2011 Farm-to-Farm Century. Saturday September 17

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2011 Farm-to-Farm Century. Saturday September 17

Postby Brian C » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:01 am

This is a first time offering of this century so I'd thought I'd give it a try.

http://farmtofarmride.com/#home

Start/Finish at Monroe Sharing Gardens, Monroe, Oregon on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Monroe is located South of Corvallis between Corvallis and Eugene, OR.

Since its the first time this century has ever been offered we don't have a first hand course description, but I asked the organizers about the course and here is how they described it:

The course takes you up to Alsea Falls, which is the first sustained climb around 3-4 miles long with total gain of around 800-900 feet. From there you descend into the town of Alsea for the first stop at the Alsea Grange hosted by Leaping Lamb Farm. From the town of Alsea, you begin the second and final sustained climb. It is three to four miles long to the base of Mary's Peak with a total gain of 900-1000 (the highest peak in the Coast Range). The long, sweeping, switch-back corners take you down into a series of small rollers before entering Philomath for the second stop at Gathering Together Farm. After Gathering Together Farm the ride is basically flat through farmland to the next two stops at Horse Creek Farm on Peoria road near Halsey and Groundwork Organics Farm near Junction City. The final leg to the Monroe sharing garden has a few rollers with slight elevation gain that will be challenging, but easily conquered, even with tired legs.

Sounds like a good century and having ridden centuries and rides in this region it should offer up nice scenery.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: 2011 Farm-to-Farm Century. Saturday September 17

Postby Brian C » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:15 am

Completed the first ever Farm-to-Farm century and this was a nice ride. Only a century option for this event. If they offer it next year maybe they will offer shorter options. 88 of us showed up and no-one was disappointed.

Nice quiet roads had us climb up to Alsea from Monroe, OR on South Fork Road. One hard climb of around 2+ miles at 9+% the entire way had us grunting but it came in the first 10 miles so you get it out of the way early.

After the rest stop just outside of Alsea you climb to the top of Hwy 34 and the entrance to Marys Peak Road. This climb was a more managable 6% at 2-miles. From here we bombed down to Corvallis on wild switchbacks and long straight descents at 30+ MPH to another rest stop.

Through Corvallis and then return South to Monroe through Harrisburg and farm flat roads with some minor rollers at the end. Two more rest stops kept us fueled up and all the stops were at farms with all the food being farm fresh and really good to eat.

The North winds were a challenge heading South from Corvallis but this was a very nice century.

Tons of food at the end finished up a nice ride.

If offered again, I'll be there as its a good ride with quiet roads, and farm fresh food.

Up next, the Peach of A Century in Salem, OR.
Good Riding

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