- 7:30am, Backstage Bakery, 25 S 7th St, Cottage Grove, OR.
- $5 by Thursday March 28, $10 day of ride.
- by 9:00pm at The BREW STATION @ Coast Fork Feed 106 S 6th St, Cottage Grove..
- Ample free parking at Bohemia Park, S 10th St & Adams Ave
South to the Land of Umpqua!
This very pretty, somewhat remote route was designed by James Taylor, who will be greeting riders at the start and finish. We loop south from Cottage Grove through Drain and Yoncalla to the Umpqua river, then back north through Sutherlin. There is some climbing, but it is not extreme. There is some gravel, but for the most part it is paved. Expect it to be a little tougher than your typical 200k brevet. There are no services between Oakland (mile 89) and the finish in Cottage Grove. You should pack some food and fill your bottles at the Sutherlin controle, mile 87.6, and consider picking up an extra bottle of water for the 40 mile stretch to Cottage Grove.
As a condition of participation, you will be asked to sign a release and waiver of liability at the ride start. Read it now so that you are familiar with it. Be sure you know what you're getting into and are prepared and comfortable with the risks.
This brevet is sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien and Randonneurs
USA, and is subject to RUSA Rules for
Riders. If you are not familiar with these rules, please
read them well in advance so that you can be prepared. They are
RUSA membership is not required to participate. However, only RUSA members can buy a nifty medal to commemorate their achievement.
Your bicycle must be equipped with front and rear lights, even if you expect to finish in daylight. After dusk, you must use your lights. You must carry adequate reflective garments, preferably conforming to RUSA reflectivity guidelines. If you are observed riding in low light conditions with inadequate lights or reflectivity, you will be disqualified.
Familiarize yourself with procedures for riding a brevet, incuding collection of times and signatures on the control card. The card must be signed and turned in at the finish.
What to expect
This is a self-supported ride. There is no SAG. Food and drinks are available at markets along the route, but there are sections of up to 40 miles without services, so be sure to provision well. I expect two bottles will be enough for most riders in spring weather. Randonneuring rules prohibit personal support vehicles or other personal support except at the controles, which are marked on the route.
This is an all-conditions ride. There will be some kind of weather. Maybe it will be wonderful, and maybe it won't. Come prepared. Unless you feel your life or health are at risk, ride through.
Expect this to be somewhat tougher than a typical club century ride. You need not be a fast rider, but it takes some discipline to move efficiently through the controles. Remember, the clock doesn't stop, even when you do! The slower you ride, the more important is your “controle discipline.”
Most important: Be safe, and enjoy the ride.