Ride: Timothy 200k
Organizer: Michael Wolfe (503) 709-9614
Date: Saturday July 19
Time: Start Time: 7:00AM Registration Time 6:00AM - 6:45AM
Start Location: Fearless Brewing, Estacada, OR
Address: 326 South Broadway Street
Finish By: 20:30 (8:30 PM)
Entry Fee: $10 ($15 for Non-RUSA members) Checks should be payable to "Oregon Randonneurs", also, Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you. Register Now!
Medals: ACP brevet medals will not be sold. You will be able to purchase these directly from RUSA.
Who's Riding? Pre-registered Riders Driving Directions: From I-205, take exit the OR 212/224 exit (exit 12A heading south, exit 12 heading north). Travel east on OR 224 to Estacada. Left on Broadway.
Special Note: Bring plenty of food and water...3 large bottles will not be too much water!
Workers Ride Reports: Michael Wolfe's Report and
Lynne Fitzsimmons' Report.
This ride starts at Fearless Brewery in Esacada. Just outside of Estacada, Faraday Road used to be the old mainline OR 224, but it was a narrow and winding road, and impossible to add more capacity to it, so 20 years ago or so ODOT re-routed it over the hill. PGE continues to maintain Faraday Road to access its dams on the lower Clackamas, however, and welcomes cyclists and pedestrians on the route. Because of this, you'll have the road to yourself for the first 5 miles.
You'll rejoin OR 224 at Faraday Lake, just before Promontory Park. There's a small mini-mart/snack bar at Promontory Park, and if you forgot to bring enough calories, you'll want to get something, as this is a remote ride and services are minimal to non-existent. The only other venue for any kind of food is Ripplebrook Ranger Station in 20 miles, where they have sold soda, chips, and candy bars in years past. On the plus side, there are numerous campgrounds along the Clackamas, so water and toilets are easy to come by.
The road follows river grade over that 20 miles, beneath basalt cliffs and wooded slopes, with the babbling Clackamas always close at hand. Just before Ripplebrook, there's a 3/4 mile climb at 5% to get your attention. The ranger station is a good place to refill your water bottles, with a hose bib just the the left of the front door. Past Ripplebrook, there's no more public water until Timothy Lake.
A short descent past the ranger station brings you to the intersection with NFD 57. You follow this road above, and then next to the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas, and to just before where the pavement ends. At that point, you'll turn left onto NFD 58 to begin the day's biggest challenge: the climb up to High Rock. It's 7 miles, all up, at an average of 6% grade. Once you're on top, though, it's pretty much all downhill to Timothy Lake. You'll cruise down Abbott Road around the north side of the lake to the Historic Cascade Lakes Ranger Station. From there, you'll proceed south on NFD 42, cresting another tough hill in about 5 miles, before beginning your descent back down to the Clackamas.
Back on OR 224, but this time you're heading downstream. A few miles before you get back to Ripplebrook, you'll make a left on NFD 63 along the Collowash River for an out-and-back up to the intersection with NFD 70. NFD 70 is the road to Bagby Hotsprings, which we won't be visiting today, but is good to know about for future reference. From the info control, it's all downhill back to 224, a couple rollers to Ripplebrook, and a very fast and consistent downriver grade back to the start.
Cumulative elevation gain to be about 7386 feet (of which 6500 is in the first 85 miles).
Pictures of the area:
I've done quite a bit of riding in this area. Here are a couple photo sets on flickr from my adventures:
You may wish to review the Map and Cue sheet in XLS.
All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.
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