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):
RUSA members - $tbd
Non members - $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!

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
Start at: 06:00
Finish by: 02:00

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 extremely unlikely that you will receive a cellphone signal.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Register to Ride - coming soon

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

DRR Summer 200K - A River Runs Through It. 8/16/2014

Organizer: Susan Otcenas

Ride date: Saturday 16th of August 2014

Sunrise: 06:07
Sunset: 20:11

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

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

Start/Finish location: Riverfront Parking Lot at Brewery Overpass Rd (Interstate 84 Exit 85) The Dalles, Oregon  (Use CAR parking lot on RIGHT, not boat parking lot on left.)

Lights and reflective gear required as per RUSA rules.

Route cue sheet is here

Map / GPS download

SIGN UP to ride HERE

or you can see who else is riding

Due to the likelihood of high heat, the distance between controls, and the exposure to sun (ie. lack of shade) on many of the roads we will be traversing,  we are requiring all riders to carry three water bottles.  We are hoping to have a manned water stop on the longest stretch of road between services, but please do not count on it.

Join us as we explore roads that are not often explored on brevets.   The ride starts and finishes at the Riverfront Parking Lot in The Dalles.   Bathrooms are available at the start.

Our ride first heards north over the Columbia River and visits the Maryhill Stonehenge Memorial for an information control.  Look to the southwest for great views of Mt. Hood!

Back over the bridge at Biggs Junction at mile 25 you will find your LAST opportunity for water until Mile 46.  Riders are STRONGLY encouraged to fill all three water bottles at this location, as there is a lot of climbing in those intervening 21 miles.  On a hot day, you will go through that water quickly.

The climb up Fulton Canyon Road is long, but well graded.  And nearly devoid of cars!  Along the way you'll be treated to fantastic scenery.

Climbing Fulton Canyon Rd.

The old church at Locust Grove

Junction of Fulton Canyon & Van Gilder
The next control is in Moro.   Those with lots of time in the bank may opt for the Cafe.   Those with less time may opt for the convenience store, with a pit stop in the public restrooms in the park across the Street.

Grass Valley is just 10 miles down the road.  Although not a control, riders are encouraged to top up their water bottles, as the next opportunity is not until Tygh Valley, which is another 30+ miles and at least one good climb away.

After some amazing views of the Mt. Hood and Mt Jefferson, the roads drops down an incredibly twisty, seriously fun canyon road, through Buck Hollow and down to the Deschutes River at Sherar's Bridge.

Mt Hood

The Deschutes River near Sherar's Bridge
After a short flat out-n-back to an info control, a climb out of the canyon will take riders to the next control at Tygh Valley.   Once again, please fill all three of your bottles, as the climb up Tygh Ridge is long.  Most riders will do this climb in mid-afternoon when the temps will reach their highest.   If you are lucky. you will see elk on the slopes to your right as you climb.

Once you summit Tygh Ridge at mile 97, pat yourself on the back.   You've done nearly all of the climbing there is to be done!   Most of the rest of the ride is downhill, with just 600 feet left to do over the remaining 29 miles.

A rippin' descent on Dufur Gap Rd will take you to an info control (keep an eye on your odometer and don't miss it!) and then on into Dufur.   Kramer's Market will be a welcome refuge on a hot day with lots of tasty options for food and drink.

Ask not what Dufur can do fer you.  Ask what you can do fer Dufur.
Finally, 20 miles of (mostly) downhill backroads will take you back to The Dalles, where you will be welcomed at the park by a smiling, happy volunteer.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!

(BTW, need a place to stay on Friday and/or Saturday night?  Cousins is always a great option,with a convenient Denny's a short walk away for an early a.m. breakfast.)


Again, due to the likelihood of high heat, the distance between controls, and the exposure to sun (ie. lack of shade) on many of the roads we will be traversing,  we are requiring all riders to carry three water bottles.  We are hoping to have a manned water stop on the longest stretch of road between services, but please do not count on it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring 400 Results

Peter Beeson
Rick Blacker
Norm Carr
Asta Chastain
Doug Hiebert
Audunn Ludviksson
Vincent Muoneke
Susan Otcenas
Joe Platzner
Graham Ross
Mark Thomas
Charlie White
Kathy White
Paul Whitney

all finished the DRR Spring 400Km brevet. Great job everyone.

Big thanks to Paul for organizing it all and to Julie for providing communications support. Many thanks to all the riders (especially those making a trip from afar) for making it another lovely day out on the bike. Thanks to the weather (even the wind, mostly) for being kind.

Got any photos or stories you'd like to share? Send Norm your links and he'll put them here.

This was the largest number of riders on a DRR event so far. Woo yay.

Next up, a summer 200K. Mark your calendars, it's going to be a hot one.