TDC doesn’t have a training ride on holiday weekends. I will be riding this 42-mile route if anyone wants to join me. You will need two water bottles and to bring your own food. You will need to fix your own flats. Wearing a helmet is mandatory. Review the map and print the cue sheet and download to your GPS bike computer.
A small group of TDC cyclists did this ride in the past and we really had a lot of fun.
My average speed for this route will be around 13.5 to 14.5, depending upon the wind. If you are way faster than my speed, you will need to stop and do a regroup, which is wait for me at strategic turning points in the route. If I am faster than you, which happens as I can get bursts of speed on the flats, I will regroup and wait for you. If we encounter a strong headwind, let us all slow down and do a paceline for the drafting benefits.
We bike out of the park and head towards Hubbard. On the other side of Hubbard we head towards Whiskey Hill, a small hill with a steep grade. We stop at Bauman Farms, a family operated farm store with fresh produce and other goodies, along with other buildings that grow flowers, make cider, etc. It is a good stop to refresh, fill the water bottles, buy some fruit, or use their facilities. Warning, don't fill your water bottles with fertilizer water from a hose.
We congregate at the Visitor’s Center parking lot, the first parking lot to the right as you enter Champoeg Park. If the park has something ongoing that day, and there is a sign saying for cyclists to park elsewhere, we will park and congregate at the picnic area to the far left of the park. It means at the toll booth take a left and keep following the road until it ends in a parking lot. If we have to congregate deeper in the park, add two miles to the distance.
If you don’t have an annual state park permit, you must pay a five dollar day use fee.
This is a fun route to ride, passing through a lot of interesting farmland, and so quite scenic. The route is mostly flat, with the exception of Whiskey Hill, some areas with rollers and some elevation gain when leaving the park.