EZ RACC hangover recovery ride. . . .
The Monday Meander normally alternates each week between EZ (very EZ) rides and increasingly challenging rides. But this otherwise hard week is going to be an EZ (very EZ) 22 mile out and back starting in Sellwood and heading out to Oregon City. It DOES have two short somewhat steep hills (one of which can be avoided by taking the only municipally owned outdoor elevator in the US) but we're going to ride an easy pace, so it should be no problem.
When we reach Oregon City, we can either take the elevator up to the top of Singer Hill (by the way, turn LEFT/North when you reach the esplanade after exiting the elevator) , or ride up Singer Hill Rd. (or even pretend we're racing cyclocross and take the stairs). We can have lunch at the Singer Hill Cafe.
We'll ride a slow, sociable pace out to Oregon City and a digestion friendly slow pace back.
While the route is essentially flat, there are a few short, steep hills. If you're worried about the hills, just take it slow. After all, this is a relaxed, easy ride.
Be ready to ride at 10 AM as we respect those who arrange their schedules to be on time.
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2261281; to preview the ride, see http://youtu.be/WrVP_RF5SXE
Pace: 10-12 mph (excluding wind effects). The focus will be distance, not speed. We will ride as a group so no one will be dropped.
Distance: 22 miles out and back
Hills: One 1/2 mi. 7-9% grade, and one steep 90ft, climb (can be avoided by taking the elevator).
Attitude: This is an easy (very easy) ride. We will have lunch at the Singer Hill Cafe at the turn around. Bring money or be prepared sell your bike accessories at a deep discount to your bargain seeking cohorts.
Traffic: Mainly on light/medium traffic roads with some higher traffic portions. IMPORTANT. There are one or two descents with traffic so you should feel comfortable riding on the roads.
Ride Leader: Ed Lanton[masked] or [masked] call or email with any questions or concerns.
Weather Cancellation Policy: Brutal cold, soupy fog or sideways rain will cancel. Other than that, riding in the rain never hurt anyone. I"ll post a comment by 8:00 AM if the weather is bad enough to cancel.
Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request.
Always bring plenty of water, snacks for energy, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but if you don’t have one there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments.
Mandatory for all riders.
Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well.
All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube on all rides. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help!
All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, a friend…). There is often but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire so plan accordingly.