2013 Strawberry Century. June 8th

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2013 Strawberry Century. June 8th

Postby Brian C » Mon May 13, 2013 12:23 pm

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

Saturday June 8th

Goes off from Lebanon, Oregon, Lebanon High School. We'll be there going for our 10th 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 fast 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, just after a short steep climb, which everyone seems to stop at, 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 11+%) of the course, and then its many rollers and flats 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, the remaining roads for the most part are smooth with easy riding all the way to Brownsville.

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.

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

Brian C
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