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Monster Cookie (Salem Bike Club) 30mi/60mi

The Tour de Cure Training Ride series continues with an event ride hosted by the Salem Bicycle Club. The Monster Cookie is their signature event, and is the traditional start of the regional bicycle season. The ride is a 60 mile "metric century". However, riders can turn back at the first/third rest stop and complete "half a Cookie". This is a road ride, almost entirely flat.

The Salem bicycle club runs this event, and we are their guests, supporting our common cause of health through cycling. Riders are responsible for their own registration to this event.  Use this meetup page to coordinate with ride partners.

Half-Cookie (30mi) riders - If you'd like familiar company, TDC Training riders can coordinate a group sendoff on this meetup.  Suggest gathering at the Capitol Steps (Court St, across from the registration tables) about 8am (full 60-milers) and 9am (30-milers).  Start may be delayed, depending on how crowded the registration lines are.

More information, including maps and online registration ($20 before April 19th), is on the Salem Bicycle club website: http://www.salembicycleclub.org/content.plx?page=majrides )

Full 60 mile bike map:  http://www.salembicycleclub.org/filemanager/MCR_Map.pdf

See an additional introductory note from Kent on what distance should I chose?:

http://www.meetup.com/Tourdecurepdxvan/pages/Which_route_distance_should_I_chose_to_ride%3F/

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  • Nova M.

    Great ride!

    April 30, 2013

  • Kent N.

    Kudos to those who completed their first "half-cookie" today. And bigger kudos to those who had so much fun, they went for the "full cookie" instead. A special spotlight to one on my team, Elena, who changed her mind after the first rest stop, and completed the full 60 mile ride today!

    6 · April 28, 2013

    • Levon B.

      Great job Elena!

      1 · April 29, 2013

    • Elena I.

      Thank you, Kent and Levon! It was a very exciting day for me. Thanks for all your help and encouragement.

      2 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoy this ride

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Kent N.

    Dry. Near ideal temps. Almost hard to complain about the strong southwest winds that made the outbound a joy and the inbound an ordeal. The most TDC/TeamRed/Red Rider jerseys I have ever seen at someone else's event. Kris Bockmier would have been tickled pink.

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • John T.

      Kent, agreed - *great* turnout by the TdC group. Actually, I think Kris would be tickled *red* ...

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • John T.

    Well supported - really appreciated the local police escorts through town on the way out, and the folks at the intersections on the way back in.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    Really good ride. Thank you everyone for showing up. Not only did we get TDC riders who registered here, but there were TDC cyclists wearing TDC jerseys, including Team Red, who didn't sign up here. Go Team Red - you are awesome!

    April 28, 2013

  • John R.

    Just finished the 60 mile trek, windy, good for cardio, suns out now, overall great ride. Was my first time on this ride

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • John R.

    my phone flipped out , heading out for the last 30

    April 28, 2013

  • John R.

    Was going to do the 30, got in a good pace and are doing the 60, stopped at the lunch stop and then get Rol

    April 28, 2013

  • Kent N.

    Lunch! Because of the differences in pacing and distance, it's hard to plan a "post-ride" lunch in advance. I can say that I'm intending on hanging out at the McMenamins Boon's Treasury pub (888 Liberty St NE) after my ride. Don't know when I'll get there, or how long I'll be there, but I will have earned my burger and beer for the day :) Maybe I'll see you there.

    April 25, 2013

    • Kent N.

      Actually, I'm not doing lunch at CSP this year, as I'm hoping to do Kent-record pace on the return leg this year, and earning my beer. Then I'll meet up with the rest of TeamNakagawa at the pub :)

      April 27, 2013

    • Darcy W.

      OK Kent, you will be the first one back. Maybe some Team Red members, other than myself, or other cyclists who ride a more sedate pace, will join Team Nakagawa at a post-ride lunch.

      April 27, 2013

  • Kate

    I'm a definite maybe for the 60.

    April 27, 2013

  • Gary C.

    My first ride in the Salem area!!!

    April 27, 2013

  • Marc M.

