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    Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARS)

    I think we should have a message thread to connect for rides and share community news and information. There are group rides each Saturday and Sunday mornings, mostly meeting at the duck pond in Alton Baker Park.
    I also ride at different times on week days, so if you'd like to join me a message in this thread will work.

    Group rides for this coming weekend, 10/21 - 22
    Saturday - Crow Road, Doane Road and Briggs Hill
    Sunday - Flat ride NW of Eugene Sovern and Meadowview roads and Alvadore area

    Fast pace ride at 9:00, mellow pace at 9:30

    Briggs Hill Rd
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    How far do you far do you all ride? Oh and what kind of pace do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cead_tinne
    How far do you far do you all ride? Oh and what kind of pace do you?
    Faster group rides 40 to 70 miles at 18 -19 avg mph.
    Mellow group rides 25 - 40 miles at 15 mph.
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    It was a spectacular weekend of riding in the Eugene area, perfect temps, sunny and fall colors are beautiful.

    This coming weekend the rides offer more hills and fall color.

    Saturday Oct 28: Creswell via Seavy Loop, Creswell, over Hamm Rd, Crow Rd home to Eugene. 70 miles.

    Sunday Oct 29: Camp Creek rd to Walterville, return via Thurston. 35 miles
    Mt Pisgah Mushroom Festival is Sunday, riders can finish here for apple cider and mushroom soup.

    Rides meet at Alton Baker Park, faster riders 9:00 and mellow pace riders at 9:30

    Hamm Rd Saturday ride:

    Hamm Rd west side:
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    This Thursday, Nov2, there will be a slide show of bike touring in Thailand and Laos by Willie Weir. It is at 7 pm in Lawrence Hall on the U of O campus.

    Group rides this week will start at 10:00 for faster group and 10:30 for mellow riders.

    Saturday is a 40 mile ride in the southwest hills and Gimpl Hill Road area.

    Sunday is a 45 mile ride to Harrisburg. We'll try to find coffee or hot chocolate before heading back to Eugene.

    Gimpl Hill


    also Gimpl Hill road, top of the hill
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    Fall colors are in high gear this week, WOW! It's the best time to be out enjoying the changing maple and oak trees from your bike. Better put on the fenders and rain gear, it's finally the rainy season in Oregon.

    Group rides this week, 10:00 for fast pace ride and 10:30 for mellow pace riders:

    Saturday - Rattle Snake Butte and Pleasant Hill area.

    Sunday - Gimpl Hill and Crow Road.

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    Rattle Snake Road
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    Last Saturday's ride was AWESOME, except that we got drenched by a down pour in the last 3 miles, oh well, we didn't melt! Rattlesnake Butte ride around Seavy Loop, Bear Creek Enterprise road was just beautiful, and of course, no traffic! Group will do this ride again this Saturday.

    November 18, Saturday: Rattle Snake Butte and Lost Creek. 55 miles No rain, no rain, no rain!

    November 19, Sunday: Flat ride to Coburg, Powerline Rd, and Priceboro Rd, 35 miles

    Fast riders meet 10:00, mellow pace group at 10:30

    Rattle Snake Rd heading for Lost Creek


    Lost Creek's little secret gem, Parvin Covered Bridge
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    Group rides in Eugene this weekend will hopefully be dry, I really need to get out for a ride!

    Saturday Dec 2, Ride to Crow then to Creswell over Hamm Rd. 50 miles.

    Sunday Dec 3, Ride to Crow, then over Central Rd hill and back to Eugene on Petzold Rd. 40 miles

    Faster group at 10:00 and mellow pace riders at 10:30.

    Petzold Rd


    Coyote Creek Bridge is closed for repairs, otherwise we would go that way from Crow
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    Nice. Wish I could make it. Instead I think I'm gonna venture over Eola and see if there is any snow left up there.
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    What's planned for this year?

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    Saturday, Jan 20 we will ride to Crow with a return over Gimpl Hill road.

    Blackberry Century over Wolf Creek road, Siuslaw River road and Poodle Creek will be the first weekend in August. If you are vacationing on the west coast in August you might add this to your trip, it's a spectacular ride. It starts in Eugene, goes into wine country, then into beautiful forests, then farm country around Fern Ridge Lake.

    Crow area on Petzold Rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty
    Saturday, Jan 20 we will ride to Crow with a return over Gimpl Hill road.

    Blackberry Century over Wolf Creek road, Siuslaw River road and Poodle Creek will be the first weekend in August. If you are vacationing on the west coast in August you might add this to your trip, it's a spectacular ride. It starts in Eugene, goes into wine country, then into beautiful forests, then farm country around Fern Ridge Lake.
    I might be able to make it on January 20'th . . . do I have to be a member in order to join a ride? What's the average speed traveled on the rides? Is a mountain bicycle okay to use rather than a road bike? Age limit(s)?

    I've been over around Gimpl Hill Rd quite a bit. It's nice in that area.

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    Fast riders leave at 10:00, 16 - 18 mph average. Slower paced riders leave at 10:30, 12-14 mph and shorter distance, with this group your bike should be OK (smooth tires recommended). The meeting place is the duck pond at Alton Baker Park, rides open to all who want to ride.
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    Argh! I'd love to do the ride (and I would have), but I just recalled that I'm going to have to help my parents with moving some stuff and taking care of some other things with my grandmother on Saturday. Maybe another time . . . sounds like fun.

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    Great riding out of Veneta and Elmira, a ride out to Noti, Vaughn, Crow then Central back to Veneta is a fun solo ride, have fun!
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    I like taking from Veneta Cantrell Rd down onto Crow Rd, ride out to crow and back along Vaughn Rd and onto Bolton Hill Rd back to Veneta. Enjoyable.

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    Sunday March 18 is the ride out to Junction City, Ferguson Rd and the Long Tom Grange for the Daffodil Festival. Meet at 9:00 am at North Eugene High School.
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