Time for another Gnarly Carver-Estacada Hil Ride

A repeat of Art Fleming's famous "Gnarly Hill Challenge" from last year.  47 miles and 4,100 vertical feet. Beautiful farm and forest scenery on the rural back roads between Oregon City and Estacada. Lots of hills, some steep ones, not much flat. Perhaps Art will come?

Target Riders: A challenging ride for solid intermediates who are confident on hills. If you struggle on long, sustained climbs, this ride is not for you! It's not a maniac ride but please be a steady, experienced climber for this ride. This is my last major training ride before BikeMS, so just this once I need to work on my own pace and hill technique a little more than usual. If you're "hill challenged", there will be other rides after BikeMS where we'll be happy to wait as long as we need to - I promise!

Directions to the Start: Take Oregon Route 224 towards Estacada. Just before the Carver Hanger pub, bear right and take the bridge across the Clackamas River. Then bear Left on Springwater Road and go about a block to S. Hattan Road. There's a public park on the left side (by the riverbank.) We'll be in in the lot. See you there. 

Pace and Ride Rating: On the standard alphabet-soup ride rating system I'd call this a C-5. The standard system doesn't really work well for hill rides. Please be comfortable cruising at 16 mph on flat roads for this ride, except that there really are no flat roads.

Traffic? The roads of Clackamas County do not have bike lanes or wide shoulders, but there probably won't be much traffic on a Sunday morning in this rural area.

Logistics:  Meet and greet @ 8:00.  Leave soon after that, and definitely by 8:30 sharp. We honor the prompt, so don't be late and make everyone wait - we probably won't.

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/578851  Do yourself a favor and print it out.

 - Ride leader: Adam[masked], or [masked]

Type of Ride: Despite the hills, it's still a social ride. Wait at hilltops and ALL turns. Fast climbers be prepared to wait at the top.

Food and Bathrooms on Route: Very little in this area. There is one store at about mile 15, not much after that. Bring enough water and food for a long ride, or a Camelback if you have one!

Rules of the Road:

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 that FITS YOUR BIKE, a pump or CO2 cartridge that FITS your valves.  Sunscreen, a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments and to reimburse a good Samaritan who might have to provide you with anything like a tube ($5) or a CO2 cartridge ($3).

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!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent ride! Wonderful, scenic, challenging course and a tight, cohesive group. Great leadership also! Thanks, Adam! You did an awesome job in designing this course.

    July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Art, I was joking. Adam made it very clear that it was your course and he "borrowed" it. And it is a GREAT course!

      July 29, 2013

    • Art F.

      I probably wouldn't normally say anything but that route took me about 5 or 6 trys out in that area by myself 3x and twice with groups to make it stay off the main roads, variety of scenic areas, and challenging. I think it works now to gather all three.

      July 29, 2013

  • Adam

    Thanks, everyone for the best ride yet! Ride leading is easy - just steal the perfect route from Art, gather the perfect group, and arrange for the perfect day. Nothing to it!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a difficult time going upstairs this afternoon.... As Jens says "shut up legs!" Nice route Art! Thanks for leading the ride Adam. Enjoyed riding with everyone. Lots of suffering going on today.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super group today! Great route, too! Thanks so much, Adam. Catherine, we missed you - hope your foot feels better soon.

    July 28, 2013

  • Marlee S.

    Great job Adam! We love your rides. It was a very beautiful and challenging ride. We all stuck together and it was alot of fun.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure, but I think I remember that it's $5 to park at the Carver park. Just a reminder to bring a little cash.

    July 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a fee to park. Wonder if you can park at the park up the road at Grunland. I'll try to make it tomorrow.

      July 27, 2013

  • Adam

    Hi everyone. Just to clarify, we meet at the park at S. Hattan and S. Springwater. The RidewithGPS map looks like it starts from a different place, but it's an old map and I just didn't feel like redrawing it. So don't be fooled - just follow the directions in the ride description. Also - a reminder that this is a remote route with almost no stores along the way - so bring ample food and fluid!

    July 27, 2013

  • Carol C

    Carver Hanger Pub 16196 SE Hwy 224, Clackamas, OR[masked]

    July 27, 2013

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