Golden Valley Bike Ride Saturday, September 10th 2011

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Golden Valley Bike Ride Saturday, September 10th 2011

Postby Brian C » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:37 am

http://goldenvalleybikeride.com/

Goldendale, WA, 2 hours East from Portland in the Columbia River Gorge.

Multiple courses of 33, 43, 62 and 103 miles to choose from.

I’ll be there for my 4th time.

The Metric and full century takes riders down into Glenwood Canyon along Glenwood Hwy, a wild and twisting road into an incredible canyon with sheer drops off's of 500 to 1000 feet and amazing views. Prior to the descent there are numerous rollers that have you climbing and descending. The century riders continue on to Glenwood, WA. The climb to Glenwood is 12-miles but its easy with a grade of around 2% most of the way and then flattens out. as it gets into this very small town of maybe 3 stores and maybe 10 houses. If you have ridden the Mt Adams Country Bicycle this is the same town they use for one of their rest stops. Then you loop around the plateau up here and return to the rest stop at the bottom of the canyon along Glenwood Hwy.

The metric riders turn around at the bottom of the canyon where there is a rest stop, and climb back out, a 5 mile climb at 5 to 7% the entire way. The canyon climb is approximately 1000 ft.
The Century riders get to do this as well, as from Glenwood they re-trace their steps back through the canyon.

From then on you ride around the high country plains West of Goldendale and its wide open views of many mountains and several ups and downs of the rolling countryside. 7-rest stops for the Century riders offer up food and water as the out and back nature of several of the roads has you hit the same rest stops more than once.

Traditional West to East Gorge Winds come into play for this ride so be prepared as these winds can be very strong.

This is a well organized ride with SAG monitoring your progress and good people at all the rest stops.

Advertised as 4500 to 5000 feet of climbing with a full dinner at the end.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: Golden Valley Bike Ride Saturday, September 10th 2011

Postby Brian C » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:03 am

Found out this ride has been cancelled due to the wild fires around the region of Goldendale. Roads are closed and excessive smoke in the region have made it unsafe to hold the ride this year.

I hope it returns next year.

FYI
Good Riding

Brian C
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