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Rapha West Hills Continental Ride
After a great late night of Rapha Roller Racing, the 6:00am alarm for Sunday’s customer ride with the Rapha Continental team was feeling like a very bad idea. Portland riders had been living on a high for going on 72 hours, so we arrived back at the Rapha Gallery that morning unsure how many cyclists would join us for coffee and breakfast at 7:00. But at 7:30 when it was time to roll, we were nearly 50 strong, even with a mist that was threatening real rain.
It was a great amalgamation of riders - from all across the country - people on travel bikes, rented bikes, classic steel and future carbon. Small packs headed up the gravel of Saltzman into the West Hills to experience 40 miles of Portland rollers. The rain never came, but the climbing did as we did just over 4000ft., not a bad Sunday morning go.
As the later groups descended Cornell’s tunnels we saw a familiar rider on a Trek wearing black and yellow, Lance Armstrong was just starting his ride with friends. So, I suppose you could say that we all beat Lance to the line that morning.
About the ride
Rapha and The Rapha Continental Riders are hosting an unsanctioned 39 mile Brevet-style ride into Portland’s very special Northwest Hills. The route, a classic selection of surfaces, scenery and climbs organized into something approaching a figure-eight, offers an unparalleled introduction to road riding in the northwest. From unpaved climbs to 40 mph descents, and from the heart of the city to rolling country roads, and back again. So, please join us for this mid-winter social honoring Portland’s epic riding and the handcrafted bicycles that make it possible.
Meet from: 7.00am
Ride departs: 7.30am
Crane Building : 710 nw 14 : in the Pearl
In support of the ride and the Continental Project, Rapha has created a West Hills Ride-Guide featuring a detailed cue sheet, map, elevation profile and ride report. These laminated full color cards are designed to fit easily into a jersey pocket and suffer all the weather and abuse that comes with the territory. We hope you keep them, share them and reuse them. In order to make the right amount please email us at:
and tell us you’re coming. They’re free.
No registration or fee is required to ride. The Ride-Guide, Stumptown coffee and various baked goods will be provided at the start from 7:00am to 7:30am.
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