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A Wine Ride on the 4th of July

  • Jul 4, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Finally, a wine ride. We'll ride 45 miles and climb 2800 vertical feet. A good workout but  certainly not a serious training ride. The route features a couple significant climbs, a stop at Unger Strawberry Farm (if they're open), and of course the wineries.

Who will like this ride: "in-between" riders -- not serious speed/fitness freaks, but not beginners either. The best wineries are the tops of hills, so this ride is NOT flat. But this is not a "training" ride, so if you're a little on the slow side that's fine. Strong riders are welcome, too - just remember that on a wine ride the pace is naturally more relaxed.

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Ride leader: Adam [masked] , Cell (503)[masked]

Date and Time: July 4th -Forest Grove McMenamins at 9:00. Wheels rolling by 9:30

Finish Time? Hard to predict. Don't expect an early finish -- wine rides are always pretty relaxed. Remember we'll take some time to hang out at the winery.

The Route: We'll start in Forest Grove, head past the Forest Grove Golf Course and up Iowa Hill. Then back down the other side of Iowa Hill and over to Spring Hill Road to Gaston. There's a long climb up to Elk Cove Vineyard - the major climb of the day. Finish up with Old Highway 47 and a scenic loop on Plumtree and Carpenter Creek roads before heading back to Forest Grove. The route is posted at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2294627

Terrain: A mix of flat and hills with a couple significant climbs.

Pace: Social and relaxed. Not a "training" ride or a "novice" ride. Please be comfortable cruising at 15 mph on flat roads, and be ready to go up a couple good hills. Don't worry if you're a little slower on the hills -- it just means the faster climbers will have a little more time to hang out at the winery.

The Wineries: we'll visit Ardiri (top of Iowa Hill -- great view!), Elk Cove (a tough climb up but very nice when you get there), and a possible stop for strawberries at Unger Farm. Possible stop at Sake One in Forest Grove -- not far from your car :)

Bring: If you're tasting wine -- all these wineries have tasting fees, so bring money in some form. Spare tube (that FITS your bike!) and a pump or cartridge (make sure it FITS your valves!!). Maybe a bike bag to carry any bottles you might buy?

Post Ride ? Nothing planned. I'm guessing most people have other social plans later that afternoon. We'll play it by ear.

Weather Cancellation Policy: 9:30 start -- should not be too hot yet.


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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. Represent us well!

Have their ride in good working order and bring a flat kit & the right size 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 help if we can!

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Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

A 12 & Under

B 13-14 MPH

C 15-16 MPH

D 17-18 MPH

E 19-20 MPH

F 21-23 MPH



Terrain/Climbing Rating

1 = Flat

2 = Flat/Rolling

3 = Rolling

4 = Rolling / Hilly

5 = Hilly

6 = Hilly Mountainous

7= Mountainous



 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous day, great route and wine tasting and fun company!

    Thanks for doing this ride, Adam!

    July 8, 2013

  • Michael B.

    It was a great ride to push me past my 37 mile maximum. The hills were excellent for pushing me. The views at the wineries were nice. I will post a couple pictures from the last one.
    I will have to find bigger hills to keep in shape with. Climbing up Mcloughlin and the Mill Plain bridge over the railroad tracks won't be enough..
    Nice meeting everyone.
    Michael

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Neighbor! If you want some good training hills in Vancouver ride east on McGillvery and ride up in the Prune hill area......there are all sorts of fun hills to ride up there, and further east in Camas and Washougal, too.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for setting up this ride Adam. Catherine and I had a great time and we really enjoyed meeting everyone. Looking forward to riding with you all again soon.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike and I were sorry we missed this ride! I bet it was fun...I hope another wine ride will be scheduled! Happy 4th of July!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, Kerry's comments about the hills have made my knee swell up! That is the only explanation because I TOTALLY believe in mind over matter. I think I am going to have to forgo this one. Jeez... I may brave up by morning, but for now I'll say "have fun!"

    July 3, 2013

    • Adam

      Don't let Kerry scare you. He went up over Chehalem Mountain with me last month. He bellyached all the way, but we made it. If you change your mind in the morning, we'll be glad to see you.

      July 3, 2013

    • Kerry M.

      Bellyached is ALSO a euphemism. For brayed like a mule with hemorrhoids.

      July 4, 2013

  • Kerry M.

    When Iowa Hill is the SECOND biggest hill on your ride "a couple of significant hills" just might be a bit of a euphemism :)

    July 3, 2013

    • Adam

      Ah, but the hills will seem easier knowing that there's great wine at the top.

      July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Adam,
    Check our route map. I think you got the incorrect one.

    July 1, 2013

    • Adam

      Good catch, Jeff. Check now - I think I have the correct link now. Thanks!

      July 1, 2013

  • Meredith P.

    byo glass

    July 1, 2013

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