Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring 300 Km Results

This lovely bunch

Norm Carr
Doug Hiebert
John Kramer
Susan Otcenas
Gary Smith
Paul Whitney

were the finishers of the Spring 300. Woo yay.

The morning's trip along Butter Creek Road was made somewhat interesting by the westerly breeze, but apart from that we got lucky with the weather. Some mechanical adventures emphasized the need for reliable kit when riding around these parts.

Big thanks again to Marcie for expert card-signing skills in Pendleton and Hermiston and bonus baked treats.

Thanks to all the riders for their outstanding lighting and nighttime reflectivity impressiveness and their delightful company, as always.

You'll have to wait all the way until May before our next event(s), but have patience because it's going to be awesome.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spring 200 Results

Steve Bredthauer
Norm Carr
Bob Fisher
Doug Hiebert
John Kramer
Audunn Ludviksson
Don Shiggy Person
Graham Ross
Jeffrey Sedgwick
Gary Smith
Paul Whitney

were the finishers of the DRR Spring 200 Km ACP Brevet. Well done all. All the registered riders started and all the starters finished. Thanks for riding and making it a fun day.

Thanks to Marcie for being special guest card signer-collector at the finish.

It was a sunny, pretty but cold and windy day in the valley, so normal for the time of year. The winds made things a little testing in places, but that's just Eastern WA. Was great to see some new faces on a DRR brevet. Welcome, and we hope to see you again soon.

Next up, the 300 on March 21st. See you there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DRR 400 or 600 Km ACP Brevet : May 16th 2015

Ride your choice of either a 400 or 600 Km brevet on a shared course.

More details coming soon

Organizers: Susan O and Paul W

Ride date: Saturday-Sunday, 16-17th May, 2015

Sunrise: 05:23
Sunset: 20:25

Sign in from: tbd
Start at: tbd
Finish by: tbd

Fee (cash only, at the ride start): $tbd

Start/Finish location: coming soon

There will be riding in the dark. Lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be brought and used.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Register to Ride - coming soon

Route cue sheet - coming soon

Map / GPS download - coming soon

Saturday, January 17, 2015

DRR Spring 300 Km ACP Brevet: March 21st, 2015

This is a new route in NE Oregon that commutes back and forth between Hermiston and Pendleton using a pair of loops on scenic and mostly very quiet rural roads. None of it is flat.

The start at Hermiston Plaza has plenty of parking. The only thing open before 6am, however, will be the Shari's restaurant (24 hrs). The route heads initially out on US-395, which will be quiet so early on a weekend morning and has a wide shoulder most of the way. After the junction with I-84 it gets really quiet as we drop down into Echo and begins the scenic trip along the Umatilla River canyon to Pendleton. The road through the canyon is twisty and lumpy in places. There's been some needed road maintenance in the last year or so but there's still a good chance of gravel and holes, so keep your head up.

Pendleton is the first open control. If you're in a hurry, a quick stop at Safeway (on the right after swooping down off the rail bridge) is probably the easiest option (restrooms on the right, just inside).

For the next stage we rejoin US-395 and climb up and away from Pendleton and into the NE Oregon hills. This is an exposed stretch of gradual and not so gradual climbing, and if we're unlucky the wind might make things interesting here. Console yourself with views of some massive basaltic rock walls. Last services for a loooong way (ok, about 50 miles or so) are at Pilot Rock, so stock up on provisions if necessary.

Eventually we'll turn off 395 and onto OR-74 which will take us to a summit and the highest point of the ride at about 2680 ft. Pretty wild views into two or three different valleys from up here and nothing to hear but the wind and your breath. Next is a fast and curvy rolling descent to the next junction, where we leave 74 and join Butter Creek road. This is a small, local, pretty, remote farm road. It's quite empty except for widely spaced farms. Very little if any traffic. Cattle and cowboy country. The road is rolling, but more down than up. It's surfaced, but there's holes and gravel because the winter out here is unkind to roads. Stay awake. There's also several cattle guards at various points, a couple of which ambush you after a bend or cresting a hill. Please slow down and be cautious riding over them, especially so if it's wet!

Picture by Susan

Butter Creek eventually joins OR-207, the Lexington-Echo highway, for a long, straight gradual descent through industrial-scale farms back to Hermiston. With luck you might have a tailwind. Now's a good time to refuel and resupply (back at your vehicle!) because there's plenty left to do and no services until Pendleton (56 miles).

We're spat out of suburban Hermiston on Diagonal Road, pick up busy OR-730 beside the Columbia, briefly, but soon climb away from the river on OR-37. This will be a rolling, twisting ride across deep valleys on a quiet road past farms and ranches, intriguing ruins and tranquil settlements that were obviously once larger than they are today. The further we go the more rolling it gets, until near the high point (1820 ft) and the turn onto OR-335 it's a real roller-coaster.

