[OrRando] Portland Century
bert_lutz at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 27 18:39:37 PDT 2006
I rode the inaugural Portland Century today, the 100 mile version (they have
40 and 60 mile lengths as well). I like to do these rides every once in
awhile because they are not brevets. And with 1400 riders (that's what I
heard), cyclists own the road and if you don't like the person you just
started a conversation with you can move on to the next one ;-).
The ride started at PSU, headed south to the Springwater trail and east to
the Sandy area. Nice climbing following parts of the Torture 10K.. About
3-4K ft. in 20 miles or so. Then, it was a fast ride along the Columbia
westbound (thankfully there was not much of a headwind) before the return to
PSU via Lombard and the Broadway Bridge. I'm not a big fan of trails but it
was a good tour of Portland.
There were long check-in lines, lines at the rest stops, food shortages and
a missed rest stop. I clocked 86 miles on my GPS for the century but hey,
maybe I missed a turn or two. These are the kinds of things you would
expect the first time out of the gate. I had a good time and so did most of
the people I talked to. The volunteers were friendly and worked hard. Next
year will be even better.
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