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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.
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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: Carlton, Oregon – at the cross streets of Kutch & Grant. There is parking and restrooms on the back side of Upper City Park.
We roll at 8:00 am, so please arrive early enough to get ready.
There are two water/food stops on the route and they are marked on the RWGPS map.
Water stop 1 – Sheridan – American Market – mile 44
Water stop 2 – outskirts of McMinnville – Circle K – mile 61
Hazards are marked on the RWGPS map.
At mile 20 you will reach the summit. Take a hard right up the side road to locate the bathrooms.
The descent is 15 miles and very rough in spots. Additionally, there are rumble strips at periodic dirt road intersections to slow/prevent off road vehicles from using the paved road. The road is shady, so wear clear glasses or very light sunglasses.
At mile 34 there is turn to the left onto Coast Creek Rd. Be cautious as the next left onto Buck Hollow comes up fast, at mile 36.5 and you immediately start climbing.
After leaving Sheridan we are on Hwy 18 for 1.5 miles. There is a wide shoulder, so cyclists have plenty of room. We have to turn left across traffic, so everyone needs to stay together, be patient, take the lane together and cross safely.
At mile 65 we turn left onto Westside Road for 1.5 miles. This is a busy road, so we need to stay together. We turn left across traffic onto Sitton Rd. Be patient, take the lane and cross safely.
At mile 67.6 we turn right onto Hill Road, which is gravel for one mile. For some reason, GPS is showing Shelton as gravel, which is not accurate. I have ridden this route already this year and once you turn onto Shelton it turns to pavement. I utilize this short gravel section to stay off Westside, which is too busy to ride comfortably.
After the ride, plan to meet at the Carlton Bakery for treats and espresso.
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 each water stop.