OK folks, another chance to dust off those bikes sitting in the garage. Or dust yourself off because you haven't ridden all winter. This week's ride is going to be a double hitter. The first half will travel over to French Prairie/Willamette Mission State Park and will be a gentle 38 miles with only about 500 feet of climbing. There are plenty of rest stops along the way . When we return to Mt. Angel, some of you may want to join me for a faster-paced 32 mile loop to the east. There will only about 1500' of climbing, although some of the hills are steep. Sorry about the early start, but the first half of the ride will be slow, and the final 30 miles will need to be completed before dark. I plan a ride like this at about 10-11 miles per hour, including breaks.
As always, I mean what I said about slow on the first half. We're going to accommodate the slowest rider, so speed on the flats may be no more than 14-15 mph (or slower, we really will happily accommodate the slowest rider). Slow will be enforced.
South French Prairie
Mount Angel Foothills
The rides are from the book Bicycling the Backroads of Northwest Oregon by P. Jones and J. Henderson, 2nd Edition. Great book.
Those wishing to carpool, which I encourage, can meet at the Metro Park and Ride across from Washington Square Mall (SW Scholls Ferry Rd. & Hwy. 217, Beaverton 97008). I plan on leaving there at 9:00 in order to get to the start location a few minutes early. Google says the drive to Mt. Angel is about 45-50 minutes.
There's plenty of on-street parking at the start point in Mt. Angel, and some more parking at nearby municipal lots.
Only the various forms of frozen water will stop this ride. Maybe winds over 40 mph. I did the first half on Monday, 2/18/14 and the winds were a steady 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph (the weather said 45, but I don't think that they were that high). It was great fun at 8 mph in one of my low gears on some stretches. Took me 4 hours. Pretty countryside, low traffic.
Sx4 is a weekly Sunday morning social ride. Advanced riders will be expected to hold back and maintain the group pace. The pace on this ride will be strictly social based on the ability of the slowest rider in the group.
Ride Difficulty: B-C/ 2-5
Ride Type: beginner to intermediate
Regroup as needed
Ride Difficulty Scale:
A 12 & Under
B 13-14 MPH
C 15-16 MPH
D 17-18 MPH
E 19-20 MPH
F 21-22 MPH
G 23+ MPH
1 = Flat
2 = Flat / Rolling
3 = Rolling
4 = Rolling / Hilly
5 = Hilly
6 = Hilly Mountainous
Mandatory for all riders: A good attitude in fair weather or foul, ease or adversity. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Headphones will be seized and stomped into dust. 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. All riders are responsible to have their gear in good working order and bring a flat kit & spare tube on all rides.