By member Bill Markvoort. Thanks Bill!
Just a quick report on the Pacific Populaire held yesterday. Weather conditions were better than initially expected, no rain although cool and windy along the usual sections. There were some welcome additions to Riley park including adjacent parking and a paved meeting area to prevent the mud paths of previous years. Registration was quick and easy.
There were fewer Velovets than previous years perhaps caused by lack of training in the months prior due to inclement weather. John Joyce signed up for the 50 k and Ken Niven, Carol Roberts, Paul Jones and Michel Pelletier and I headed off on the 100 k. Ken was cycling with family members so I did not see him again,
For the rest of us it was a strange ride say the least. At the twenty k mark Carol, Paul and I witnessed quite the accident and I ended up performing first aid to one of a group that collided with road furniture in the form of a bollard barrier on southwest Marine Drive. It happened right in front of us and it was like watching something on Day 2 of the Tour de France. We heard a very loud bang and then a bicycle went flying up in the air above the heads of the cyclists in front of us. So that killed a sub four hour time for our little group as we assisted and stayed around until the fire department showed up Alas by then the cycling trains ahead of us after our half hour delay were quite slow so we had to forge for ourselves and there was quite a headwind at times. Also while waiting for the fire department to arrive Michel came cycling back to our group which as you can imagine was quite abnormal. His partner had collided with a vehicle near the Skytrain bridge and they had to head back to Vancouver to pick up a spare wheel. So imagine my surprise upon lining up to have my ticket stamped at the rides completion to have Michel’s familiar voice call out from a spot further back in the lineup!
And just to cap off our strange day Paul clipped in while crossing uphill across Marine Drive from Heather only to have the person had of him stop and so he took the stall out tumble. That broke his seat and made for a more difficult ride home.
Anyway, all in all a strange day but none of the Velovets suffered any serious damage!