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C/40/Fre - Progressive Tuesday 5

  • May 23, 2017
  • 11:00 AM
  • Crooked River Park, Prineville
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Progressive Tuesday C-Rides 

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C/40/Frequent Terry Belunes  Link

Since this ride starts in Prineville, carpooling is a good option to save gas and get to know other riders. If you are interested in going, please register for the ride and email Terry (tbelunes@gmail.com) of your ability to drive or desire to carpool. Riders will meet at Pine Nursery Park (3750 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend) at 9:45 AM and head out to Prineville at 10:00AM.

The fifth in a series of increasingly longer rides with the intent of increasing rider endurance. Rides are every Tuesday and ride length will generally increase by about 5 miles a week.

This week’s ride is a 40 mile “there and back” route that starts at the Crooked River Park in Prineville – across from the Crook County Fairgrounds. Since this ride is in Prineville, it’s a great opportunity to ride share (I can take one rider).

The route is straight forward – just follow the river to Bowman Dam. Where we will stop for a snack before heading back to Prineville. The ride is considered one of the best in Oregon - it is beautiful - and being considered for Scenic Bikeway designation. Since we are riding to the dam, expect it to be uphill all the way there (i.e., a 1,500 ft elevation gain). It is not however, really steep, except in a few areas as we approach the dam.

Interesting, this route is right in the middle of the Crooked River caldera – a super volcano that erupted about 30 million years ago. The caldera is 17 miles by 25 miles in size and is one of the 10 largest in the world. It includes Smith Rocks, Steins Pillar and Twin Pillars. Even for such a large caldera, it wasn’t discovered until 2005 because it doesn’t look like Crater Lake or Newberry crater. Two well know calderas just down the road.

The objective of the Progressive Tuesday rides is to prepare riders for longer rides like those associated with the Tour the De Chutes or the Firecracker 100. Rides will take place in the Tumalo and China Hat road areas, and if interest supports, scenic bike rides like the Sisters to Smith Rocks rides. These rides are a great way to increase endurance, learn about new ride routes, and enjoy the scenic beauty of rural of Oregon.

Questions? Call Terry: 503.929.1417

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