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    Sore saddle cyclist Shifty's Avatar
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    Monster Cookie Metric Century

    I guess we'll have a thread in Road Cycling too, it sure was a fun time last year.

    I've registered, a fun and fast group for this year's ride will be a great way to start off the season.
    Who's in?
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    My parent's road in it several years ago and said it was a great time.

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    I'll be registering in the next few days (probably over the weekend). Hopefully we can get a decent-sized crew out there. Last year's Cookie was a blast. But there were only a handful of BF members at the Worst Day Ride in Feb.
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    Our BF group from last year's Monster Cookie:
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    I think I am going to ride the Monster Cookie, the Watermelon Ride, and the Peach Of A Century this year as part of my Livestrong training.

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    3 Salem Bike Club rides

    If you are going to ride those 3 be sure to tell them at the Peach that you did all 3. They have had a small take home for doing that. I think they call it the Road Animal award although I call it the Roadkill.Award.

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    Thanks, I will.

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    If the weather is good, my wife and I can be spotted on our red Co-Mo tandem on the way out to Champoeg. If the weather is really good, we'll have the blue Burley tandem out as well for the trip back...our kids get to take the stoker positions for that part of the ride.

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    Last year BF members met up at/after registration at a particular time (8:30 maybe?) ready to ride. The picture that Shifty posted was on the steps of the State Library west of the toilets they'd set up that day at the start/finish. That worked pretty darn well as a meeting place.
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    Where is the best place to find out about events like this?

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    Google, mostly, websites and some magazines. Then after a few years you kind of learn the schedule and get on mailing lists. Here's a rough list/schedule that'll at least give you some keywords to search.

    Salem Bike Club puts on three event rides in the mid-valley: the Monster Cookie Metric (end of April), the Watermelon Ride (late June), and the Peach of a Century (late Sept.).

    Down the valley further, there is a Strawberry Century (early June?) and Covered Bridge something or other (I think in August).

    The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club puts on a Spring Century (reverting to it's previous name of Pioneer this year) the first Saturday in June. They also stage one in the Mt. Hood Area in August (was the Torture 10,000 - but will be different this year).

    The Vancouver club does the Ride Around Clark Country the first Saturday in May. Reach the Beach is a week or two later.

    There are also at least one 'Vine' themed ride out towards wine country (Newberg?) in late summer; a Havest Ride (early Oct. from Champoeg State Park); and several others (the Seattle to Portland, Summit-to-Surf, LiveStrong, MS150, Cycle Oregon and Bike Oregon). There was also a (somewhat problem riddled) first-year Portland Century last August, and I've heard of another first-year ride this summer out of McMinnville.

    What others did I miss all?
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    Here's where I get info on a lot of events:

    http://www.vancouverbicycleclub.com/events.html#Apr


    My wife and I will be at the Monster Cookie if it's not raining. We'll be doing day-of registration.

    Dean

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    Would be nice to meet others from here at the ride. I figure I'll probably meet Deanoldo since I'll be doing day of registration

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    Thanks to my laziness.... I too will be doing day of registration. Rain or shine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty
    I guess we'll have a thread in Road Cycling too, it sure was a fun time last year.

    I've registered, a fun and fast group for this year's ride will be a great way to start off the season.
    Who's in?
    Shifty - I can come up with my own definition for fun , but what is your definition of fast? I'm in fairly good shape for a 52 year old clydesdale (800 miles so far this year including a very hilly 54 miler today), but I don't want to get into something over my head.

    I've registered and will be there rain or shine.

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    I'm not sure what our overall average speed was last year, but I do remember some 24 mph pace lines that went on for mile after mile. It all depends on the group that shows up, but a 17 -19 mph average is always fun. There can be a couple groups, meet up at the start, rest stops and finish, it's all good.
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    17-19 MPH pace sounds good to me.

    What is the terrain like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonRags
    What is the terrain like?
    Imagine the profile of a big flat cookie with a few chocolate chips here & there.

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    OK, cool. That's what I was thinking looking at the map, but didn't want to be shocked

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonRags
    17-19 MPH pace sounds good to me.

    What is the terrain like?

    There is like 250ft of gain over the 62 miles.
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    I'm out, my wife made plans for me I didn't know about until now. Good fun, I'll hook up with you guys next time,,, on the new bike!!

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    The weather forecast is looking excellent, sunny with a few clouds, 10% chance of rain.
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    Me and a couple of buddies are in.

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    Unfortunately I can't make it this weekend. I did my first race on Sunday (the Three Rivers race in Ranier) and I used up all my childcare credits with my wife for next weekend. I got completely crushed at the race, but it was a lot of fun and a great experience. Sometimes it is good to be humbled...

    Hopefully we will organize again for the Spring Century or the Barlow.

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    Do you think we should decide on one thread for this event and put a link in the other two threads so no one misses the boat?

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