The Last Spike

Mojito bars aren’t a typical stop on Pedal and Pint rides, but they’re always a good idea. Riders enjoy some free refreshments at the house of Karl Guillote, a recent Revelstoke resident and Pedal and Pint regular.

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The line spills out onto the sidewalk from the old Victorian house, where the crowd’s excited conversations mesh into one jubilant, undecipherable hum.

It’s another Thursday evening in July, and a stack of bikes fills up the yard like Skittle-colored dominos. The queue inches forward into the living room, where several dozen people mix mojitos before heading back outside. From a distance, it looks like as if a piece of Whistler invaded an idyllic small town from 1950s America. 

But it isn’t the ’50s, and we’re hundreds of miles from Whistler. The house sits on Second Street, in the British Columbian town of Revelstoke—population 7,200—and the crowd is made up of local mountain bikers. At the center is Brent Strand, a spry, silver-goateed man whose raspy tenor tells people to “drink up” as he counts attendees. The official total is 69, a new record including almost as many men as women. As the founder and organizer of the get-together, Strand is visibly thrilled.  

This is Pedal and Pint, and it’s the 41st consecutive week the event has posted a record attendance. The 50-year-old Strand, who wears a single chain link in his left ear and has a flask cage mounted to his bike frame, lives for this routine. So does recent “Revy” resident Karl Guillote, whose house hosts the makeshift mojito bar. 

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