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"Ride Like A Girl" Heads to the Beach (Challenge Ride in Pacific City)

Beginners Challenge!
Rambling the Rural Roads of Pacific City & post ride potluck! 

What do you mean, "Challenge"?
Our usual Portland rides have been about 15 miles in distance riding at a speed of 10-14 mph on bike paths. This ride will be twice that distance, at a slightly increased speed and on rural roads. This is a great opportunity for those who want to begin trying their "road legs" in the rural and beautiful coastal town of Pacific City (located about 25 miles south of Tillamook). Again, we will be sharing the road with vehicles, but we will be in fairly rural areas where traffic is quite low.

Description: We will use low traffic streets and rural roads, but you should expect some vehicle traffic. We will start at The Pelican Brew Pub, ride through the small "downtown" of Pacific City and venture out to scenic rural roads. Terrain is flat but you can expect roads to be a little rough in spots (we are, after all, in a small coastal town).

Post-Ride Potluck: Bring something to share and we'll crash Carolyn's beach house after the ride for re-fueling and rest before driving home. Details provided upon confirmation.

Lesson: TBD

Who should come? Those who have some experience riding on roads (beyond your neighborhood or on Portland bike ways and bike lanes). You don't need to be an expert at it, but ideally, this should not be your first time taking a bike to the street. We will stay together as a group and no one will be left behind. If the thought of riding on the road really scares you, I recommend you sit this one out. But if you've been growing in confidence in your riding ability, perhaps it is a good time to challenge yourself. No one should feel pressured to attend but everyone who reads this description and feels they are ready is welcome!

Dress: If you are familiar with the Oregon coast, you know that temperatures vary, wind is common, and rain or showers are possible. I recommend you bring a variety of gear and then you can decide upon arrival what you will need. Layers and a wind breaker type jacket are always a good idea. A knapsack is also useful when you want to shed those layers.

Picnic Lunch: Pack a lunch and picnic at a local park along the way. Stimulus Coffee Shop (across the road from The Pelican) serves sandwiches and wraps to-go. Do not skip food! Riding requires fueling your body for exercise. This is not the time to be thinking of skipping a meal in support of keeping calories down! We don't want anyone to "hit the wall", aka "bonk" (click to here learn more).  Please be sure you have something to eat; some carbs and protein will keep your energy sustained. Cyclists food often includes things like: bagels, bananas, PB & J, hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, fresh fruit, granola bars. Of course, you bring whatever you like!

Meeting Point: The Pelican Brew Pub (see address and link to map above)

The Route: the basic route is shown here, though I will be editing it to raise it to 25 miles.  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2471221

Required:

Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet! For instructions for fitting a bike helmet click here.

Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube! Actually, since a bunch of us have just completed the Flat Repair clinic, you'll have a whole team prepared to help!

Your bike must be in in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ridability. Anything more technical than a flat and you may need to walk the route or call someone for help. Let's do our best to avoid those scenarios by having your bike in good shape!

Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!

No listening devices, please. For safety reasons, please leave your ear buds at home or in the car. We encourage all riders to be fully alert; wearing ear buds can be a distraction and increases the risk for the group. If you wear them, you are choosing not to participate in the group ride.

Strongly recommended:

riding/cycling gloves helps keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.

sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)

Water: Remember to bring your bottle.

Restrooms: There are public restrooms available in parking lot (starting point) and at Woods Park (on the route).

Weather Policy: It's not unusual for winds to be 5-15mph, sometimes more. We'll adjust the route downward if it's especially windy. The ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal, especially for such a short ride. Consider wearing a light wind breaker type jacket if showers are in the forecast. (I can't tell you how many times that days with showers in the forecast turned out to be dry and beautiful.)

Ride Leaders: Carolyn. For questions send email to [masked] or call[masked]-3534.  Sweepers:  Evy & Melanie W.

Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with a pace of 11-14 mph. This is slighly faster than what we have been riding previously (8-11 mph). Using the scale below, this is a mostly-flat path that I would rate as B1.

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

A 12 & Under

B 13-14 MPH

C 15-16 MPH

D 17-18 MPH

E 19-20 MPH

F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating

1 = Flat

2 = Flat/Rolling

3 = Rolling

4 = Rolling / Hilly

5 = Hilly

6 = Hilly Mountainous

7= Mountainous

Ride Like A Girl is a subgroup of Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup group. It is a beginner cycling group for women who want to improve their cycling and bike safety skills. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked].

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  • Carolyn J.

    It's dry here in Pacific City. Forecast suggests there may be some showers in the next hour but will pass soon. I think we will have a dry or mostly dry ride!

    1 · September 17, 2014

    • Carol C

      have a nice ride, Ladies!

      September 17, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Remember that you are invited to a post ride potluck (appetizers). If you RSVPd you should have rec'd an email yesterday.

    September 17, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Route updated to 24 miles: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6018816 (this replaces the route previously posted in the above ride description).

    September 15, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    I'm back from Cycle Oregon, resting up and Looking forward to riding with you again.

    September 15, 2014

  • Jackie

    I cannot go on this ride as I have visitors here. I'm so disappointed. This looks fabulous!

    August 15, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Changed target from 20 to 25 miles!

    July 23, 2014

  • Trudy H

    I would totally love to go on this ride, but I'm planning on being away that week. If my plans change, I'll be able to come if there are still openings.

    July 23, 2014

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