PBC Free Training Rides

Free Training Rides
Presented by Ann Morrow, Mark Detrick, Dick Weber, and Corey Eng
Portland Bicycling Club
(formerly Portland Wheelmen Touring Club)

portlandbicyclingclub_260.pngCongratulations for setting the goal of participating in Reach the Beach for the American Lung Association. I know many of us are excited by the prospect of a new route to the beach.

Whether you have set your sights on the Ride in Person on May 20 or the Cycle Your Way alternative, your cycling friends from Portland Bicyling Club (PBC) will be sharing FREE training rides starting in mid-February and running through May 13. We want you to have a fun and successful Reach the Beach and that will mean time in the saddle.

We’ll announce each ride on the Reach the Beach Oregon Facebook Group. You can then find the details of these rides on our club’s monthly ride schedule, and you can join us for a bike ride. Please refer to PortlandBicyclingClub.com.

The ride leader contact information is on our calendar, and you are encouraged to call them directly for details not contained in the ride description. My contact information is below.

Our objective will be to get you ready for that full century (100 miles) from the Sauvie Island start. However, we know some of you are striving for shorter distances. Most of the routes we will be sharing have variations for shorter distances. Also, if you want something different than what you see offered, please do not hesitate to ask. PBC has a huge archive of maps, and we will do our best to help you find routes to ride that meet your needs.

If you are riding the CYCLE YOUR WAY option, we can help you find a fun route to use for your “Reach the Beach” virtual ride. For example, if you want to do about 50 miles for your “Ride Your Way” option it can be challenging to figure out a route so it will be safe and fun and interesting. We can help.

Additionally, if you are riding “Your Way,” you might want to make this a family affair. Maybe some shorter distances with the kiddos would enable you get them involved as well. Let us help.

The goal is set. The means to reach that goal is at hand. PBC 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 try to steer you to a great bakery or coffee stop and we know where there’s an open bathroom! (Usually!)

Dick Weber, Mark Detrick, Corey Eng, and I are looking forward to helping you in this 2023 riding season! We’ll be flexible and help you roll whatever comes along.

Ann Morrow
Portland Bicycling Club
anniedmor@gmail.com
PortlandBicyclingClub.com


Training Ride Schedule
Presented by Portland Bicycling Club

These training rides are free and you don’t need to be a club member to ride. Please contact the ride leader for any questions about these training rides.

Attention: Always check the PBC calendar for changes and cancellation within 24 hours of the departure date! Rides commence in cold and wet weather; however, if conditions are deemed unsafe, the ride will be cancelled.

Training Ride Information

  • Distance 38.7 miles
  • Leaves at 10:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41596591
  • Lovely coffee shop ride! REI to South Store Café and back. The first in the Westside Sunday Reach the Beach training series. Today we explore the Westside hills south of Sunset Hwy, featuring some nice rollers and smoothly paved roads. Planned stop at the namesake café
  • Regroup ride. Level B. Brisk pace. 1,173 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 30 miles.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Tri-Met Park & Ride, NE 96th & Sandy Blvd.
  • This interstate ride provides the experience of the Mighty Columbia River headed West to the I-5 Bridge, the Discovery/Burnt Bridge Creek Trail back to the east in Clark County, a delicious bakery stop and then the crossing of the big river again on the Glenn Jackson Bridge to the start location.
  • Non-Group ride, shorter group option will be available that may or may not cross bridges depending on the group.
    20-22 miles. 12-13 mph. Level B/C.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503.781.3938 cell 

  • Distance 39.8 miles
  • Leaves at 10:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41584036
  • Ride the beautiful low-traffic Westside backroads. This ride starts off heading north on Helvetia Rd to climb Logie Trail to the ride’s summit on Skyline Blvd. Logie Trail is the one major climb on this ride. Enjoy a nice descent on Dorland Rd. Ride through North Plains and toward Cornelius. Head back on Scotch Church Rd, Meeks Rd, and Jacobson St.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 2,255 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Corey Eng
    503-916-9195 cell, coreybike@comcast.net

