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Blackberry bRamble Sunday August 3rd

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:57 am
by Brian C
http://www.eugenegears.org/rides/bramble

I'll be there for my 8th bRamble.

There are shorter distances and an escape route offered by the organizers for those who don't want to do the century.

This is a wonderful ride on some super quiet roads that take us out to King Estate Hwy, Wolf Creek Pass in the coast range and its wonderful views, Fern Ridge Reservoir, and bike trails back to Alton Baker Park.

Tons of food at three rest stops with sandwiches and pasta salad at rest stop #2. A nice change from the standard rest stop menu.

Climbs include the rough 2 or so mile climb on Lorane Hwy leading out of town at about 4 to 5%.

Rollers and a few short climbs leading out to Lorane, nothing really tough.

A very nice 3-mile climb up Wolf Creek pass with numerous shorter climbs prior to this slog to the top. Grades of 4 to 8% can be expected. The views from the top are super.
Then a screaming fun technical descent from the top.

After this there are numerous other little climbs for the remainder of the ride into and out of rest stops 2 and 3 but nothing hard or long.

The views on some of these roads are beautiful taking in the coast range, rolling hills, and lush forests.

All in all I love this century and keep coming back year after year.

This is a winner and is well worth the trip to Eugene.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:54 pm
by MarbleMtn
It is a great ride. You can ramble along picking juicy blackberries right off the vines while enjoying beautiful scenery, quiet country roads and nice people.

Clyde

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:47 am
by Don Bolton
Actually the Lorraine through Wolf Creek sector of this ride is just beyond spectacular! Its as removed from civilization as one can get and very much like one of the CO days in paradise.

Climbing out of town on the beginning stretch of the Lorraine Hwy last year I passed numerous deer languishing roadside as I pedaled by.

I've found the Poodle Creek loop to have a tad more "Sunday drivers". (especially latter in the day with all the ATV crowd zooming toward Eugene from a weekend in the dunes) than I prefer but there is that one stretch of downhill where one can hit 50 MPH! Straight drop, no side roads. Pretty cool.

There is a clearly marked bail out in Crow that omits the Poodle creek loop but still you put in a 70 some mile day

There is nothing comparable to this ride in the PDX area.

Don "got it's name from all the free range poodles grazing there" Bolton
MarbleMtn wrote:It is a great ride. You can ramble along picking juicy blackberries right off the vines while enjoying beautiful scenery, quiet country roads and nice people.

Clyde

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:01 pm
by HalfBent
Ditto on the comments from Don and Brian. The bRamble is great ride. The run from the Lorraine rest stop to the Crow Rest stop is some of the best varied Coast Range cycling you can find. Almost feels like old growth in places. Frequently it's been cloudy and cool/overcast at the start and the sun comes out at the top of the Wolf Creek climb. I recommend starting closer to 7am if you can. (It's an hour drive for me too)

I agree especially with Don - the loop from Crow up around Poodle Creek to Fern Ridge is less interesting. I frequently ride the event as a "hilly 70" versus their flatter shorter choice. The 100 can be a grind and hot, but if you need the miles there are there. My least favorite part is crossing Hwy 126 at Noti to transition over to Poodle Creek Road.

I hope to be there for my # ??? (I lost count - done most of them!)

Tailwinds,

Joe

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:44 pm
by MarbleMtn
Local Lore has it that the wolves on Wolf Creek chased all their cute curly distant cousins across the Long Tom River to Poodle Creek. The poodles could prance across the cattle guards and dodge the RV's but the wolves were too shy. Now it is Wolf only Creek to the south and Poodles only Creek to the north.

Clyde

PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:58 am
by Brian C
Route change for 2008 bRamble.

Due to construction on Siuslaw River Road near the intersection with Wolf Creek Road, the entire section from Lorane, over Wolf Creek Pass, and into Crow has been closed this year. The organizers have re-routed the Century Riders on alternative roads that will take us into Crow, and then we will continue on the standard course as in previous bRambles.

We will get in 100-miles

Route change maps will be available at the registration table when we check in.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:29 am
by Brian C
The revised bRamble for this year was a good one but could someone turn off the wind.

The revised course for this year took us on some very nice wooded roads with views of lush rolling hills surrounding Creswell and Lorane. The climbs on Dillard Road and the grunt of a climb on Camas Swale/Hamm Road got the hard climbing done early. Heck, even the deer were out on the descent down Hamm Road from the summit, grazing along the roadside.

It seemed mother nature wanted to turn up the winds, as no matter which direction the roads took us, the old adage, cycling is always "into the wind" seemed to hold true. The wind had a nice cooling affect though, so it wasn't all that bad.

All in all a very nice revised course to the always wonderful Blackberry bRamble.

Up next, the Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour.