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    Yaquina Lighthouse Century Rides, Newport, OR

    The Yaquina Wheels Bicycle Club invites riders of all levels to the 4th
    annual Yaquina Lighthouse Century Rides to be held on Sunday, August 17,
    2008 in Newport, Oregon. All rides begin and end at the Yaquina Lighthouse
    Visitor Center. The courses open at 7 am and close at 5 pm. Four rest
    stops along the route provide water, a variety of fresh fruits, cooked food
    items and other snacks. Mechanical support will be available on all routes.

    Riders choose from three distances: 25, 62.4 (metric century) or a 100 miles
    on a course that connects two lighthouses, weaves through Newport's historic
    Bayfront, follows the Yaquina and Siletz rivers and passes along the
    beautiful Central Coast of Oregon including breathtaking vistas at Cape
    Foulweather. Watch for whales and birdwatchers look for herons, egret and
    bald eagles along some of Oregon's most diverse coastal scenery and
    roadways.

    Proceeds from the rides go to Newport's Friends of the Lighthouses,
    Waldport's Green Bikes Program and other local, regional and national
    non-profit cycling organizations.

    Please visit www.yaquinawheels.org/Century.html for more information and a link online registration or a mail-in form.

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    I want to come to ride this BEAUTIFUL ride. I think we are carpooling over from Eugene, so there should be a few of us. I'll pre-register this week.
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    4 days to go.....

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    How much of a factor will the wind be for this ride? I've been training with just the hills in mind, and then the other day my wife asked me how windy I thought it would be, and my response was "Crap, I hadn't thought about that!"

    Also, what's the parking situation like?

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    If you check out the route maps at the web site www.yaquinawheels.org/century.html

    you will see that almost all of the metric century ride is 'inland' or along Yaquina Bay.

    The prevailing wind this time of year is from the northwest, off the ocean, but usually does not come up until late morning or early afternoon.

    The 1st 5-6 miles are more or less along the coast, but since it will be early, the wind shouldn't be a factor.

    Some of the return route for the metric century ride is back towards the ocean in a westerly/northwesterly direction for about 6-8 miles along the bay, then the last 5-6 miles is back along the coast (ocean views). So....if the northwest wind is 'up' by late morning or early afternoon, there can be 15mph or so of a head wind at times.

    The full century route gets some of the afternoon breeze for about 10 miles back out to the coast to the last rest stop.

    BUT.....then comes the pay-back....almost 15 miles of a good tailwind if the northwest wind is blowing. Most of this is right along hwy 101, with some really nice ocean views, see the photo tour pictures at

    http://picasaweb.google.com/SkipH152...CenturyPreview

    And....the last forecast I saw this evening was for it to be hot in the valley, so it should be much cooler over here!

    Hope this helps.

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    That sounds good. Thanks for the info. I actually signed up for this ride a week or two ago, and I'm really looking forward to it.

    I've done a couple of metric centuries this year, but this would be my first full century, so now I'm trying to convince myself I can do it. As gorgeous as this ride looks, I'll be really disappointed if I can't just because of the views I'd miss.

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    OK, so where do I park for this?

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    Andy:

    The ride starts at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, about 4 miles north of Newport.

    I assume you will be coming down 101 from Lincoln City from Beaverton.....

    So....about 4 miles north of Newport is a stoplight, the 1st one since Depoe Bay.

    Turn right at that light, it will have signs saying Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Lighthouse, etc, and there will be a sandwich board sign with the ride name on it.

    Admission is free for cars with bikes (or associated with the ride), just tell anyone at the toll booth that you are there for the ride.

    If you happen to come over from Corvallis via hwy 20, then turn right at its junction with hwy 101, and go north, about 2 miles past Walmart's stoplight, and then turn left (towards the ocean) at the stoplight, again, it will be signed.

    About a mile towards the lighthouse is a visitors area on the right, you can't miss it as there will be a bunch of cars with bikes on them, people milling around, etc. Registration is inside the visitors center.

