Reach the Beach Training Rides

Reach the Beach 2021

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

The state of affairs with Covid-19 case numbers, vaccine availability and the CDC and the state of Oregon have impacted Portland Bicycling Club’s ability to provide in person bicycle rides.  If the situation changes before May 15 we will offer real rides with leaders and human interaction.




Each week, beginning February 20, 2021, we will present a route as a possibility for training or your Ride Your Way option.  You will find the map and cue sheet here at our club’s web site and some information regarding bakeries, rest rooms, shorter options, detours, etc.

Using these tried and true routes vetted by our PBC club members and ever Reach the Beachers over past years will help you build your riding ability and skills.  They should give you the experience and training you will need to have a fun, successful Reach the Beach ride in May.


Many of you may choose the RIDE YOUR WAY option.  Perhaps for the less experienced riders, this might present a challenge of figuring out a route. 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 RIDE YOUR WAY route suggestions later in the year, closer to May 15.

The RIDE YOUR WAY 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.


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, [email protected]. 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 Week of April 3, 2021

WHEATLAND OR SALEM. Distances 26, 45 miles & 63 miles. All routes leave from the Newberg Library at 503 E Hancock Street, Newberg. Use the public parking lot at the corner of East Hancock and Blaine Streets. A beautiful ride on mostly flat rural roads with some rollers. The scenery will include farms, fields, small towns and nurseries. Bring $1 for ferry. Check site for closures:

These routes, whichever you choose, will take you into some new terrain, if you’ve been following our Reach the Beach training ride schedule, and you’ll find yourself in the land of agriculture. Small communities offer some amenities along the way. Three options here to meet your needs:  Just go to St. Paul.  Or, take the ferry. Or go all the way to Salem and back. We want you to have a positive experience on this journey to Reach the Beach! We are here to help you find routes and reach your goals.

Variation #1: About 26 miles. A shorter route takes you to St. Paul and you can just head back from there after a cup of coffee.

Newberg/St Paul Cue Sheet

Variation #2: 45 miles. Enjoy a ride on the Wheatland Ferry. Be sure to have $1 cash to ride. Also, have your gears set for a climb out when you get off the ferry.

Newberg/Wheatland Cue Sheet

Variation #3: 63 Miles. Ride all the way to Salem and back but no ferry ride.

Newberg/Salem Cue Sheet

There are many options for refueling along the route but always carry a couple of water bottles and some sort of fuel whether a PB&J or an energy bar, goo, fruit – whatever works for you. Eat before you’re hungry, drink before you’re thirsty.