How'd it go?
Financially: very well, I broke even. As well raised $300 for Search and Rescue
Riders: good time had by all.
Volly's: above and beyond the call of duty.
How many people showed up?
42 people rode that day.
Any unexpected challenges to learn from?
Yes, several. Post 9-11 Insurance is a bitch. Insurance is the only reason why you don't see more community events because in the end someones name has to be on the deal. Insurance is always the biggest challenge.
The other *new* thing involved an end to the perfect no injury streak we were enjoying. There are a couple regulars to the BVOD. People who, bless their hearts, are addicted, and every year they need another dose of the dolls. Mike Melosh is one of those riders and every year he's done a first. He's been the fastest as well as the inspiration for the "hung-over" category. This year he decided to be a first for myself and BVOD, he was the first rider to be carried out by Search and Rescue. In fact, I had hoped that the good karma of donating to SAR every year was why we've been so lucky so far. But eventually someone has to go down and we're just glad he's not broken.
Shout out to the volunteers, I had volunteers who came out for a chill gig and ended up six hours helping SAR huffing a body out of the woods. It's incredible actually how SAR volunteers give up their free time to put themselves through excruciating exercises to save others. I can't say enough about the incredibly fantastic, busy and under funded Squamish Search and Rescue.
BVOD is all about style over speed and who better to judge style than the Gauge Dolls. At the four particularly nutty sections labeled Double Dog Dares stood a Doll decked out in some slick Gauge Clothing threads, ready to judge the performance. It's true that almost everyone rode a perfect 10 that day but from what they saw these are the people who turned it up to 11.
one of two female riders. No amour, no water pack, just stylin' jeans, jersey and full face helmet with goggles. Rode everything? Sweet.
there were many who rode down everything very nicely. This guy however also rode almost everything UP. Always inspiring to see someone do something you thought was impossible.
letting it all hang out and going so fast his pants couldn't keep up, Craig gets the bike crack award.
As always I cant mention the fact that this would not be possible without local businesses giving selflessly: translation, SUPPORT THESE BUSINESSES!!!