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Dark Larch V3 (Postponed)
February 24 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
NOTE: As of 2/18 this ride has been postponed indefinitely due to snow.
The Dark Larch V3: Saturday, February 24th 9am
Begins/Ends – Main City Park, Gresham OR
Route to be announced Wed, Feb 6.
The 2019 OMTM season is kicking off in style with the return of The Dark Larch. We’ve been sitting this one out for the last year due to the Eagle Creek fire and subsequent restoration in and around the Gorge. Now that the area has officially reopened, what better way to celebrate than by riding bikes in the wintry woods as Jah intended! This year we have added a treasure trove of deep cuts and rarely-traversed zones in addition to some of the classic lines from Larches past! Be sure to check out Dustin’s ‘Everything’s Been Done’ episode to get a more proper understanding of the conditions on Larch Mountain in the wintertime.
The most significant change this year is that we have rerouted things to start and finish at Main City Park, on the Springwater Corridor in Gresham. This means the ride is MAX-accessible (via the Gresham TC stop) and rideable from your front door, so let’s leave the cars at home and make this one a ride-to-the-ride affair! This gives the DLV3 route a pleasant rollout along the Springwater into gently rolling farm country before dropping into the Historic Highway just east of Troutdale. This also means that there are plenty of food and bevvie options in downtown Gresham for the post-ride…Options include the Local Cow (which is reputed to have fried pickles), the Hoppy Brewer, Wall Street Pizza, Nicholas …so like I say, plenty of fun options!
Caveats, Details, Wisdoms:
– Bike/Tires: Cross/Gravel/Adventure/Randonneur/DanglePizzaCrusher/UltraRambler/Jazzbike (MTB will be overkill here) 38c plus – 2″ … 650/700/26″…
– Minimum tire size is 38c. Trust us. We know the terrain!
– Run what you brung … provided you didn’t bring a roadbike with 28’s
– Don’t show up on road cleats
– Don’t show up without the route on your GPS
– Bring extra tubes
– Bring multiple gloves, real socks, warm shit, extra layers. Be smart. This is winter. THINK ‘WHAT WOULD I WEAR IF THERE WERE SNOW?’
– Bring a water filter
– This is a self-supported, unsanctioned community ride w/ basically no services along the route. Wayfinding, food and hydration are solely the responsibility of those who wish to participate.
– This is a difficult winter adventure ride in remote areas. BE PREPARED to deal with anything that may come up because things often do.
– This is a 100% open course on public roads, open to cars and automobile traffic. Riders agree to RIDE AT THEIR OWN RISK. You and ONLY you will be responsible for navigating hazards as they relate to traffic, roads, general safety and weather conditions. Riders are absolutely under their own responsibility to ride, navigate and conduct themselves safely and appropriate to conditions as they exist in the field. We are and have always been just a nice group of friends out for a bike ride.
– Riders understand that as a condition of participation..ie..’showing up’ (which includes use of any provided GPS data), riders acknowledge that cycling is inherently a hazardous activity and as such agree to assume all risks and agree to release and hold harmless everyone associated with this ride, including any organizers, volunteers or sponsors.