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Pictou - Oxford 600k

posted Jun 22, 2011, 9:11 AM by Mark Beaver   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 6:23 AM ]
Congratulations to all those who attempted the Pictou - Oxford 600k brevet.  It was a particularly challenging ride, mostly weather-related.  Saturday began as a pretty decent day - foggy in the morning to Sheet Harbour then a screaming tailwind all the way to Pictou.  Then things began to deteriorate a bit - an ugly road closure detour onto bad roads added 8km, then the rains began.  The lead group only had 25km of rain after dark, while the rest had 60km of rainy darkness and multiple flat tires, getting in around midnight-thirty.  Good times!

Sunday got interesting, with a crossing of the Cobequid mountains at Wyndham Hill surprising some riders with its length and amount of climbing, then a fairly fierce thunderstorm after Parrsboro, with lightning striking the mountains all around and heavy rain for a while.  Headwinds all the way from Oxford to Parrsboro to Truro to Enfield!  then a surprise thundershower for the lead group dropped pea-sized hail and intense rain for five minutes then went away. 

Congrats to all those who made it - including Seana and Debi who both finished their first 600's to complete their first Super Randonneur series - well done! 
Mark Beaver,
Jun 23, 2011, 6:23 AM