Vernon ATV Club Marathon Ride of the Aberdeen Plateau and Beyond!

250km Marathon Ride

Ride Recap: The Not Quite 250km Ride

It sure looked promising as riders and machines kept turning up as the clock ticked toward 8:00am Sunday morning. After introductions and the safety chat we set off with 18 machines and 21 riders at a spirited pace up King Eddy, across the 7km trail and over Fan Hill, stopping at the bottom to reunite a lost gas can with its machine and to check in with everyone.

Wet snow was falling but optimism reigned so we forged south past Wilma Lake and down the Flyfish Lakes trail before stopping at Grizzly Lake with snowfall increasing by the minute. Discussions of barely missing stumps, hitting ruts funny and a wrong turn due to fogged up goggles were shared which prompted the larger discussion if we should continue given we had covered 50kms and it was just going to look more like winter as we continued.

We decided to head back to King Eddy the fastest way possible so Crescent Rd past Bear Lake and back down King Eddy had us back at the trucks before long.

Great to have so many riders out and a number of new riders, we look forward to seeing you out again and watch for more enhanced pace rides.

Photo Credit: Brad Hickson (thanks for capturing the nasty conditions)
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Ride: 8:00am Sunday, September 30, 2018
Hold up – this ride is not for everyone! Read the rules of the ride to see if you should attend. 
 
RULES OF THE RIDE:
  • Ready to ride at 8:00am
  • You must be able to ride 65kmh minimum on FSR stretches
  • Your machine has to be in good mechanical order
  • You must bring enough fuel to go 250kms
  • Be prepared for fewer/shorter breaks than normal club rides

Ok, so you’re up for the ride? Read on then!

Starting at 8:00am Sunday, September 30 from the bottom of King Eddy FSR in Coldstream. It’s a long ride so we need to start early, keep up a good pace and we’ll still be late in the afternoon getting back.

Ride difficulty is upper intermediate due to the speed, nothing greater than intermediate level difficulty obstacles along the route.

There will be a mix of trail and FSR with extended sections of FSR which is unavoidable on a ride this length. Consider bringing ear plugs because one section is 30+ minutes of FSR done at cruising speed (65kmh minimum) which gets tiring on the ears.

Bring food and drink for a full day on the trails. Breaks will be short and they won’t happen very often so bring something you can poke down quickly, we’ll try to stop and smell the flowers as much as possible but need to keep a brisk pace.

We reach 6,000ft elevation along the route so bring cold/wet weather riding gear.

Ride Route – this isn’t 100% accurate as it has been simplified to reduce the number of waypoints but is a pretty close approximation of where the 250km ride will go on Sunday.

Download the GPX file and bring your GPS or download a 3 month free trial of Gaia GPS App to your phone to track the ride.

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