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Wheatland Ferry Ride (24/37 mi) - TDC Training Ride

The Tour de Cure Training Ride series continues with a ride that begins at the Willamette Mission State Park, and offers two options.  The distance riders get a 37 mile loop in the Amity/Eola Hills area, crossing the Wheatland Ferry each way.  There are two significant climbs and several roller hills.  The short distance riders will have two smaller climbs out of the river basin, but have a relatively flat ride around Grand Island, before returning to the ferry.  Meet in the Equestrian Trailhead Parking, away from the horse trailers ($5 day use fee + $2 for the round-trip ferry ride by bike; look for the Tour de Cure banner).  This will be at the back of the park, 2 miles from the entrance.  The park ranger requests that we allow enough maneuvering room for additional horse trailers in that parking area.

Park brochure and info --  http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=main.loadFile&load=_siteFiles/publications/wm.pdf )

This is a full-support "ride your own pace" event, with ride leaders and ride monitors, and a support vehicle on the road in the supported areas*. An optional "pocket change" donation for the support (at the food table) would be most appreciated. A rest stop will be provided for the long-distance route.

A waiver form needs to be signed, so come a little early, so we can start promptly. Please bring the following form, with your printed name, signed name, and date of ride. You do not need to fill out the rest of the information. 
http://www.teamnakagawa.com/waiver.pdf

Cyclists do not have to be registered for Tour de Cure, but we will be happy to tell you why you should join us at the July event and fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Please RSVP above so we can have enough breakfast food.

Route map (37mi; 1494ft)

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1412886 )

Route map (24mi; 451ft)

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1412857 )

 

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  • Nance

    Fabulous ride. I was using the 47 mile cue sheet. Apparently, it was from last year and had a few wrong turns which resulted in more hills, scenery and some extra miles. Only had headwinds as I turned back to the Wheatland Ferry. Many thanks to the volunteers today, especially Darcy for the extra water stops and oversight.
    I felt renewed riding the cool ferry back and rode the bike paths at Willamette Mission State Park before heading home.

    2 · June 29, 2013

    • Nance

      I was alone most of the day due to wanting to start early due to the heat and a few wrong turns. The pictures kept me distracted from the heat.

      June 30, 2013

    • Nance

      Good work Janie! It certainly is paying off. Thanks for sharing.

      July 2, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    I drove SAG for the longer route and it was a lot of fun. What a great group of cyclists. My favorite moment was after the first rest stop, I passed a paceline of five cyclists, and it was Janie Hansen pulling four brawney males. I should have stopped and tried to get a photo.

    I uploaded photos. Not everything I take turns out as it is just a small pocket digital camera and it is hard to see the digital display in the sunlight. But if you were on the longer route, look to see if I was able to capture you in a photo on your bike.

    2 · June 29, 2013

    • Kent N.

      I was surprised to have caught up with the two of you...until I read about the rest room break in Amity. I was half expecting to hear the usual "curses with love" from John as I buzzed by him. Janie almost had me falling off my bike, laughing, as I went by her near the top of the climb.

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • Kent N.

      I only caught up because of your stop in Amity. You are all faster than you give yourselves credit for.

      July 1, 2013

  • John T.

    Beautiful route! Love the ferry ride.

    June 30, 2013

  • John R.

    Kent , my Garmin and Janie's also were acting funky. We laughed and said maybe somebody moved the satellites or the earth got tipped by the super moon.

    June 29, 2013

    • Kent N.

      I think there was a rogue waypoint at the Hopewell Junction turn in the file. The cue showed correctly that Spring Hill Rd was the next turn, but my garmin wouldn't lock on Hopewell until I was a couple of miles south of the junction. Kept wanting me to go back. Maybe it was suffering from heatsroke :)

      June 30, 2013

  • John R.

    Kent , my Garmin and Janie's also were acting funky. We laughed and said maybe somebody moved the satellites or the earth got tipped by the super moon.

    June 29, 2013

  • Kent N.

    It was warm, but mercifully no headwinds. And my Garmin went bonkers immediately after I cleared everyone at the main split, which sent me on a 2 mile loop-de-loo. But after a few choice words to my electronic gizmo, I eventually caught up to my more standard "caboose" position at the Zena Rd climb. Thankfully Chuck Swart threw me a visual tow rope to let me close the gap and catch up. Spent the rest of the ride with the great company of Chuck and Teril as caboose posse.

    Thank you Darcy and Mary for keeping all the riders hydrated on this very challenging day.

    June 29, 2013

  • Elena I.

    Wonderful and beautiful ride! I enjoyed the ride despite the heat. Huge thanks to the support crew!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • John T.

    Last year's temp - 76. This year? I saw 96 on my Garmin. It was very hot. As John R said - thanks to the support folks (Darcy!) for the water stops ...

    June 29, 2013

  • John R.

