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Banks-Vernonia Trail Out-And-Back w/ Cafe Stop in Vernonia (42 miles)

For new members: There is no need to RSVP "Not Attending".  Only RSVP if you are going on the ride.  We assume you're not riding if we don't hear from you.

Rain Policy: There is a chance of rain in the forecast.  If it is coming down too hard ahead of the ride, I will cancel. If it is only overcast or raining lightly, I will stick with the plan, but feel free to bail if you are nervous about the forecast.

WHO should ride: Experienced novices and up-and-coming intermediates who are comfortable with the distance and hills.  Due to the mixed-use nature of the trail (pedestrians, cyclists, and the occasional horse), this will be a relatively slow-paced ride (11-13 mph moving average).

WHAT will we be doing: 42 miles out and back along the scenic Banks-Vernonia trail.  This is a social ride where nobody will get dropped and we'll wait for everyone at the turns. But, please make sure you are up for the distance and the climb.  We will take a break in Vernonia and folks can choose to get something to eat at the Blue House Cafe.

WHEN does it all go down:  Sunday, June 23, @ 9:00.  Wheels roll at 9:30 sharp.  We honor the prompt, so please don't be late and make everyone wait - we probably won't.

WHERE will we be doing it:  We will be leaving from the parking lot at the Banks Trailhead.

Here is the route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2717888

DISTANCE, TERRAIN and RIDE DIFFICULTY RATING(see **below) A/B 3 - There is a modest amount hill climbing involved, and the overall length of the route should be taken into account.  Our cafe stop in Vernonia, however, will give folks a chance to recover.

POST-RIDE REFRESHMENTS: Nothing planned - we will get a chance to get something to eat in Vernonia.

RIDE LEADER CONTACT INFORMATION:

Roger Hurwitz 9seven1 67eight one428

WHAT TO WEARHelmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. I advise against wearing cotton since it doesn’t wick moisture and it chafes.  Spandex and synthetics like polyester are great.

WHAT TO BRING:  Always bring plenty of water, snacks for energy, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube that FITS, a pump or, at a minimum, a threaded CO2 cartridge.  Sunscreen, a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments and to reimburse a good Samaritan who might have to provide you with anything like a tube ($5) or a CO2 cartridge ($3).

Mandatory for all riders.

Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road.  Please represent us well.

All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube on all rides. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help!

 

** Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Pace Rating                        Terrain

A 12 mph or under            1 = Flat

B 13-14 mph                    2 = Flat / Rolling

C 15-16 mph                    3 = Rolling

D 17-18 mph                    4 = Rolling / Hilly

E 19-20 mph                    5 = Hilly

F 21-22 mph                    6 = Hilly/Mountainous

G 23+ mph                      7= Mountainous

 

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  • Kerry M.

    Thanks for a great ride, Roger. I made it back to my truck in an hour and 25 minutes. I was flying, baby! I texted that to your phone (I thought) but I think your wife got it. Copied your number off of the sign up sheet while you were on the phone to our last cancellation :)

    June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wow, you made great time. Kevin gave me back your water bottle, so I will make sure you get it next time we are on the same ride.

      June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a good time. Sorry that Guru and I broke from the pack but needed to get home as well as needing to wind out the muscles for a stretch. Thanks Roger.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We really got lucky with the weather - thanks everyone for a great ride!

    June 23, 2013

  • sara h.

    thanks Roger for being a great leader and thanks to everyone for being in the back for me. The food was great and the company. Sara

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. Perfect weather for the ride.
    Roger, thanks for picking this trail for today's ride. The idea of a stopover for a quick cafe stop was helpful. My Odometer showed 48 miles with the loop around the lake..which is great. Riding back with Kevin from Tophill back to Banks for awesome...we were doing 20+ mile speed until Buxton trailhead..hitting 24/25 miles in one stretch. Thanks Kevin!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain discourages me. I will wait for another time. Sorry. Enjoy if u go.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Raining, though lightly, at my house this morning... So I will wait for a better weather day. Maybe this Wednesday? I will watch for another posted ride here. Thanks.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to cancel, but one of my sons came into town on the spur of the moment. Have a great ride!

    June 22, 2013

  • sara h.

    Is there lots of parking where we are meeting? Thanks Sara

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes and no. The main parking lot is modest, but across the street, connected by a crosswalk, is a gravel overflow parking area. Between the two, parking should not be a problem.

      June 22, 2013

  • sara h.

    thanks Mira, Sara

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is all of the trail paved? I am asking due to the horse mention.

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The trail is paved end-to-end. There are a handful of gravel intersections along the way, but nothing to worry about. Alongside the trail are horse paths in places, but kids, dogs, and pedestrians are usually the only real issue.

      June 22, 2013

  • Mira

    Hope the weather holds!

    June 22, 2013

  • sara h.

    I was thinking of going. I am an intermediate rider in my mind but looks like you are doing it in 2.5 hours which is more like 15 to 16 miles per hour which is too fast for me. I am more like 12 but looking to move up... Not sure what to do... You are ending at noon right? I keep looking for rides for someone like me. I have been able to do rides with Liz who has led some but it always seems like there are very few rides for 12 or so... Pease advise I am really wanting to bike this trail.
    Tx Sara

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Adam. Sara, I have no plans to end the ride at specific time. It will end when it ends. ;^)

      June 19, 2013

    • Mira

      Hey Sara -I ride 10-12 mph, so I won't mind hanging in the back with you!

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Les J.

    So sorry to pull out but scheduling conflicts have forced my hand. I hope to see everyone soon!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got back from China, so hope the jet lag will be gone. I look forward to getting my butt back on the bike though.

    June 22, 2013

  • Les J.

    I hope the weather stays good!

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Les, great to see you joining the ride! The weather is a wildcard for sure, but stretches of the B-V trail are under tree cover, so if only a light rain then I still plan to go for it. Heavy rain, however, is a different story...

      June 20, 2013

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