Monday, July 20, 2015

Bert Karp Memorial Populaire

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On July 4, 2015 my family organized the 4th annual Bert Karp Memorial Populaire. This little event continues to bring a lot of joy and great memories for all of us as we ride in honor of my mom who passed away from cancer in 2012.

We had 20 riders in 2015, our best turnout of riders not related to me. We were down a few family members riding this year, but all were on hand to provide incredible support at each of the checkpoints.
The peloton riding  through Bozeman
The weather was nearly perfect. Not much wind, no rain, and it didn't start getting hot until everyone was close to being finished.

Brother Travis leading the fast group up Springhill Road
My brother Clay and his family were on hand to take lots of great pictures. They were also on hand in case anyone had any trouble, which fortunately, no one did.

Roberta Ennis and Denise Muzynoski cruising along
Fellow randonneur and Paris-Brest-Paris participant Karel Stroethoff rode to Bozeman from Missoula via the Pintler Highway and Pipestone Pass the day before. He then rode the populaire. After some lunch and a little nap, he headed back to Missoula on his bicycle. He got home safely the next afternoon. PBP will be no problem for Karel!

Karel Stroethoff on Highline Road
It was a wonderful day. Thanks to all of my family who helped out, and thanks to all the riders for riding. See you next year!