Long distance cyclist Wim Kok has just returned from Bellingham, Washington where he successfully completed the Summer 1,000 km brevet organized by the Seattle International Randonneurs.
He finished well within the 75-hour time limit with a time of 64:50 (hrs:mins). The route ran through Whatcom County, Bellingham, Seattle south to Rainier, Oregon, then back through the suburbs of Seattle to Bellingham. “It was an interesting course with many navigational challenges, “
commented Kok. “In one case we lost our way in Seattle and spent more than an hour to get back en route. That loss of time came out of my sleep and cheerfulness budget.”
This type of long distance cycling or randonneuring requires completion of a predetermined distance and route within a time limit. The limit includes downtime for meals, sleep and bicycle repairs. Once started, the clock keeps ticking until one is finished. It often results in cycling through the night. In addition one has to be self sufficient whereby support is not allowed.
With the completion of the 1000 km brevet and the full series of 200, 300, 400 and 600 km distances, Kok has now qualified to pre-register at the earliest possible date for next year’s 1,200 km Paris-Brest-Paris. First held in France in 1891, it is considered the granddaddy of long distance cycling. As a two time finisher (2003 and 2007) Kok is contemplating going again. To qualify for the 2011 edition one must complete the full series that year.
Erik Snucins, another local distance cyclist also qualified to preregister by completing the 200, 300, 340 and 600 km distances in the Peace region earlier this year.
In completing the series both Kok and Snucins have earned their 2010 Super Randonneur award. It is Erik Snucins’ second and Kok’s sixth time earning the medal issued by the Audax Club Parisien in France.