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Grand Prix Ryan Trebon

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Cyclocross is commonly thought of as a muddy fall sport, but in actuality some race series, like Grand Prix Ryan Trebon, start while summer is still in full swing. In fact, the kickoff for this series is just around the corner on August 30.

Grand Prix Ryan Trebon is a cyclocross series composed six independent races, each with their own race director, theme, prizing, course and location. There are also overall series awards at the end of the season to tie them all together. With new locations and creative courses planned for 2014, this event is exciting to both race and watch.

Is this your season to hit the course and test your endurance, stability and vigor by racing cross? If so, Grand Prix Ryan Trebon is the perfect series for you. With perfectly sized fields (categorized groups of riders) and a not-so-hectic start line, the event is extremely friendly toward new riders.

Each year the Grand Prix celebrates a prominent Oregon racer by naming the series in his or her honor. Ryan Trebon, one of the most loved local racers, past National Champ and a current pro racer. Previous races have honored Molly Cameron, Tina Brubaker and Erik Tonkin. The year the race was named after Tonkin, an elite racer well known for his unshaven legs, the logo was a Sasquatch. This year’s logo plays with Trebon’s nickname “Tree Farm.”

Race Basics

David Douglas CX 8/30
Het Meer CX 9/6
Hood River Double Cross #1 9/13
Zaaldercross 9/20
Ninkrossi CX 9/27
Heiser CX 10/4
Series Award Party at Portland Bicycle Studio 10/5

Cost: Series pass for $134, individual races are $25
Oregon Bicycle Racing Association license required, and day licenses are available.
Pre-Race party and number pick up: August 28 from 6pm-8pm at Bazi Bierbrasserie [more info]
Event website >>

Photo credit – Matth Haughey

A Perfectly Portland Summer Ride

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Riding in the city is a lot of fun, but Portland is surrounded by lush wilderness just on the fringes of the city. Take some time to soak it in with this ride that is sure to delight. This route is full of very cool features on a pleasant, short loop that takes you away from the urban madness for a little bit before gently easing you back in. You’ll discover swimming holes, bird refuges and extremely pleasant off-road paved paths.

You might want to pack: Dollars for tacos, a suit and towel for beach swimming, binoculars for birding, your camera for snapping.

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Distance: 23 miles
Elevation: Relatively flat with only 470 feet of elevation gain and one big climb. Reverse your ride to put the climb near the beginning, but we prefer to round out the trip with tacos in St. Johns.
Roads: Mostly off street paths.

Highlights:Beach, low-traffic route, teeming with opportunities to spot wildlife, watch gigantic ships sail by.
Start: North Vancouver at Skidmore, with plenty of places in the area to meet your buddies for a pre-ride coffee.
Head: North on Vancouver

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Description

Smith and Bybee lakes the the largest urban wildlife wetland refuge in the US. Stop by for a relaxing break and bird watching. Don’t forget your suit; Kelley Point Park is a fantastic beach for dipping into either or the Willamette or the Columbia river – your choice as this is where the two powerful rivers meet with plenty of low-water hang out spots. Round out your adventure with some climbing; the relaxing cruise down to the majestic Cathedral Point Park in St. Johns is worth the climb out is.

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Hit the Streets on the Catch That Thief! Challenge

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In the US alone, a bike is stolen every 30 seconds. That’s not a typo, that’s a problem. Our friends at Ride with GPS and Project 529 (both Portland-based companies) are challenging riders to transform their anger into miles with the Catch That Thief challenge. By registering your bike in the Project 529 garage and clocking some summertime miles in the Challenge, you could win an array of cool prizes.

Make a difference

Do you hate bike thieves (and love your bike) as much as we do? Join Ride with GPS and Project 529 as they take to the streets. Sign up for one of three daily ride tiers (5, 10 or 20 miles a day). You can meet those goals daily, or make up for slimmer days when you coquer long rides.

Win Prizes

Meet your mileage goals and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing. Everyone who completes their goals will get an equal chance at prizes. Additionally, if you register your bike with Project 529 using the same email as your Ride with GPS account, they will bump up your odds in the drawing by a super-secret formula.

Prize Packages

Grand Prize: 1 Zipp 30 wheelset

3 Runners Up: Cycling prize packages courtesy of Project 529 including:

  • SRAM computer mount
  • SRAM Powerlock Link
  • roll of SRAM SuperSport Bar Tape w/ Gel (red or yellow)
  • Bike Thieves Suck t-shirt
  • pack of Bike Thieves Suck stickers
  • 529 Shield kit for 4 bikes

Notable Mentions: Ride with GPS shirts, cycling caps and water bottles.

Event Basics

August 22nd until September 14th
No cost to participate
Register online >>

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Find out why Copenhagen’s bike culture is called Bike Culture 2.0.

Cooling Off On Summer Rides

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With these heat waves we’ve been experiencing, hot weather riding is on the mind more than ever. Here are some tips for staying cool during your rides.

  • Ride early. The temperatures in Oregon peak around 5 or 6 pm most days. Plan your rides to end by 1:00 on extremely hot days.
  • Bring plenty of water. Drink before you are thirsty. If it’s not coming out the other end, you’re definitely not drinking enough.
  • Be prepared. Don’t expect to find water sources if you’re riding out in the countryside. Plan to bring two water bottles with you, then research and plot your water refill point.
  • Wear a wet bandanna on your neck. Even if the water isn’t cold the air on the dampness will do wonders for bringing down your body temperature.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that will dry quickly and wick away moisture.
  • Take breaks. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the riding before we realize how far exhausted our bodies really are. Take shady breaks, jump in the river, drink water, and take some time to cool off.
  • Listen to your body. Heat exhaustion often creeps up somewhat quickly. If you start to feel ill, dizzy or just a little off, take a break, relax and drink water. Duck inside a air-conditioned building, sit down for a while, and assess your condition before heading back out on the road. Call it quits if you’re not feeling right, and consult a medical professional if you still feel sick.
  • Add an electrolyte supplement to your water. Nuun makes an easy-to-use tablet that fizzes in the water and tastes good. There are plenty of other options out there. While it may take some trial and error to discover which one you like best, the important part is that you ingest some sort of electrolyte on hot days.
  • Reward yourself afterwards. Take time to recover, drink plenty of fluids, and down a few glasses of water before you start treating yourself to beers.
    • How do you stay cool?

      List your tips in the comments below.

Sherar’s Falls Loop

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Length: 26 challenging-but-rewarding miles

This 26 mile ride is challenging, but so worth it. The climbs are extended and the Deschutes river views are vast.

You’ll cruise through quaint downtown Maupin then hit the hills for hairpin turns along a hill climber’s delight. A guardrail at mile 17 protects you from the steep drop to Sherar’s Falls where you can stop for an impressive view. Car traffic is light to moderate and this ride is suitable for spring, summer and fall riding.

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