What comes after the Cascade 1200 ... the Rocky Mountain 1200.
These paired events are nearby, a month apart, both 1200 km randonees. And completion of both results in the award of the "Can-Am Challenge" pin, coveted among randonneurs (who seem to like these pins almost as much as elementary school boys like little league baseball trophies).
As far as I can tell, the main difference is that things are bigger in Canada. The mountains, for one, are a lot bigger. 3000+ meter peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. Big glaciers. Very wild.
And the bears are bigger. Washington State has mostly black bears -- those cute bears. Canada has more grizzly bears -- the ones that rip you apart with a single swipe of the paw. I would love to see one, very far away, in the daylight, when I am riding as part of a group.
I do not want to see a mama grizzly and her cubs up close, at night, when I am alone climbing up a hill.
I am hopeful that this event will have less rain than the Cascade 1200 .. the odds are pretty good in late July instead of late June.
The ride starts at 10PM local time on Sunday July 22nd. The organizers' page is here.
The route looks spectacular, and it is quite demanding, especially to make the time limits over the 2000+ meter passes in the middle section of the ride. If I get through those, it should be fairly relaxed heading home, assuming no major surprises.
The route is here:
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