Ride: Three Capes 300
Organizers: Susan France 503-628-7324
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: Start Time: 6:00 AM Registration Time 05:00AM to 05:50AM
Start Location: McMenamins Grand Lodge Note: Grand Lodge is not grand in price, the lodging is highly recommended by our out of town randos.
Address: 3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR
Finish By: 2:00 (2:00 AM)
Entry Fee: $15, Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you.
Driving Directions:See McMenamins' website.
Special Note: If you drive to the start the morning of the brevet please park, unpack and prep in the east parking lot. The one closest to Hwy 47 and furthest from the Grand Lodge. The noise of even quiet rando talk can disturb the sleep of McMenamins' hotel guests.
This brevet starts at a new favorite location, Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Several folks made it clear that this was a great place to start and end a brevet. We head west along Gales Creek, then over Wilson River Summit (elev. 1586) through the Tillamook Forest on Hwy 6 to Tillamook. From Tillamook, you ride around the south end of Tillamook Bay on the scenic Three Capes Coastal Bicycle route. First, we climb Cape Meares. On a clear day one can catch glimpses of Bayocean below. Then we are up and down a few times passing near Oceanside and then down to Netarts, the first control location.
The route then heads along Netarts Bay, passes Cape Lookout State Park and up over Cape Lookout which has the steepest sections of climbing on the route. Approximately halfway up is a viewpoint, the perfect spot to catch your breath and take in the view. After reaching the top of Cape Lookout, it is a steep and fast decent to the Sandlake Dunes. Watch for cracks in the pavement on this downhill. At Sandlake, there is a small store, a grange and many dune vehicles on a nice weekend.
The route travels inland a bit as you continue your way south toward the third of the three capes, Cape Kiwanda, which is neither steep nor high. After Cape Kiwanda, you enter the Pacific City area, with a brewery on the right, and a great coffee shop on the left. Zigzag through Pacific City and ride along the Nehalem Bay back to Hwy 101. After a short distance, you head inland and along one of the quietest and best sections of the route, the Little Nestucca to Sourgrass Summit (elev. 672).
After crossing the Coast Range you head for Grand Ronde. The Spirit Mountain Casino is a good place to stop if you need services. It is usually in this location that riders notice one terrific tailwind coming in off the ocean. Sit up and enjoy it. Next, just past Sheridan is a DQ, another great place to pick up a pick-me-up. After Sheridan get off busy Hwy 18 and head across the Red Prairie rollers towards Amity and the Eola Hills. Next, head north skirting several vineyards and wetlands back to Forest Grove.
What to do after the ride? If you finish before 11PM, you can use the soaking pool. Bring a suit and towel then exchange your driver's license for a key to the pool at the front desk. If you eat at the Grand Lodge, you can use the pool for free, otherwise it is $5. You can get something to eat (& drink!) until 11PM at the Ironwork Grill, 2AM in the Doctor's Office Bar. Grand Lodge also has several "common rooms." We usually set up snacks, drinks and such in the "Rounder Room" where you can relax after the finish. There are comfy couches, chairs, a rocker and a fireplace.
Cumulative elevation gain is 6500 feet.
Need more info about Forest Grove services? Check the Forest Grove Chamber website.
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