View Full Version : SWM 39 seeks info on Cycle Oregon...
08-11-2008, 10:15 AM
I'm looking for info on Cycle Oregon... Especially from previous surviors...
Anything and everything you can think of that would make a couple of Newbie's experience better would be appreciated (training/diet/equipment/camping info/you name it). I've got a case of severe sleep apnea (and I've got a CPAP), so I've never ever attempted anything like it, and my Mom isn't a rider, but she's going along too (celebrating our 40th and 60th Birthdays respectively).
Thanks in Advance!
08-11-2008, 10:42 AM
A good place to start:
08-11-2008, 12:09 PM
another excellent place to start:
02-08-2009, 09:46 PM
I'm a Honest-to-Goodness registered rider! :D
Have you seen the route!?
02-08-2009, 10:40 PM
It is rumored there are hills north and west of your place of residence. Heading north will take you up some nice ones. Get familiar with them. Get very familiar with them.
Your new friends are Thompson, Logie Trail, Old Germantown, Rock Creek/Elliott, Old Cornelius Pass, Mason Hill, Pumpkin Ridge (from the south side of Skyline)
From the north side of Skyline, McNamee and Rocky Point.
When you've mastered those, go ride up Bald Peak.
When the snow melts, ride up Larch Mt. From your apartment.
02-08-2009, 11:26 PM
Today, I climbed up from home to the Hwy 26 trail, then met Mike and Dan(?) and headed up to Skyline, eventually found myself at Council Crest, and up the the antennas up there.
Working my way down into Goose Hollow, I noticed some problems with my rear brake (squashyness) and lacking my usual tools, decided on heading back to the shop on MAX. Made it just in time to avoid the rain.
With the ride I did with my Brother-In-Law (who now has signed on to the forums) yesterday, I've got a 66 mile weekend under my belt.
YTD I'm at 587 miles.
I'm now thinking about a 4 climbs ride... Skyline, Barbur, Scholls, and Murray in a day. Next weekend is Worst Day, and I've volunteered at the handout on Saturday, and I'm planning on the shorter ride for Sunday. I don't have a road bike, and I'm not overly fast, so I'm not going to kill myself trying to keep up with a pack of roadies. I'll add in my miles by riding around after the handout and ride.
02-09-2009, 12:54 AM
I wouldn't worry so much about climbing hills as a start, but actual time in the saddle. if you can ride a century by yourself, then you'll be fine. 7 or 8 hours in the saddle, back to back days, awesome.
02-09-2009, 12:14 PM
You could ride to and from the ride on Sunday, get in a few more miles and the added benefit of riding over the hill twice.
You don't need to keep up with anyone - ride it at your own pace.
With respect, your choice of routes is "icky". Too much heavy traffic, not nearly enough scenery. If you are going out for long rides, pick someplace pretty!
A nice west side climbing ride is starting at the north side of the Sylvan overpass (easily reachable from your place), and getting in several climbs/descents, heading west on Skyline, then back. Places to stop and eat :) include the Rock Creek Tavern and Helvetia Tavern.
You could also ride north on Cedar Hills Blvd (cross over 26 at the pedestrian overpass and come out through the transit center, head west and then north on Cedar Hills if riding on it south of Hwy 26 does not appeal, and I completely understand that), to McDaniel, turn right, follow it up to Thompson, turn right, follow it up to Skyline and then turn left, picking up the route described above.
Exercise care descending Logie Trail. Right after the county line sign, the road just....drops. It would be fun, but there is an immediate hard left turn and the nastiest steep little bit you'll encounter on the whole ride.
02-09-2009, 12:20 PM
02-09-2009, 12:21 PM
A 4000' climb over 9 miles? on day 3...
I'M GONNA DIE!!!!
02-09-2009, 03:42 PM
No you aren't going to die. If an 85 year old man can do it, so can you (I am not that person He passed me on a climb by Wyeth a couple years ago). Or the woman in the pink with the tutu on the pink bike with the fully loaded panniers....
You've got the miles. You just need the hill work.
02-12-2009, 07:01 PM
Looking at your elevation graphs, I know one thing for sure -- Mom's going to want to catch a ride on Day 3! I haven't been on Cycle Oregon but I know people who have and they say the shuttles have limited space, so she better get up early on Day 3 and be sure she's first in line to catch a ride :)
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