Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour. Saturday June 29th, 2013

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Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour. Saturday June 29th, 2013

Postby Brian C » Mon May 27, 2013 11:43 am ... ycle-tour/

2013 Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour

Saturday June 29th. Trout Lake, Washington. 25-miles North of Hood River in the Washington Cascade Mountains

We'll be there for our 6th 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+%. The gradient eases up for a few miles and then kicks again at about 7% for a mile or so and from then on the remaining miles are not too bad with gradients of around 3 to 5% 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 a sustained long downhill from mile 14 until a rest stop at about 22 miles. It can be chilly on the descent being in the forest and at elevation, so you may wish to carry a vest etc..which you can shed on the next climb.

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 pedaling. 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. There is an unmanned water stop at the top of the climb if you need water.

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. Last year we had some rains and strong winds throughout so be prepared.

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. This is a climbing ride.

Worth the trip to Trout Lake.
Good Riding

Brian C
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