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Tour of Flanders, Portland-style

Posted by on March 30th, 2007 at 8:19 am

Yesterday I received an anonymous email about a mysterious, “penniless, suffering, pirate ride” coming to Portland next week (4/7).

The flyer (below) proclaims it will be:

“a test of 18 (or so) nasty climbs of West Portland in honor of De Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).”

Sounds like a suffer-fest. Here’s the route, and you’ve got to love the flyer:

I have no idea who is putting this together, but I’m tempted to do it and “collapse at Council Crest Park” with whoever else shows up.

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  • Tom Boonen March 30, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Dude–I’m there. This looks way better than that “other” Flanders ride. Can I bring my friend Paolo?

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  • Fat Jan March 30, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Looks fun – when I tried to pull up the route my computer crashed, tho’

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  • Brad March 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Damn! It appears that I picked the wrong weekend to go to Seattle. Jonathan – I look forward to your ride report on this one.

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  • Van Petegem March 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

    I’ll be there, for one more shot at glory in the Rhonde!!!

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  • Nate March 30, 2007 at 10:25 am

    brutal route. brynwood lane from Miller to skyline is a complete bastard. if there is a steeper climb around, i have not seen it.

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  • Dabby March 30, 2007 at 10:26 am

    By the way, there are no fewer than 8 “Alleycat ” races this month alone…..

    While this is not one of them, you know where to look to find info about the others……..

    2 this weekend alone….

    Some of them are not to be missed……

    Can you say “Logan’s Run”?

    Run, Runner!!!

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  • peder horner March 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

    That looks like an incredible ride. Hmmm…I wonder what the gross elevation climbed would be…

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  • Cecil March 30, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I agree w/ Nate on Brynwood. It puts the “gross” in gross elevation. I am a hill climber by nature and I can’t make it up that hill . .

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  • Phil March 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Assassins, spake Octave Lapize.

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  • Magnus Backstedt March 30, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Bah, I’m sitting this one out waiting for the “Paris Roubaix of Portland” flat edition…

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  • daniel March 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    brynwood is doable, barely
    guy from multnomah county told me its approx 24%
    make sure you have your hill gears you will need them

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  • Nate March 30, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    The one time I rode brynwood, I had a 42-26 and I made it halfway up and had to stop in someones driveway to collect myself. I hung out for a couple of minutes and then finished it off. People were hollaring and shouting encouragements from their cars as they passed me.

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  • J March 30, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    my inclinometer on my bike computer maxed at 28% when I last rode Brynwoood! And I believe the ride stats are 8000 feet of climbing in 42 miles…..

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  • Ron Forrester March 30, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Jonathan, maybe this is crazy, but can you post a higher resolution version of that flyer — it is a work of art, and I’ve love to print one out to hang by my desk.

    I’ll definitely be there to give the ride a try.


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  • Jonathan Maus March 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    sure. here it is:

    De Ronde van Oeste Portlandia flyer (113kb)

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  • Burk March 30, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Sweet, just put on my 27! Now if only I could find my climbing legs…I’m there anyway – sounds great.

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  • Cecil March 30, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    “my inclinometer on my bike computer maxed at 28% when I last rode Brynwoood!”

    What was your heart rate, tho?

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  • JD March 30, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Oh sweet! I’m doing this one fixed. Auker? Thud? Porter? Who else is there to throw up along side me?

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  • March 31, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Tour of Flanders, Portland-style…

    Jonathan Maus from recieved an anonymous tip that a mysterious “penniless, suffering, pirate ride” will be coming to portland next week. Hit the link to check out the route and flyer. See yah there!…

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  • Paolo March 31, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Ciao Tom,
    Io vengo in bianco ci vediamo alle 10.

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  • King March 31, 2007 at 9:49 am

    A few of us did the route last Sunday… took us four hours. I had to walk the top 30 meters of Brynwood. Didn’t make it all the way up College, either.

    A new 13-28 cogset is on order.

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  • Murray March 31, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    For some reason I can’t see all of the route. Could someone fill me in.

    Where’s Brynwood? Haven’t heard of that climb.


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  • SKiDmark March 31, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Hmmm…good thing I have 34×17 on my singlespeed/fixed MTB. Does “varied terrain” mean some dirt? Should I put on some slicks or keep the knobblies?

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  • DavAuk March 31, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Fixed-gear here…think my 42×18 can do most of this…but Brynwoood is a walker, m’fraid! Love SPD sandals (it WILL be warm and sunny, won’t it?).

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  • King April 1, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Brynwood is off Miller Road just south of Cornell on the west side of the hill. It’s a bugger. 42X18? Auker is going to wear his sandals out.

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  • DavAuk April 1, 2007 at 8:58 am

    College St will be both climbed and descended…just hope you don’t run into a TriMet bus on the way down! (Not a bus route…the least of your worries!)

