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Team Red Group Ride #4 – 40 Mi - Open to All -Not an ADA/TDC Supported Ride

This is the fourth 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, meaning there is no SAG. Team Red is the team that supports the Red Riders, the cyclists who ride with the disease of diabetes, and having a group ride is a way to socialize and get to know each other. Anyone can ride with Team Red.

We meet in the Visitor’s Parking lot at Champoeg State Park, which is the very first right upon entering the park, where you see a brown building with a flag. We congregate for a group photo and depart at 9 a.m. There is a $5.00 day use fee to park here.

The route goes out along rural valley roads, through Gervais, and out to Mt. Angel. There is a city park we can stop at as we enter Mt. Angel for water and a restroom, but for sure we stop in Mt. Angel at the Old Stone Coffee, on the left on the corner of Main and Charles Streets. At this stop we can buy drinks, refill water bottles, get food and use a restroom. We exit Mt. Angel along more scenic roads, back through Gervais and back to the state park. If you don’t want to ride the entire 40 miles, you can leave the group when we reach Gervais the first time, and follow the last part of the route back to the park; the distance is around 26-28 miles and you won’t get a coffee stop.

Here is the link to the route:

You need to bring two water bottles, food, wear a helmet and gloves, repair your own tires and be self-sufficient. You will need to have cash on you for the social coffee stop.

The route is mostly flat to low-moderate undulating valley terrain. At around mile 15 there are a few rollers that have a steeper grade, and other than going over I-5 twice, that is pretty much it for hill climbing.

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  • Robin M.

    Let me know if you decided to do this route (with the short version again ... sometime before the end of summer.

    May 18, 2014

  • Anne M.

    Me and the kids had a GREAT time. It was really really fun to travel in a group!! Thank you so much, Darcy and Nance, for creating the shorter version for those with little training to date and for giving us the extra miles at the end.

    4 · May 18, 2014

  • Darcy W.

    Great ride. Warm temperatures, no rain and scenic roads. Two of us rode 45.6 miles from Champoeg and two of us rode 19 miles from Gervais; all of us are Team Red members!

    May 17, 2014

  • Nance

    Great ride. Super low traffic on the road. Clouds in the morning turned to sun with puffy clouds. Nice that was a small group and we could get to know each other.

    May 17, 2014

  • Darcy W.

    For everybody who is planning on starting at Gervais High School, I will be leaving Champoeg at 9 a.m., and it is 10 a.m. we will meet up at the high school. I made a mistake in the Team Red email that I sent out. I said 11 a.m. at the high school. No, it is 10 a.m. And give me and others time to reach you, so maybe a range of 9:45 to 10:20.

    May 16, 2014

    • Robin M.

      I've got plans to make cards (Stampin Up fun) with friends on Saturday, or I would so take you up on the short ride, Darcy. Next time!

      May 16, 2014

    • Darcy W.

      Robin, I should have thought of the short route when I created the ride. You would like it, lots of fields, including farmers who grow flowers, and so lots of photo opportunities.

      1 · May 16, 2014

  • Darcy W.

    If anybody wants a shorter ride, yet still wants to bike to Mt. Angel and participate in the social at the coffee shop, it is suggested that you can meet any of us starting at Champoeg at the Gervais High School, 300 Douglas Avenue. The parking lots are in front bordering Douglas. Just let me know this is what you want to do and we will meet you there. The main route goes by the high school both ways. Starting at the high school will give you a 16-mile scenic route, approximately.

    May 14, 2014

  • Robin M.

    Have fun! I'll be otherwise occupied - and 40 miles is more fun than I'm up for; enjoy!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • John H.

    Looks like a great ride! Unfortunately, I'm still "easing into it" after surgery 1.5 months ago, not ready for 40 mi yet.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Lorn H.

    It's an RTB weekend for me!

    1 · April 26, 2014

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