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

Pandemic, or no pandemic, lung disease and having clean air remain concerns. For years, the American Lung Association of Oregon has enticed us out in mid-May for their fundraising bicycling event called Reach the Beach. The 2020 event has now been rescheduled for Sunday, October 11. I think we have all learned over the past few months that such plans are subject to change. We shall see.

You may recall that Portland Bicycling Club had pulled together an official club team for Reach the Beach (thank you, Lynn Blanchard) and we had just started to put on our official RTB training rides when everything shut down. Now, for the new date, we are unable to provide group/non-group rides for prospective participants. Dick Weber and I have regrouped (pun intended), and we will continue to represent PBC as mentors and ride leaders (of sorts) for RTB and the new virtual RTB supporters.

  • I will participate in the kickoff party for the virtual Reach the Beach and promote our club.
  • Dick and I will be available as “virtual mentors” and, if there is a lot of interest in mentoring, we will ask our PBC Reach the Beach team members for assistance.
  • Starting in mid-August we will post a weekly “training ride” on our PBC Facebook page so that Reach-the-Beachers, both virtual and the real deal, can access the ride info and do the rides independently.
  • The virtual Reach the Beach allows the opportunity for family participation. PBC will promote that element with training routes and resources available for families as needed.

The “newish” Executive Director of American Lung Association in Oregon, Julian Dillon, sees mentoring as an opportunity for us to draw new members to the club. Since we don’t know what the interest will be, we’ll keep it simple for now and reach out for help if we need to.

I hope you can involve yourselves one way or the other with this longstanding, popular event.

Thank you for your interest.

Ann Morrow


Reach the Beach Training Ride August 8-14

Sauvie Island

Two ways to ride:

  1. Go out to Sauvie Island on Saturday, August 8 and ride around the Island with our intrepid Dick Weber.   Leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot next to the bridge on Sauvie Island. Social distancing, masks should be worn as appropriate, helmets required. Non-group. Ride Leader: Dick Weber 503.781.3938 cell
  1. Ride around Sauvie Island solo or with your own group during the week when it suits you.

Distance 10 to 77 miles.  Explore the island itself then head west on Highway 30 as far as you desire to get the mileage you want. Eat lunch in quaint Scappoose or St. Helens. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields and small communities.

Ride around the Island using the roads (Reeder, Gilliham) on the right side of the map.  That’s about 10 miles. Include the “fingers” on the left side of the map riding out and back. All are very pretty, some longer than others. It’s all pretty flat. Bring food and water as there is a small store on the island by the start location and I don’t know if it’s open.  Out around the island there are no markets or restaurants so bring what you’ll need.  In the past there was a porta-pottie on the outside of the store and a porta-pottie at the Sauvie Island Wildlife area on Reeder Road.

Compare the map with the cue sheet for added details.

Questions?  Contact Ann Morrow anniedmor@gmail.com

RTB Sauvie Island Map

RTB Sauvie Island Cue