PV – Adventure Ride

PV - Adventure Ride


Saturday – August 12, 2023    
8:00 am

Event Type

Read the Club’s liability waiver and understand that your participation in a ride constitutes acceptance of the waiver. The waiver is found here.

Before you join ANY PV ride, read this page which spells out what is expected from you.

Portland Velo is now offering an Adventure Ride. Generally, this ride will be on Saturday, but at times may be moved to Sunday. These rides are seasonal and will change as the weather changes throughout the year. 

If you are not a Portland Velo member and want to join us for a ride, use the Contact page to request links and maps sent via email.

Adventure rides are generally between 60 and 75 miles and range from 4500 to 6500 feet of climbing.  Ride starts will vary across the greater Portland Metro, Hood River and the Willamette Valley.

These are challenging rides, with a significant amount of climbing. The general rule of thumb is to regroup at the top of each climb and then descend together so we can paceline across the valleys to the next climb. Michele Chirgwin is leading the rides and sets the pace between 18-20 mph on the flat sections. Separate ride groups can be created at the start of the ride based on individual preferences. The goal is to have fun, stay together as much as possible and to NOT leave anyone on their own.

This week there will be two route distances available. 

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Be sure to read the documents on the Portland Velo website before joining the group for the first time as this ride will follow all the guidelines and rules that are expected on the Saturday Signature Ride.

Please make sure you have either the route downloaded onto your GPS device (Garmin, Wahoo, phone etc…) or print out the cue sheet.

Start location is:  Hood River, Starbucks located at – 1040 E Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031 

We roll at 8:00 am, so please arrive early enough to get ready.

There are two water/food stops on each route and they are marked on the RWGPS map.

Water stop 1 – Lost Lake Resort (mile 33)

Water stop 2 (long route only) – Parkdale – McIsaac’s Store (mile 64)

Water stop 3 (short route only) – corner of Hwy 35 and Ehrck Hill Dr., Smiley’s Red barn (mile 56)

Hazards are marked on the RWGPS map.

At mile 20.5 be prepared to veer to the right and begin climbing. This is a side road that turns into a single lane. Also, at approximately mile 30 the road is blockaded from cars. The remainder of the climb to Lost Lake is car free at this point.

On the descent be prepared to regroup/stop at mile 40.4. There will be a right turn onto the secondary road that takes us to the climb up Vista Ridge. For those doing the shorter route, they can bomb pass this turn.

For those venturing up Vista Ridge at approximately mile 43.5 veer to the left. If you continue straight, you will end up on Lolo Pass road and in the gravel.

Nutrition Guidance

Please bring sufficient bars and GUs to make your ride enjoyable and to prevent bonking. I generally plan 1 bar per hour. We have two food stops, so there will be opportunities to stock up.

I bring two full water bottles and refill at Lost Lake and again at Parkdale. This is generally a sufficient number of water stops.