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Pioneer Century, Saturday June 6th

PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:26 pm
by Brian C ... tury_2009/

Pioneer Century. Saturday, June 6th

3 distances of 55 miles, 45 miles and a new 32 mile course this year, with all courses starting and ending at the Canby Fairgrounds. Do the 55 and 45 miles loops for the full century or you can do the 32 and 45 mile courses for 77 combined miles.

$20.00 pre-registration (members), $25.00 (non-members), or $30.00 day of registration fees. Includes full lunch at the Canby Fairgrounds where all routes meet for lunch.

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 for the century, 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 for about another 2 miles with several flat sections before the top. From there you encounter a series of rollers, some short and steep, for the next 6 or so miles with long winding downhills until you reach the valley floor.

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.

We’ll be there for our 10th time on this pleasant century.

Re: Pioneer Century, Saturday June 6th

PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:34 pm
by Brian C
A windy but rain free Pioneer Century went off on Saturday. Despite light rain in Portland and a very light mist that rolled through at 6:30AM just prior to my departure, the roads were dry and no rain came down for the rest of this nice ride.

Now the winds on the other hand were strong, expecially from the South West and this made for tough riding on the 45-mile course as you were fighting the winds all the way to the rest stop and then we had cross winds for a little bit on the final 20-miles.

All in all though this was a good ride and big crowds turned out as all the rests stops were full. The addition of the 34-mile course was used by numerous riders who decided to avoid the hills on the 55-mile course.

Up next, the Strawberry Century

Re: Pioneer Century, Saturday June 6th

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:47 pm
by slv0700
Brian, I missed the ride because at 5 a.m. it was storming at my house
so decided not go to, but I have the route and want to do it some weekend, but what's the climbing information on going up to Kokel Corner ? How long and steep? Thanks.

Re: Pioneer Century, Saturday June 6th

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:18 am
by Brian C
The initial climb is around 1 to 2 miles or so at 6%. There are few false flats and short descents before you reach the top.

Then you encounter rollers for the next 5 or so miles, short, but some steep little guys.

You are mostly going downhill but the rollers just come along at various times. Nothing really hard.

Then freewheel to the valley floor and return along the farmroads.

Re: Pioneer Century, Saturday June 6th

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:30 pm
by slv0700
Thanks Brian.......that sounds perfect ! Will do it one of these nice