    I'll be SAG'ing the Toledo/Elk City (2nd rest stop)/Siletz portion of the 62/100 mile route, so should see you if I'm not going the other way on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiph View Post
    I'll be SAG'ing the Toledo/Elk City (2nd rest stop)/Siletz portion of the 62/100 mile route, so should see you if I'm not going the other way on the road.
    Well, I hope you only see me in passing. I'll be the guy huffing and puffing and looking like he's not going to make it. I'll wave if I have the energy.

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    TWO days to go.....going to be nice and cool over here Sunday....

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    What a nice ride today! The weather turned this morning, heavy fog at the start, but it lifted quickly as we headed inland from the beach. I was riding arm warmers all day, it really felt good after all the high temps in the Willamette Valley.

    Great support, beautiful route and nice riders = fun day in Newport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    What a nice ride today! The weather turned this morning, heavy fog at the start, but it lifted quickly as we headed inland from the beach. I was riding arm warmers all day, it really felt good after all the high temps in the Willamette Valley.

    Great support, beautiful route and nice riders = fun day in Newport.
    Shifty:

    Must have been the Harry Potter invisible armwarmers....never saw you on my SAG route.

    Hope you dodged the thunder/lightning/showers & hail I heard about. And I saw a whole 59 degrees on the temperature sign in Toledo mid-day. Kind of unusual as it's normally 80' and sunny in Toledo (at least that's what the residents over there always say).

    Dennis got in with 2 of the local hot-shots out of the gate this morning and hung on to them for the full 100 miles. They were the 1st ones into Elk City and Jack Morgan park out past Toledo, and I assume back to Newport. The did have to take a 15 minute 'lightning' break out towards the coast from Jack Morgan park.

    Pictures I took today are at:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/SkipH152...hthouseCentury

    Thanks for coming, maybe see you in Salem in September?

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    I survived! This was my first century. I sat for a long time at the turn-off for the metric century return trying to decide if I had enough left to finish the 100. I finally decided I didn't have enough left, but I'd try it anyway. The kind people at every rest stop who kept lying to me about how flat the rest of the course was helped.

    But seriously, the support was great, and the views were absolutely outstanding. I wasn't sure it could live up to the picture gallery posted ahead of time but it did. Having an Izzy's at the finish line was a nice touch. I put a hurtin' on that buffet.

    I finished at 5:03, just in time to see the crew leaving the visitor's center: 9 hours, 10 minutes elapsed time; 7 hours 36 minutes riding time (I lack the coordination necessary to eat and drink on the bike); average speed 13.5 mph.

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    Andy_K:

    Hey, great you made the full 100, even with the marginal weather.

    Back in 2006 when I got back into cycling, I rode the course with only a little over 500 miles on my body and a new bike.

    I also hung around the course split procrastinating on doing the full 100 or bailing out. Fortunately, I picked up another rider at the gas station and we went for it. He was in no hurry and our speeds were the same.

    Later, we picked up another guy at the rest stop past Siletz, so that helped as we rode all the way to Taft as a group. We rode together to the top of Cape Foulweather/Otter Crest, and then I picked it up into the finish. I also rode an extra 3.5 miles R/T from my house to the start/finish area.

    My time back then was 7 hrs, 9 minutes (bike time) and I was in the last 10 or so to finish just before 5 PM.

    Sorry you got back too late for the extra food we had inside....Mo's clam chowder, small sandwiches, muffins, coffee, chips, veggies, etc.

    Next good century ride I'm planning to do is the Salem bike club Peach, on Sept. 28th (weather permitting....).

    The next century is easier, 'cause you know you can do it.

    Thanks for coming.

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    Thanks to all who came to our ride...there was even a couple that came from Arizona to escape the heat.

    Nice bunch of pictures from the ride at my Picasa album page:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/SkipH152

    Other pictures of the costal area on that page also.
    Last edited by skiph; 08-22-08 at 01:07 AM.

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    I hope that you have this ride planned for next year. I was unable to make it this year due to prior obligations, but my wife loves the coast and wants to plan ahead for next year.

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    Here is one of skiph's photos, this is the route on a sunny day, everyone should do this century, it is beautiful.

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    Nothing was more beautiful than seeing that lighthouse at the end of 100 miles.

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