Cycle For the Health of It. May 30th

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Cycle For the Health of It. May 30th

Postby Brian C » Fri May 01, 2009 7:42 am

Cycle for the Health of It, Saturday May 30th

Goldendale, WA

26, 46, 68 and 100 miles

$40.00 to $50.00 entrance fess depending on the course you choose.

Includes 3 rests stops on the century course and lunch/dinner

http://goldendalechamber.org/index.php? ... Itemid=130

E-Mail = goldeneventplanning@gorge.net

Updated info = http://www.goldendalechamber.org

I’ll be doing my 2nd of three times this ride has been offered.

Last year the course went East of Goldendale into the wind farms of the upper Klickitat Valley but this year they are returning to the first time century course of two years ago which I did.

The course wanders along the Goldendale plateau heading West to get the prevailing East winds of the Columbia River Gorge out of the way early. There are numerous ups and downs but nothing hard and all short. Then you descend to the Klickitat river in a wild and amazing Gorge, with 1000FT sheer drops off and no guard rails. An amazing road with twists, turns, and views that are spectacular.

Descend to Lyle in the Columbia River Gorge through the small town of Kickitat following right alongside the Kickitat river with beautiful scenery, all the way to Lyle.

Then climb 8-miles back up to the Goldendale plateau on Centerville Hwy, with average grades of 6+% the entire way and several false flats and summits. This is the hardest part of the course. The gorge winds should now be at your tails so at least you will have the winds to push you up this long climb and once at the top you can basically soft pedal the entire way to Centerville with the help of the winds.

From here its back to Goldendale with views as far as you can see of Mt Adams and high plains.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: Cycle For the Health of It. May 30th

Postby Brian C » Sun May 31, 2009 11:49 am

Beautiful bright blue skies and easy winds greeted the 30 or so of us who showed up for this nice ride on Saturday. Views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams abounded througout this ride and the gorges we descended into and climbed out of are beautiful.

The roads were quiet throughout as about 13 of us took on the century challenge.

Light winds worked to your advantage up until Centerville Hwy and then the headwinds kicked in until the ups and down of the gorge foothills. The rollers lasted until you reached the long twisting descent to Lyle. The organizers gave us food coupons and lunch was anything on the menu in a cafe in Lyle. Very nice.

Then on to Klikitat along the Klikitat river and tail winds helped out. By now the temperature was topping out a 90+ degrees and the 5+ mile brutal climb up the Klikitat Gorge with no guradrail and sheer dropoffs hurt.

Once at the top it was tailwinds, some rollers, and heat to the end.

This ride continues to have amazing supprt personnel with countless SAG vehicles roving the course, checking on all the riders status. They even carry water, food, etc...

An end of ride Pasta feed closed out a very nice ride, even in the heat.

I continue to be impressed with the organizers of this ride. They do an amazing job.

Up next, the Pioneer Century
Good Riding

Brian C
Good Riding

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