FREE TRAINING RIDES

The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club will conduct a series of training rides to help prepare you for Reach the Beach.  Just show up, depending on your schedule and skill level (see Rating System),  at the stated time and location to participate in these great rides. There is no fee and no advance sign up is required, but it is generally a good idea to call first to confirm the ride details.

BRING:

Your bike, tire pump, patch kit, spare tube, tire irons, tools, food/snacks/filled water bottle, money for a phone call, grocery stops or emergencies, personal ID, and clothes appropriate for the weather.  Please wear an ANSI, CPSC or Snell approved helmet

RATING SYSTEM:

  • A-Basically flat, no steep hills.

  • B-Gently rolling terrain with one or two short hills.

  • C-Moderate terrain with rolling, short, steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs.

  • D-Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills.

  • E-Extreme terrain with frequent, steep hills and long, sustained climbs.

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GO TO TRAINING RIDES FOR:   FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL - MAY

FEBRUARY 18

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Discovery Trial Vancouver. Distance 30 miles.  Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Tri-Met Park & Ride, NE 96th & Sandy Blvd.  Use the Glenn Jackson Bridge to travel into Washington State. Discover Discovery Trail to head west then use city streets south into Vancouver.  Enjoy the beauty of the Columbia while traveling back towards the Glenn Jackson Bridge.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



FEBRUARY 25

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Vancouver and Blue Lake Park. Distance 48 miles. Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Wilshire Park at NE 36th and Skidmore. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include rivers and urban areas.

Non-Group ride.
Level B.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MARCH 4

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Oregon City. 35 & 50 mile options. Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Sellwood Waterfront Park (by the Oaks Park entrance). Loop Around Oregon City and then out Redland Road for some chronic rollers, beautiful scenery including great views of Mt. Hood. Head out to Barton Store to catch your breath before we head up Amisigger Road.  After that last climb it’s mostly flat as we finish the ride on Springwater Corridor for the final 18 miles.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MARCH 11

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Champoeg State Park. Distance 55 miles. Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from the Newberg Library at 503 E Hancock Street, Newberg. Use the parking lot at the corner of East Hancock and North Howard Streets. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields, small towns and nurseries.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MARCH 18

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  RACC Preview.  Distance 60 miles. Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Tri-Met Park & Ride, NE 96th & Sandy Blvd.  The scenery includes a lake, farms and small communities.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MARCH 25

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Sauvie Island. Distance 64 to 67 miles with shorter options as well. Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot next to the bridge. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields and small communities.

Non-Group ride.
Level B.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



APRIL 1

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Crown Point. Distance 71 miles with a shorter option as well.  Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Wilshire Park at 36th and Skidmore. Mostly flat city and rural roads with some hills. The scenery will include rivers, farms, fields, cities, small towns and on beautiful view from Crown Point.  

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



APRIL 15

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Champoeg Version 2. Distance 55 miles with a shorter option as well. Leaves at 9:00 a.m.  from the Newberg Library at 503 E Hancock Street, Newberg. Use the parking lot at the corner of East Hancock and North Howard Streets. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields, small towns and nurseries.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leaders: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell and  Scott Poindexter (971) 645-0461



APRIL 22

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Crown Point and Mulltnomah Falls. Distance 75 miles with a shorter option as well. Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Wilshire Park at NE 36th and Skidmore. Mostly flat city and rural roads with some hills. The scenery will include rivers, farms, fields, cities, small towns and a beautiful view from Crown Point continuing on to Multnomah Falls.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



APRIL 29

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Banks/Vernonia/Hagg Lake.  Distance 42/45/94/105 miles (many other variations available). Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Banks trailhead of Banks Vernonia Linear Trail. (West on Highway 26 to Banks and the Trailhead for the Linear Trail on the North end of town.) The Banks to Vernonia Linear Trail out and back option is 42 miles. Includes one short steep hill for a Level B rating. Banks to Hagg Lake option is 52 miles (round trip) with an 11 mile option around Hagg Lake.  A B rating is awarded for around the lake (lots of rollers).  All route variations include wonderful rural scenery.  Horse etiquette on the Banks Vernonia Trail is to slow for the equestrians and talk to riders (and horses!) asking for their instructions to pass so as not to spook their animal.

Non-Group ride.
Level B.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MAY 6

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Ride Around Clark County (R.A.C.C.). Distance 18/34/67/100 miles. Leaves between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. from Clark Community College in Vancouver, WA. 1820 Fort Vancouver Way at Hanna Hall. Route is mostly rural roads with scenery including cities, farms, fields, rivers and small communities.  This event ride is put on by Vancouver Bicycle Club so you must register and pay their designated fee (http://www.vbc-usa.com).   The 67 mile route is a good ride for those doing Reach the Beach for the first time. The 100 mile (century) is challenging but a great option.  This ride is also approved by PWTC for club mileage so sign in at Hanna Hall or contact the ride leader with your mileage and rider number.

Non-Group ride.
Level A/B/C/D/E depending on your route.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MAY 13

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE. Ripplebrook. Distance 100 miles with a shorter option as well. This route is out and back so you can turn around at any time. Leaves at 7:30 a.m. from the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City. Ride out to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station and back enjoying a mostly flat ride with an optional big climb.  Great views of the Clackamas River, small communities and rural roads.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MAY 20

REACH THE BEACH! Distance 26/55/104. Leaves at 7:00 a.m. from Conestoga Middle School, 12250 SW Conestoga Drive, Beaverton for the 104 mile ride. Check Reachthebeach.org for additional details.  You must register and pay the appropriate fees to participate. This is what you’ve been training for so have a wonderful ride and be safe.

Non-Group ride.
Level A/B/C/D depending on your route.
Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell

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