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Any of you doing (or have done) Seattle to Portland?(13 posts)

Any of you doing (or have done) Seattle to Portland?rwbadley
Jan 24, 2003 8:00 AM
In the past I have done the Markleeville ride in July because it's close to home, and a nice ride. With the advent of the lottery and the 'lucky to win' entry to the event, I think the Seattle/Portland ride (also in July) sounds like a winner.

Anybody done it yet? Anybody know the vertical for the route? Odds of rain for the event? I used to live in the NW, so I would think July might be safe from precip, but? Do you plan on being there this year?

RW
Nice route, fairly good organization.MB1
Jan 24, 2003 8:26 AM
Any weather is possible (I remember lots of rain and wind one year). It is pretty flat for a ride that long but there are a lot of rollies. I have only ever done the 1 day option so I can't tell you anything about the 2 day ride.
Done it twice, never want to do it again.brider
Jan 24, 2003 8:59 AM
Did the one-day option two times. For me, it was too flat (and if you're used to Markleeville, it may be too flat for you too). For the last 50 miles or so, you'll be dodging the slower (and scarier) two-day riders. It's not uncommon to get a paceline of 20 bikes being towed by a couple strong tandems, with the requisite knobs in the line who let gaps open up, then sprint up to close it (leaving those behind to fend for themselves). Yes, there are rollers along the route, but only one significant climb.

For my money, RAMROD is a better option -- more of a physical challenge, but less of a mental challenge.
I always avoided the large pacelines.MB1
Jan 24, 2003 9:08 AM
Always rode with just 3 or 4 others, if the group started to get larger we just backed off.

I lived in SoCal at the time so it was nice to ride in a green area. Probably worth doing if you have never done it, however I also do not expect to do it again.
No dodging 2-day riders anymore...PdxMark
Jan 24, 2003 9:54 AM
The 1-day ride has been on Saturday the past few years, and starts before the 2-day riders. So at least there's no dodging 2-day riders.

Agree Ramrod is better, but it filled last year on the first weekend of sign-ups at a bike show in Seattle. No out-of-town signups last year.
Good news, but still don't wanna go.brider
Jan 24, 2003 11:19 AM
Still not really interested in STP. As for RAMROD, I think you could get a transfer from some one who decided they couldn't do it after signing up. Don't know what their rules are for that process, and it's kind of iffy, but it might be worth a shot.
Ramrod tickets are xferable, but...bludoggy
Jan 25, 2003 10:32 AM
people selling them will ask upwards of 250 big ones. OUCH. Many people just poach the ride, but that IMHO is pretty lame. We usually just go ride the route later in the summer, unsupported. AWESOME route! We live in Orting, so we start and finish at our driveway -- 156 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing.... I can hardly wait!
re: Any of you doing (or have done) Seattle to Portland?Wise
Jan 24, 2003 9:31 AM
STP is a fun ride and, while its mostly downhill all the way to Portland, doing it all in one day is still enough make you tired. If you want to ride in the NW and need a bigger a challenge, you might want to check out Cannonball, I haven't done it before, but its 275 miles from Seattle to Spokane, and like 10k ft of total climbing.
good morning mike nmcollinsc
Jan 24, 2003 9:38 AM
STP attracts all typescollinsc
Jan 24, 2003 9:35 AM
if you consider yourself at all competent and capable, ride it in one day. youll get away from having to dodge all the people who cant hold a pace or a line.

Its a good ride and pretty well supported. The latter half on the first day could have used more support, but I could also just blame myself for not bringing enough clif bars.

It is also fairly flat, but really quite scenic. The last long stretch into Portland kind of sucks, but other than that I'd call it a ride worth doing. Probably only more than once if youre living in the area.
Ramrod...yeah right
Jan 24, 2003 2:23 PM
is what you want (as others have said) if you liked markleeville.

157 miles of pain 10,000 feet of climbing.

I'm considering stp one day this year (never done it before). weather is 90% chance of being beautiful and wind out of the north.
Ramrod...brider
Jan 24, 2003 2:35 PM
Actually, it's 70 miles of either finding a good paceline or holding back,
followed by 17 miles of good views and an increasing grade (potentially dodging station wagons and Winnebagos),
followed by ?? miles of trying to remember to keep your legs moving so they don't lock up,
followed by 3 miles of climbing (every one kept saying "watch out for Box Canyon", I didn't even know I'd gone over it 'til I was on the other side),
followed by another 5 miles of descent,
followed by 8 miles of a steady 8%, and thinking the top has to be around the next bend,
followed by a cool descent out of the park,
followed by 30 miles saying "I thought this was downhill"
followed by two hairpins downhill that have claimed more than their share of people near the end,
followed by a straight run to the finish (about 3/4 mile) up a slight incline,
followed by the exchange of battle tales on a big lawn waiting for your riding buddies to finish.

Hope that helps.
1 short climb/a few rollers-easy, well run ride, fun sorta nmsprockets2
Jan 24, 2003 2:28 PM
nm