Its been raining hard, waves of storms have been passing through the region for the past day and there’s a 500km bike race through some of the most remote parts of the Kootenay’s going on.
Hoping to see a few of my buddies pass through I watched their SPOT for the day and timed my ride to reach a crux to shout at them. Figuring I had time for they been travelling in the hurt locker for 12 hours I didn’t get close to the crux and #Fernie hard man #sergechiasson blast pass me looking fresh and very confident.
Learning of the re-route using Highway #3, I thought this a bit dangerous so I followed. It was windy, at times raining horizontal, hard to see, busy with traffic and just not fun.
So, now what, I’ve checked out the race, seen the leader, now in the saddle in the rain couple hours more than expected, nightfall is dropping, I’m stopped trail side putting my hood on, I have 18% IPhone battery no cell service, the wife was expecting me awhile ago, I have 1hour of NiteRider Lumina 350 light, 1 bag of GU Chomps left, a bottle of SkratchLabs, about 2 bit hours away from home via a mountain pass with about a 1 hour climb over pass in these conditions.
At this point all the stats didn’t look too good, mainly not having enough light.
On this evening in the rain I had to run the Lumina on full beam to see, I couldn’t chance a flat on the #RevoltCX now, I was only running 40psi and these gravel roads are full of show stopper potholes and sharp rocks.
On this day I ventured out minimal on all counts running everything to its limit and the items that made the day was my #TeamSugoi ICON Jacket keeping me dry on top and @SugoiApparel RSE Short / RPM-X Waterproof Short / Knee warmers, @Swiftwick Twelves socks clothing the drive train pistons.
Out in weather there were a couple key details that kept me dry when getting hit all sides with water. At the end of the day under rain for 5 hours my base bike shorts were dry, this I attribute to not only the waterproof in RPM-X Waterproof outer short but the knee length of the short and its slight taper. The length of the short acted like a drip edge taking water dumped from jacket running it off the knees, the taper stopped water back spray from wheels.
The Icon Jacket with built in rear flap, cinch able hood, 4 chest vent options, 2 side pockets, 1 rear zip back pocket and padded collar is my hero, this jacket kept me dry, wind protected, and has a fit that allows good movement.
As it doesn’t take much for me to sweat I always find it a challenge to vent enough to dry sweat when jacketed up all day, I think the vent arrangement of the Icon promotes air flow in the right spots for on this ride I worked consistent getting a good suffer score of 255 generating good heat and was able to manage dampness.
The day ended with a good climb in the rain which meant descending damp with sweat, again the Icon is my hero, zipped up to the chin the padded collar sealed off the neck, the rear flap and waist cinched off my lowers for a complete seal creating a warm environment to keep working.
And keep working indeed I did, from here I was thinking I had enough time and light to get over the pass onto a descent I know and could afford to run out of light and roll in the dark home. Climbing for 45min the pass felt near, grinding straight up to I thought familiar landing the road disappeared, W.T.F this is a primary FSR, in the twilight it looks like the road needs to be rebuilt, now what, I’ve pretty much burnt my light. Confused for moments, the fact was there was no getting home this way and its double back 10 mile to cell service, call the Wife for a pickup then double back another 10 mile to the pickup point. With urgency in my step I zipped up for a wet descent, switched the Lumina350 to medium, flicked focus to 110% and pinned it for I was now racing my IPhone battery, I need atleast 4% battery to get a call out.
So the day ends at 10.45pm with a pickup from Wife and 3 sleeping kids, so much for a quick couple hours to see some racers cruise by in the rain.