Golden Valley Bike Ride. Saturday September 8th, 2012

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Golden Valley Bike Ride. Saturday September 8th, 2012

Postby Brian C » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:14 am

http://goldendalechamber.org/events/cat/cat_id/4

After not being offered last year due to wildfires around Goldendale, Washington, the Group Health Golden Valley Bike ride returns for 2012.

100, 63, 43, and 33-mile courses. Starting point: Goldendale Methodist Church, 109 E. Broadway, Goldendale, WA 98620. A fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Goldendale. Info at http://www.goldenvalleybikeride.com or email goldenbikeride@myway.com

Entry fee proceeds go to a good cause.

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.

At the bottom of the canyon is a rest stop that offers up sandwiches and other nice items.

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 Ride, 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, 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.

A full dinner at the end is offered to complete the ride.

Advertised as 4500 to 5000+ feet of climbing it can seem like more and if windy, can be tough.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: Golden Valley Bike Ride. Saturday September 8th, 2012

Postby Brian C » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:39 am

Finished up rewarding 4th Golden Valley Bike Ride on Saturday along with 25 other satisfied cyclists.

This challenging course offered up its usual spectacular views of the high country around Goldendale, countless ups and downs on traffic free roads, and the sheer 1000 foot cliffs of the Glenwood Canyon and its 4+ mile climb on a twisting road right on the edge of sheer cliffs. This view alone is worth this ride. Amazing!

It got somewhat hot at the end but not too bad and the traditional West to East Gorge winds turned around on us and decided to blow East to West but the winds only made an appearance late in the ride.

Homemade lasagna and countless other local made food wrapped up a nice ride.

Sadly the organizers informed me this ride will no longer be offered uneless some additional sponsers can step up along with some volunteers to market this nice ride out of Goldendale and the hills and canyons surrounding the city.

Thank you SAG for helping me out with a flat, thank you the organizers for putting on this ride for the past 4 years, and thank you Goldendale and all the hills, canyons and high country views, for 4 years of good memories.

Up next, the Farm-To-Farm century
Good Riding

Brian C
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