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Portland Short Track Race 6

The Portland Short Track Series is coming to an end with just two more races to go. Meanwhile it's really starting to feel like summer out here in Portland, Oregon and cyclocross season is just around the corner. As much as I love coming out to PIR for racing on Monday nights it's kinda messed up that we have to pedal all the way out to North Portland to enjoy riding bikes on dirt. Will Portland ever give Mountain Bikers trail access? I shot some video of my Cat 2 race which will hopefully be up in the next day or two. Josh Kelly found his legs in the Elite race holding off a super fast field for the win. There was finally beer for sale at the venue and post race peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the bomb.

P.S. I won't be mad if you just head on over to Yung Pine's photo gallery right now because his documentation of the race is just insane!

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Alpine and Rockleigh New Jersey Mountain Bike Trails

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Alpine and Rockleigh are both Boroughs of Bergen County located in New Jersey just 10 miles North of the George Washington Bridge. They are home to the Alpine Scout Camp, Lamont Reserve and the Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary. Adjacent to the Palisades Interstate Park these woods feature over 4.5 miles of Single Track. Getting to the trail heads from Manhattan is pretty simple. Pedal over the George Washington Bridge, make a left and head onto River Road aka Henry Hudson Drive. Take River Road all the way up to the Ranger Station and make a right onto 9W. 1.3 miles down 9W make a left on Ruckman Rd. Ruckman dead ends and turns into a Gravel Road. The Trail Head will be on your right.

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An alternate route that I highly suggest is that you follow Ruckman Rd all the way down until it spits you out onto Anderson Ave. Once on Anderson make a left, follow the Gravel Road until you see the Trail Head on your left. The Trail Head will eventually split. Keep right to climb up Wild Turkey or stay left on the Un Named trail. Both will take you back to Ruckman Rd where you will make a right and then a left onto the Trail Head you passed earlier. Wild Turkey is a pretty challenging climb for a Cyclocross bike and you will definitely have to hike and bike a couple small sections. I am told the left side is mellower but I've yet to explore it.

At this point you will be on the Ravine Trail. Keep right to connect with the Red Dot trail that will take you through the Scout Camp or head left to follow the trail back down to Anderson Ave. Which brings up another cool loop! Ruckman Rd to Ravine to Anderson to Wild Turkey to Ravine to Red Dot. Follow?

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Back to the Red Dot. So you will be on the Red Dot trail for awhile. The terrain is really fun on a cyclocross bike and at times really really challenging. You will be dismounting quiet often but thats ok because it only for a quick scramble here and there (If your on a mountain bike everything is ridable). Theres a lot of cool stream crossings which can be navigated by CX bike if you have the skills. The majority of them are borderline crossable on CX bikes and I'll leave it up to you to find out which ones a 35c or 40c tire can roll over. Other notable features are a some really cool rock formations that are ridable and lots of tree logs that can be bunny hopped.

The Red Dot trail eventually intersects with the White Trail and the Yellow Trail and the Orange Trail and the Blue Trail and the Red Trail. Basically at this point you have a lot of options and a lot of them I've yet to explore. Don't fret you can dig through my Strava to see the various routes I've done. For example the other day I bailed out half way through the Red Dot Trail and took a Fire Road that led me to the Alpine Scout Camp. I crashed three times and figured I'd better get out of there before I really wrecked myself.

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I tracked down a map of the Alpine Scout Camp which you can download here and a map of the Rockleigh Woods and Lamont Reserve can be downloaded here.

I am pretty excited about exploring the rest of Alpine and Rockleigh and I will update this article as I discover new routes. As with all trail explorations, be safe, let someone know where your headed and ride within your limits. Now only if I could get some people crazy enough to pedal out there with me!

Multnomah Falls (Multnomah County, Oregon)

The 75 mile Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon offers an assortment of amazing rides. I've only had the opportunity to explore a few of them but I can already tell that the trip out to Multnomah Falls is going to be a classic in my books. multnomah_falls_larch_bridge_division

- Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. - It's located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson making it accessible via bikes. - Round trip from SE Portland is just over 60 miles. - You will climb over 3700 feet. - At some points you will be going really really fast. Pedal, tuck and smile!