    I've got a bent crank and it's making shifting difficult so I'm skipping the ride. Have a good ride!

    April 27, 2013

  • Kent N.

    Pre-ride Tip #1 - take the time to check on the condition of your bicycle BEFORE Sunday. Take a quick look at the condition of your tires, and look for cuts or bulges. It's a lot easier to fix your tires before the ride, than have it blow out on you during the ride :) Also remember your basic tire repair kit. A friendly rider may be willing to give you a hand to fix a flat, but they'll be much friendlier if you have your own stuff to use.

    April 25, 2013

    • Jon D.

      Would recommend cleaning and re-lubing the chain as well. A clean and mechanically sound bike is a great way to give you a much happier time on the bike.

      1 · April 25, 2013

  • Kent N.

    Pre-ride Tip #2 (for the 30-milers) - There are definitely members of our meet up doing the half cookie (30 miles). You won't need to be worried about getting lost when you see just how many riders will be on the road! Just remember that once you get to the first rest stop, you want to switch on the cue sheet to the third rest stop (the same place) and start headed back south to Salem.

    April 25, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    We are getting together a group who ride pretty much at the same speed, and we will ride together and draft with the caveat that isn't just me and Les doing all of the pulling in the front all the time. I will stay with the group until Champoeg Park, where the others will bike into the park for the lunch, I will stop briefly to eat a Nature bar and then pedal on, and finish the back half solo. So far in the group are: Darcy, Janie, Levon, Les and Megan. Anyone else want to join us so as to have riding buddies for this ride, use this thread to let us know you will join us. Packet pickup officially starts at 8 a.m. though it unofficially starts much earlier. I suggest everyone pick up their packet early, and we meet up at the end of the Potties, between the Potties and the registration, and try to leave by 8 a.m., no later than 8:30 a.m.

    April 21, 2013

    • Darcy W.

      Sounds good. That means six of us so far. Anyone else want to join us?

      April 22, 2013

    • John T.

      I'll start out with y'all. Depending on how I feel, I may opt for the 30 mile route. I'm still run down from the food poisoning episode, but don't want to miss this one.

      April 24, 2013

  • Chris T.

    I'm sure i'll get dropped by my ride partners so i'll look for the Alpha Male ( Kent) out on the road . LoL , praying for SUN !!

    2 · April 23, 2013

  • Nathan H.

    Anyone in the 18ish mph range interested in meeting up and riding together?

    April 23, 2013

    • Darcy W.

      Nathan, I think you want to ride with Jon Durdick, Rob Roark, Kevin Manley et al.

      April 23, 2013

    • Marc M.

      I can give it a go at that pace. 16-18 mph. I will look for you on Sunday

      April 23, 2013

  • Rochelle M.

    Looking forward to this ride!

    April 23, 2013

  • John R.

    Going to do the 30 mile route this year

    April 14, 2013

  • Jon D.

    Will be doing the 60 mile route, look forward to seeing everybody there. Its a fun ride no matter the distance.

    April 14, 2013

  • Kyle C.

    I'm assuming no TDC ride because of the monster cookie this weekend? Guess I'll have to go!

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Kent N.

      No excuses :) Yes, this is our feature ride for that weekend. Just can't seem to find volunteers who are NOT riding at the Cookie.

      April 14, 2013

    • Kent N.

      Hi Janie. Yes, Monster Cookie is fully supported. My comment was over why TDC doesn't have it's own training ride that weekend. All of our volunteers ride in MCR, so there's nobody left to man the ship :)

      April 14, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    I love this ride! If anyone wants to ride with me, let me know. My avg speed will be between 13 and 15, depending upon the weather, temperature and how strong the headwind is; if the headwind is really strong my avg speed will be even lower. Also, for the first time this year I am not buying a sandwich, so I will not be biking into the park to try to eat a lunch I never eat, as the time off the bike stiffens my muscles, will just stop briefly at the entrance to the park. I depart early at the Starting Line.

    March 10, 2013

  • Chris T.

    wouldn't miss it

    March 10, 2013

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