The "Girlfriend Ride" is a new format we are trying out. It is a smaller group size and the ride is led by girlfriends from the RLAG ranks (women from the 2013 RLAG season, and not Carolyn). The idea is to provide a few more rides than originally planned and further promote the idea of 'girlfriends encouraging girlfriends'.
For this ride, we will form two riding groups. One group will be led by Chelsey and Linda. The second group will be led by Evy and Melanie. One group will bike 20- and the other 30-miles. Each group a leader at the front and sweeper at the back. Groups will be formed the day of the ride based upon the number of participants and route preference.
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 (approx 20 miles). 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. One group will ride the popular loop around the island as well as the westside roadway for a longer ride (approx 30 miles). Be sure to bring a camera. Bring snacks or lunch for a break. You're gonna love it!
Meeting Point: Public parking lot at the east end of the Sauvie Is. bridge
• 20 miles: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2723824
• 30 miles: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5878501
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!
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
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: remember to bring your water 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: Group 1: Chelsey & Linda, Group 2: Evy & Melanie
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
· 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]