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Tour des Chutes - Not ADA/TDC Sponsored

I am riding in the Tour des Chutes on July 12. I am posting the event ride for others to review and to determine if they want to participate in the event. The Tour des Chutes is an event charity ride that raises money to sponsor programs for cancer survivorship. Here is the link to read more and to register for the event, with online registration beginning on April 1: http://tourdeschutes.org/

There are five distance routes: a full century of 100 miles, a long metric century of 75 miles, a half century of 50 miles, a short ride of 25 miles and a family ride of 7 miles.  I will be riding the 75-mile route.

Here are the routes.

The century has an elevation gain of 3866 feet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1003333

The long metric has an elevation gain of 3229 feet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1073645

The half century has an elevation gain of 2339 feet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1073560

The 25-mile route has an elevation gain of 1342 feet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1073695

The family route of 7 miles has an elevation gain of 130 feet – no map.

The altitude at Bend is about 3500 feet, so a different type of riding than our current sea level, meaning the oxygen in the air is thinner than what we are used to. The temperature in Bend in July is typically cooler in the early morning with a high around 85 by late afternoon. Rain showers are possible.

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  • Darcy W.

    Oh wow - the heat! And no shade! Great route, biked the 50-mile route with Jim White, but I had to SAG it at mile 44.5 when the temp on my bike reached 109 degrees. This event has exceptional volunteer support. The route was fun to ride, great roads, beautiful scenery and the rest stops were incredible. But it was a freaky hot day. Darn.

    July 15, 2014

  • Darcy W.

    Hi Everyone who will be biking the Tour des Chutes on Saturday. Please keep in mind that the day will be hot, in the 90s by 2 p.m., and plan your speed and route accordingly.

    Registration packet pickup on the day of the ride is from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. only. The 50-mile and 75-mile routes depart at 8 a.m. so be sure to get to the venue early so as to pick up your packet. The event allows slower cyclists to depart early, so my suggestion, because of the heat, is to claim you are a slower cyclist, no matter your speed, and try to get out on the route by 7 a.m.

    The 50-mile route follows the new State Scenic Twin Bridges Loop. There is one rest stop at Cline Falls State Park and then a climb out of the canyon going up from the Deschutes River.

    July 7, 2014

  • Julie S.

    My son will ride the 25 mile, I am shooting for the 75 mile.

    April 27, 2014

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