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Old 08-11-07, 11:13 PM   #1
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Vineride in Newburg, OR

Is anyone doing this or have you done it in the past? I just registered for the 65 mile option and was wanting some reviews on the route . Thanks
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Old 08-12-07, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hi Ticia, I can give you a review as these roads are regular rides for me.

First of all, there are no significant hills on the route. From the start in Newberg, there is a small climb up to north valley road and multiple 50-75 foot rollers once on North Valley. Enjoy the views to the south and the vineyards on your right. Be glad you don't have to climb Chehalem mountain as the Livestrong ride does....

As you head to Dayton, it flattens out but the views stay nice. South of Dayton is low traffic roads. There is less shade as you head back towards Carlton so have plenty of water if it is hot.

The leg on HWY 240 through Yamhill and towards Laughlin on the return is a high traffic no shoulder road. It's unfortunate the only east-west route in this area forces a lot of these rides (MS150 included) to use 240. I'd be vigilant anytime riding on 240. Once you hit the rollers of North Valley you are almost back and there will be a very nice descent back into Newburg.

Overall a nice route, just be aware of traffic on 240 ! Have fun!
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Thanks for the review . It was very helpful. I'll watch it on the 240.
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This was such a fun ride. The weather was beautiful, there were hot air balloons in the distance, mostly no traffic for the early morning and low traffic later in the morning. I did the 65 mile option and it was just right for me. I averaged about 14mph. I guess this is considered a flat course. I'm not so knowledgeable on all this (it was only my 6th ride). I was feeling so good at the fork where you could do the 100 or 65 that I *almost* veered left to do the century, but came to my senses on my ability or lack thereof this time . Maybe next year. I only saw a handful of people for over 40 miles! It was not until the last 17 miles that I actually saw riders again. I tried to hang with a super fast hammering group of guys and they lost me in like .05 seconds, but it was fun to *try* to hang on. It was a rather lonely ride, but I enjoyed the whole course. I did find myself actually *wanting* some hills to come up on the horizon because it had so many long flat stretches. Fun route that I will def. do next year again. It is my longest ride to date Don't laugh too hard
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Way to go Ticia!!! That's pretty awesome for a noob, you can work toward the century next year. You might think about doing the Peach Century (shorter rides also) in September, it's a fun one too, and it has hills.
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Way to go Ticia!!! That's pretty awesome for a noob, you can work toward the century next year. You might think about doing the Peach Century (shorter rides also) in September, it's a fun one too, and it has hills.
Thanks Shifty
I will be out of town camping with my Mom & kids the weekend of the Peach Century; however, I am thinking of trying out the Harvest Century which sounds really fun in October...weather permitting
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Nice work Ticia!! Weren't those balloons just a beautiful sight? We were probably a beautiful sight to the balloners.
The Harvest ride is a good ride and does not have any really significant climbs, if my memory serves me well. It will actually cover a little bit of the same route as the Vine Ride, at least as far as though rollers north of Newberg are concerned. I plan on doing it this year. It is a great way to wrap up the local calendar of rides for the season ,,,unless you would want to go to the EL Tour de Tucson!
There is also the Portland Century this Sunday with 3 route options for your consideration.
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