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Deja Vu all over again: Mt Tabor and Rocky Butte for Novice Hill Climbers

All summer we have worked on improving our hill climbing skills so let's show our stuff.

As always, slow hill climbers are welcome on this ride. This ride is either a nice midweek stretch for some or if you're a novice hill climber it is an opportunity to work on hills without feeling frustrated or rushed. This ride leader is a slow hill climber, trying to get stronger, not faster. We will be regrouping along the way.

We will make our way from NW Portland to SE, up Mt Tabor and down, then head up to Rocky Butte up and down, returning back to where we started . There's always a chance we may vary the route as we head for home. We'll take our time, enjoy whatever weather we get and get a bit of a climb in.

This ride will be at a relaxed pace. No one will be left behind.

Time: We'll meet at 10:00 for introductions and instructions. Wheels rolling at 10:15 AM sharp.  You can grab a cup of coffee at Western Bikeworks before the ride if you like.  If you have to cancel at the last minute please call or text me at[masked] to let me know.

Parking: Parking is tricky in NW on weekday mornings so if public transit is an option you might want to take it. Otherwise, give yourself a bit of time to look for parking. Overton and 15th area has 5 hr parking.

Pace: 13-15 mph on the flats; as slow as you need to on the climb - No one gets dropped.

Distance: Approx. 25 miles

Hills: A fairly long but easy incline from the river and then a climb to the top of Mt Tabor and Rocky Butte.  But no worries, we aren't in a rush.

Attitude: Relaxed and social; regrouping along the way.

Traffic: City streets with normal traffic and bike paths.

Weather Cancellation Policy: Unlikely but brutal cold, soupy fog or sideways rain will cancel.

Mandatory for all riders:

Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request.

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.


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. Bring along cash or credit card in the event that we stop for coffee along the way and/or if you want to join us for lunch and conversation at the end of the ride.

All riders must have their bikes 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.

Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following: Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.

RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. If you choose to bring a friend or family member, they themselves must sign up as a member of NumBumz."

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hills! Pleasure to meet everyone. Look forward to riding with you again.

    October 9, 2013

  • Steve A.

    Really was not sure I would make it up Rocky Butte! Thanks everyone for the encouragement, especially Joan and Ross. Great weather, and I enjoyed meeting several people.

    October 9, 2013

    • Ross

      You and everyone else did great today. Thanks for joining us.

      October 9, 2013

  • John Y.

    Excellent and sunny and cool. What a blessing day !!

    October 9, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Unfortunately, I'm not going to make it this morning. Have a good ride.

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since you're starting downtown but I live in SE near Tabor, is there a good location for me to meet the group on the east side?

    October 7, 2013

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