If somebody had asked me 5 years ago if I could do a 1000 km Brevet I would have answered No! But I did it! We started our club schedule in the month of May with two 200 km Brevets, followed by two 300 km Brevets. Then came our 400 km that took us into the USA. That was followed by our tough 600. And finally our 1000 km Brevet. As the distance goes up our numbers got less. For our 600 there was just 2 of us.
|Speeding to the start.|
|Left to Right: Mark, Sam,Pete and myself at the start.|
|Leaving Winnipeg at 6:00 am|
Our first control was a coffee shop in the town of Mordon after 106 km. Great choice as I run on coffee. They also have food too. After this we start to climb in elevation heading in a westerly direction.
|Waiting for the others to catch up in Cartright, Manitoba|
From here we headed north to a town called Glenboro for our third control at 315 km. On the way to Glenboro I came across a valley where they had made lots of round hay bales. Now a lot of times I might have to stop and use the ditch for a bathroom and I find people will often stop to talk and delay your call to nature. I quickly jumped out and ran behind the hay bale for some privacy. When I was finished I walked back to the Quest only to find 2 cars stopped taking pictures of it. A lot of time was used up in this trip talking to a lot of nice curious people.
|Part of my fan club leaving.|
|Waiting for the others to catch up at control 3|
|Heading north to Neepawa as the sun goes down.|
|Our hotel by night as we arrive.|
We were on the road before 6:00 am chasing the clock but with the shower and 5 hours of sleep I felt great. It was also great having the drop bag with a change of clothes.
|On the road to Dauphin.|
|The town of McCreary on the way to Dauphin|
I arrived at control 5 about an hour ahead of the others.I was at 541 km. I grabbed a quick lunch and headed for the climbs. At the park gate to lady warned me about them. I was prepared. I took "Da Hood" off and taped it to the hump on the Quest. Now Adri is used to climbing and he would laugh at what I was climbing but he lives in Norway. I geared down and pushed on. I could stop and take pictures and keep going as I felt. The others could not stop on a 11% slope like I could. It was + 30 C as I started to climb. There were some long slopes and some short slopes that were less steep but more climbing than this flat lander was used to. I took it slow and easy in my lowest gear.
|Part way up one of the climbs at about 8%|
|Looking back as I was climbing.|
|A black bear watching us go by.|
|Lots of these signs but only one camera shy moose seen.|
Part way though the park Pete caught up to me on his recumbent. Pete is a very strong rider with lots of Brevet experience. We rode for a while until some of the down hill sections and I pulled away. We met up and waited for the rest to catch up at the next control at Erickson at 628 km. From here it was mostly down hill to Neepawa and our hotel room. It was on Little Mountain Road that I hit my fastest downhill speed of 90.3 KPH. Lots of FUN! It made up for all the climbing. Here is the link to this days Garmin file Garmin file link I sprinted back to the hotel before 10 pm and got the first shower in before the next person showed up. That was control 7 at 690 km.
|Pete and the Quest ready to leave for the final stretch home.|
|Steam Tractor sign at Austin|
|Picture of me being last for breakfast in Austin|
|Stopping for pictures again.|
|Looking back at another climb.|
Just before Holland I had a pinch flat on my right front tire. I told the others to go on as I would catch up later. I emptied out the Quest to get at my spare tubes. I put the Quest on a blanket on it's side and I had no less than 6 cars and trucks stop and offer help. Those country people are real friendly and curious. It turned a 10 minute job into 1/2 hour job.
|Empty Quest ready for tire repair.|
I got to travel though La Riviere but I couldn't speed as I had a truck in front of me in town.
|Going up my favorite hill in La Riviere Manitoba.|
I caught up to the group just before Morden which was control 9 at 902 km.We had coffee and sandwiches for Supper. It must have been good coffee as I sprinted the rest of the way home. On the final stretch sports writer Gregory C. McNeill met us along the way to take photos in several places.
|Speeding to the finish. Photo by Gregory C. McNiell|
|The rest of the group drafting Pete. Photo by Gregory C. McNiell|
|Photo by Gregory C. McNiell|
|Sam's son greeting his dad. Photo by Gregory C. McNiell|
|A toast to great ride.|