I wanna ride these!

Interesting Rides & Routes

These are just a sampling of rides I want to do..

Rock Creek Camp
4th July Camp
Yale Lake
Siouxon Creek Trail

As an alternative to the High Pass Challenge, I created this route from the book “The best bike rides in the Pacific Northwest”

St. Helen’s Challenge

Oregon Outback

Map connector trails and routes to begin either in Tacoma or at least Federal Way area
use Cedar River Trail?  Here are a couple potentials  Spanaway to Rattlesnake Lake trailhead

Made a couple routes based on some folks who have done this already.. Looks like there are of course some great options. Here are a couple routes
Rainier to Woodland
Tacoma to Gresham

Cascade Skyline

Portland Century 2016

Oregon’s ONLY double-century (option)

The University of Portland is perched upon the cliffs overlooking the Port of Portland.  It is an easy ride from anywhere in the Portland Metro region and a convenient exit from I-5 for travelers.  There is plenty of free parking on campus for bikes and cars alike.Breakfast, and later dinner, is served in the Claudio Commons on the main quad.  Arrows and attendants will point you in the right direction. Bike parking abuts the patio making for easy check-in before the ride.

Riders receive detailed course maps with turn-by-turn directions on the back.  The maps are mostly informational as the course is well marked with orange directional arrows painted on the ground.  Support motorcycles and vans are on course, as well as ride-along mechanics and medics.  There is also a dedicated call center, just in case.

The courses are spectacular.  Saturday rides east, along the mighty Columbia River, up the historic highway to the majestic Vista House overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.  Sundays routes head south, on both sides of the historic Willamette River.  Visit the west coat’s first iron mill and the end of The Oregon Trail (Lewis and Clark).  The routes are mostly flat with some rolling hills and very few, and quite short, steeper climbs.  Rest stops appear every 15 miles and include great food, water and electrolytes, and mechanical support.

The finish line is a celebration indeed.  There are 4 different buffets to satisfy your well-earned hunger, including a 20-item organic salad bar.  Bottomless, award-winning Hopworks beer will whet your whistles.  Have your picture taken in front of the ice sculpture and varietal rose display while enjoying the live music atop the cliffs as the sun sets over Portland…bliss.

The ride benefits The Jackson Hill Foundation, so not only are you having a great time, you are supporting a great cause.  Enjoy.

(this information is from http://www.portlandcentury.com/)

Saturday options:
50-miles, 1000 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course description

60-mile, 1300 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course description

80-mile, 2900 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course description

100-mile, 3400 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course description


(this information is from http://www.portlandcentury.com/)

Sunday options:
45-miles, 1900 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course Description

65-mile, 3300 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course Description

85-mile, 3500 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course Description

100-mile, 3800 feet of climbing
Interactive map w/elevation profile
Course Description


(this information is from http://www.portlandcentury.com/)
Cost:*                     One day          Both days
Pre-season                 $69             $119 (until Jan. 1)
Early                             $79             $129 (until June 15)
Standard                       $89             $149 (until July 25)
Final online                  $99             $169 (until Aug. 5)
Day-of-event               $120

*Includes: Breakfast, lunch, giant dinner spread with unlimited wine and Hopworks beer, live music, free parking, medical and mechanical support, fully-stocked rest stops every 15 miles, well-marked courses, maps with cues, and transport vehicles (just in case)On-site dorm lodging:  $40 / person / night
(Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights)
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR  97203
Recruit 3, ride FREE!
Register 4 people at one time and only pay for 3!

Save $10 with a coupon

Available at these locations

Bike Gallery
Lake Oswego
Bike Gallery
Lakeside Bicycles
Multnomah Village
Lucky Lab Restaurant
Bike Bar
Bike Gallery (Downtown, SE, Woodstock)
Fat Tire Farm
Lucky Lab (SE, NW, North)
River City Bicycles
Velo Cult
Western Bikeworks
Sellwood Cycle Repair
Western Bikeworks
6am    Registration opens (until 10am)
Breakfast opens
Early Start (100-mile course only)
7am    100-mile course opens
8am    70, 80-mile courses opens
100-mile course closed
9am    50, 30-mile courses opens
11am   Hopworks Bike Bar opens
Appetizers served
Noon   Dinner buffet opens
2pm    Live music: Weekend Assembly
5pm    Courses closed
6pm    Last Call
We hope you had fun.
We are looking for a few hard-working, fun-loving volunteers.
Contact tonya@goodsportpromotion.com to inquire about volunteering for one of the following shifts:Early Set-up
Friday 8/5   3pm-8pmSet Up, Registration
Saturday 8/6   5am-10am
Sunday 8/7    5am-10amFinish Line Help/Cleanup
Sunday  8/7  3pm-8pm

We always welcome medical and mechanical support riders and motorcycle escorts.

All volunteers will receive a free or transferable ride pass and event t-shirt.


