Reach the Beach Training Rides -Portland Bicycling Club

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 October 3 – 10, 2020

OVER THE HILLS TO NORTH PLAINS. Distance 36 miles

Starting at the REI parking lot in the Streets of Tanasbourne we’ll head northwest, climb some hills, skirt around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and pull into North Plains for a break. Then we will explore beautiful rural Washington County a bit more before heading back to REI. This ride can be shortened by using NW Glencoe Road go get back to Wren Road then NW Evergreen.

Saturday, October 3, Ann Morrow will facilitate a training ride starting from the  REI in Hillsboro at 2235 NE Allie Ave. at 9:00 a.m. There are hills but nothing horrific and it is 36 miles long. It’s recommended that you not park in front of REI but you can park in the multi-level parking lot.

Bring at least one water bottle and supplies. However, there will an opportunity to replenish your food and water in North Plains.

Over the Hills to North Plains Cue Sheet 

MY RIDE Suggestion for Reach the Beach October 3 – 10, 2020 

PIONEER CENTURY. Distance 55 miles

This route starts in Canby at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds but start anywhere in the vicinity. Note the map is from an event ride so the Rest Stops are not there. However, they may be good places to pull off the road and take a break with supplies you carry with you. You will go through Molalla so you can find food and water and hopefully a bathroom! Sawtell Road is a good little climb but offers a spectacular view of the Mt. Hood Territory at the summit. Use caution on the descent.

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.

Pioneer Century 55 Miler 

Questions or concerns?  Ann Morrow anniedmor@gmail.com


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