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Winter Road Biking Training Series

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IMPORTANT: Ride date, start time, and location are all subject to change due to wintery weather conditions. If you want to be notified of changes, be sure to RSVP to the ride and check your email for updates.

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About the Ride Series: This is a training series for the cyclist who has good biking experience but is new to road cycling (riding distance, rolling hills, climbing) and wants to take their skills to the next level. This series is not for the person who wants a slow and easy recreational ride. Distance will vary between 20-35 miles. Pace will be 12-15 mph with the goal of increasing our speed over time. We will be riding on rural country roads. Expect trucks and traffic, rolling hills, and climbing. We will learn by doing and sharing riding tips and techniques with one another. We are friendly and welcoming but please come ready to workout and challenge yourself.

Fuel for the Ride: Rides are likely to last 2-3 hours. Be sure to bring both water and snacks, especially since we are usually riding through the lunch hour.

The Route: We will rotate between 5-6 routes. Routes will increase in difficulty over time. Most routes will start in Hillsboro with occasional rides out of North Plains or Beaverton. Check each week's calendar for updates.

Ride Leader: Carolyn at [masked] or[masked]

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain, snow, ice and other conditions we do not like. Light showers are no big deal. Cancelations will be posted no later than 9:00 AM on the day of the ride.

Required:

• Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet!

• Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!

• Your bike must be in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ride-ability

• Cell phone - never go on a ride without one!

• No ear buds please

Strongly recommended:

• Winter riding gear! We will be biking in the elements. Be sure to get the gear required to stay warm and dry. Extremities are especially vulnerable (head, hands, feet).

• Sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)

• Water: Bring some!

Restrooms: There may or may not be a restroom on the route.

Hillsboro Gordon Faber start: Closest restroom is at Longbottom Coffee (on NW 235 Ave).

Foot of Highway 26 start: No restrooms at the start.

Pace and Terrain: See above

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides: B/C and 2/3/4

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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  • Leslie B.

    Great ride! A special thank you to Vest, Eric, Paul and Kindel too for all the encouragement!!

    January 24, 2014

  • Vest

    Would have thought it was early spring out. Everyone is making good progress. Speeds are up A few more weeks and you'll be ready for some climbing.

    2 · January 24, 2014

    • Kindel B.

      You guys were awesome! So patient and helpful! Thanks for all the great advice for newbies.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Kevin K.

    Great ride today the weather was perfect! It was nice meeting you all. As it turns out I got a flat just as we where returning to the stadium.
    Looking forward to next week...

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • linda g.

    This was an excellent ride! Beautiful weather, countryside and company!

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Kindel B.

    Beautiful day and great company! Enjoyed meeting everyone. Thank you to Paul J, Jim and Eric who helped adjust my new fenders so I'm not a noisemaker and will be welcome on the next ride :-)

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Paul V.

    Another great day on wheels! Really enjoyed the company.

    January 24, 2014

  • Larry H.

    Sorry for bailing out. Change of plans.

    January 24, 2014

  • Vest

    It's sunny and warm at the start point. Barely a breeze.

    January 24, 2014

    • Paul V.

      Positively balmy!

      January 24, 2014

  • Paul J.

    Here's a new route, windy day version: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3953547, About the same, but shorter, a few miles less of fighting the headwind. The wind is never as bad in the hills, maybe we should just go climb some hills...? No? Oh, ok.

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Kindel B.

      Thanks Paul - looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. I'll be there just before 11.

      January 23, 2014

    • kay e.

      Sorry I'm going to pass. I'll do some hills instead!

      January 24, 2014

  • Chelsey

    I apologize for the late notice but I am not going to make the ride today.

    January 24, 2014

  • Melwood

    I'm waiting until about 10:15 to decided for sure, but I just took my dog out and nearly blew over. I don't think I'm coming, but will wait a bit for the final decision.

    January 24, 2014

  • Paul J.

    It looks like the wind is going to be less than previously predicted.

    January 24, 2014

  • Paul J.

    It's looking windy for tomorrow, ENE at 22 with gusts. That is going to make the Westerly outbound portion feel downhill, and the return feel uphill. There will be some stretches with some gusty crosswinds, which you will need to watch out for. I will see if I can come up with a better route for these conditions. Stay tuned!

    January 23, 2014

  • Jim G.

    I have a tire problem I have to fix.

    January 22, 2014

  • Trudy H

    A conflict came up for me for this Friday. See you next week!

    January 21, 2014

    • Trudy H

      Wish I could, but I'm driving down to Salem to visit with my mother and my sister who's up from Calif.

      January 21, 2014

    • Vest

      Melanie, thank you for the request. Unfortunately I am taking over one of Carolyn's rides tomorrow as she is out of town.

      January 21, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    28-mile loop around Mountaindale
    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3577126

    January 6, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      But Paul might change this...

      January 19, 2014

  • Vest

    For anyone that may have questions on shifting, or may want some pointers. Please come 30 minutes early. I will try my best to simplify the shifting for you. You will have a few minutes in the parking lot for testing your skills. Plus we have time on the route for questions and practice.
    Cheers

    January 18, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Awesome idea, Vest. Thank you!

      January 19, 2014

  • chris

    I wish I could join you, but I have classes on Thurs. and Friday. Have fun!

    January 18, 2014

  • Mike H

    I unfortunately need to cancel. I'm seeing a client that afternoon. Have fun.

    January 17, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Thank you, Paul Johnston, for offering to lead this bike ride while I'm out of town. Friends, you are in good hands.

    January 10, 2014

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