Ready, set, go. And go and go and go for 1,200 km.
The ninth running of the Rocky Mountain 1,200-km cycling event is set for next week, July 25-28.
On Monday, long distance cyclists will assemble to begin an epic journey from Kamloops to Lake Louise on Hwy. 1, then onto Jasper before returning to Kamloops via the Yellowhead Hwy
Run every four years, the event draws endurance cyclist from around the world to experience the B.C. Interior. The mountain passes of the Canadian Rockies, Ice Fields Parkway, Jasper and Mount Robson, and the Wells Grey region, as well as the many communities in between, make for lasting memories of their trip.
This year cyclists from the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Denmark, the U.S. and Canada will attempt the ride within 90 hours.
Randonneuring is not a race but a timed event in which riders have a card stamped at pre-arranged control points along the route. Food and water stops are located every few hundred kilometres with overnights at Golden, Jasper and Clearwater. Teams of volunteers are on hand to support them on their journey.
A rider tracking page at http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/rockymountain1200/rider-progress/ will allow people to see how the riders are doing during the event. The Twitter feed is @2016rockymount1.
The mandate of B.C. Randonneurs is to organize rides in accordance to the rules of randonneur cycling as practiced by Audax Club Parisien in France. B.C. Randonneurs was a founding member in 1983 of Randonneur Mondiaux, which organizes events of 1,200 km or longer worldwide. Randonneur Cycling is sometimes referred to as marathon cycling and can be described as fast long-distance cycling. The activities of the club and the general information about the sport is discussed more fully elsewhere on this site on this page: An Introduction to Randonneur Cycling.
Randonneur cycling began in 1979 in B.C. and for many years operated as a section of the Bicycle Association of B.C. (now called Cycling BC). In 1996 B.C. Randonneurs became autonomous.