  • 30 & 50 mile options.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Sellwood Riverfront Park (SE Spokane Street & Oaks Parkway).
  • Loop Around Oregon City and then out Redland Road for some chronic rollers and beautiful scenery including great views of Mt. Hood. Head out to Barton Store, stop for a quick breath before heading up Amisigger Road. After that last climb it’s mostly flat to the finish the ride on Springwater Corridor for the final 18 miles. To shorten the route, turn around at about mile 17 and retrace those tire tracks.
  • Non-Group ride. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 46.6 miles
  • Leaves at 10:00 a.m. from Walt City Park (Holly St), 350 N Grant St, Canby, OR 97013.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41579217
  • A favorite ride for many with beautiful landscapes! Starting at Canby’s Wait City Park on Holly Street, we head south. The roads and scenery are beautiful and quiet. The ride is mostly flat for the first 10 miles or so. There are a couple of challenging climbs followed by a nice long descent into extended flat lands to finish the ride. For the rest stop, there is a lovely city park in Scotts Mills with water and restrooms. Also, there is a nearby convenience store with refreshments.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 2,398 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Corey Eng
    503-916-9195 cell, coreybike@comcast.net

  • Distance 52 miles.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Wilshire Park at NE 36th and Skidmore.
  • A traditional two bridge loop through Vancouver, WA then, after crossing the Glenn Jackson Bridge, opt to cruise out to Blue Lake and back or not!
  • Non-Group ride. Level B. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats. Shorter variation (approx. 28 miles) available as a group ride at about 12-13 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 48.6 miles
  • Leaves at 10:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41606181
  • Telvet Coffee is a great scenic ride with 3 moderately short climbs and some rollers. Telvet Coffee is a comfortable rest stop for pastries and a variety of drinks (restroom available). The ride starts at REI and heads south towards Farmington. West on Dober Rd before heading north to a rest stop at the Forest Hills Golf Course (restrooms and water). Blooming Fern Hill Rd to Fern Hill Rd, eventually on Ritchey Rd to Telvet Coffee in Forest Grove. On the way home, we head to Wren Rd, Scotch Church Rd, Meeks Rd, to Jacobson St.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 2,111 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distances 31 and 57 miles.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Shute Park at 750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro.
  • Picturesque rural roads with some rollers, includes a steep climb. Rest stop in Banks. The scenery will include farms, fields, small towns and nurseries.
  • Non-Group ride. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats, shorter group ride at about 12-13 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell.
  • https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31838247

