2012 Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour

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2012 Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour

Postby Brian C » Tue May 29, 2012 10:01 am

http://troutlakewashington.com/business ... ycle-tour/

2012 Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour

Saturday June 30th. Trout Lake, Washington. 25-miles North of Hood River in the Washington Cascade Mountains

We'll be there for our 5th Tour

A beautiful ride in the high country with incredible views of Mt Adams and the surrounding mountain peaks. Two loops for this tour. Combine them both for a full century (105 miles) or just do one or the other. A 54-miler into the mountains and a 51-miler in the rolling country side on a high plateau. There is also an 11.5-mile family route.

For the century you do the mountain loop first. Climbing begins right away at 2.5 miles into the loop. The first 2+ miles of this climb averages 6+% but then the remaining 12 miles is not bad with gradients of around 3 to 4% average and numerous relatively easy false flat sections. All the while you are on a state forest road within the thick forest and views of surrounding hills. The last 3 or 4 miles opens up and presents amazing views of Mt Adams that is so close you feel like you could reach out and touch the mountain.

Once over the top of the first climb you then experience long downhills from mile 14 until a rest stop at about 22 miles.

More downhills after the rest stop with several sections of road that are gravel of about 25 or so yards, that I walk across, as the sections are rough with no pavement. A left on forest road 88 and a 6.8 mile steady climb greets you at about 6+% the entire way, with again, several sections of unpaved dirt, gravel, and rocks, that you need to be careful on. I walk them. After the initial 6.8 mile climb the next 3.2 miles are rollers and several false flats until the next rest stop just before the start of the long descent. The descent to Trout Lake, is on a smooth wonderful wide twisting road with a surface as smooth as glass and is probably 6+ miles or more.

Once at the bottom you can now refuel at the little cafe store in Trout Lake just up from the starting point at Trout Lake High School, with a lunch coupon given you at the start, and then proceed onto the 51 mile loop. Begin with taking roads that are part of the 11.5-mile family ride course along quiet country roads behind the school, until you join up with Hwy 141. Now a freewheel 11-mile descent to BZ Corner with a few slight uphills and traditional headwinds, but for the most part this is an easy stretch with speeds of 20+ MPH on tap and limited pedalling. Fields and woods are the scenery to view as you zoom along. A left at BZ corner and you begin a 2-mile twisting climb at 6% to the top.

A short 1 mile or so section of flat and then comes the the hardest climb of the course, 2.8-miles at 9+%. This guy hurts the entire way up. A rest stop awaits you at the top for more food/fuel. From here it’s mostly flat with wonderful views of Mt Adams and the surrounding country to the next rest stop in the small town of Glenwood. This is a long section that seems to go on and on but the views are worth it.

Then 20 miles back to the Trout Lake with 3 short but steep climbs that do test you until you bomb down a steep grade to the flat roads around Trout Lake behind the school and make your way back to the school parking lot.

Most of this ride is at elevations from 2200 feet to 3900+ feet with mountains all around.

Food at the end finishes up a long day in the saddle and mountains.

Advertised as 6500 to 7000 ft of climbing it does feel it.

Worth the trip to Trout Lake.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: 2012 Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour

Postby Brian C » Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:25 pm

A decent day held out for most of the 200+ riders who showed up.

A few light showers and one medium front made for a wet descent from the 55 mile forest loop and it was interesting to see all the downed trees on the roads from a previous days storm that passed through.

A late registration opening resulted in the century riders getting a late start up to 8AM or later and this made for a long day for some riders who chose to do the century.

It would be wiser for the event organizers to get the century riders checked in and on the road by 7AM as many centuries do.

Numerous century riders missed the rest stop in town as they did not know or see a sign indicating the rest stop location.
Good Riding

Brian C
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