We cycled from our house May 5, took the Coho Ferry to Port Angeles and cycled around the west side of the Olympic peninsula. Then down the west coast to San Diego, arriving at the Mexican border June 12. 2900 km! Lots of scenic and enjoyable cycling, with the occasional difficult section.
Some photos are at: http://www.twc.bc.ca/photos/kevin-diannes-pacific-coast-bicycle-trip-2016/
Mostly we camped at hiker/biker group sites at State parks, hot showers and no reservation needed. We stayed in hotels a few times when the weather was bad and near San Francisco and LA. We flew back from San Diego to Victoria with Alaska Air, it was fairly easy to pack the bikes in Amtrack bicycle boxes for the flight. On average we cycled 80 km/day, some days 110 km. Those were long days on touring bikes.
Best section: Monterey to Big Sur! Longest downhill: 16 km on the Leggett hill. Amazing 32 km beach trail ride from Malibu to Redondo beach in LA.
No mechanical issues except replacing some brake pads. Oh, and pulling out three spokes from my front wheel.
It was early in the season, but we didn't have any rain until northern California. Much less traffic and cooler weather which we prefer. Overall a fantastic bike route!
Kevin and Dianne
Congratulations to our 2016 70.3 Participants! Jim Brackenbury, Kathy Davidson, Liz Dyson, Sara Kelly, Laura Leno, and Chris Sullivan! Wow!
Kathy had the fastest swim(28:27). Laura had the fastest bike(2:48.07). and Sara had the fastest run(1:46.4).
Congratulations to BRENT MCMAHON for an incredible victoria in the Ironman South American Championships in Brazil. Brent crushed the course record with a time of 7:46:10, the second fastest Ironman in history!
Team West Coast members have been busy as summer approaches with more races on the calendar.
Blue Nose Marathon, Halifax Rob Hare(11) Greg Tonge(12)
Oak Bay Half Marathon Sara Kelly(2)
Rhody Run 12K, Port Townsend Wayne Fisher
Cumby 20K Trail Run, Cumberland Dan Dunaway(4)
Shawnigan Lake Sprint Triathlon Lori Morgan(1)
Shawnigan Lake Standard Triathlon Kathy Davidson(3), Laura Leno(1), Liz Dyson(2)
Our open water swims at Thetis Lake start on Friday, April 29th. Meet Rob on the beach at Thetis Lake, ready to swim at 9:00 am with wet suits on. Lock all your valuables in the trunk. Pay parking begins in May. Purchase a season's pass at the machine.
We want to thank all the TWC members that donated to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal earthquake fund last year. That donation money was matched by the federal government and was used efficiently - fundraising costs were less than 5% of donations.
An emergency field hospital was quickly set up in Dhunche near Langtang valley, one of the worst hit areas of Nepal. Red Cross workers and volunteers also supplied emergency first aid, clean water, food and shelter supplies to 3 million people in remote areas. They continue to work to support local health facilities and rebuild communities.
A one year update is available at:
Kevin and Dianne
Did you miss your chance to order your new uniform? Keith and Wayne are putting together our Spring order. Deadline April 30th, deposit $50. Check out the garment options on the Champion Systems Canada website. Check out the photos on our website. Keith firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos are at http://www.twc.bc.ca/photos/twc-bike-group-2016/
Our Social Committee has planned a Mother's Day Brunch for all the TWC ladies; mothers, daughters and friends, on Sunday, May 8th. Cost $35. Contact Maggie Bateman if you haven't reserved a spot. email@example.com
Photos from the Synergy Bazan Bay 5k are available at http://www.twc.bc.ca/photos/synergy-bazan-bay-5k-2016/
Congratulations to all participants!
It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Fern. She was a true inspiration to all of us with her incredible zest for life. As a coach she shared her knowledge. As a friend and training partner she shared her enthusiasm. Fern was constantly looking for a new challenge. Fern knew everyone and everyone knew Fern. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Family and friends of Fern are planning a 'Friends' run and a 'Celebration of Life' on Saturday, March 19th.
Wayne, President, Team West Coast
Congratulations to our team member, Avila Rhodes! Avila set a World Record in the 100 m Breatstroke!! Setting records is nothing new for Avila. She also set several BC Records. You can learn all about her achievements on CHEK TV's "GAME ON", (February 14th).
Hi members and friends of Team West Coast. It's six weeks to Bazan Bay and we need your help so please RSVP soon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hope you are having a great 2016.
We are looking for volunteers to help host the Vancouver Island Road Series - Synergy Bazan Bay 5km road race to be held on Sunday March 6, 2016. The race starts and ends at the Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney (off the Pat Bay Hwy across from the airport). Your day will begin around 8:30AM and you can be home enjoying the remainder of your day by 2PM. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
If you can help on race day Sunday March 6, we need:
- Race route marshals (we brief everyone before the event)
- Pre race parking marshals (a good job if you plan to race)
- Morning of- registration & race package pick up
- Food prep (help place food out on tables thru the morning)
- Finish line (we are using timing chips so you just need to direct runners to keep moving thru finish area)
- Help with course setup/tear down
We also need some folks to help for about two hours on Saturday February 27, delivering flyer notices to local residents reminding them that the race is taking place the following week (a great job if you plan to race the event)
And, on Saturday February 27 we need a few folks to take two hour shifts handing out race packages at the downtown Frontrunners store on Vancouver Street (you may even have time to buy a new pair of running shoes). All volunteers can enjoy free coffee/coco (bring your coffee mug) and some of the best post race food on the Island.
Please RSVP by return email and let Kellee Drummond (NEW COORDINATOR!!) know if you have a preference for one job or other (first come first served) to email@example.com
Thanks and hope to see you out there on race day.
Wayne Coulson, Felicity Parker
Congratulations to 16 Team West Coast finishers at the Pioneer 8k today. Lots of great results including 1st for Sara Kelly and 3rd for Greg Leiman in their age groups.
TWC results are at http://racestats.org/?Race=522&Club=Team%20West%20Coast&Tab=Table
The next VIRA race is the Cobble Hill 10k on January 24.