    Great ride as always, thanks to the support crew for keeping us hydrated, it was very warm, nice to see all the riders out on this warm day, real troopers!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Nance

    I don't know if this is the right thing to do or not when cycling, but in Amity, I have seen numerous cyclists use the restrooms in the Amity Market on Trade St. I have not been in there and don't know how the market feels about it. I am just stating what I have observed.

    June 28, 2013

  • Nance

    * Use caution *
    State Park rules: Horses Have the Right of Way

    Since we will be sharing a portion the horse parking area and horseback riders get lost, just like we do, they can pop out of the woods, fields, and ride on the main park road.

    THE HORSE and RIDER HAVE THE RIGHT AWAY.
    Cyclists and Walkers are to give horse and rider the right away.

    If you see a horse in the distance, please do the following:
    ~ STOP when approaching horses whether from the front or the rear.
    ~ Be careful and courteous
    ~ GREET the horse and rider. Hearing you talk helps the horse identify you as a person and not a scary object.
    ~ Wait for the horse and rider to safely pass and be a good distance beyond you before you continue on your ride.
    ~ Remember that just as humans are scared of different things horses are as well. Especially, objects which they are not familiar with. Keep the ride safe for all riders in the state parks and Give Right Away to the horse and riders. Thank you!

    June 28, 2013

  • John T.

    Folks - it will be very warm tomorrow. We will have 'NUUN' hydration tablets available - (add one tablet per water bottle) -- please take advantage of these! (no sugar, just electrolytes).

    June 28, 2013

    • Darcy W.

      I will bring a carton of Cytomax in the long route SAG vehicle (my sedan) for whomever wants sugars in their electrolytes, along with the NUNN fizzy tablets. Everyone consider that the true heat of the day won't be until you are back from your respective rides. :-)

      June 28, 2013

  • Gary C.

    I'll be doing the 47 mile route!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to go to a baby shower :-(

    June 26, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    On the longer route, if you want to bike out to Grand Island to see how pretty it is, here is how you can do it. It will add about 10 miles to your distance: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2741978 Print out the cue sheet in advance in case you decide to bike Grand Island too as this option is not part of the official training route. Remember too, for those of you who are doing hill training, that I posted a harder climb choice out of Amity over the Eola Hills; the official route has a Cat 5 climb and the option is a Cat 3 climb; the Cat 3 is about 875 feet over 2.7 miles and the CAT 5 is about 271 feet over 1.2 miles, or another way to look at it is the Cat 3 is 324 feet per mile and the Cat 5 is 226 feet per mile - the more feet per mile, the steeper the grades.

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is one of my favorite rides of the year. I hope everyone in my family shows up.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Don K.

    Sorry, I'm going to have to miss out riding this route this weekend, heading down south to get my granddaughter and then helping my wife's cousin move this weekend. I'll get some miles in though, no worries there. Wishing you all a safe ride and sunshine...

    June 25, 2013

  • Marc M.

    On call and can't attend this one.

    June 24, 2013

  • Nance

    Count me in, I love this area.

    June 23, 2013

  • William H.

    I love this ride. But, will be out of town.

    June 23, 2013

  • Levon B.

    Going out of town and I really liked this ride.

    June 17, 2013

  • Robin M.

    This looks like a fun ride; sorry to miss it.

    June 17, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    I can dumb down the steepest climb if anyone is interested. The steepest climb is actually on Spring Valley Road, a total climb distance of 2.7 miles with a .4 descent in the middle of it. The grades get to 15-17% towards the end. I can show you a simple reroute and you then only have the two easier climbs over the Eola Hills.

    The longer route has the climbs. The short route to Grand Island only has two inclines that are not hills or rollers, the first incline coming off the ferry going up to Wallace Rd and the second incline going back up the bridge off of Grand Island; both inclines can be walked if needed. The rest of the route is flat to mild undulations, and pure blissful scenery.

    June 10, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    If you are wanting a more serious climb, there is a Category 3 climb option for the second climb from Amity over the Eola Hills. You will need to print your own cue sheet. It is about 875 ft gain over 3 miles. Out of Amity, the TDC route goes over the Eola Hills on Amity Rd, a Cat 5 climb of 1.6 miles & gain of 271 ft. For the Cat 3 option, on Amity Rd you can turn right on Old Bethal Rd, left on SE Eola Hills Rd, & climb on SE Eola Hills Rd & it rejoins the TDC rte on the Lafayette Hwy to turn right back to the river. This climb was the tip of the 100-mile century of the Vineride bike event out of Newberg, an event that no longer exists. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1413208

    Kent will tell you that you will be on your own, no SAG support for the approximate 7-mile diversion. The elite cyclists from Salem, when they bike out to go up Bald Peak, they bike the Eola Hills Road too.

    June 10, 2013

  • Steve L.

    June 29, see ya'll there.

    May 28, 2013

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