Member Time Bicycle Class Sortable time
Bhandar, Buddy 13:02 Single 46920
Briggs, Taylor 13:02 Single 46920
Croy, Michael 12:58 VP Single 46680
Ferguson-Martin, Chris 9:40 Single 34800
Fish, Lee 12:12 Single 43920
Ford, Mark 13:02 Single 46920
Gidney, Holland 12:58 VP Single 46680
Gijzen, Tim DNF Single 999999998
Jansson, Mikael 13:02 Single 46920
Jardine, Kevin DNS Single 999999995
Karlen, Dean 10:29 Single 37740
MacDonald, John 9:40 Single 34800
Nygren, Rob 12:12 Single 43920
Quesnel, Guy 12:50 Single 46200
Stedman, Roxanne 12:12 Single 43920
Szabo, Vincent (Sandy) DNS Single 999999995
Tilitzky, Michael 12:58 VP Single 46680
Woodley, Darryl 9:40 Single 34800

Because Victoria is located at the southern tip of an island in an area with a long-established road network, it can be challenging to design new brevets that don’t just default to the same old roads. But in honour of the 100th anniversary of the first Brevet de Randonneur à Allure Libre (aka, the first “self-paced" brevet), we spent a lot of time looking at maps and have put together a route that feels entirely new. In fact, some of the roads it uses didn’t used to exist before last year and don’t even have street signs yet!

This special brevet includes some of Greater Victoria's latest cycling infrastructure while not neglecting some of your favourite roads and trails. We’ve also incorporated a few roads that have been there forever but which have never before been used in a brevet. Linking together some of the funnest riding roads we’ve ever ridden are clever cut-throughs and exciting unpaved sections, which may or may not require you to dismount your bicycle and walk.

We promise brand-new pavement and bumpy off-road paths, plus many kilometres on dusty unpaved regional trails. You’ll want to leave your carbon frame at home and tackle this route with your widest tires. This route hearkens back to the old days before the invention of GPS, when Island Randonneurs used to ride their bikes on the Galloping Goose before the abandoned railway became the popular rail trail it is today (at least according to Stephen Hinde). 

This is not your usual brevet but, if you approach it with a sense of adventure and a willingness to ride off-road, we think you’ll have a ton of fun. If you need more convincing to sign up, please note that the elevation gain is just 1,373m and that one of the controls is at a winery. 

Finally, in keeping with the historical theme, riders are encouraged to navigate solely off the route sheets that will only be distributed on the morning of the brevet. (We’ve double-checked the directions and we’re convinced you don’t need a GPX track.) As an incentive, if you finish this ride without relying on a GPX track, we’ll do our best to make sure you get one of the fancy limited-edition anniversary rooster pins produced by the ACP.

Clarification about use of GPS (September 2, 2021): Riders may use a GPS-enabled device to track/record their ride or pull out a cellphone with GPS to check their location on a map but the organizers hope that riders will navigate from the routesheet instead of relying on a GPX track uploaded to a Garmin, phone, or other device to indicate where to turn, which way to turn, when to turn, etc. That said, if anyone does not feel comfortable doing the brevet without a GPX track, we can provide one upon request.

Update (September 9, 2021): The Finish location for this brevet will now be the Penny Farthing Pub (2228 Oak Bay Ave), which is conveniently located less than 1km from the Start.