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Team Red Group Ride #3 – 24 Mi - Open to All -Not an ADA/TDC Supported Ride

This is the third Team Red group ride of 2014, open to anyone. You don’t have to be registered with Tour de Cure and you don’t have to be a member of Team Red. This is not a Tour de Cure or American Diabetes Association sponsored event. Team Red is the team that supports the Red Riders, those who ride with diabetes, and having a group ride is a way to socialize and get to know each other. Anyone can ride with Team Red.

The route starts at Blue Lake Park. There is a five dollar day use fee to be paid via a machine at the toll booth. After the toll booth take the first left and park in the big parking lot you see right away. There is a nearby restroom available.

Here is the link to the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4333329

The route goes left out of Blue Lake Park, then a left on Marine Drive. When we see the path on the right, we will take the bike path along the Columbia River. When the path crosses Marine Drive we will stay on the road as there is a wide shoulder for a bike lane and traffic isn’t very heavy on a Saturday. At Bridgeton Road we take a right and follow the road to the Channel’s Edge Coffee Shop at about mile 11.9 for a social stop. The Channel’s Edge is in a converted houseboat that was dragged up from the river in the 1940s. There is a room in the front and a deck with lots of seating that looks out over the houseboat community on the Columbia River. There is a lunch menu and a full range of coffee, tea and other drinks available.

After the social stop, we will pedal back on Marine Drive and stay on the road all the way back to Blue Lake Park.

The total distance is about 24 miles and the terrain is flat. The scenery is exceptional.

You must carry your own water and food, wear a helmet, fix your own flats, and bring whatever else you might need. Also bring cash for the social stop.

Everybody, please try to wear a Tour de Cure jersey so that we can brand our event to passing cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. You can wear a Red Rider, Team Red or Tour de Cure jersey.

If there are a lot of different speeds we will regroup at strategic points. No one is too slow. You can ride any type of bike. Bring a camera. This is a social ride.

There may be a headwind, and thus a tailwind.

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  • Darcy W.

    Lots of wind and rain, but still fun.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Nance

    Nice group of cyclists today. I had a fun joyful ride. Great views along Marine Drive. It was a bit slow when we had to go around the Hippy Hop Half Marathon walker, but they were awfully cute in their bunny ears. The community around the café was really neat.

    3 · April 19, 2014

  • Kent N.

    Margo caught a piece of broken car mirror just past 205, which had us doing a tire change in the pouring rain. Once we got it patched, we decided 10 miles in the chilly wind was enough. Turned out to be good - Margo wasn't dressed for cold and wet, ended up soaked, and that mirror left a half-inch cut in her Gatorskins. Kevlar was good enough to get back, but wouldn't trust it much further. Enjoyed lunch with Robin and the Joy Riders afterwards.

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Chris T.

    pouring rain . wind it was awesome . great coffee to. thanks for letting me hangout with y'all

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Robin M.

    3 Joy Riders are planning on participating. I prefer the bike path, when reasonably possible.

    April 18, 2014

  • John H.

    I really wanted to join y'all tomorrow -- got the Dr's OK to get back on the bike after my surgery a month ago -- but unfortunately I've come down with terrible cold symptoms that have laid me low. Hope to see you another time!

    April 18, 2014

  • Kent N.

    Not that you really need a gps or a map for this ride. Here's a cue sheet that keeps you on the separated bike paths where available, if you chose not to paceline on Marine Drive itself :)

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4436552

    April 13, 2014

    • Darcy W.

      My thinking is to stay away from criss-crossing Marine Drive on the bike path. Stay on the path when it is on the river side, then bike on Marine Drive when the path crosses the road. Then just bike back on Marine Drive. The bike lane shoulder on Marine Drive is quite nice, and vehicle traffic on a weekend is low. But it is an individual choice. I think both the path and the road are fun to bike on. The reward is the stop at mile 12.

      April 13, 2014

    • Chris T.

      when there is a path I stay on it , this is my normal training route I ride it nightly

      April 18, 2014

  • Nikole M.

    So, just for clarification, most of this ride can be done on the bike path off Marine drive? I rode Spring Classic a few weeks ago and the wind was running cross MD so bad, it almost blew me off my bike. NO JOKE!

    April 17, 2014

    • Darcy W.

      Yes, one can ride mostly on the path, and some on the road. The path crosses the road. It is an individual choice. The wind changes from day-to-day. The last 3 times I rode Marine Drive it was just a normal breeze, and the cycling was a delight.

      April 17, 2014

    • Kent N.

      There are two short (1 mi each) sections early on Marine Dr between the park and I-205) where we're on the bike lane on the road. There is one more 1.5mi section of bike-lane-on-road to get from 33rd to the coffee shop.

      April 17, 2014

  • Robin M.

    Barbara Michaud and I will be coming. The distance is about the most I'm comfortable with, but with a good rest stop at the mid-point, I'm confident we'll be OK. Since we'll be together - and neither of us are speed demons - we should be fine, if those for whom speed matters want to move on ahead.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Robin M.

    I'll invite the Joy Riders too.

    2 · March 31, 2014

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