Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Canadians are top ultra cyclers

Bicycles in Stockholm

I'd never heard of ultra cycling, but it's a sport. In fact, there's an organization called the UltraMarathon Cycling Association, whose mission is to assist distance riders in pushing their limits, including:
Riding a century every month in the Year-Rounder Challenge
Completing a series of 200, 300, 400 & 600K brevets
Finishing a 1200K randonnée such as Paris-Brest-Paris
Competing in 12- or 24-hour race or a qualifier for the Race Across America
Racing as a solo or relay team rider in the Race Across America
Recently, Canadians were in the UMCA news, dominating the Texas Time Trials (the Tejas 500) in Cleburne, Texas September 25,27, 2008. Relative unknown Dallas Norris, who drove from Canada to Texas, set a new course record. He finished first overall, with a time of 27:18:0. Caroline van den Bulk of Huntsville, Ontrio shattered the women's record with her time of 32:05:00. She placed first in the women's category and fifth overall.

Bicycles in Stockholm, Sweden
Photo by Sue Frause