Archive for August, 2009

Performance

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Is anyone surprised this was made in Portland?

Sauvie Island — Perfect Place to Paceline

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Cole's shadow always seemed to be keeping perfect pace with Cole

Cole's shadow always seemed to be keeping perfect pace with Cole

Sauvie Island is a great place to ride a bike. On any given weekend, you’ll find serious riders practicing their time trial or paceline skills as well as lots of people just out enjoying the day. It is close to town yet rural and it is flat.

Our train was runnign so perfectly that the solo rider we blew past latched right on

Our train was runnign so perfectly that the solo rider we blew past latched right on

Today Team Fartlek had an extremely fun ride. We worked on our paceline skills, which isn’t something we do frequently. I’d actually forgotten how enjoyable that can be. It is even more enjoyable when you overtake a solo rider whom you would not otherwise be likely to overtake. This particular solo rider saw how much fun we were having and decided to join us for a few miles.

There is one main loop around the island with a numer of spurs. Two loops around (once clockwise and once clockwise) plus an out and back along the west side of the island to the county line is exactly 40 miles. And in a paceline, that 40 miles goes pretty fast.

Don’t forget to stop along the way to munch on wild blackberries. These taste far better than GU this time of year.

 

The Perfect Quickie PDX Training Ride? Skyline and Dixie Mountain

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Skyline ends at Dixie Mtn. Rd. Time to turn around

Skyline ends at Dixie Mtn. Rd. Time to turn around

This might be one of my favorite training rides in Portland. It is a nice 30 mile route with enough climbing to count but not so much as it is going to kick your ass. If you want a good workout but don’t want to spend a whole day on the bike, consider this one.

It starts on Skyline at the top of Germantown Road and continues until Skyline — and the pavement — come to an end. After crossing Cornelius Pass, you peel off Skyline for a bit and take Rock Creek Rd. The first mile or so the pavement is all torn up then it gets nice. And then there’s a climb which varies in grade from 6% to 9% for just enough time that you know you’ve been climbing.

You end up back on Skyline and ride rollers to the end of the line — then head back home. It trends down hill to Cornelius Pass. The next half mile is steepish, then you climb back to the car.

Piece of cake.