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Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour - NOT A TDC SPONSORED RIDE

A ride that many members of the Tour de Cure committee ride in after our event is done.  No organized group activity, though you can use this meetup to find a ride buddy for the event.

Join the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club (MVBC) for its 35th annual Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour starting from the Linn County Fairgrounds just off of I-5 in Albany, Oregon. Explore the rural roads and depending on the route, cross up to 5 historic covered bridges in the Mid-Willamette Valley. You'll experience scenic views, open fields, rolling hills and only a few traffic lights. There are a choice of routes, so whether you’re looking to spend a morning relaxing with friends on the family route or hammering out every mile possible to get ready for a week-long tour, we've got an option for you. The MVBC will spoil you with our hospitality, well stocked rest stops, and top shelf “SAG” support. Linn County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will provide continuous, on course communications. On the longer routes you’ll also get a “real” lunch to keep you fueled. Bring your friends and enjoy a fine August day on your bike in the Willamette Valley with the MVBC as your host.

You do need to register on their website for this ride.

Link and more info on their website:

http://www.mvbc.com/event-CBBT.html

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  • Lorn H.

    Dang. I'll be doing one of the Eola Hills Winery rides that day. Gotta do this one someday.

    August 10, 2013

  • John T.

    @Kent - I'm more like Horton than the Who's. :-)

    August 9, 2013

  • Rob R.

    My goal is to be there around 6:30 so I can register and take off on the 68/100 depending on how I feel.

    August 9, 2013

  • Nance

    What route are you all planning on doing? I am considering the 68 miles or Kent's modified 75 miles.

    August 8, 2013

    • Kent N.

      I'll be starting at 7ish, planning on catching the Whovian on the CAT climb :)

      August 9, 2013

    • Nance

      Thanks Kent and John. Good to know when your really starting.

      August 9, 2013

  • Kent N.

    This is a comment for Theresa. This ride is a "mix and match" route ride. There are two significant hill sections and one bumpy low hill section. Pull the map here to follow my comments. http://www.mvbc.com/clubevents/CBBT/CBBT%202008%20a.pdf

    The hardest hill is on the 85/100 section on the NE corner (by Hannah Bridge). The 68mi route avoids it by taking Ridge Rd, which is still a climb of 250ft in 1.5 miles (max grade 10% at the end). But that's much easier than the one on Jordan Rd.

    July 26, 2013

    • Kent N.

      the second hill is on the SE corner, after the Roaring River Rest stop in Lacomb. That's a 250ft climb in 1.5 mi (max grade 10%), that doesn't even reward you with a bridge. That's where I take the "no more hills" option on Fish Hatchery Rd.

      July 26, 2013

    • Kent N.

      The last "hill" you can't avoid. Hungry Hill Rd. But that's really just small bump rollers than a hill, and it's just that you're tired by then :)

      July 26, 2013

  • Kent N.

    I'll be doing my modified 75-ish mile route, which includes a bridge on the century course, skips a boring section of rollers on the southern end of the course, but extracts payment with a pair of climbs, one which just before the first rest stop is a wall of pain.
    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1442360

    July 22, 2013

  • Darcy W.

    My Tuesday morning training group was discussing this event ride on Tuesday, May 14, trying to remember where the real nasty hill is. I remember it as being somewhere after a rest stop, within a mile, tall with a steep grade.

    May 15, 2013

    • Kent N.

      "nasty" is relative, of course. On the 68mi course, the most difficult hill is just after the 1st rest stop (Ridge Rd) - a short 11%. But last year, I learned that the "nasty" hills are on the 85/100 route, before the Jordan stop (#2). The shorter climb being the 14% just before the stop!

      May 16, 2013

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