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Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour. June 28th

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:11 am
by Brian C
Saturday, June 28th. Trout Lake, Washington.

I’m going back for my 2nd time with this one.
A beautiful ride with incredible views of Mt Adams and the surrounding mountain peaks. Two loops for this tour. Combine them both for a full century. A 54-miler into the mountains and a 51-miler in rolling country side. There is also an 11-mile family route.

For the century you do the mountain loop first. Climbing begins right away at 2.5 miles into the loop. Thank goodness the 14-mile climb had numerous easy sections so it was not a constant grind. Average grade of about 3 to 5% with some short steeper sections. Screaming downhills after this until a rest stop at about 22 miles. More downhills after this and then a left on forest road 88 and a 6.8 mile steady climb at about 6% with several sections of packed dirt that you need to be careful on. A rest stop at the top and then rolling roads for the next 3.2 miles until you bombed down to the finish on a wonderful wide twisting road with a surface as smooth as glass.

You go back to the Trout Lake School for re-fueling and then proceed onto the 51 mile loop. A freewheel 11-mile ride to BZ Corner and then a left to a 3-mile climb at 6% to a rest stop. A short 1 mile or so section of flats and then the toughest climb of the course, 3-miles at 8%. From here it’s mostly flat with wonderful views of Mt Adams and the surrounding country to the next rest stop. Then 20+-miles back to the school on rollers with numerous short climbs that do test you until you bomb down a steep grade to the flat roads around Trout Lake and wind your way to the end.

Most of this ride is at elevations from 2200 feet to 3900+ feet with mountains all around.

Burgers, dogs, sausages, etc., finish up this challenging ride.

Advertised as 6500 to 7000 ft of climbing.

Worth the trip to Trout Lake. You will love the scenery.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:29 am
by Brian C
Completed my 2nd Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour this past Saturday. Started out nice and comfortable and ended up hot but completed.

What was interesting was due to a snowy winter, the mountain loop had us only riding an out-and-back climb to the top of the first summit. 29 miles round trip. Why? 4 feet of snow was still on the roads beyond this point.

So for the century riders we all wound up with 80-miles instead of 105.

In a way this was a blessing in disguise as the heat really cranked up the last 20-miles and the final three short climbs had us all gasping for air in 90 degree heat.

The views of Mt Adams were wonderful, with lots of snow on the mountain and surrounding peaks. Beautiful country.

Plenty of food at all rest stops and the at the school brought an end to a shortened but still rewarding event.

We take a break for the month of July as the Pedal The Pinchot has been canceled and plan next for the Blackberry bRamble in August.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:31 am
by Force 5 Robert
Finished this as well on our 'bents - what a downhill after the climbs!!! :)

I agree that the heat near the end was crazy - what a chancge from discovering the snow in the AM at the top to have the blistering heat at the end there.

Here is a video of the ride. (make sure to click - watch in high quality - to the lower right of the video)

Trout Lake Ride Video

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:26 pm
by Brian C
Sweet video