Record number of cyclists for Pacific Populaire

Beautiful weather, good promotion and pent-up demand for a spring cycle combined to make this year’s Pacific Populaire the largest ever by a wide margin. The 25, 50 and 100-kilometre rides start and end at Riley Park Community Centre, but this year’s start had to be delayed 30 minutes because the registration tables were overwhelmed. Organizers told me more than 500 turned out, at least 100 more than the previous best.

Both the 100 and 50-kilometre routes reach their half-way point in Richmond at the Scout Camp at the east end of Dyke Road. Volunteers there were ready with lots of Gatorade, cookies, bananas and banana cake for the cyclists. Notable feature of the event: no corporate sponsors, not a one. (We did 50k.)

Lined up down the block to register for the Pacific Populaire.

Lined up down the block to register for the Pacific Populaire.