cOLUMBIA GORGE Challenge
Sunday, June 16th- Saturday, June 22nd 2019
Explore the most bike-friendly city in America--Portland, Oregon--where we will begin a journey east towards iconic Mt. Hood and the Timberline Lodge. Continuing around the mountain we’ll pass orchards, vineyards and descend into picturesque Hood River on the majestic Columbia River. As we work back to Portland, we’ll ride along historic highways, scenic bikeways, epic waterfalls and some of the most dramatic scenery in the northwest.
WHO: 20 lucky adventurous bike riding participants
WHAT: 5 day; 200 miles of riding bike adventure to catch sights of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
WHERE: Fly into Portland OR, loop trip out and back
WHEN: June 16-22nd
WHY: As a Fundraiser for the Chris Kegel Foundation
$5,000 fundraising minimum to participate
Includes: Bike transport to/from Portland; Lodging for 6 nights at lodges and hotels along the route; Breakfast, Lunches, Ride Snacks and 3 Dinners; Ride support and route logistics along the parkway; Experienced guides; and the great experience of participating in one of Chris Kegel's favorite bike tours with some of his closest friends and family.
Day 1: Arrival day in Portland
Feel free to travel any time on or before 6/16, but please make sure your flight arrives with enough time to travel to the hotel, check in, and freshen up so you can join the group for dinner and evening activities.
Day 2: Bike Prep and Explore Portland
This is our prep day to make sure our bikes are in good working order. Riding will be casual, and we will be making several stops as part of the city tour.
Day 3: Climb to Mt. Hood— 54 miles of riding
This is a very scenic ride, through forests, along rivers, with dramatic vistas heading towards. Mt. Hood. The overall elevation profile is climbing, but there are ups and downs along the way. The final 20 miles features the Lolo Pass Loop and is a 10 mile, 1,500 climb to Lolo Pass, then turning around for a fun 10 mile descent into Zigzag.
Day 4: Descend to Hood River- 45 miles of riding
Over 7,000 feet of downhills skirting the eastern face of Mt. Hood. Coming off the high elevation, you’ll ride through orchards and vineyards before coming into Hood River, perched high above the mighty Columbia River.
Day 5: Explore the Gorge- 45 miles of riding
Ride along the historic Columbia River Highway, sections of which are exclusively for bikes. The turnaround will be at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center which has a museum and cafe. If you care to take a day off the bike, hiking and paddle options will be available.
Day 6: Scenic waterfalls- 33 miles of riding
We will shuttle from our hotel across the cars-only bridge and start in Stevenson, WA. Crossing back to Oregon will be over the epic Bridge of the Gods where we’ll join a bike path heading east along the river. We’ll pass Multnomah Falls, one of the truly iconic waterfalls and encourage everyone to do a short hike for a close look (pack some shoes in your day bag). Alternating between bike path and historic highway, the ride continues along the river back to Troutdale, where the Columbia Gorge Challenge ends.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following form: