12/20/14 - 10:00 am:   The route this week is CEDAR CANYON REVERSE (40.3 miles, 942 feet of elevation gain).  The route heads west on Evergreen - Hornecker - Wren into Verboort. In Verboort we head out Visitation to Osterman-Kemper and then up Kansas City.  Next we do a bit of climbing on Strohmayer with a nice descent down Stafford - careful as we bottom out onto OR 6. After a short ride on OR 6 we take Cedar Canyon into Banks.  Cross OR 47 onto Banks Rd and then we head right on Aerts.  Use caution crossing OR 6.  Then we head onto Wilkesboro - NOTE:  rather than go straight over the new tracks we've permanently re-routed Left onto Wilkesboro-Mountaindale for safety concerns. The route then uses Roy to loop back onto Harrington.  From here it's out Dersham , over OR 26 and through North Plains.  Then it's the normal Jackson School - Meek - Sewell back to LaCie. The forecast for this Saturday is rain with ride temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40's.


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Bang Bang into...... the hospital?

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in News & Updates.

We here at PV central want to share some notes and news on a couple of road hazards that have caused problems this fall.


1.       Hornecker Rd.

Within the last six weeks the club has had three separate accidents and a handful of “almosts” on Hornecker Rd. as the riders are approaching Cory.  This gentle hill is often referred to as the Hornecker Sprint.  Until the rains blow away, and the sun returns, we are going to have to rename this section the Hornecker Dawdle - because that's the way you need to be riding it.

The fresh pavement and paint is slicker than the sharkskin suits favored by used car dealers.

It is also worth noting - this time of year, our riding is all about the base, about the base.....miles.  With wet roads, thick gloves and foggy eyewear, we need to double up on caution and riding predictably.


2.       Wilksboro Rail Road Tracks

Earlier this year ODOT rail division rebuilt the crossing at Wilksboro Rd. near Mountaindale.  The new materials are quite slick.  PV had three skilled riders fall there in one day.  Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.  Since the accident we have redone our route maps to avoid the tracks, and are working with Washington County planners and other local advocates to bring about a fix to the situation.  For our Saturday rides there is nothing to worry about since we'll be avoiding this hazard.  If you ride the area on your own using one of the old route maps, cross with caution.  Or, if feeling extra cautious you can dismount and walk over the ice-like material.


PV Speed Groups

Written by Virginia Quinn. Posted in News & Updates.

Thinking of moving up a speed group?  

  • Do not assume that because you have increased your mileage, you are ready for a faster group. Riding "at tempo" will challenge you in different ways.
  • Test yourself in your regular speed group to assess your readiness to move up.  Are you spending most of the time at the front of the group--are you pulling lots?  Are you riding at the top end of the speed range without being in the red zone?  If not, you might not be ready for a faster group.
  • Remember that faster groups also require more focus from you.  Be ready to pay more attention, transition faster at intersections, stop less often if at all, and regroup less.  You will have to work harder to keep gaps from opening up.
  • If you do try a faster speed group, consider an incremental step-up.  Try ten miles the first week, or stay with the pack as long as you feel ok.   Then do more the next week.  But be prepared with maps and a plan to take care of yourself--and then to join up with the following group.
  • INTRODUCE yourself to the ride leader, and make sure he or she knows you may drop off.  While most groups will pull you back occasionally, or even slow the pace to keep you in the pack, when one rider is requiring several regroups and/or rescues, it is not fair to the group or to you.


Lots of folks have successfully trained to progress through the various speed ranges, but if you move up with intention and an accurate assessment of your readiness, you will likely have a better experience.  Good luck!  


Group Ride Guidelines

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in News & Updates.

A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.


PV’s Group Ride Guidelines

 A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.


PV’s Group Ride Guidelines


1.         Safety first. Follow the rules of the road: Stop at red lights, give right-of-way, ride to the right.

2.         It’s not a race. A group ride is just that, riding as a group, for the benefit of the group. If you want to show people how fast you can ride, get an OBRA license and participate in some of the amazing races we have nearby. 

3.         We are a “No Drop” club. We take care of each other. The day you pull in a rider who bonked, or help fix a flat will surely be repaid to you or another friend who’s run out of gas.

4.         Communicate. Call out obstacles and traffic for the group. If you head back early in the route or decide to drop back to another group, make sure that you let someone know.

5.         Know your limitations.  If you don’t feel comfortable stay near the back of the group.  If you have a specific concern talk to the ride leader either right away, or at the end of the ride.

6.         Share the work.  If you’re feeling strong, share some time at the front. A good paceline is a SMOOTH paceline.  Keep your speed steady and ride predictably.

7.         Play your part.  Ride leaders are there to help guide the group, but everyone in the group has a part to play. Ride safely, help keep the group on course and within the posted speed range.

8.         Be sociable. Make everyone feel welcome. Be friendly with those you ride with, new or well known.

9.         Be open to advice. One of the many benefits of riding in a group is getting helpful feedback from fellow riders.

10.       Represent.  Like it or not, you are cycling’s ambassadors.  Take pride in riding safely and projecting a positive image for the club and the cycling community.


Portland Velo Inclement Weather Policy

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in Site Static Pages.

We here at PV have the motto "It's All About the Ride!",  but sometimes Mother Nature decides that it would be best if we all stayed at home. In the Pacific Northwest we are no strangers to riding in bad weather, but heavy fog, high winds, slick road conditions and dare we say it, snow have sometimes hampered our ability to enjoy our famous Saturday Signature Rides.

As the season of crazy weather approaches, we've come up with the following policy for our Saturday rides:

  1. Decisions to cancel the PV Saturday ride will be made 30 minutes before the ride based on the weather conditions at our start location in Hillsboro.

  2. Reasons for canceling the ride include, but are not limited to:
    1. Heavy Fog
    2. Freezing Fog
    3. Snow / Freezing Rain
    4. Extreme Wind Conditions
  3. Notice will be posted on the front page of the website and on the Portland Velo Facebook page at or shortly after 9:30 AM the day of the ride.

  4. A PV Operations member may or may not be at the start location to further notify those who missed the web posting.  (Basically if someone isn't there to hand out the maps, the ride was probably canceled!)


There will be no official club ride on days we are forced to cancel. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns.


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