2011 Peach of a Century September 25th

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2011 Peach of a Century September 25th

Postby Brian C » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:52 am

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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100, 75 and 62 miles courses out a Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon.

For the Century, the first leg offers up some short medium rollers on Parrish Gap Road out to Jefferson on quiet roads once you leave the streets of Salem.

Flat roads, small rollers and one short steep climb on Miller Cemetery Road out of Scio takes you to rest stop #2 in Stayton. Some of the roads before and after Miller Cemetery Road are the same roads used in the Covered Bridge Tour and the Strawberry Century.

The metric and 75-mile courses now return to the college along flatter roads and the Century riders head off to the foothills of Silver Falls.

The bulk of the climbing occurs during this segement, with a short steep wall on Truimph Road, several short tough climbs on Carter Road, and 5-miles of ups and downs on Victor Point Road skirting the hills of Silver Falls with a long descent to Silverton and a rest stop at the bottom in town.

From here on to the finish you ride on flat farmroads with little traffic back to the college with often times Southern winds that can make you work depending on the direction of the roads.

3 rest stops offer up food and fuel to keep you going.

This ride can get rained on as it did last year for the first 60+ miles and the rain was heavy, so come prepared.

I'll be there for my 14th Peach
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: 2011 Peach of a Century September 25th

Postby Brian C » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:52 am

Completed a fairly dry but very windy Peach of a Century on Sunday. The rains held off and what little rain we had did not do much. Only around Silverton did a front come through and make the descent from the foothills of Silver Walls wet and slippery but for the most part the ride was dry.

The winds on the other hand were hard and constant. Coming from the South these winds were relentless. We started off ride out of the school battling them for 7 miles to Turner and from then on you knew it was going to be a windy day. The final 25 miles back to the school were hard as it seemed no matter which direction the course took, there were the winds.

Despite this the ride was nice, not cold, dry except in parts, and riders were all in good spirits.

By the time I got back to the finish line at 3:15, the parking lot was faily empty as it seemed many decided to do shorter courses to get out of the wind.

Up next, the season ending, Harvest Century.
Good Riding

Brian C
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