We try and plan our personal travel to Portland so that I can participate in local events. This trip the schedule worked out so that the Molalla Foothills 200 km brevet would be a ride that I could attend. The Oregon Randonneurs don’t do this ride every year but it is a route that I had not ridden before and the weather looked great so I was all in!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

This is the time of year when the fall colors in the Utah high country can be spectacular, particularly around Navajo Lake. I always try to get some late season rides in while the weather is still good because when the curtain of winter drops for the season it is usually final! This weekend was the last weekend expected to have decent weather so I was on it!

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop.

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop from the Dike trailhead

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Outbound along the Columbia River

Outbound along the Columbia River

The Portland Century is really just another hundred mile ride, but is does have one distinguishing characteristic. Each year the course is on a different and mostly unique route. This year, I believe for the first time, the route left Oregon altogether and crossed over the Columbia River and into Washington and the rural country in outlying Vancouver.

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This bike came to me from Portland Oregon when I was looking for a bike to ride in L’Eroica Italia in 2012. I ended up taking another bike to that event and so this one sat in the shop as an unfinished project for a couple of years. It is now finished and well ridden, and has completed one heroic event so far.

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I took this bike to the 2014 inaugural L’Eroica Britannia last month in the Peak District and completed the 100 mile route. Just a simple century you say, but this one had almost 10,000 feet of climbing in its course! More on L’Eroica Britannia here.

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It is now two weeks since the event and I have to admit that I am still reflecting on my trip to L’Eroica Britannia. If I had any expectations about what to expect here (after attending L’Eroica Italia) they were totally shattered the first day. Although the two events share a name and a common theme they could not be more individual in character.

My registration kit and bag of goodies

My registration kit and bag of goodies

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Climbing out of Cromford took us up a little tree lined valley which was very enjoyable. The grade wasn’t as bad as I had expected and soon we were back up onto the moors and cruising between the stone walled fields. This section was perhaps the easiest of the whole route and I made good time over the moors.

This is my climb but it is not my photo

This is my climb but it is not my photo

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High tea at Ilam Hall

High tea at Ilam Hall

Our next rest stop at Ilam Hall featured a unique variety of refreshment, high tea, which included scones with butter and jam and a cup of tea. The village of Ilam sits in a lush valley, which should have been my first clue that there was probably going to be a big climb coming soon. This one, like many of the others was steep in places but not steady. You could power through the short steeper sections and then back off a little on the rest of the climb. The grade probably exceeded 20% in some places but was mostly only about 10% for a mile or so. It would not be the hardest climb of the day; still, it was a climb that got my attention!

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