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Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour, Albany Sunday, Aug 10th

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:24 pm
by HalfBent
The Mid-Valley Bicycle Club is presenting its 30th Annual Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour, on Sunday, August 10, 2007. The start/finish is again at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center just off of I-5 in Albany.

It's a less crowded and more aerobic alternative bridge ride that day. There are peaceful, rural landscapes to soak up. A variety of ride choices to match your desired challenge (40 Family ride, 68, 85, 101 mile options). The route is flat to rolling with some surprise hills. A true short, steep one on the 85 & 100 route. Great food and support too!

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Save by registering by July 28th. Day of ride reg available.

I think it's a great ride and especially for Cycle Oregon trainees, but I'm biased since I've help put it on for over a decade!



PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:06 pm
by dunshay04
Can you please explain what "more aerobic alternative" means. I've been on a few organized rides this year where I felt like I was the forgotten one by the organizers of the event because I'm one of the slower riders on the course -- definitely not a hammer head -- but I can keep going and going and going. Case in point, the Firecracker 100 on the 4th in Bend. That ride was definitely not geared towards a rider like me -- I think it was meant for the more elite/fast riders that were really looking for the aerobic workout who had the ability to do 65 miles in a blink of an eye. Thanks. Sharon

PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:56 am
by Brian C
I'll be there for my 7th.

This is a nice ride that takes in 5 covered bridges in 101 miles. Shorter options are available with less covered bridges. About 3800 feet of elevation gain but you truly don’t feel it. 4 rest stops with tons of food. Sandwiches at rest stop #3, (50 miles) in Roaring River Park.

The vast majority of this course is basically flat and easy. Some of the roads are used for other century rides such as the Strawberry Century, and Peach of a Century.

Climbing occurs between rest stop #1 and 2, about 2 miles at 4 percent and a short killer climb of 13+ percent just before rest stop#2.

After rest stop #3 you have back to back (stair step) 11 percent climbs right out of the park but they are short. Total length for the two climbs is 1.9 miles. At about mile 60 or so you have a 1 mile climb at 9 percent prior to coming in to rest stop #3.

After rest stop #3 you are really done with the climbs. There are some rollers but nothing really hard and of little significance. The last 13 or so miles after rest stop #4 is usually into headwinds that depending on the weather can be hot.

This is a very nice century on very quiet roads. You cross 5 covered bridges. The rest stops are stocked with plenty of food, water, sports drinks.

As far as being more aerobic alternatives, it may mean that there are different mileage options as well as not needing to ride these routes at 20+ MPH. I see all levels of cyclists on these routes so there is no need for speed.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:27 am
by Force 5 Robert
I believe by "less crowded and more aerobic" he meant in comparison the the Portland Bridge Ride, which is more of a laid back mass ride of thousands of people the likes of which is quite amazing to experience.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:36 pm
by dunshay04
Now it makes sense -- I didn't realize the Portland Bridge Pedal was on the same day. Yes, I would agree -- anything would be less crowded and more aerobic than the Portland Bridge Pedal.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:05 pm
by HalfBent
Yes, the reference was aimed at the PDX Bridge Pedal.

My personal favorite of the routes offered is the 85 mile option.

I hope to see you in Albany!

Tailwinds (hopefully also on the finish on Aug 10th but not likely...),


PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:11 pm
by Force 5 Robert

I would like to do this ride - but I will be at the bridge pedal in PDX. Leaving early it can be a bit more aerobic if you want, but not much. Differnet scenery. :) I will be there with the entire family so it is kind of an event for us.

Last year at the bridge pedal I ran into 3 people I graduated college with that I had not seen in years - out of the huge crowd to boot. Crazy fun.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:24 am
by Don Bolton
MVBC as a hosting organization gives a nice "feel" to the event with support vehicles seemingly everywhere. If you've even a remote interest, this ride is well worth the commute required!

Its normal to have a misting shower archway at the Crabtree fire station rest stop to help cool one off from the heat. There are also numerous swimming holes along the route where one can take a quick dip.

Its a beautiful venue through lush lands on a loop where antique car clubs roam, as well as upscale motorcycle groups. You may be treated to vintage cars, or a parade of Gold Wings or both in addition to all the natural splendor.

At the base of the short but steep climb up to the Jordan rest stop is the site of what would be a sixth covered bridge. You can see its base foundations in the creek.

If you have ridden the SBC's Peach of a Century in late Sept you've seen this bridge as it was relocated to a park in Stayton used on the metric and full century route options. The current bridge is actually a rebuild since the original caught fire from some holiday lighting.

Also as you leave the lunch stop take note of the confluence of the Roaring River and Crabtree Creek. This area is noted in Ripley's Believe it or Not as the river flows into the creek not the normal creel to river flow.

Do take special effort to monitor approaching traffic and ride to the right and not side by side when traffic is near (even remotely). This area sees thousands of recreational use vehicles and does not have services to garner tourism revenues from them. As such the locals are a bit tired of all the "roadblocks" running around their peaceful slice of heaven.

Wave, smile, and pedal back to a simpler time.

Don "an ideal venue" Bolton

dunshay04 wrote:Now it makes sense -- I didn't realized the Portland Bridge Pedal was on the same day. Yes, I would agree -- anything would be less crowded and more aerobic than the Portland Bridge Pedal.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:15 pm
by Brian C
A good CBBT was had by 400 of us. A cool morning made for an easy spin to the first rest stop and it never really heated up to much after that for the rest of the ride.

The sun was out, the riders were all in good spirits and the food and lunch at Roaring River made all of us happy.

Even the headwinds for the last 11 miles from the last rest stop did not seem to hard like in years past.

Now if only we could do something about the wonderful chip seal on Main Street/Jefferson Scio Dr in Jefferson and the fresh chip seal with lots of gravel along the edges on Golden Valley Drive leading into Lebanon and its grunt of a 1-mile climb, which was that much harder due to no smooth rolling thanks to this chipseal. Blah.

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