Monday, July 15, 2013

Seattle to Portland Bike Ride!

The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (or the STP as it is most commonly known) is an annual ride organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club and sponsored by Group Health. It is almost exactly 200 miles through the beautiful and nearly flat stretches of Washington State along the I-5 corridor. Riders get to experience great Western Washington summer weather, amazing views of volcanoes and the Cascades, cross the Columbia river, and arrive into the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. That is, of course, if they have enough strength left to enjoy much of anything except a cold Gatorade (or a beer) in the shade.

People ride it in one or two days. They ride it on tandems, unicycles, mountain bikes, very light bikes that cost more than many cars, and on cruisers whose comfortable seats look increasingly like a good idea as the ride progresses. The ride included women, men, hippies, hipsters, youngsters, children, parents, grand-parents, and even a few Italians.

Day 1

Finished Cycle: Jul 13, 2013, 13:11:13
Route: New Route
Ride Link Import Link (KML)
Ride Time: 5:34:16
Stopped Time: 48:19
Distance: 101.65 miles
Average: 18.25 mph
Fastest Speed: 31.66 mph
Ascent: 1585 feet
Descent: 1381 feet
Calories: 5457

Day 2

Finished Cycle: Jul 14, 2013, 13:07:41
Route: New Route
Ride Link Import Link (KML)
Ride Time: 5:40:40
Stopped Time: 1:11:38
Distance: 102.61 miles
Average: 18.07 mph
Fastest Speed: 35.05 mph
Ascent: 2320 feet
Descent: 2523 feet
Calories: 5439

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