Sunday, June 22, 2008

Why Didn’t Someone Hit Me With a Two by Four?

It’s taken a while (2 years) but I’m back at it again. After my first ever 7 day stage race (TransRockies) I asked Chris to ‘hit me with a 2x4 if I suggest doing anything this silly again’. Well I resisted for a whole year, but at the beginning of this year I must have forgotten the pain and signed up for another one. I guess it’s a little like child birth – If anyone remembers just the pain, then it’s not likely you’ll do it again. However, that’s not the case, and the human population isn’t in danger of extinction and I’m a week away from giving birth (again).

So to be fair, I have selected a different stage race this year. It’s the BC Bike Race 

Who could resist with a logo like that anyway? A bear riding a bike? That’s the one for me! Actually, it’s the opportunity to ride some of the greatest singletrack around for a straight 7 days that pulled me in again to this craziness. Starting at Lake Shawnigan on Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), it heads North to Cumberland, takes a ferry over to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast, down the coast to Langdale, takes another ferry to Horseshoe Bay and continues to Squamish and finishes in Whistler. All in all, about 530km (330miles), with a few hills on the way!

As the race is fast approaching, I’ll be blogging more regularly, and will do my best to report after each stage. Feel free to leave your comments – it’ll help us get through the week!


Anonymous said...

Mel, we have plenty of two by fours over here, but that would spoil all the fun of reading your blog! Wishing you speed, endurance, strength, stamina, attitude, solid equipment, and a dash of luck!


Anonymous said...

Well you really are quite MAD.
Wishing you all the luck in the world, do your best&enjoy ;)

unixbloke said...

I've got a piece of 50mm x 100mm with your name carved into it when you're next over !!