It ain’t over till it’s over!

This is a double century ride that I have ridden only twice before, first in 2002 and the again in 2014. I decided to head back and give it another go this year.

Loop 1, a 105 mile lap around the inland empire.

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Plan A

This ride was scheduled for Sunday of the weekend just before the 2017 solar eclipse. Portland Oregon itself was not going to be in the path of totality but at 99.1% was pretty close. The weather forecast for that day was for nice but warm conditions. All in all it looked like a good weekend for riding! It was not to be however. Just over a week before the event it was cancelled. The reasons given were twofold, smoky conditions due to wildfires in the state and a fear that eclipse mania would impact the ride negatively with traffic congestion etc. I was already in Portland so I would have to look for an alternative ride to do.

Plan B

The day before the scheduled day for the PC I jumped on my mountain bike. There is virtually no mountain biking near Portland but there is a dirt road in Forest Park that is open to MTB’s. It is a 29 mile out and back from our place and makes a nice fast cruise on the bike. There were as many people (on foot) as I have ever seen in the park but once you got away from the trail head it was better. It was a good two hour jaunt!

Plan C

Two days after the eclipse I rode another one of my favorite local rides, the Forest Grove – Vernonia 110 km perm, offered by RBA Susan France. It was another beautiful day for a ride and a great day to be on the bike. I finished the ride in just over 5 hours with virtually no traffic or issues.

The bottom line is that it was a beautiful weekend for a ride and it is a shame that the organizers decided to cancel the PC based on fears of smoke and traffic, neither one of which were present on ride day.

A retro-mod frankenbike, with patina?

As it came to me this bike was equipped with a Campy sport level 2 x 5 drive-train. For this year of bicycle that meant that it had a rear hub spacing of 120 mm. That is not a problem if you are going to use the original components in building this bike up. But….. I wanted to give this Atala an update and I just happened to have a Campy Veloce 9 speed gruppo laying around. Of course the spacing for a modern 9 speed hub is 130 mm so that is not going to work, right?

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RUSA permanent #36

This is a great route which is frequently offered by Oregon Randonneurs, but is also available anytime as a permanent. I took advantage of a beautiful day in Oregon to ride this wonderful route one more time!

 

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This is the third year for this event…….

Riders gathered for the 7:00 start wave.

In all of my previous Eroica events I have always ridden the longest available route. I wanted to get the full “Heroic” experience out of each location, Italy, England, Spain as well as California. This year however I chose one of the shorter distance options which may have marked a turning point in my cycling.

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Vintage Bicycle Concours

1947 Maury Tandem, original condition!

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Not an epic ride, not even an arduous adventure,  just a lovely 100 kilometer ride on a beautiful spring day in one of the most spectacular national parks in the west! The Zion Canyon 100 km brevet on March 18, 2017.

Photo by David Hilton

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