2011 Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour. Sunday August 14th

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2011 Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour. Sunday August 14th

Postby Brian C » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:10 am

Albany, Oregon just off the I5 freeway at the Linn County Fairgrounds on the East side of the freeway

Sunday August 14th
Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour

We'll be there for our 10th CBBT.

This is a nice ride that takes in 5 covered bridges in 101 miles. Shorter options of 40, 68 and and 85 miles are available with less covered bridges. About 3800 feet of elevation gain for the century but you truly don’t feel it. 5 rest stops with tons of food. Sandwiches at rest stop #3 in Roaring River Park, which is a nice change from typical rest stop food.

The vast majority of this course is basically flat and easy and takes in numerous roads used in other centuries such as the Strawberry Century earlier this year and the Peach of a Century in September.

Climbing occurs between rest stop #1 and 2, about 2-miles of climbing at 4 percent with flat sections along the way. Nothing super hard. Then there is a short killer climb of 13+ percent just before rest stop #2. This is a grunt of a climb.

After rest stop #3 (lunch at Roaring River) 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 including the false flat between the two climbs. Continue to Bellinger Scale Road, and then head into Lebanon by taking Mt Hope/Golden Valley Drive and its 1-mile climb at 9 percent prior to coming in to rest stop #4 in Lebanon.

After rest stop #4 you are really done with the climbs as you begin your journey back to Albany on a few of the roads used in the Strawberry Century. There are some rollers but nothing really hard and of little significance. All of these roads are very quiet with mostly limited traffic, and offer up wonderful views of nice farmlands and the surrounding rolling hills.

The last 13 or so miles after rest stop #5 is usually into headwinds. Last year the winds were managable and not the hard hot winds that can sometimes come along.

This is a very nice century on quiet roads. If you enjoy the Strawberry Century you should enjoy this one as well.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: 2011 Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour. Sunday August 14th

Postby Brian C » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:42 am

Completed CBBT #10 on Sunday. A nice cloud cool morning gave way to sunny skies with temps topping out in the high 70's by rides end for good cycling weather.

Spoke to several first time riders of this event and they were pleased with how it went. A detour had us double back on the Covered Bridge on Richardson Gap road for those so inclined to cross it and the condition of Hungry Hill Road was amazing. Thank goodness the poor, gravel filled, poor chip seal, whatever, was going in the opposite direction.

Continued kudos to Mid Valley Cycling Club for year after year, putting on a good ride.

Up next, the extreme climbing of the Portland Century.
Good Riding

Brian C
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