[ORRando] Mollala Foothills 200k pre-ride report

Susan Otcenas susan at teamestrogen.com
Tue Mar 27 09:57:10 PDT 2012

Thanks for the report, Keith.  I'm sorry I can't ride it this weekend.
Still re-habbing the IT band.   Which made me wonder...
Has this route been submitted as a perm as well?
It's my understanding that SIR does that with pretty much every new
route they design, and it seems like a great way to increase the
database of available perms.
Susan Otcenas
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From: orrando-bounces at orrandonneurs.org
[mailto:orrando-bounces at orrandonneurs.org] On Behalf Of Keith Kohan
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 8:13 PM
To: Oregon List
Subject: [ORRando] Mollala Foothills 200k pre-ride report

Michael Wolfe and I spent a sunny warm Saturday on the pre-ride of the
Mollala Foothills 200k.  My simple quick evaluation is don't miss this
one.  Michael has designed a beautiful course.  If the weather holds out
like it did for us you're in for a terrific day of riding.  Most of the
roads are infrequently taveled by cars and the views are terrific.  

The ride starts out with a warmup on fairly flat terrain then winds it's
way up the beautiful Mollala River gorge.  The first control is at the
end of the pavement.  I'll be manning this control and I'll remind you
to turn around and do a fast decent to the first left turn which is the
start of the steepest and most difficult climb of the ride.  Bring your
bike with low gears.  Mapmyride says the grade hits 17% and I think
Michael told me there's over 1,000 feet of climbing in the three miles
to the top.  That's where you start a lovely long descent to Scotts
Mills.  Michael and I stopped at the country store in Scotts Mills and
had a snack on their front porch.  I think there were two tables with
chairs and a couple of benches all under cover.  The woman working there
was very friendly and told me I could fill my water bottles from the
soda machine.  You know, the water button next to the lemonade
selection.  With the sun out and the peace of this small town it was a
great place to take a break.

From Scotts Mills there's another flat section to Silverton where the
next climb on Victor Point Road starts.  From there to Silver Falls
State Park the road winds up through the foothills offering plenty of
scenic views and very little traffic.  The next control is at Silver
Falls State Park.  I'm hoping you won't have to walk through the snow to
get to the bathrooms like we did.  The large building just beyond the
bathrooms contains some tables and a snack bar.  The woman working the
snack bar was happy to rinse and fill my water bottles.  I stuffed a
couple of bucks in the tips jar.  Unfortunately you have to walk your
bike to the bathrooms and snack bar.

There's some climbing left after Silver Falls State Park before the
beautiful fast descent to Silverton.  After that it's nearly all flat
back to Canby.

This really is a very nice course and I had a terrific time riding it
with Michael.  Hope to see you Saturday!

Keith Kohan

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