I rode the Crater Lake Century on Saturday with some good friends.
The weather was awful when we started in Ft. Klamath.
Wind driven rain, it felt more like April than August..
We got soaked but we hunkered down and rode on hoping for better weather and by the time we reached the park entrance the sun began to show itself.
By the time we reached the rim, we had dried out and our spirits were lifted.
Imagine yourself riding around this!
One of the best features of this ride is the BBQ at the end of the ride where you served home made ice cream and cobbler for dessert!
This was the 3rd year I have ridden this event. There are numerous reasons why I will come back. The ride is limited to 300 riders. No one I saw treats this like a race, it's very refreshing to have no frantic pacelines filled with riders who don't know each other… People were spread out along the route out enjoying the climbs and descents around the rim at their own pace while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You will want to stop along the way just to admire the views
The food at the rest stops are some of the best I've seen anywhere: Fruit, fresh bagels, home made cookies, and subway sandwiches served to you by friendly enthusiastic volunteers. Something else I really enjoy is how this ride finishes.. After you circle the rim you ride back down to the start line some 20 or so miles away all on a gentle downhill. You fly along feeling like a pro, anticipating that BBQ dinner at the finish. It takes some effort to get here from the Seattle area where I live but it was well worth it.