  • Distance 52.5 miles
  • Leaves at 10:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36637140
  • Ride on beautiful low-traffic Westside backroads. The ride starts heading north on Helvetia Rd to climb Logie Trail and Skyline Blvd to the summit. Logie Trail is the one major climb on this ride; otherwise, it is mostly flat terrain. Enjoy a nice descent on Dorland Rd. Ride south on Dersham Rd and west on Harrington Rd towards Banks. Stop at the Banks Gazebo, where there is a nearby convenience store and restrooms. Head towards the Banks BV Trailhead and return via Mountaindale Rd. Be extremely cautious crossing NW Sunset Hwy (US Hwy 26)! Jackson School Rd, Meeks Rd, Jacobson St, and back to REI.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 2,687 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • 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 Vancouver Bicycle Club’s Ride Around Clark County’s route (July 24 vbc-usa.com).
  • 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 the route.
  • Non-Group ride. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 62.1 miles
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Wait City Park (Holly St), 350 N Grant St, Canby, OR 97013.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41632368
  • The Sawtell Pass Metric is a gorgeous ride through the back country lands south of Canby to Molalla and Scotts Mills. It is mostly a flat ride for the first 20 miles and rolling descent to flat for the last 33 miles. There is one sustained moderate climb to the summit that is a few miles long. There is a rest stop in Molalla (water and restrooms).
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 2,733 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 10 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 desired to get the mileage selected. 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. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 106 miles
  • Leaves at 7:30 a.m. from Sauvie Island, Gillihan Layover Terrace Parking Lot, Portland, OR 97231.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41615002
  • Cut your teeth for this year’s centuries on a mostly flat and fantastic ride. There are many interesting parts to this ride! This will be the 2nd Sauvie Island Century in as many years. Start by exploring Sauvie Island on bike. After, head over to St Johns for a stop at Affogato Coffee, and ride around St Johns. Afterwards, head up to St Helens for a lunch break at the Big River Tap Room. Finish by riding back to the start, and that’s just over a century. The terrain is fairly flat at 2,085 feet per 106 miles.
  • Regroup ride. Level B. Brisk pace. 2,085 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 66.6 miles
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Banks Trailhead, Bank-Vernonia State Trail, Banks, OR 97106.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41633238
  • Riding around Hagg Lake is a wonderful experience! Typically, this ride has few cars. Overall, a gorgeous ride through beautiful landscapes. The ride has short moderate climbs and many rollers, especially rounding Hagg Lake. Thatcher Rd and Cedar Canyon Rd are taken both outbound and return. The primary rest stop is the Lake Stop Convenience Store before and after the lake.
  • Regroup ride. Level C. Brisk pace. 3,357 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 69 miles with shorter options as well.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Wilshire Park at 36th and Skidmore. Head north to the Columbia River and spin along Marine Drive to Troutdale then out to Crown Point.
  • Nice weather might prompt including the 18 miles round trip to Multnomah Falls. The scenery will include rivers, farms, fields, cities, small towns and a beautiful view from Crown Point.
  • Non-Group ride. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 66.8 miles
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Shute Park, Friends of the Hillsboro Community Senior Center, 750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41609721
  • This ride has absolutely beautiful views and serene country roads. In fact, the ride passes by the Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint. The first 20 miles is mostly flat. There is a challenging climb on Laurelwood Rd, followed by an invigorating line of sight descent on Bald Peak Rd. There is another, more moderate, but longer climb on Mountain Home Rd. The rest stop is at the Lake Stop Convenience Store, which we pass by in both directions. Additionally, the Forest Hills Golf Course has a restroom stop, which we pass in both directions as well.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C,D. Brisk pace. 4,902 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distances 45 miles & 63 miles.
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from the Newberg Library at 503 E Hancock Street, Newberg. Use the public parking lot at the corner of East Hancock and Blaine Streets.
  • A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields, small towns and nurseries. Bring $1 for ferry. Check site for closures: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/ferries/Pages/wheatland.aspx
  • Non-Group ride. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats. Shorter ride at about 12-13 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 61.4 miles
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Chehalem Glenn Golf Course Trails, 4501 E Fernwood Rd, Newberg, OR97132. Park in the golf course parking lot across the street from the pro shop (near the white event tent). https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41821098
  • Oregon Wine Country is stunningly beautiful for cyclists. Experience a ride through gorgeous back country roads where many Oregon vineyards live. We start in Newberg and loop through Yamhill, Carlton, McMinnville, Lafayette, and Dundee, and back to Newberg. This ride has 3 climbs; otherwise, it is mostly flat with a few rollers. There are potential stops in Yamhill (general store), Carlton (bakery), McMinnville (food), and Lafayette (coffee). There should be plenty of opportunities for restrooms, food, and water.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 3,465 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 40 miles (you may have hazarded a guess!)
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Woodstock Park. Mostly using the Springwater Corridor to get out east the scenery will change from urban to rural. A quick view of the Sandy River and then Troutdale for a break. Back to urban riding zigzagging back to the start. Some climbing with a total elevation gain of 1,221 feet.
  • Non-Group ride. Level B/C. 13 to 15 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Ann Morrow
    360-608-3173

