuchenmuller
who each finished their 6th Rocky Mt 1200. There were 102 starters
in the 2008 event, and 86 finishers.
From Rocky to Rookies... 2008 saw a bumper crop of first time
super randonneurs. Congratulations to Dug Andrusiek, Ian
Fillinger, Colin Fingler, Mark Ford, Doug
Fox, Jeff Oh, Julie Scott-Ashe and Josh
Young. ...And the rando rookie award, for most event distance
by a first time super randonneur (there's actually no award)
goes to Julie Scott-Ashe with 3269 km. Dug, Ian and Josh
were next on the list with 2700 km each.
It will be a surprise to no one that Ken Bonner has won
the Iron Butt Award (John Hathaway Memorial Trophy) for the seventh
straight year with an event distance total of 10,442 km. People
have been whispering for years that as long as Ken is riding
there should be some sort of award for having the second
most distance in BC. I can't recall who it was now, but someone
suggested that this "all but Ken Bonner" award could
be called the "All Butt" award. And I think
this is an excellent year to introduce this new no-trophy award
because the 2008 All Butt winner is... me, Eric Fergusson
(5910 km) (photo). Ha! I've put together a list
of the other past non-winners. (Linked below.) There was actually
a bunch of riders clustered around my distance total including
Jeff Mudrakoff (photo) who had only 31 km less, plus
Nigel, Barry and Tracy just a little further back. So it's a
shared dishonour this year.
And of course there's last year's new non award, to award - the"Kendra
Award", for the most Ken-like distance by a woman. But as
you can see there's now a more timeless name for this distinction.
The 2008 "Iron Buttress" was Deirdre Arscott
with 4671 km. This was a surprise to me - I thought the numbers were pointing
elsewhere. In only her second randonneur year Devon Mihalyi
had ridden Rocky, the Island 1000, and more than a full series
- I thought that would have been easily enough. But I wasn't
watching the buckets of 200 and 300s that Deirdre was filling.
In the end Devon's impressive total was 4500, less than 200 short
of Deirdre's figure.
Eau de Hell Week
Among the special events on the calendar for 2008 was Ken
Bonner's second staging of the "Eau de Hell" week
on Vancouver Island (a full 200-600 series in 7 days.) Five riders
finished the full series, including Ken himself, Eric Fergusson
and Jeff Mudrakoff, all of whom finished in 2007, Scott
Gater who boomeranged back to us from Australia (and California),
and Dave Cambon who was close-but-no-cigar in 2007. Look
for EdH-3 in 2009.
Also on the Island was Ken's Ultimate Island Explorer 2000km
which was managed easily by Yutaka Moriwaki from Japan
and local boy Keith Nichol. (photo)
Jeff Mudrakoff did the most exotic ride in 2008 -
the SVSS 1200 in Bulgaria in June.
There was one additional Brevet de Randonneur 5000 in BC this
year. Congratulations to Keith Patterson. This brings
our total number of BR 5000s, using PBP 2007, to 14.
Congratulations also to Michel Richard who became the
11th club member to earn the 40,000 medal for life-time event
distance reaching 40,000 km - an award he himself dreamed up
several years ago. At 42 Michel is easily the youngest club member
to reach this watershed distance. (40,000 km is ~ the earth's
It's always fun to throw the spotlight on our resident uber-cyclist
Ken Bonner to make it clear how utterly insignificant
our own distance cycling achievements are by comparison - so
here we go. It was a particularly speedy year for Ken. In addition
to his record breaking RM12 time, Ken was first finisher at the
Cascade 1200 in 64:41, and then he ripped through the Colorado
Last Chance 1200 in 51:25. As mentioned above Ken coasted to
his Iron Butt #7. It's too early to report on the C-KAP stats
for 2008, but Ken topped the list in 2007 for the third consecutive
year with his 30,677 km. His 17,079 miles in 2008 was easily
enough to keep him at the top of the UMCA distance list for the
4th straight year - the next rider on the list was under 13,000
miles. In 2008 Ken rode his 28th 1000km and his 29th, 30th and
31st 1200. And then there was his 2000 km permanent in October.
Well why not. In addition to all the riding, Ken somehow finds
to time to administer the extreme end of the ultra cycling calendar
on the Island.
Speaking of the C-KAP (Canadian Kilometre Achiever Program) awards,
when the figures rolled in in early spring 2008 they revealed
that BC Randonneurs earned the top team prize for the fourth
consecutive year in 2007. 23 club members' combined distance
total was 262,000 km. We seem to have a lock on this one - the
second place club's total was at only 108,000 km. Our total is
of course always pumped up by Ken's big numbers, but let's not
forget Henry. Henry Birkenbos also rode over 30,000 km
in 2007, just a few 100km less than Ken. The most pleasant surprise
in the 2007 stats was that Karen Smith won the C-KAP award
for greatest distance by a woman with 9276 km. I think Karen
was as surprised as anyone to learn the news. Congratulations
to all 23 participating club members.
Another 2007 award delivered in the 2008 was the Roger Street
Award for exceptional volunteer service to the club. The
deserving winners were Bob and Patty Marsh who
would continue their efforts into 2008 as Rocky 12 ride directors.
Many thanks to out-going club President Ross Nichol. Most
people won't know that it was Ross' determined behind-the-scenes
pressure to explore the options and make a decision about the
Rocky Mountain 1200 last fall, that probably saved the event.
The discussions determined that we did have strong underlying
volunteer and board support, and this paved the way for Roger
and Ali to accept the big organizational role. Special thanks
also to three exceptional out-going directors. Danelle Laidlaw,
Michel Richard and Bob Marsh are off the exec,
but remain very involved in various capacities. Ross shuffled
himself off to treasurer, and Alex Pope moves over to VP, President
I said above that the Rocky Mountain 1200 was centre stage this
year. Well there was one other little thing that everyone is
talking about. Our in-coming club President Tracy Barill
had to endure a little push-back, but in the end convinced us
all to give perms a chance. They began in October 2008 and instantly
become very popular. There will be a 12 month award for anyone
who rides a permanent in each of 12 consecutive months. The program
will be administered by Tracy and Bob Koen. It's a fresh
idea that's proving to have bounce. Something to watch in 2009.
Ali after Rocky
Some quick links:
"Iron Butt" list
Kendra, & All
super randonneur & BR 5000 page
Newsletter page about BC
Randonneurs' C-KAP performance
"eau de hell" week
Rocky 1200: Results - Summary - Volunteers
Summary page about UIE