Join Date: Dec 2005
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Sign up for the Pipeline with the Chinook Cycling Club
. They'll be doing a Fall Mountain Bike Series. They also host a spring/summer TT series. If I remember correctly, they also had a short road race series earlier this year. Their website is dated.
Have you rode with the group?
Monday, Wednesday, Friday group rides start from the Tri-City Court Club at 5:45pm. These rides are starting to wind down due limited available day light.
Weekend rides are typically:
Saturday: 8:30am. Road Ride from Espresso World in Richland.
Sunday: 8:00am. Road Ride from Bookwalter Winery on Columbia Park Trail.
Be sure to sign up for their email Pipeline (see website) as times and start locations are subject to change.
The group rides are a good starting point for racing. A number of club members race and they'll be able to point you in the right direction. Group rides can offer some good competition.
To my knowledge, there isn't a great number of road races in this area, but I don't road race. Heppner, OR has a stage race in early summer. La Grande, OR has a few road races each year. You might also check with a Spokane, WA club.