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Clackamas County Explorer

A scenic ride 41 mile ride in the hills that Clackamas County is famous for.  This ride features some favorite roads like Central Point, the climb up Gronlund, and the very rural and scenic roads in southeast Clackamas County. 41 miles, lots of rolling hills and some long steady climbs, too, for a total of 3,000 vertical feet.

Who will like this ride: Solid intermediate riders who like hills but don't mind waiting for slower climbers. This is a scenery ride, NOT a training ride. Gnarly training dudes will find my pace a bit slow, but the hills make this ride definitely not for beginners. As on all my rides, we'll socialize, enjoy the view, and not make this  about speed.

Traffic? Yes. The roads in this route are popular with experienced cyclists, but they don't have separate bike lanes or wide shoulders. Urban commuters will be fine, but if you are uncomfortable on roads with cars and no separate bike lane, this ride may not be for you.!

Where and When: MEET and GREET 9:00 am, Wheels spinning 9:30 SHARP. Carver Park is on the south side of the bridge across the Clackamas River, on Springwater Road.

Do NOT show up at 9:25 with your tires needing air and your bike not ready. We respect those who plan ahead to be ready on time.

Ride leader: Adam --   [masked]   (503)[masked]

Route Map:

Please print a cue sheet if you want one. Note that we're starting at a different point on the route from the one shown on the map. You're Garmin will be confused, but paper cue sheets will still work just fine.

RATING: My cruising pace on flat roads with no wind is about 14-15 mph, but thsi route is mostly ups and downs, so with all these hills our overall average will be much less.  I'd call this a fast B-4 or maybe a slow C-4  (**see below for the rating scale). The climb out of Mulino and up Buckner Creek is a bitch.

As with all my rides, we wait at turns and hilltops. No one will be dropped -- we'll ride together so the riders at the back can feel like part of the group. Fast Climbers - be prepared to wait.

WEATHER: Looks good. Maybe I'll even wear sunglasses!

Food and Fluid Enroute: No problem. Available in Oregon City and at Clarke's General Store about halfway through the route.

BRING: a spare tube (that FITS YOUR BIKE, PLEASE) and pump that FITS your valves! Food and Fluids of course.

AND of Course: Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement, not a request.

- Obey traffic laws.  You’re a representative of the cycling community, so represent us well.

- All riders are responsible to have their bike in good working order. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. If you have questions about your readiness OR your bike's readiness, feel free to contact the ride leader; we're happy to help!

**Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides:

Pace Rating Terrain

A 12 & Under 1 = Flat

B 13-14 MPH 2 = Flat / Rolling

C 15-16 MPH 3 = Rolling

D 17-18 MPH 4 = Rolling / Hilly

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