Sauvie Island — Perfect Place to Paceline

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.

 

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