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Pedaling from SE Portland to the Larch Bridge is definitely the worst part about this ride or any ride along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Don't jump.

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That horrible ride down Stark St was worth it right?

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This view never gets old.

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And the views just keep coming.

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Forget the training and just keep on looking.

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You'll pass a few waterfalls on your way to Multnomah Falls but this one is the best. This is also a great place to refill your water bottles, use the restroom and pick up some food.

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Now it's time to enjoy some awesome climbing!

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Notes :

- Once you cross the Stark Bridge you can use the bathroom and refill water bottles at the Dabney State Recreation Area. - Theres a couple of small stores on your way to the Portland Women's Forum. - Refill water bottles at the Portland Women's Forum. - There are plenty of bathrooms and places to fill up bottles once you pass the Vista House. - At Multnomah Falls you can use their nice bathrooms, refill your water bottles, take photos and even get a warm cup of coffee.

Rock Creek Road (Multnomah County, Oregon)

I've only been living in Portland for two months but have already clocked over 1200 miles. I've done a ton of exploring and one of my favorite rides is take Skyline out to Rock Creek Road. In under three hours you can climb over 3500 feet and shred some gnarly docents. Portland_Rock_Creek-2

Theres so many ways you can do this ride; here are a few of my favorite starting points to get up to Skyline.

- The Rose Garden : Head up Burnside and climb through the Portland Rose Garden to Fairview. Make a left on Fairview and then a right onto Skyline. This is a great way to get onto Skyline if you haven't already tried it. - 53rd : Head up Lovejoy to NW Cornell. Once you pass the Audubon Society make a right onto NW 53rd Dr. Take 53rd to Thompson. Right on Skyline. This is my all time favorite so far. - Council Crest : After climbing up to Council Crest head to SW Humphrey Blvd. Right onto Skyline.

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The ride from Skyline to Rock Creek is pretty rad for the most part. Twisty country roads sprinkled in with some nice little bumps to warm up the legs. You will climb about 3700 - 4000 ft on this ride depending on what routes you take. You could easily turn this route into 5000 - 7000 ft of climbing if you threw in some routes like Logie and Newberry.

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- Make a left on NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd and a right onto Rock Creek Rd. This is the route you'd take if you want to go up Rock Creek. You will be rewarded at the top with some pretty rad descents! - Continue on Skyline and make a left onto Rock Creek or you can go a bit further and make a right onto Elliot. Both routes take you down the radical Rock Creek descent. Be careful as some of the corners may be slick from the over growth. Keep and eye out for loose dogs as well.

Both of these routes are great and I recommend doing them both at some point and heck do them in the same trip if you want!

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On your way back into town theres a couple pretty rad detours you take if you want to do some more descending and climbing.

- Make a left on NW Newberry Rd. Descending this hill is epic. You can easily reach speeds of 40 - 50 mph so be careful especially towards the bottom as the corners become very tight. Once your at the bottom you can climb back up to Skyline via Germantown or Saltzman if you want some dirt. A lot of people will just TT it down St Helens but I really don't like that road as the traffic is pretty crazy.

Enjoy the ride and be safe on those descents!

Big Buddah Suffer Fest

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Sitting in the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand is the island of Phuket. Phuket is Thailand's largest island, roughly the size of Singapore. Known for it's beautiful beaches, crazy nightlife and unfortunately the 2004 Tsunami which wiped out entire villages and claimed thousands of lives. What most people don't know about Phuket is that it's mountainous topography makes it a cycling mecca. My wife and I spent a few nights at the Secret Cliff Resort which sits on top of the Karon Cliffs sandwiched between Koran and Patong beach. From there I had direct access to some amazing rides which included big climbs, incredible view points and endless seascapes. After doing some research on Strava I decided to attempt the climb up to Phuket's Big Buddah. I was told that the roads leading up to the 147 foot tall statue are extremely steep and can be difficult even on a motorcycle. With that in mind. Bring it on!

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