2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

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2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby Brian C » Fri May 11, 2012 1:16 pm

http://www.santiamspokes.org/Strawberry%20Century.htm

Saturday June 9th

Goes off from Lebanon, Oregon, Lebanon High School. I'll be there going for my 9th time with this one. Shorter routes of 72 and 53 and 13 miles are offered.

The first 25 miles takes us to Roaring Rivers State Park. The same park, and along some of the same roads used by the Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour for their 50-mile rest stop, as well as a few roads used in Salem Bicycle Clubs Peach of a Century in September. The roads are mostly flat with a few climbs on Richardson Gap Road but nothing hard, and with it being early in the morning the roads are super quiet with virtually no traffic.

Once out of the park we do the 1.9 mile stair step climb with two sections at 11% on Meridian Road. Then a long downhill and a left on Bellinger Scale Road. Two gradual climbs on this road has us then join up with the 53 and 72 mile riders on roads to Waterloo with a few easy rollers and views of the Cascade foothills. There is rest stop at 42 miles, which everyone seems to hit, but only 8 miles later is the rest stop at Foster Lake which has lunch style food and many more fuel options.

After the Foster Lake rest stop we go through Sweet Home and hit the one tough climb (about 3/4 of a mile at 10+%) of the course, and then its rollers and flats throughout, on roads leading into Brownsville (75 miles). There is a small rest stop at around mile 62 on Crawfordsville Drive that offers up more food and fuel options if needed. Crawfordsville Drive can be rough at times but once off it and onto Hwy 228 from here to Brownsville its smooth riding but usually heads winds start to occur.

From rest stop #3 in Brownsville we go home to Lebanon on wide open farm roads running along the I-5 Corridor. Winds are a factor hear and can make you work at times depending on if they are blowing from the North which they usually are.

For the most part the course offers up quiet roads with about 2600+ ft of climbing and 5 rest stops for the century riders.
Good Riding

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Re: 2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby Brian C » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Finished up a thankfully dry Strawberry on Sunday.

Bright sunshine started us out at 7AM but that quickly turned to thick cloud cover and fog that made for cold riding and there were sprinkles throughout the first 25-miles. Nothing hard enough to get the roads wet, but it made you wonder.

Once we made it to Foster Lake and the 50-mile rest stop from here on the sun was in and out and it finally warmed up.

All the rest stops had plenty of food and we even had tailwinds for the last 20 miles back to Lebanon.

Over 500 of us enjoyed the day.

Next up, The Tour De Blast. Let hope for no rain this time.
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Re: 2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby lochmond » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:24 pm

Was the Straberry on Sunday this year?
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Re: 2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby Brian C » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:23 am

June 9th = Saturday.
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Re: 2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby lochmond » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:53 pm

Finished up a thankfully dry Strawberry on Sunday
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Re: 2012 Strawberry Century. June 9th

Postby Brian C » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:21 am

oops
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