Rendez-vous 2012

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

The unofficial creed of the USPS could have been the official motto of some riders in the 2012 edition of the Rendez-vous rally, Québec's only "mini-endurance" 12-hour rally. The theme this year was "The check is in the mail", and our riders endured all of the above and also "multiple thunderstorms", "downed trees" and "tornado warning". Andy Kirby, IBR veteran, commented that his Garmin gave him more weather warnings during his 12-hour ride than he received for the entire 11 days of the IBR.

At rally HQ, we watched the Doppler radar and crossed our fingers for riders that chose a northern loop into the Laurentian mountains north of Montréal. Those that chose a southern tack had to deal with strong winds and downed trees as well, but no rain... until they returned to rally HQ. It had been a dry and windy day at HQ, but with most riders returning between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, the deluge started promptly at 4:15 pm...

We had a tremendous roster of riders at the start, from IBR veterans to people who had multiple 12 and 24 hour rallies to those who were accomplished LD riders but were at their first rally... a real mixed (mail)bag.

Guy Paquin watched as the wind and a mail drop box conspired against him and swallowed his rally flag. Ian Pavelko, two-time winner of the Rendez-vous, had to resort to some old gas from a boat when he ran out deep in Adirondack Park. Stevie Stubbs, all the way from South Carolina and participating in his first ever rally, had to wait out severe wind in a barn before deciding to pack it in and "head for the barn".

Jean-François Gysel witnessed a teenager hydroplane and wipe out on his scooter. After rendering assistance, he called the Rallymaster to advise that he would be late and likely DNF, but the Rallymaster instead applied maximum penalty points but allowed him to finish... and finish he did... in 3rd place!

The father-son duo of Dennis and Eben Gilkenson stood proudly atop the podium in second and first place respectively.

See complete results here.

On behalf of the entire organizing committee, I would like to thank all the participants for joining us in our particular kind of fun and especially for making it back to rally HQ safely despite the dreadful weather.

A special thank you to our sponsors, including Monette Sports (BMW / Ducati) for the rally flags and T-shirts as well as LD Comfort, Germain Boucher Sports (Suzuki), Aerostich Riderwearhouse, Futurevision HID, ADM Sport and Max BMW Motorcycles for providing a slew of door prizes.

Mark your calendars for next year when the Rendez-vous rally will be back once again for a 7th edition.

Ride safe

Kevin Craft