Golden Valley Bike ride

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Golden Valley Bike ride

Postby Brian C » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:57 am

Saturday September 12th, Goldendale, Washington

http://goldendalechamber.org/index.php? ... ls&did=259

The second year this ride has been offered. Multiple courses of 30 miles, a Metric Century and a Full Century.

The Metric and full century takes riders down into the Glenwood Canyon, a wild and twisting road into an incredible canyon with sheer drops off's of 500 to 1000 feet and amazing views. The century riders continue on up out of it to the small town of Glenwood. The climb to Glenwood is 12-miles but its easy with a grade of around 2% most of the way and then flattens out.
The metric riders turn around at the bottom of the canyon where there is a rest stop, and climb back out, a 4 to 5 mile climb at 6 to 7% the entire way.
The Century riders get to do this as well, as from Glenwood they re-trace their steps back through the canyon.

From then on you ride around the high country plains East of Goldendale and its wide open views many mountains and several ups and downs of the rolling countryside. 4-rest stops for the Century riders offer up food and water.

Traditional West to East Gorge Winds come into play for this ride so be prepared.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: Golden Valley Bike ride

Postby Brian C » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:34 am

A virtually windless day with mild to hot temps offered up great riding conditions yesterday for this ride.

Goldendale more times than not has strong West to East winds which can wear you down when you ride there. Well not this time. Wonderful crisp fall air with no wind greeted the 36 or so of us who showed up for this fine ride. 16 to 19 of us did the Full Century and the Glenwood Canyon did not disappoint as the 1500 ft cliffs, incredible views and twisting snake like road offered up wild descents and a 5.4 mile climb back up with the canyon views to take your mind off the 5% grade going up.

From there the high plains of the Goldendale valley with virtually traffic free roads carried us around and back to Goldendale.

Course volunteers kept in constant contact with us via sag wagons and HAM Radio support and the 4 rest stops offered up tons of food and water.

Temps topped out at 90 degrees by the afternoon and the winds did pick up some but from East to West, unusual, so we did have some headwinds going back to town, but nothing to hard.

This is a course that challenges you but offers up incredible views, great volunteers, and lots of food, including lasagna at the end.

A nice day was had by all.

Up next, The Peach of a Century
Good Riding

Brian C
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