(this information is from http://www.portlandcentury.com/)

Saturday Route Metrics

Sunday Route Metrics

Some July rides

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Peach Century

The Peach of a Century is the last of the event rides hosted annually by the Salem Bicycle Club. The ride is open to all bicyclists who agree to Share the Road with other users by riding safely, lawfully, and courteously. The Peach of a Century is not a race and will proceed rain or shine. Each participant must wear a helmet that meets CPSC requirements.

There are three ride options to choose from

  • Century Route
  • Metric Century
  • 76 Mile loop

For more information, contact Joanne Heilinger. at the Salem Bike Club.

Full Century Route

Each route starts and ends at Chemeketa Community College. The full century route is challenging with some steep hills.

There are three rest stops on the 100-mile route.  All rest stops have food, water, sports drink, restrooms and the friendly volunteers of the Capitol Kiwanis Club.

The map of the full century offers a preview of the route, GPS users can also view and save the route from Ride With GPS here

Metric Century

The Metric Century route offers flat to rolling terrain with some moderate hills. (See the GPS tracks for more information about total elevation gain on the routes, but note the differences in the vertical scales when comparing the route profiles.) The routes follow low-volume roads past the farm fields of the Willamette Valley, through forested foothills and rural communities east of Salem.

A map of the route is here, and GPS users can also view and save the route from Ride With GPS here


76 Mile

The 76-mile route also involves a significant amount climbing just like the 100 mile, the route visits Jefferson, Scio, and Stayton. All riders must finish by 6:00 p.m. A sag vehicle will sweep both courses at day’s end..

A map of the route is here, and GPS users can also view and save the route from Ride With GPS here


Super Spackle!

Here is an update to a little known recipe backpackers and hikers (and me Bikepacker / Gravel cyclist!) have been using for years. Recently, I tried this recipe on the High Pass Challenge, I felt like I was going to need something extra for this ride. I was right..

While working with the Washington Trails Association, doing backcountry trail maintenance in the Enchantments during Aug. 2012, our camp host told me of a snack called “Super Spackle” He said that he had heard about it in a book, but forgot who the author was, and that he had modified it somewhat from the original recipe. Since both backpackers and cyclists typically are not dieting when on the trail or the road, I figured this might be the ticket! This can be used as a substitute to GORP, or a power bar, and with my little addition, even a replacement for gels.

Some of the ingredients might be a little tough to get, but if you can find yourself an organic grocery store and you should be fine.
List of ingredients:

  • 1 Cup unsalted almond butter
  • 1 Cup unsalted cashew butter
  • ½ Cup agave syrup
  • ¼ Cup almond oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon almond extract
  • A touch of salt. (if you add the gel base, you can skip this)
  • See below for my “special addition”

To make this wonderful concoction, start by adding together the drier components, the Almond and Cashew butter. Then add in the other ingredients which are the liquid ones.  Mix all this together in a bowl with a large wooden spoon, or something other than your little mixer, as mine did not like the thick goopy mess..  That’s it!!

Basically you’re done with the recipe that he gave me, he told me just to store it in an airtight container He didn’t even refrigerate his
mixture, which actually makes sense since it lives either in a backpack, or on the bike while backpacking or cycling.

Nutritional Info:

Overall Nutrition values:  
Calories 3944.3
Total Fat 334.2 g
Saturated Fat 39.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 52.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 170.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 222.1 mg
Potassium 3,312.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 217.3 g
Dietary Fiber 14.4 g
Sugars 93.6 g
Protein  82.7 g
  Nutrition Per  Serving (1 Tbsp =30 servings)  
Calories 131.5
Total Fat 11.1 g
Saturated Fat  1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.7g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 7.4mg
Potassium 110.4mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.2g
Dietary Fiber 0.5g
Sugars 3.1g
Protein 2.8g

I took things once step further for the ride, I added about a 1/8 cup of Energy Gel Base from http://www.energygelcentral.com/

This took things to a whole other level… I use the unflavored gel base w/caffeine which contains;


Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Fructose, Citric acid, and Sea Salt

First, I followed the directions to make the energy gel,

Mixing Directions:

1 cup (8 oz.) of water in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Add the entire contents of gel powder to the pot and stir well.
Reduce heat to medium low and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until most of the white lumps have disappeared; the gel will have a thin consistency.

from heat. Add flavor(s) if desired and let cool for 20-30 minutes. It is normal for a film to develop on the surface while the heat
dissipates.  As it continues to cool, the gel base will thicken to the viscosity of honey. Refrigerate in an airtight container until
needed. Then I added it to the Super Spackle mix at the end, and combined it altogether.

Note: A 1 oz. serving (by weight) of prepared gel is equal to a volume of approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons.

bag of EGC base will produce 32 1-oz servings (by weight), which is equivalent to about 24 fluid ounces (when measured by volume).

 (This version should be kept in the fridge until you’re ready to go due to the gel base addition)

I used Coghlan’s Squeeze Tubes to put the mixture in, it worked out great. A two pack is about $4.75 at REI

give it a try with or without the energy gel added, I bet you will be surprised on how much energy it gives you,and doesn’t leave you hungry every half hour!!


Difficulty Scale Satisfaction Scale

There are some great sites that have similar recipes and stories about Super Spackle..