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Old 04-18-10, 07:58 AM   #1
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Eu De Hell Week

Hey folks:

I just thought I would mention that I have just completed Eu De Hell Week presented by the B.C Randonnuers and Ken Bonner. The concept is a compact brevet series all done in one week(200km,300km, 400km and 600km brevet)

This was also my first full series and first 600km brevet ever. The expeirence was totally amazing and pretty tough but well worth it. I would not recomend everyone try there first series this way, but I pushed through and now have some incredible stories to tell.

On the 600km brevet at km250 on a monster climb out Cambell River heading to Gold River my left crank arm snapped completly off. Then the spacer that holds the crank and B.B vanished or shattered. The two guys I was riding with managed to bodge togther my bike and use a zip tie to keep the bottom bracket from floating sideways. We then had to do a derailer adjustment but even then I still finished the ride.
I also rode my first 600km ride straight through with no sleep stops what so ever.

My overall elapsed time was around 68 hours plus change and had me in 3rd place overall of 17 people who completed the series. I can now say the I am finally a super randonneur.

This year also saw the first women to complete Eu De Hell Week as well as the largest feild of riders ever. Congrats to all other finishers!
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Well done!
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Impressive!

So you finished with one crank?! The power of zipties, awesome.
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Some guys helped me get my crannk back on but the spacer that fits between your crank and your B.B was AWOL causing my bottom bracket to freely move side to side and not allowing to me shift into my big ring. Turned out that a zip tie worked perfectly as the spacer that was missing or at leats perfectly enough to allow me to ride the last 350km's of the 600km.
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Some guys helped me get my crannk back on but the spacer that fits between your crank and your B.B was AWOL causing my bottom bracket to freely move side to side and not allowing to me shift into my big ring. Turned out that a zip tie worked perfectly as the spacer that was missing or at leats perfectly enough to allow me to ride the last 350km's of the 600km.
One of the guys with our club (Seattle Int'l Randos) does a blog feature called That's Rando!, and I'm pretty sure you'd have won with the zip-tie BB spacer.
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Ken Bonner is the master. I always really wanted to do this brevet. Some day I will. Congrats on finishing with a busted crank!
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Jordan from the 200 K here. congrats on completing hell week!
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Congratulations! Especially under the circumstances.

I was hoping to be one of the women who completed the Eau de Hell week back in 2007, but crashed badly on my 200K, wasn't recovered enough to ride the 300K, attempted the 400K but DNF'd partway, and opted not to try the 600K.

If we can be in the Vancouver area in 2011, Rowan and I might be interested in giving it a go.
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Awesome job Congrats!! Now you have a memory that will be with you till the end.
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