Yutaka is a rider from Japan, currently working his way through the Cascade 1240, grand Randoneé, a 1240 km long brevet put on by Seattle International Randonneurs which winds its way back and forth across the spine of the Cascade Mountains in Washington from north to south and then back.
All the C1200 riders are heroes, but Yutaka has distinguished himself by grabbing more than a handful of ‘bonus kilometers’ and on the very first day!
Coming down off of White Pass heading east, Yutaka missed the Clear Lake control just below the summit of the pass. He continued on to the overnight control in Naches where he learned that he had missed a control. Randonneuring is a little like croquet in that you must go through all the controls, in order, or be disqualified. This meant that to continue on the ride Yutaka would need to turn his bike around and ride back up nearly to the summit of White Pass to get checked through the Clear Lake control and then once again descend to Naches. This he did, in the dark of night, arriving back at Naches for his rest stop at a little after 2:00am. Oh, did I mention, this was a 40 mile sojourn, one way, so tack on 80 bonus miles and most of an additional mountain pass for Yutaka, on day one.