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Harvest Century

PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:21 am
by Jackson
Sunday, October 7th.

Proceeds benefit Community Vision.

$45 registrations includes: t-shirt, continental breakfast and coffee from Nossa Familia, rest stops every 15 miles, lunch, sag & mechanical support, live music at the finish, pint of Rogue ALe or hot apple cider & a carmamel apple.

Three supported loop routes beginning at Historic Champoeg State Park.

102 mile route - Scenic, relatively flat course. Lunch served at 50 miles

75 mile route - challenging but the easies route. Lunch served at 50 miles.

42 mile route - Challenging course contains steep climbs and breathtaking descents. Beginners strongly discouraged from riding this option. Lunch served at the finish.

Volunteered last year and will be back again this fall.


PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:58 am
by Brian C
Did this ride last year and will be there for my 2nd.

The last organized century on the Pacific Northwest event calendar.

5 rest stops on the century course.

Climbing occurs on the Camby Ferry crossing, a grunt of a climb out of the river heading North from the ferry for about ½ mile at 15+% in spots. This guy is tough.

A succession of climbs on Beef Bend Road near Aloha, Beaverton to Hwy 219 with rest stop 2 located on Beef Bend.

Mostly farmland roads to rest stop #3 (lunch) and then #4 North of Forest Grove with short and medium length climbs throughout the Forest Grove region. Nothing too hard.

Then we come back along roads used by the Vine Ride earlier this year as we pass Gaston and enter Newburg. Rollers, medium length and short climbs that do require an effort into Newburg.

Finally back to Champoeg Park along 99W as we cross over the river.

Advertised as 2900 or so feet of climbing it may seem like more but its only in spots that you have to work.

Last years rain made for sloppy roads from mile 65 to the end but everyone enjoyed the ride and the organizers had great rest stops with tons of food, and plenty at the end as well.

A good way to end your "Century" cycling season.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:41 pm
by David R
They need to change the centruy route, I spent way to much time at red lights. How many stop signs are on this ride? 100, more?

I'd like to be more supportive but urban sprawl has clobbered this route.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:51 pm
by Force 5 Robert
David R wrote:They need to change the centruy route, I spent way to much time at red lights. How many stop signs are on this ride? 100, more?

I'd like to be more supportive but urban sprawl has clobbered this route.

Yuck. If that is that case then sounds not so hot.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:17 pm
by Brian C
The most "urban" section is between rests stops 1 and 2 with the route going through North Wilsonville, Sherwood and crossing 99W along Scholls-Sherwood Road and Beef Bend Road. Giving the early hours of Sunday AM for century riders, the traffic is light.

Additionally, going through Newberg at the and we encounter lights as well but the route bypasses the main roads and goes along residential streets with the occassional stop sign.

As far as stop signs/traffic lights, I doubt there are 100+ and it is not anything that other urban/rural centuries deal with.

Granted it is not totally farmlands but this is Washington County after all.

Hope this helps

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:06 am
by Brian C
Finished up our cycling season on Sunday, October 7th with a nice 2nd time riding the Harvest Century.

The threat of rain held off all day until 4:30 PM so if you got back to the start/finish before then you were spared the heavy downpours of the late afternoon.

Tons of us showed up for 7AM start time as we all prepared under the cloudy dark skies of early morning. They opened the park early and the lines moved quickly for our registration packets and ride numbers.

It seems we all had the same thing in mind, get this ride done as fast as we can to avoid the inevitable rains that were coming. Thankfully this didn't happen and we enjoyed a nice 103 miles around the farmlands of Washington County with the occassionaly journey into urban America as well.

Taking the Canby ferry with about 60+ or more cyclists on it to grunt up the wall out of the river was an interesting site.

If only the headwinds from mile 65 to the end had lightened up or changed direction. Whew! They were tough.

Plenty of food at the rest stops and good people made this ride go off without a hitch.

All in all a nice closure to a good season of event rides in the Pacific Northwest.

Until next season