Some hardcore BCC riders did the Ottawa/Kingston ride on the weekend: James, myself, Arn, Mike and Kevin. This was my first time.
If you are unfamiliar with this ride it starts in Ottawa on Saturday and you ride 177K distance to Kingston, spend the night and then ride back again the next day. The route has very few stops on mostly nice country roads with more than a few hills on the back end near Kingston. One very long and steep downhill on route awaits you as a very painful climb on day two. Not Rattlesnake hard but longer I think. Tuff if you have cooked your legs as James and I did fighting a pretty good headwind and sitting in with some pretty fast groups which required some strong pulls on our part as we were sporting the BCC colors and needed to represent. We got Saturday done in pretty good time with a 30K average. It gave us time to head into town in Kingston for some needed recovery food. (Note to self – Do not indulge in Beer and Nachos next time).
Later that evening James and I were ready for more food so we decided to head over to the mess hall at Queens University where we were staying to see what was on the menu. As we walked we noticed our fellow club member Kevin relaxing out front of his dorm room so we wandered over for a hello. As we approached him something did not look right. From ten feet away I could see the stitches in his cheek. Kevin had been riding in a good group holding a nice steady pace when at about the 100K mark, all of a sudden on a downhill something went wrong up front. Several riders down and no place to go. Kevin mentioned that instinct took over and he tried to avoid the carnage but instinct did not have a chance. He went down hard and suffered some bad road rash and a nasty horrific gash to his face. This got him and another, a ride in the van with the pretty red lights on the top. His bike also needed to see the doctor and after five or six stitches Kevin made his way to a Kingston bike store as he also need to buy a new helmet.
Yes a new helmet because this guy named Kevin planned to wake up in the morning, grab his repaired bike and ride back to Ottawa 177K. We suggested that his bonk on the head had perhaps been more serious and that he was crazy. The bruising under his eye had only just begun and the road rash on his side had yet to stiffen up. The next morning we prepared to set off and sure enough Kevin was ready at the start. We decided that the BCC would surround him on the ride back and keep him protected but unfortunately his bike was not so ready. Ten minutes from the start he had to turn back with a mechanical.
Now I can not verify this myth that has been floating around which if true will surely become the stuff of legend at the BCC, but I have heard that Kevin got his bike fixed and set off alone after a late start and rode back to Ottawa with his stitches and a smile on his face. Can’t be true! Either way Kevin has been nominated for the True Grit and Courage Award this year. BTW Kevin the word is that the ladies love scars?