A note from co-captain Matt on upcoming training rides:
Hope you have been able to enjoy the beautiful weather and heat this year. Who has been getting out on their bikes? Sorry I didn’t get a training ride out to the team over the holiday weekend, but spent the Fouth on a soul crushing 77.7 miler in Bend, OR:
I promise not to put you through this kind of torture, but if you are up for it let me know!
This Sunday, join us for a ride on the Banks-Vernonia Trail:
This beautiful trail is open to only pedestrian traffic and is a linear 21 miles one-way. If you are comfortable with the whole 42, that’s what we’ll do. If you want to do less you can chose your own adventure and still be assured of a comfortable yet picturesque ride.
Departure time: 9am at the Banks Trailhead Parking Lot:
Let me know if you need any more details!
On July 19th, Western Bikeworks is hosting a training ride with 30 and 70 mile options that are supported rides. Starting point is the Tigard location:
TIGARD: (open now!)
7295 SW Dartmouth St.
Tigard, OR 97223
For the weekend before the big event, on Saturday July 25th, at 9am I’ll be leading a final training ride in Portland. This route will start in Lake Oswego at George Rogers Park, wrap around the Lake before following Terwilliger to Council Crest. After soaking in the one of the best views in the city, we’ll drop downtown and cross Hawthorne bridge following the Springwater to the Sellwood bridge. After crossing, we’ll enjoy a moderate climb through the cemetary before meetin up with Terwilliger again for the decent into Lake Oswego and return to George Rogers Park.
Here’s a rough sketch of the route: https://goo.gl/maps/f865t
There will be a lot of climbing in this 30 mile route so be prepared with lots of water and supplements. Stickmen Brewery is nearby to refual after the journey… It’ll be a great warmup before the big weekend!
Only a few weeks left and hope everyone is excited. Look forward to spending time with everyone.
All the best,
P.S. Stay tuned for some stretching exercises that are cyling specific. These are immensely beneficial for warmup, during breaks, and post-workout. I use them personally and swear by them… Brought to you by me friends at ADAPT Training. Enjoy!
The completely paved Banks to Vernonia Bike, Equestrian (The horse trail is unpaved and parallels the paved trail.), and Pedestrian Trail is a beautiful ride; Elaine and I rode it last weekend. We are hoping some Team Amulet intermediate riders with limited group riding experience will come on this Sunday ride. This will be a great opportunity to ride with a group and gain some experience away from cars. Group riding is a little different from solo riding or riding with only a couple of friends and requires a heightened awareness of your surroundings.
The trail is a rails-to-trails park that gently rises (old trains couldn’t climb much of a grade) through a beautiful forest to the high point a little past halfway from Banks to Vernonia. Then it’s downhill for several miles, still in the forest, and finally, a flat ride into Vernonia. The ride back is easier, with less uphill and a very long, gently downhill, finishing up with 3.5 miles of flat into Banks.
Please plan on coming to this ride; you will really enjoy it.
BTW, you should always ride with a headlight and a tail light for safety. The B-V Trail has dappled light as the sun filters through the trees. A headlight makes you much easier for oncoming cyclists and pedestrians to see. Please, if you don’t have lights, get them, and always ride safely.