The Perfect Quickie PDX Training Ride? Skyline and Dixie Mountain

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.

 

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