BC Randonneurs’ Rocky Mountain 1200, 2008

by Raymond Parker on July 27, 2008

in Cycling, Events, Photography, Randonneuring

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Icefields Parkway, Alberta

The Rocky Mountain 1200 is Canada’s premiere 1200km randonnée, traversing some of the most sublime mountain terrain in British Columbia and southwestern Alberta. It made it’s debut in 1996 and is now held every four years, in the year following Paris-Brest-Paris.

In 2008, Amanda Jones and I travelled to Alberta to help administer the Lake Louse control, situated at kilometre 667.

The galleries below feature images from the start at Kamloops, Icefields Parkway (km. 443.7-673).6), and Lake Louise control.

BC Randonneurs keeps a superb Rocky 1200 Hub with photo archive from past years.

 Kamloops (Registration, Bike Check & Start)
Lake Louise Control
Icefields Parkway

After the last riders cleared the control, we took time to hike along Lake Louise, below the great ramparts of Mounts Victoria and Lefroy, before heading to the West Kootenays, where I stretched my legs on a 220 kilometre day tour, out of Nelson, B.C.

The next edition of the Rocky Mountain 1200 will run July 22nd to July 26th, 2012.

The Rockies are so beautiful, they inspire poetry!

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