The Port Hardy leg of the 10th Anniversary Boomer’s Legacy British Columbia Bicycle Ride is a self-organised, independent event that is acknowledged by the Organising Committee of the Friends of Boomer’s Legacy.
Ron Gaudreault, our former Ride Marshall, has taken the lead on facilitating a bike ride from Port Hardy to Comox, 6 – 8 June. There is space for 17 riders on this additional leg. These riders will be experienced cyclists in good health, able to keep up with the group for extended stretches.
The intent is to meet up with the regular group for the orientation at the Registration Event held at the Comox Legion on Friday, 9 June. And then continue on to Victoria as part of the 10th Anniversary Boomer’s Legacy British Columbia Bicycle Ride.
If you feel you are ready to join the group, and make this a 500km ride, complete the form below. When all 17 spaces have been filled we will remove the form from this post.
Dinner at the Legion in Port Hardy is available when we arrive Wednesday for $10 (burger and beer). Breakfast and lunch for Thursday will have to be acquired in Port Hardy. We were going to be packing a couple of coolers, ice, and a few jugs of water for the two days. We will bring enough water for everyone. Dinner in Sayward will have to be sourced from local eateries. Breakfast on Friday will have to be acquired in Sayward. Friday’s lunch will be a salmon barbecue in Campbell River and dinner is available at the Comox Legion for $10 (burger and beer).
All that being said, Ron G. is working with Thrifty Foods to see what supplies they can provide.
The Port Hardy Legion is supplying an area for sleeping. We are bringing cots with us. At this time, we are not certain if showers are available.
The Sayward Rec Center will host us Thursday night. Showers are available there. There may be access to the pool & hot tub.
Everyone will need a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries and a towel. (Forgot a towel once. While a tee shirt works, it doesn’t work well.)
If you have medications, bring them. It is a good idea for the medic to know about any medical conditions you may have.
There is room at the Comox base for people who want to stay overnight there. Please let us know if you need space, or will make other arrangements.
The current plan is to depart Comox from the Canex parking lot at 3pm on Wednesday, June 7th. It would be best if everyone can be there between 2pm and 2:30pm to allow bikes and bags to be packed for the trip. The distance from CFB Comox to Port Hardy is 292km and Google estimates that it is a 3hr 15min drive.
There are two full size vans and a trailer. Bikes, bags, supplies and people will have to fit! On the ride down, our medic (Jay Clarion) will be driving one van. Dave Rodgers will be driving the other.
As we will not have a bike mechanic with us, everyone should have a couple of inner tubes with them. We will bring a bicycle air pump. We will also have some tire levers and a small bike tool.
Weather can be highly variable. We are assuming the weather will be smoking hot, so sunscreen is a must! Bring enough clothing for two days of riding (leave clothing for Comox-Victoria at the Canex). Bring wet weather gear. When not on the bike, you may want a fleece or jacket.
The information below is the ride schedule. As this is the first time for this ride, the schedule is very general. The schedule shows Port Hardy’s departure time as 7:30am, this may be changed to 8am. If the schedule holds true, we should be near Woss at lunchtime. Day 1 is 170km. Day 2 134km.
Leaving from the Legion in Port Hardy, we have allowed for 20 minutes per stop and 45 minutes for lunch. 8.5 hours in the saddle if we average 20 kph. We are assuming that we would do a bit better.
For the second day, 20 minutes per stop and 1.5 hours for lunch. Added a stop between Sayward and Roberts Lake, the Sayward Fish Hatchery. 6.5 hours in the saddle if we average 20 kph. Day 2 is much flatter so I don’t think 20 kph will be difficult.
If you wish to have friends and/or family meet you for the salmon barbecue in Campbell River, it is being held at Spirit Square. Associated Tire is hosting the event and will donate proceeds from food sold.
Note! The above schedule shows the ride on the second day ending at the Comox Legion. This may be changed to the Canex to allow the riders to shower before dinner.
NB! Please let us know if you will require a bed in Comox on Friday night.
- Nigel King – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ron Gaudreault – email@example.com