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FREE TRAINING RIDES

GO TO TRAINING RIDES FOR:   MARCH - APRIL - MAY

Congratulations for setting the goal of participating in Reach the Beach for the American Lung Association.  Your friends and fellow cyclists from Portland Wheelmen Touring Club (PWTC) will once again be conducting training rides starting on February 17, 2018 and running through the weekend of May 12 & 13.  We want you to have a fun and successful Reach the Beach and that will mean some time in the saddle.

Riders and Water TowerWe heard you!  We will be offering our usual core group of rides to get you ready for that full century (100 miles) from the Portland start.  However, we know some of you are striving for the shorter distances.  We will offer additional training rides geared for those shorter routes.  Use our PWTC.com Ride Calendar to find those additional rides.  More rides will be offered on Sundays as well.  Please keep in mind that ANY Portland Wheelmen club ride can be your training ride.  It needn’t be specifically labeled as a “Reach the Beach” training ride.  However, those indicated to be Reach the Beach Training rides will have ride leaders that are looking for you Reach the Beach participants and they will be more cognizant of your needs.

The goal is set.  The means to reach that goal is at hand.  PWTC encourages you to enjoy the journey to your goal.  Have fun with the training rides.  Let our club do the work: we’ll find routes, we’ll steer you to a great bakery or coffee stop, we’ll talk cycling and gear and encourage you; we’ll help you improve your skills and increase your confidence.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the ride leader(s) listed in the ride description at PWTC.com.  That’s why the phone numbers are listed.

Remember to watch the PWTC.com Ride Calendar for listings of ALL training rides.  That is your best source of current information.

Looking forward to seeing you out on the road.

Portland Wheelmen Touring Club

PWTC.com

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:   MARCH - APRIL - MAY


MARCH 17

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Clark County Cruiser.  Distance 60 miles (or fewer).  Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Tri-Met Park & Ride, NE 96th & Sandy Blvd.  Cross into Washington and explore parts of Ride Around Clark County’s route (August 18).  Beautiful rural scenery, not to mention a couple of crossings of the mighty Columbia.  Cut it short by turning around at any point and retracing your tire tracks.  (you will have a map!)

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



MARCH 24

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Sauvie Island.  Distance 27 to 77 miles with shorter options as well.  Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot next to the bridge on Sauvie Island.  Explore the island itself then head west on Highway 30 as far as you desire to get the mileage you want.  Eat lunch in quaint Scappoose or St. Helens.  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



March 31

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.  Head west to Kelly Point Park then over the I-5 Bridge into lovely Vancouver, Washington.  Grab some coffee and a pastry and head east to the Glenn Jackson Bridge to get back into the Beaver State.  Continue east along Marine Drive to Troutdale and Crown Point for 71 miles or eliminate that leg (about 20 miles) and go back to Wilshire Park.  The scenery will include rivers, farms, fields, cities, small towns and a beautiful view from Crown Point.
Level B/C.
Ride Leader:  Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



APRIL 7

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Wheatland.  Distance 44 miles & 62 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 Leaders:  Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell and  Scott Poindexter (971) 645-0461



APRIL 14

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Kelly Point, Vancouver and Bridal Veil.  Distance 83 miles with multiple shorter variations.  Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Wilshire Park at NE 36th and Skidmore.  Head west to Kelly Point Park then over the I-5 Bridge into lovely Vancouver, Washington.  Grab some coffee and a pastry and head east to the Glenn Jackson Bridge to get back into the Beaver State.  Continue east along Marine Drive to Troutdale and Bridal Veil as far east as we can go due to fire damage.  The scenery will include rivers, farms, fields, cities, small towns and a beautiful view from Crown Point continuing on to Bridal Veil Falls.  Approximately 4,800 feet of elevation gain if you do the entire route

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



APRIL 21

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Triple (3!) Volcano Ride.  Distance 27 miles.  Leaves at 9:30 a.m. from Woodstock Park, SE 47th and Steele, Portland, OR.  Instead of distance the focus will be on climbing hills.  Yes, there are some climbs on Reach the Beach!  Get some pointers, use those Granny Gears and open up that chest for more oxygen as you tackle about 2,100 feet of elevation gain.  Coffee stop after.

Non-Group ride.
Level B.
Ride Leaders:  Ann Morrow 360.608.3173 and Cindy Bernert-Coppola, 503.781.1822l



APRIL 28

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 5

PWTC REACH THE BEACH TRAINING RIDE.  Canby-Molalla River.  Distance 75 miles (variations available).  Leaves at 8:30 from Eco Park, 1470 NE Territorial Road, Canby, Oregon.  (Hwy 99 south from Oregon City, right on NE Territorial Road then right on N Molalla Forest Road).  This is a proposed Scenic Area Bike Route using the “Old Logging Road” bike path to cross over 99E on the south side of Canby.  From there, the route follows rural roads to Molalla, Feyer Park, Dickie and finally enters the Molalla River Recreational Area and ends at Copper Creek Bridge, just outside of Table Rock Wilderness Area.  Food available in Molalla (Las Delicias, 115 Robbins St a possibility) but bring plenty of supplies as this is a very rural ride.

Non-Group ride.
Level B/C depending on your route.  About 2,300 feet of elevation gain.
Ride Leader:  Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell



MAY 12

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.  This ride is mostly rural so bring plenty of water and food to sustain you.

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



MAY 19

REACH THE BEACH!  Distance 26/55/80/104.  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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