Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
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Last year, despite the guarantee of 8,000 of climbing (depending on whose GPS you looked at) over 45 miles, an estimated 400 people showed up on a rainy day to challenge themselves on the steep and unforgiving course.
As its legend has grown, now the ride is nothing short of a true spring classic reminiscent of the De Ronde Van Vlaanderen in Belgium that inspired it.
This year, organizers tell me the route is a bit longer and includes one more climb than last year. Here's the route (view it online):
Here are the details of this year's ride:
2009 De Ronde Van Oeste Portlandia
47 miles, 5,400 feet of climbing
Saturday, April 4th at 10:00 am
"Ride from the brewpub at (2730 NW 31st) until you collapse at Council Crest Park"
And if you plan to go, remember...