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Old 09-15-06, 09:20 PM   #1
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Ken Bonner does it again

The inimitable Ken Bonner, who has been described as one of the few randonneurs who can finish a 1200k event in less time than his age, has done it again, this time on the Last Chance.

He finished in 56 hours 27 minutes... he is 63 years old, and one the nicest and most unassuming randonneurs you'd ever want to meet. The link is here for the Last Chance progressives.

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Old 09-15-06, 10:43 PM   #2
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the guy is superman! I'd be very happy with a time of 56.5 hours on a 1200K and I'm nearly half his age.
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Bacchetta's Larry Graham finished in third. 59 hours 8 minutes, we'll see what the website says. He was first to the 600K mark in 21 hours and change, but was having lung issues and took a few hours off the bike. Said there were high winds out on course with lots of airborne dust, visibility was bad. His ear to the wind was filling with dirt, so I can only imagine. Ken and Timothy Bol had the same time at the last 2 stations. Looks like all three of them are hunting for JMC points. Amazing...
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Larry Graham is a local (to me) and he's been having a hell of a season. I know he was looking to break 50 hours and he had his wife crewing for him. I'm looking forward to hearing his stories; the wind must have ben howling out there! The times to Atwood on the way out were faster than what we did last year by about 4 hours. But then eveyone weighed anchor at the turn. Larry looks to have had a nice ride the last 200K -- 8 hours! The guy always finishes strong. I know this is, by far, his longest ride ever and I hope he's really pumped from it.

Ken and Tim are both damn nice guys. I'm sure they had a blast riding together this year. I had the pleasure of riding with them both for a bit last year. One of the things I love about randonneuring is the people -- they're super-friendly, even (and in some cases, especially) the ones who are lightning-fast!
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Ken Bonner is remarkable. Does he have a website? Anyone have a good picture of him? I'd like to hear his bicycling history.
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Ken Bonner:

http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/bonner/Bonner.htm

http://www.impactmagazine.ca/marchru...en%20bonner%22
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Larry Graham is a local (to me) and he's been having a hell of a season. I know he was looking to break 50 hours and he had his wife crewing for him. I'm looking forward to hearing his stories; the wind must have ben howling out there! The times to Atwood on the way out were faster than what we did last year by about 4 hours. But then eveyone weighed anchor at the turn. Larry looks to have had a nice ride the last 200K -- 8 hours! The guy always finishes strong. I know this is, by far, his longest ride ever and I hope he's really pumped from it.

Ken and Tim are both damn nice guys. I'm sure they had a blast riding together this year. I had the pleasure of riding with them both for a bit last year. One of the things I love about randonneuring is the people -- they're super-friendly, even (and in some cases, especially) the ones who are lightning-fast!
He talked to John Schlitter and Rich Pinto after the ride. Apparently he smoked them to 600K, but all the crap he picked up during the ride was in his lungs, so he took a few hours off the bike to try and recover, which is where those other guys probably passed him. If you look at the results, only those three were under 70 hours, 4th place was about 12 hours behind Larry. I finally met him in person at RAO, and wow, he's strong. The Bacchetta team took 3rd place in a mountain race, I was crewing for John Schlitter and Tim Woudenberg 2 man and we took 3rd in two man. We had the 2nd place team buried, but Tim got sick in the middle of the night, so JS rode most the night, and the 2nd place team repassed us. The ultra world is taking notice of the bikes, Jim Kern was listed with soloists, and IMHO the Bacchetta Aero makes the ultimate distance machine. Anyway, yeah, those guys are all amazing.
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Bonner even looks young, pretty amazing history of both running and riding. Nice magazine story, I even downloaded some articles.
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I had breakfast with Ken and his wife before the Last Chance last year. He confirmed that he did ride the first half of a 1200 randonnee, got a lift to the start of a marathon, ran the marathon, then returned to his bike to complete the 1200. Ken's wife doesn't mind supporting him on rides, but won't do it at night. So Ken arranges his sleep accommodation at the half-way point with his wife, then gets going again next morning. The remarkable thing about this is that he fits in a generous amount of sleep on his rides, as well as finishing in a fast time.

He went past us on the BMB and the most notable things -- apart from his cheerful and encouraging greeting -- were his split calf muscles.
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Here's the Larry thread over at Bacchetta, guess he got some sort of endorsment from the 2nd place guy. Still, wind and dust made it sound brutal.

http://bacchettabikes.com/forum2/tm.asp?m=13034
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