"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners: Sauvie Loop & Lunch (30 miles)

Ride Like A Girl has been riding the bike paths and roadways of Portland since April. This is one of our longest rides for 2014. Are you up for the challenge?

Challenge Ride: We will return to a favorite spot - Sauvie Island and challenge ourselves with DISTANCE! It will combine the previous TWO routes we have done on the Island for a total of 30 miles. You will want to fuel up for this - and bring lots of snacks.

About the Ride: Who doesn't love Sauvie Island? Well I have always loved it but was delighted to discover the quiet roadway that winds quietly along the west side of the island. We'll enjoy pastures, farmlands, waterways and houseboat views along the Multnomah Channel. Just wait till you experience this from the saddle of your bike. Then we will repeat the popular loop around the island. Be sure to bring a camera. You're gonna love it!

Meeting Point: Public parking lot at the east end of the Sauvie Is. bridge

The Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3436408

Lesson: Let's Review!


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 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 ridability. Western Bikeworks on NW 17th and NW Lovejoy is one of many friendly shops that are happy to do this. Anything more technical than a flat and you may need to walk the route or call someone for help. Let's do our best to avoid those scenarios by having your bike in good shape!

Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!

No ear buds please

Strongly recommended:

riding/cycling gloves helps keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.

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

Water: Available at the trailhead - just remember to bring your bottle.

Restrooms: There is a porta potty at the market near the starting point. We'll stop at the start and middle of our ride.

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal, especially for such a short ride. Consider wearing a light wind breaker type jacket if showers are in the forecast. (I can't tell you how many times that days with showers in the forecast turned out to be dry and beautiful.)

Leader: Carolyn[masked]  Sweepers: Chelsey S.

Pace and Terrain:This is a beginner ride with an pace of 12-14 mph. It is mostly flat with a few ups and downs on country roads. Using the scale below, I would rate as B2. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked].

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

Ride Like A Girl is a subgroup of Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup group. It is a beginner cycling group for women who want to improve their cycling and bike safety skills. For more information contact [masked]

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  • Brooke S.


    September 22

  • Sheri B.

    awesome day and awesome ride!!! thanks Carolyn!!

    September 22

  • Carolyn J.

    It's been two weeks since I've done a bike ride with my girlfriends! I'm really looking forward to today.

    September 22

  • lisa blackhawk g.

    Unable to attend, my spot is open for wait listed people.

    September 22

  • Mary S.

    Hi all,
    I just got back from a camping trip and forgot what a big mess I'd have!! Denial is very powerful but reality is in a heap in the front hall.
    Really, really sorry to miss this ride:-(
    Have fun!

    September 22

  • Carolyn J.

    water is not available at the start unless you cross the road to the market.

    September 21

  • Carolyn J.

    Thanks to Sheri Boone, we have one more sweeper that enables a larger group. We are capped now at 20!

    1 · September 17

  • Nora J F.

    Is there carpool to sauvie island?

    August 11

    • Nora J F.

      Im new here

      September 2

    • Carolyn J.

      Here in the comments section. Tell us where you live and that you're looking for a carpool. I suggest starting a new thread and not replying to this comment so that it's more visible.

      September 3

  • Carolyn J.

    Got a jersey for you, Leslie, B!

    September 3

  • Carolyn J.

    I just posted the route (see above for link). We will be biking out Sauvie Island Road and then doing a clockwise loop of the island. This varies the ride a bit for any of you who also rode the 9/12 bike ride.

    September 2

  • Tam

    I RSVP'ed YES for this ride before I realized we are flying to DC the Friday before :P Hope you all have a wonderful ride :)

    August 5

  • Trudy H

    Wish I could go on this one, too, but I'll probably be returning from a trip that day.

    July 23

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