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Oregon trail gravel who wants to join me
Last Post 03/04/2019 02:36 PM by Orange Crush. 7 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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12/23/2018 11:06 AM
Registration opens Jan 15. There is a training goal for 2019. 5 days 400 miles of mostly gravel forests mountains camping and beer. 30000 feet of elevation. http://www.oregontrailgravelgrinder.com/
79pmooney

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12/23/2018 12:46 PM
Wow! I've already decided one goal of 2019 is RondePDX, March 30th (I believe). 8000' in 50 miles, all in Portland or just west, starting 11 miles from home and featuring crazy steep paved pitches in the Portland west Hills. (Very early on is Brynewood. The final corner is >20%.)

If I rode this I would have to choose a bike. Either the Raleigh Competition or the Mooney could do it. Mooney is the stiffer, more efficient bike, less subject to overall shudder on fast rocky descents. Competition is wonderfully smooth on rough surfaces. (It has the butted touring chainstays that Raleigh had Reynolds draw for them in the 50s. They look like seatstays. Also skinny forks; adding to both comfort and shudder.

This would be in the category of my 2012 Cycle Oregon - Crater Lake - on the fix gear. Epic. And Day 4 as a Pioneer would be a graveled and geared equivalent to Day 3 of that ride, up Crater Lake, around the rim, my detour down to Diamond Lake and back (oops!) and down. 16 years later and older, can I still do it and do I want to? I do not have the base of that year and this ride comes up a lot earlier. (I rode McKenzie Pass ; out and back from Sisters that year about 2 weeks earlier tahn this ride on that fix gear. It was that ride that confirmed my brand new bike could do it, both the big climbs and the big descents.)

If I were to do this, Ronde PDX would be the perfect training/'indicator. Timed right. 27 days to make up my mind.

Thanks, OC for turning my world upside down.

Ben
Orange Crush

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12/23/2018 07:56 PM
You're welcome Ben.

I was actually going to surprise CK with a showing at DK200 but this is a nice new target. We'll keep that one for another year.

The Diverge will probably need some new rear rubber by then otherwise just need to put in the miles. May or may not do the Gorge Gravel Grinder in NE Oregon April 7. Organized by same outfit.
Cosmic Kid

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12/23/2018 10:10 PM
Sounds like an epic ride.... up I have ZERO interest in camping out at this stage if my life.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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12/24/2018 05:32 PM
We typically do posh car camping in the family tent but for this one I'll break out the old backpacking tent.

Last spring break we actually "camped" in a yurt on Oregon coast and did some killer hikes. But the week ended in a torrent of hail and some of our fellow campers suffered collapsing tents and flooded sites.
Orange Crush

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01/05/2019 08:56 PM
Hi Ben
If you are considering this, signing up for NEWSLETTER on the website gets you an extra 10percent discount with advance registration on Jan 12.

Most likely my friend that I rode Haute Route and Mauna Kea with will join in. He will probably want to race at the sharp end of affairs though cause that's who he is. Kea was only 2nd time in 25 years that I had the better of him. Altitude sickness this time while a bout of flu was first time.
79pmooney

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03/04/2019 11:32 AM
OC, I was starting to wonder what I've got myself into. I haven't been riding enough - weather, house projects and enthusiasm - and getting home hammered from rides that shouldn't. Got humbled on an organized ride 8 days ago and didn't get back on the bike until yesterday.

Yesterday was cold and very windy. Classic Portland "gorgeous" day. Absolutely clear skies with the wind howling out of the Gorge. My enthusiasm was zero. So I decided to keep it simple, stay close to home and just do some West Hills climbs. Very close to home is Council Crest, 1073' so I headed there first. Then down to the west edge of the city and back up to Pittock Mansion and then to the top of Barnes road, 1045'. Never went hard. 28-25 (or 23 - I have to count).

Not much of a ride, but I got reminded - I love to climb! On the way up to Council Crest, I passed a woman and said as I did "Don't mind me. I'm just an old mountain goat." And the fire is burning again. I don't have to do the long miles. I don't have to battle the wind. Serious uphill starts 3 miles from home and once I am into those hills, I never have to see flat again.

I think my geared TiCycles is going to see a lot of riding. The West Hills is not fix gear country unless - you are really hardcore AND plan you rides (and head space and knees) carefully. But triples for completely unplanned rides where everything is vertical,; well, they rule! (and wow! are those gears - both choices and shifitng - nice! I know you'll laugh. 9-speed, DT and a heavy Mirage RD but the shifting is like silk. Love that Mirage. Absolutely flawless shifting and over Campy cogs, absolutely positive. Zero "hunting". And as much as I like to dislike Shimano, the D-A trip;e fromt and 105 cranks are just as good. SunTour top mounted DTs, for this guy, are as good as it gets. (I learned recently that they are probably Superbe. And yes, they are superb. Not the auto-correcting SunTours, just the best non-ratchetng DTs I ever used with superior ergonamics.

4 weeks from last Sat is the RondePDX; the crazy 50 miles and 7000+' in those hills. I did about 2000' yesterday. I can do this. Won't be a front runner, but that's OK.

Ben
Orange Crush

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03/04/2019 02:36 PM
Its a long way to mid-June Ben.

February has been cold here and all the north facing downhills out of town still have snow on them. I have yet to commute to work. Did get a ride a week in last month, all around the 100 km mark but mostly flat.

This weekend I got two rides in, both with just over 3000 ft of climbing. Started out crap but improved quickly. Time to start building but the big push forward won't come until after spring break.
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