  • Distance 76.6 miles
  • Leaves at 9:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41821074
  • Another gorgeous Hagg Lake ride! First, we ride to the Banks BV Trailhead (restrooms available). Afterward, we head south to Forest Grove and onto the Lake Stop Convenience Store before heading around the lake. Hagg Lake has some significant rollers. On the way back, we ride by Gaston, the Forest Hills Golf Club (restrooms available). There are short climbs on Blooming Fern Hill Rd and Iowa Hill Rd, on the way to Farmington, after which it is mostly a flat ride back. A final short stop at Rood Bridge Trailhead.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C,D. Brisk pace. 3,135 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distance 89 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 OR just head over to Marine Drive and turn those handlebars to the east through Troutdale, past Women’s Forum to Crown Point and beyond to Multnomah Falls if that’s preferred. Be the bartender on this multi-option route. Approximately 4,100 feet of elevation gain if you do the entire route.
  • Non-Group ride. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 77 miles
  • Leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Century High School, Main Entrance Parking Lot, 2000 SE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97213.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41632793
  • Rollers! No doubt a beautiful and fun ride on Oregon’s backroads. No significant sustained climbs, but many short ones. Not a flat ride, yet, for the number of miles the ascent is small. A couple of rest stops, first at St. Francis Church and second at Forest Hills Golf Course (restrooms and water). As well, there is a convenience store in the Sherwood Market Center.
  • Regroup ride. Level B. Brisk pace. 2,780 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • 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. Level B/C depending on the variation of route chosen. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats. About 2,300 feet of elevation gain.
  • Non-Group Ride. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 76.2 miles
  • Leaves at 8:00 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41605631
  • Enjoy the tranquil roads of the Westside hills on the Low Lands Loop ride. A fun ride with a few short climbs. This route passes through the beautiful countryside of North Plains, Mountaindale, Banks, Hillside, Forest Grove, Gaston, Blooming, and back. Caution, this route has a US Hwy 26 (Sunset Hwy) crossing! There are 3 moderate short climbs and rollers. There is a rest stop at the Banks Gazebo and we pass by the Bank’s BV Trailhead (restrooms and nearby convenience store). Additionally, there are rest stops at Lake Stop Convenience Store and Forest Hills Golf Course, which have water and restrooms.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C. Brisk pace. 3,188 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • 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. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 100 miles with shorter options 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. Shorter Group option also offered at about 12-13 mph on the flats. Level B/C. Longer, non-group option 15-17 mph on the flats.
  • Ride Leader: Dick Weber
    503-781-3938 cell

  • Distance 100.6 miles
  • Leaves at 7:30 a.m. from REI Hillsboro Parking Structure, 2235 NE Allie Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41703433
  • Do the Hagg Lake Century! This century takes off north towards McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern to the summit on Skyline Blvd, which completes most of the climbing. This ride has rollers, so be prepared. Enjoy the descent on Johnson Rd. Head to North Plains and Roy where there is a restroom stop at St Francis Church. Pass by the Banks BV Trailhead and Cedar Canyon Rd. A small climb on Stafford Rd and head towards Hagg Lake. There is a stop at Lake Stop Convenience Store (water and restrooms). On the way back, head to Gaston and then the Forest Hills Golf Course (restrooms). Ride to Cornelius and the Scotch Church, Meeks Rd, Jacobson St path back to REI.
  • Regroup ride. Level B,C,D. Brisk pace. 5,329 feet elevation gain.
  • Ride Leader: Mark Detrick
    503-936-4137 cell, mark@detrick.com

  • Distances 10/32/65/100.
  • Leaves at 7 a.m. (start open from 6-7:30 a.m.) Sauvie Island west of Portland, the new start location for the 100 mile ride. Finish for all routes is the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
  • Check reachthebeachor.org for additional details.
  • Registration is required as well as payment of the appropriate fees and fundraising contribution. 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

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

The Standard RBC Wealth Management

Bronze Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente

National Sponsors

National Corporate Team Partner

Kindred Hospitals

Learn more about National Teams