After the turn it's a descent with good views of the Blue Mountains, down to busy OR-11, which we'll only be on a couple of miles before turning south for a little detour to Mission (if you're quick enough, you'll get to Mission Market before it closes). Then it's a quick dash back into Pendleton and dinner (or second dinner or third lunch?).

Finally, take the canyon road and 395 back to Hermiston the way you came first thing this morning (but likely this time in the dark, so try to stay awake) and you're done.

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 19:11

Sign in from: 05:30 Sat
Start at: 06:00 Sat
Finish by: 02:00 Sun

Fee (cash only, at the ride start): $10

Start/Finish location:
Hermiston Plaza, Highway 395, Hermiston, OR

Nearest accomodation:
Oak Tree Inn, 4th St.
Rodeway Inn, Hwy 395

This is an unsupported ride with long distances (sometimes more than 50 miles/80 Kms) between services. Please prepare accordingly and carry sufficient clothes, tools and spares, and food and drink for your needs.

There will be riding in the dark. Lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be used.

Much of this route follows rural roads that serve working farms, so there can sometimes be muck, mud, gravel and other debris on the road surface. Please keep your head up and take care, especially if it's wet.

Be advised that outside of Hermiston and Pendleton and anywhere away from major highways (most of this route, in other words) it is very unlikely that you will receive a cell phone signal.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Register to Ride          Who's riding?

Route Cue Sheet

Map / GPS download

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DRR Spring 200 Km ACP Brevet : February 28th 2015

Yep. It's Flat Yak. Again. Would be a shame to break with tradition.

This is a low-level course through the Yakima River valley out to an open control lunch stop in Toppenish and back. It follows generally quiet roads through Eastern Washington farmland. Some pre-ride notes from a couple of years ago are still relevant.

There's still a possibility of wintery weather at the end of Feb, and there's a good chance it could be chilly or windy. Bring extra layers and a weatherproof shell. Like all our brevets, this is an unsupported ride but there are sufficient opportunities to find food and drink along the route.

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Saturday, 28th February, 2015

Sunrise: 06:38
Sunset: 17:42

Sign in from: 06:30
Start at: 07:00
Finish by: 20:30

Fee (cash only, at the ride start): $0

Start/Finish location:
Starbucks, corner of Gage Blvd. & Keene Rd., Richland, WA 99352
(NOT the Starbucks inside Albertson's!)

As an early season ride there's a significant possibility of riding in the dark so lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be brought and used.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Registration now closed
(the "Who's Riding" page is currently down for maintenance, but if you filled in the form, you have been recorded)

Route Cue Sheet

Map / GPS Download

Monday, October 20, 2014

2015 DRR ACP Brevet Schedule

2015 DRR ACP brevet calendar

Feb 28 : 200 Km - so as not to break with tradition, this will be the perennial favorite Flat Yak route.

March 21 : 300 Km - a new route by Norm in NE Oregon visiting quiet roads around Hermiston and Pendleton.

May 16-17 : 400 Km + 600 Km combo deal. Choose either 400 or 600 Km brevet distances. New routes coming soon from Susan and Paul.

September 26 : 200 Km - route yet to be decided, but it will probably be a lovely one.

More details will follow in the new year.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer 200Km Results

Philippe Andre
Donald Brightbill
Norm Carr
Asta Chastain
Douglas Hiebert
Kathy Mullet
Ron Mullet
Susan Otcenas
Theo Roffe
Del Scharffenberg
Gary Smith

all completed the DRR Summer 200 Km brevet. Well done and thanks to all riders for making it a successful event.

It was a beautiful, if a little warm, day of new (to many) roads and wonderfully quiet central Oregon scenery, thanks to a well-thought out route that carefully avoided the traffic of 97 and 197, visited plenty of interesting sites and sights along the way, and provided just the right amount of elevation challenge for a late-season brevet.

Many thanks to Susan for all her hard work researching and documenting the route, for delivering an impeccably put together brevet, and for generally being a dream organizer. Special thanks to Cathy and Marcie for volunteering to provide shade and fluids and snacks to hot and thirsty riders at out-of-the-way but well-chosen and very welcome locations.


That was the last DRR ACP brevet of 2014. It's been a fun year on the bike so far and it's been lovely to welcome so many riders who have travelled to our events. We hope everyone has enjoyed our season as much as we have and to see you again for some of our rides next year. Bring your friends! All always welcome.

Meanwhile, be well, happy cycling, and watch this site for announcements of any group permanents and suchlike that might happen during the fall and winter, and news of our plans for 2015.

- Norm