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Pioneer Century. Saturday June 7th

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 7:44 am
by Brian C
Canby, Oregon-Canby Fairgrounds. ... r_century/

Formerly known as the Spring Century.

A two loop course of 55 miles and 45 miles with both courses starting and ending at the Canby Fairgrounds. Do both loops for the full century.

1 rest stop on each loop and the shared rest stop at the fairgrounds with a nice lunch offered up by Chris King components.

4414 feet of climbing with the vast majority of the climbing on the 55 mile loop and compacted around Molalla and the surrounding hills. You explore the hills via Sawtell Road and its 6+% climb with the rest stop about 2 miles into the climb. Then continue to the summit and from then on a series of rollers, some short and steep, for the next 6 or so miles with long winding downhills.

Once out of the hills its valley roads back to the fairgrounds and then go out on the 45-mile loop which explores the valley roads around Champoeg Park, and surrounding communities. This loop is mostly flat with some minor hills here and there.

PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 12:27 pm
by Lazlo
I signed up for the 55 miler. Are there route maps anywhere? I can't find them on the website.

PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:34 am
by Brian C
There are no maps on line. Maps will be available on day of ride.

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 2:07 pm
by slv0700
How long is the climb to the summitt ?

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 6:55 am
by Brian C
About 3+ miles. Its a steady climb to the rest stop (55-mile loop). Then you leave the rest stop and do a series of rollers, mostly up, to the summit, which it probably about 1 mile or so later.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:00 am
by bradc
My son and I are doing the 55-mile loop. Two weeks ago, we rode a section of this ride by starting at Feyrer Park and hooking up with Sawtell Road via Mathias Road. We road up to Kokel Corner, and then went about 5 miles past that point and turned around and came back the same way. Does anyone know whether tomorrow's ride goes further into the foothills?

Our plan two weeks ago was to loop around on Maple Grove Road at Kokel Corner and come back into Molalla by taking Bird and Wilholt Roads, but we missed Kokel Corner. It's good to write the road names right on the map if you're not familiar with the area and you print it out off Google Earth, e.g.

This was on that evening we had the massive thunderstorms and torrential rain come in over the Cascades. We got to within 2 miles of the car when the rain and wind hit us head-on. It was the most amazing thing to be on a bike in the most intense downpour and wind I have ever experienced. It rained so hard that we couldn't tell where the edge of the chipseal pavement was because the rain water was about 2 inches deep on the road. The only other time I've been in rain like that was last summer when we vacationed in AZ and were driving near Flagstaff. I told my son that it's pretty safe to assume that the rain couldn't be any worse than that on CO this September. We drove home to Willamette through Molalla and OR City, following the storm the whole way. The water was nearly 6" deep running over the streets in Molalla, and the rock cliffs along I-205 by the Willamette Falls was almost a continuous cascade of water - really an amazing sight.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:35 am
by Brian C
A comfortable Pioneer went off this past Saturday. My 2nd time on this course after it was changed from the 7 previous times I road the old Spring Century course. The skies were overcast but it never rained and at times the sun did manage to peak out on occasion.

The 55-mile loop was very quiet and it seemed the 45-mile loop appeared to have more cyclists on it. The rest stops had tons of food at them and the fajitas cooked up by Chris King Components at the fairgrounds were a wonderful addition to hungry riders.

Cool riding and nice tail winds for the last 20 miles added up to a good 101 mile day in the saddle.

Up next, the Strawberry Century.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:50 am
by Lazlo
I did the 55 mile course and had a great time. No rain and cool but comfortable temperatures. It was quiet; I had much of the descent section to myself, it was awesome. Really well marked course, rest stops in just the right locations, and delicious fajitas. Next year I'll do the whole century. How does the one big climb compare to what we'll encounter on CO? It wasn't long, but it was pretty steep for me.