*Finalized cue sheets will be given out at check in.
Portland is rated by the League of American Bicyclists as one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in America – to be specific, one of only 4 to achieve “Platinum” status. Portland is an incredibly diverse and progressive city – recently voted the hippest up and coming city in America. The City is a major center for craft brewing, has a dynamic dining scene, an impressive coffee culture and features the largest bookstore in America (Powell’s City of Books). The metro area is home to many world class companies - Nike and Columbia Sportswear are located in nearby Beaverton, and Intel - the world’s largest maker of computer chips - is located in Hillsboro. The area offers some of the best cycling in the Pacific Northwest. May is the beginning of the season – flowers are blooming and it’s time to ride.
Rides: The RAAM Oregon Cycling Challenge offers 2 rides (60 and 120-miles) and 2 races (200 and 400-miles). All distances start/finish at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza. All distances head S over Bald Peak and down into Newberg. The 60-mile riders head W out of Newberg on North Valley Road, N on Springhill Road, and E on Fern Hill and Blooming Fern Roads back toward Hillsboro. The 120-mile riders head W out of Newberg on Yamhill-Newberg Highway, S through Lafayette and Hopewell, and W through Perrydale, before heading back N through Amity, McMinnville and Carlton. The 120-mile riders rejoin the 60-mile route and follow it back to Hillsboro. The major portion of both rides is within the Willamette Valley, one of America’s premier wine producing regions.
The 60 and 120-mile rides are fully supported with Aid Stations every 15-20 miles. There will be bike mechanics and SAG support available.
Races: Both the 200 and 400-mile racers continue S through Newberg. The 200-mile racers pass through Salem and Independence before turning W and then N along the west side of the Willamette Valley to Dallas. Racers head W out of Dallas through Sheridan and Willamina, then N into a remote section of the Coast Range. Racers follow Bald Mountain Access Road and Nestucca River Road through the Coast range before dropping down into Carlton where they follow the 60 and 120-mile route back into Hillsboro. The 400-mile racers leave Newberg and head S and E through Silverton, Slayton and Lebanon to Eugene. Racers head W out of Eugene across the Coast Range to Waldport on the Pacific Coast. They head N on US 101 along the Coast through Newport to Tillamook, where they head E back across the Coast Range to Hillsboro. Major portions of both races are in the Willamette Valley and Coast Range.
The 200 and 400-mile races are unsupported. There will be no Aid Stations. bike machanics or SAG support. Bikes and support vehicles will be inspected on Friday prior to the start on Saturday. 200-mile racers may ride randonneur style (without crew), but must notify the Race Director prior to the event. The 400-mile racers must have a support crew. All racers and crew must follow Modified RAAM Rules. There will be race officials to insure compliance with race rules.
The RAAM Oregon Cycling Challenge is the first major event of the Pacific NW cycling season. If you want to be the first, and if you want to ride the best courses in the Pacific NW, sign up now!