Tour De Blast. Saturday June 20th

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Tour De Blast. Saturday June 20th

Postby Brian C » Thu May 21, 2009 1:59 pm

The annual right of passage to Mt Saint Helens. Toutle Lake, Washington. 16th annual Tour De Blast and I’ll be there for my 12th TDB

84 miles and about 8000 Ft of climbing. Others report 6400 Ft or so depending on who you talk to. An out and back course.

Shorter distances of 33 and 54 miles with less climbing. Basically, since this is an out and back course, you ride/climb as much as you want, and then turn around if you don’t want to go to Johnston Ridge. This is a beautiful ride with spectacular views of Mt Saint Helens and the Washington Cascades. A pure mountain ride al la the French Alps or The Pyrenees’.

4 major climbs await you. A 7.8-mile climb at 6% to Elk Rock , a 5.8-mile climb to Johnston Ridge at 6% topping at 10+% for the last ¾ of a mile or so. Now you turn around, fly down Johnston Ridge with its sweeping turns, then climb for 3-miles at 6% to Coldwater Ridge, and then climb up the backside of Elk Rock at 4 to 5% for 5.8 miles. There are shorter climbs of about ½ to 1 mile at 6% on the way out and back but these are your major challenges.

The climbs are long and the descents are wild and fast. The descent from Elk Rock coming out of the mountains is so long you get tired from being in the drops for so long.

Weather for the past 6 years has been wonderful, with one hot spell a few years ago that topped out at 90+ degrees. On the opposite end I have experienced sleet and snow with wind chills in the teens on several rides which resulted in the Johnston Ridge portion of the ride being closed due to ice conditions. Be prepared.

There is great sag support on this ride with busses to carry those who opt for support.

Wind also is a factor and typically picks up as the day gets long, resulting in strong headwinds after you come out of the mountains.

3 rest stops with tons of food, etc, an end of ride all you can eat pasta feed, salad, ice cream, and a photographer on the course, mile 3 or so, that takes your picture at the beginning, and then you can purchase it and the end of the ride.

This is a wonderful ride that fills up fast with cyclists and offers up fantastic scenery that will challenge your climbing legs throughout the course.
Good Riding

Brian C
Brian C
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Re: Tour De Blast. Saturday June 20th

Postby slv0700 » Thu May 21, 2009 7:29 pm

That ride is too boring; all up and then a fast decent. The ride down
is fun tho.
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