The threat of thunderstorms put the kibosh on Wednesday's Springwater Trail bike ride, but tomorrow's another day! How about it? Wanna ride?
Springwater Corridor - from Sellwood Park to Gresham, or??!
About the Ride: Since this is a last minute post I'm going to target 25-ish miles. This would take us from Sellwood Park to Gresham. We can consider an extended ride, depending upon time, interest and availability of those who show up. This slightly longer distance than our usual 15-18 miles make this a challenge ride...
This is a flat, flat, flat route and very easy after all the road biking we've been doing. I'll choose a few segments where we'll test our legs with some faster speeds. Don't get nervous - we won't ride the entire route fast, just a few sections. And we will stop and regroup as needed. Bring a light lunch or snacks for the mid-point break.
The Route: a variation of this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5410483
Lesson: Strategies for endurance rides
• Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is one of the basic ways we protect ourselves from injury.
• Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!
• 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 rideability. Help us avoid those unexpected breakdowns since we do not have mechanical support on our rides.
• Cell phone: In case you have bike trouble and need someone to pick you up. Never go on a ride without one!
• No ear buds or listening devices. For safety reasons, please leave your music at home or in the car. We need all riders to be fully alert; wearing ear buds can be a distraction and increases the risk for the group.
• 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.
• Sunglasses will protect you from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!
• Water: Remember to fill and bring your water bottle. Water may or may not be available at the start.
Restrooms: Porta potty available.
Pace and Terrain:This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 9-11 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for new cyclists and beginners. It is mostly flat on paved bike trails and extra wide sidewalks. Using the scale below, I would rate as B1. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked] .
Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides: B1
Weather Policy: This 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[masked] Sweeper: JoAnn
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 go to http://www.ridelikeagirlportland.com