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  • Murray April 1, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Okay, I still can’t view the cue sheet. Could someone please post the route here? THANKS!

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  • DavAuk April 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Look up at the top of this page…link is at “Here’s the route.” It’s a Gmap Pedometer map.

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  • Murray April 1, 2007 at 9:49 am

    I’ve tried that multiple times and every time I try to click on something from that page it won’t work.

    I will try it again.

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  • Eric April 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    I just came back from the homeland.
    Rode some “flat land” trails.
    Left with the “Klassiekers” (Classics pre-season) in full bloom.
    Thank you for bringing a little Belgian flavor to Portland.

    Now let me go find my climbing legs!!

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  • Cecil April 1, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I think I am just going to plant myself at the top of Brynwood with a six-pack and a camera . . . .

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  • Dabbo April 1, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Did Salzman and a couple of others today, good to go on road bike with slicks. Now is a triple cheating?
    Some are way too steep for my middle ring.

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  • Burk April 2, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Brynwood….OUCH! Had to try it after hearing so much about it, holy crap that is steep! Did it in a 34-27 but had to pull into a few driveways for a sec. or two… also had to unclip a couple of times to keep from falling over :O Had to stand the whole way leaning over the front tire just to keep from flipping over backwards.

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  • Leann April 2, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Looks intriguing but it’s missing some West Hills classics: Taylor, Bartholomew/Pinnacle & Seblar to name a few. So many great climbs guess it’s impossible to fit ’em all in… or is it:-)

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  • SKiDmark April 2, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Is taking my feet off the pedals when going downhill cheating?

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  • poser April 2, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    if anyone can successfully see the entire route, could you please export it to PDF and post it somewhere? I’m having the same Gmaps Pedometer problems that everyone else seems to be having. I can see the last few blocks of the route, but everything hangs when I try to back out and see the entire route.

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  • King April 2, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve been seeing yellow Lions painted on the route…

    Hmmm. More intrigue!

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  • KIng April 2, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Gmaps hangs up on me, too, sometimes. Works OK to just scroll it with the directional keys. Maybe try a different browser?

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  • Hoary Marmot April 2, 2007 at 9:48 pm
  • Dabby April 2, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    I can’t believe some fool is going to ride this fixed with those stupid SPD sandals.

    Nothing can be more dangerous, but of course, you will be using a front brake…. so what does it matter? You would not be riding those hills without a front brake….

    Sandals and bikes are a dumb combination……

    Bitch at me all you want, I am right…

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  • SKIDmark April 2, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Fairview Blvd. a little drunk in the dark fixed no handbrake…..I had a light and a helmet though.

    The bike I am using for the hillclimb has cantis on both ends.

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  • J Lebens April 5, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Would love to see the route but it crashed my Safari browser repeatedly

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  • bArbaroo April 6, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I’m with Cecil, six pack and lawnchair on Brynwood is the way to go.

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  • Cecil April 6, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Hey, bArbaroo, can you take over that duty then? I’ve decided to ride out to Stevenson and back, instead, but I really, really would love to see a visual record of the riders topping that last pitch from the turn on Brynwood to the top.

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  • friction shift April 8, 2007 at 12:05 am

    this was AWESOME
    thanks for putting it on

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  • Scott Mizée April 8, 2007 at 5:59 am

    friction shift thinks it was awesome.

    I’m curious to hear what the others thought? …or are they still collapsed at the finish? They’d better get up soon, there’s going to be little feet running around looking for hidden Easter eggs soon!

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  • King April 8, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Nicely done! Perfect Flanders day! Only thing missing was sleet and pig manure. Incredible sight to see 100+ riders together at the base of Saltzman. Needless to say, the bunch broke up rather quickly.

    My new cogset didnt arrive in time so it was 39X25 all the way. Had to hoof it the last 30 meters of Brynwood (again). But I finished in 3:40 (20 minutes down???). What was the fastest time?

    I’ll be back next year!

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  • King April 8, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Any photos???

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  • Eric April 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Great ride. Thank you very much to whoever put this on.
    I’m looking forward to the Liege-Bastogne- Liege version!!

    Thank you

    Eric D.

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  • Jeb Stewart April 11, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I just want to give major props to those who made this ride happen. This is such a good thing for cycling anywhere and it was an absolute blast. There aren’t many places in the country where you can string together that kind of route over such a small expanse of land and it was amazing to see that many riders out there. It was, by far, one of the hardest days I have had in the saddle and I have had plenty. Great fun, lots of suffering and a wonderful time. Thanks everyone!

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  • jake April 18, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    man, I have never felt so left out of something fun in my life ! that looks like such a blast ! maybe next year !

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  • Richard September 4, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Ouch. Just road it this weekend. I can\’t imagine getting enough tracking on to ride up some of those hills in the rain.

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