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Reach the Beach Training Rides

Reach the Beach 2020

Ann Morrow and Kathleen Hellem at an RtB Info Night in 2018

MY RIDE replaces in-person Reach the Beach on October 11. The state of affairs with Covid-19 numbers and the CDC and the state of Oregon all led to a conclusion that it would not be prudent to sponsor an event type ride with rest stops, finish lines, partying, return buses and way more people at the beach than considered safe by most anyone’s standards.

Prior to this announcement on August 21 the Reach the Beach organizers had been scrambling to come up with SOMETHING to assuage the many prospective participants who already weren’t keen on riding an organized event ride.

MY RIDE was conceived. My Ride lets Reach the Beach participants just do their own ride wherever and whenever they want, alone or with a small group or their team.

We Want to Help You Achieve Your Goal

Training

First and foremost, and before the cancellation of the actual ride, Dick Weber felt that we, Portland Bicycling Club, should resume the traditional training rides which had been discontinued back in March. Working with Julian Dillon, the new executive Director of American Lung Association in Oregon, we determined that we, PBC, would post a suggested training route each week to print out and utilize for those needing some guidance. We are trying to share more contact information so people can reach out to us if they have questions, concerns or need a mentor. We are using our usual training rides so returning riders might find these familiar.

Dick Weber, having picked the training ride torch back up, lit it and resumed actually leading informal rides on Saturdays as published weekly here, below. Anyone can join us on any given Saturday. I have been trying to join him as in the past and offer slower, shorter versions of the same route.

My Ride

Dick and Julian and I discussed the fact that offering the MY RIDE option is great except perhaps for the less experienced riders. For those that want to support the ALA but aren’t avid cyclists, putting together a route of 55 miles or 75 miles or especially 100 miles could be a formidable obstacle to success.  So, in addition to the weekly training route suggestion, we will also include some various MY RIDE route suggestions. The MY RIDE version of Reach the Beach allows the opportunity for family participation.  PBC will promote that element with training routes and resources available for families as needed.

We Want You to Succeed

Our primary objective is to help participants achieve their Reach the Beach cycling goal, whatever that is. Do you need more help than you are finding here?  Contact Ann Morrow, anniedmor@gmail.com. If I can’t help you I have a whole club full of cycling enthusiasts to put to use!

Ann Morrow


Reach the Beach Training Ride September 26 – October 3, 2020

DISCOVERY TRAIL VANCOUVER. Distance 30 miles.

Keep in mind that the I-5 Bridge may still have one span closed. The west (south bound) span is open and you can ride/walk your bike across it on the far west side.

Starting at the Park and Ride at 96th and Sandy, you can head west along Marine Drive then over the I-5 Bridge into lovely Vancouver, Washington. Once in the Evergreen state continue north to use the Discovery Trail to head east. This ride can be shortened by staying to the south in Washington and going straight to the Glenn Jackson Bridge. Or, shorter yet, just go to Panera’s on Hayden Island and then return to the start.

On Saturday, September 26, Dick Weber will once again facilitate a training ride starting from the 96th and Sandy Park and Ride at 9:00 a.m. You can make this ride what you want it to be. See options above.

Bring at least one water bottle and supplies. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for food and water.

Discovery Trail Cue Sheet

Discovery Trail Map

MY RIDE suggestion for Reach the Beach September 26 – October 3, 2020 

MARINE DRIVE BIKE PATH.  A Family Ride

The start location can be on Marine Drive to the west of the Glenn Jackson Bridge or at the 42nd Street Boat Ramp/Marina. The bathrooms are closed at the marina but there are portables on site.

  • Nice view of Vancouver and the islands
  • PDX Airport – air traffic right overhead
  • Columbia River with boat traffic and wildlife
  • The Glenn Jackson Bridge – if you are adventurous you can pop up on the deck and see what that’s like (cross Marine Drive at the light just east of the Glenn Jackson bridge and go south until you get to the junction on the right (west) where you can access the bridge.

NOTE: These MY RIDE suggestions are simply that, recommendations of routes you might use for a MY RIDE for your Reach the Beach ride.  You are on your own.  Any of the training rides may be MY RIDES as well, depending on the mileage you are wanting to achieve.

Marine Drive Bike Path Family Ride Map

As always, if you are struggling for a route for training or your MY RIDE route, just ask us. We want you to succeed.

Questions or concerns?  Ann Morrow anniedmor@gmail.com


Reach the Beach Training Ride September 19 – September 26

KELLY POINT, VANCOUVER AND BRIDAL VEIL. Distance 83 miles with multiple shorter variations

Due to fire danger and air quality concerns at the time of this posting we are not suggesting that you venture out of town too far and we ask you to consider air quality and other potential dangers before committing to a ride.

Keep in mind also that the I-5 Bridge may have one span closed (postponed due to the fires). The west (south bound) span is open and you can ride your bike across it.

Starting at Wilshire Park at 36th and Skidmore, you may head west to Kelly Point Park then over the I-5 Bridge into lovely Vancouver, Washington.  Or,  just head over to Marine Drive and turn those handlebars to the east through Troutdale, past Women’s Forum to Crown Point and beyond to Multnomah Falls if you choose. You be the bartender on this multi-option route.

Saturday, September 19, depending on fire and air conditions, Dick Weber may be able to facilitate a ride from Wilshire Park starting at 9:00. Again, you can make this ride what you want it to be.

For longer distances, bring two water bottles and plenty of supplies. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for food and water.

  • Wilshire/Kelly Point Park/Hayden Island and Panera’s – about 30 miles
  • Wilshire/Kelly Point Park /Vancouver/ Glenn Jackson Bridge – about 40 miles
  • Wilshire/Kelly Point Park/ Vancouver/ Glenn Jackson Bridge then heading east as far as you want and return – about 80 miles
  • Wilshire/33rd/Marine Drive to points east – about 30 to 50 miles

Cue sheet for Wilshire Park to Multnomah Falls 

Map for Kelly Point Park to Multnomah Falls

Cue sheet for Kelly Point Park to Crown Point

MY RIDE suggestion for Reach the Beach September 19 – September 26, 2020 

BEAVERTON BANKS AND BEYOND BICYCLE TOUR.  This route explores Washington County and uses the Banks Vernonia Trail for a good chunk of the route. Remember, construction was taking place near Vernonia on the Banks Vernonia Trail so you may not get in quite as many miles and you won’t easily get to Vernonia as a rest stop. This closure was expected to end 9/30 but that was before there were fires and smoke. DON’T go up to Stub Stewart unless you want to – there is no “rest stop” up there! But there are bathrooms.

The start location is Papa’s Pizza (15700 NW Blueridge Drive, Beaverton). Please respect their business and park away from the building. You might gauge your ride to include picking up some pizza there upon your return. They are good people who support the community.

  • 35 miles – into North Plains and back
  • 64 miles – same but add the Banks Vernonia trail
  • 100 miles – same with some additional loops to add mileage and elevation

Map and Cue sheet for Beaverton Banks and Beyond

NOTE: These MY RIDE suggestions are simply that, recommendations of routes you might use for a MY RIDE for your Reach the Beach ride.  You are on your own.  Any of the training rides may be MY RIDES as well, depending on the mileage you are wanting to achieve.

As always, if you are struggling for a route for training or your MY RIDE route, just ask us. We want you to succeed.

Questions or concerns?  Ann Morrow anniedmor@gmail.com