Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rider Poll: Bingen Bikenfest Route?

Calling all interested riders for the 2008 Bingen Bikenfest scheduled for October 4, 2008. The Bikenfest has followed the same route for the last two years. Are you interested in a new route? Below are two routes followed by a poll. If you have an opinion or even if you don't you can express yourself anonymously using the poll and eponymous (or not) using the comments to this post. What do you think, are you after an R-12 award and looking for an October route?

Route 1: Bingen-Goldendale-Trout Lake

The elevation profile provided by Bikely web site appears to be about 1,700 too low. Altimeter readings on past rides have shown the elevation gain to be about 6,800 feet. This route is dryer and has more wind than the alternative. Prevailing winds are out of the west but east winds are not uncommon in the fall. Half of the route is in the open and exposed to wind. There are plenty of services along the route. This is the route the Bingen Bikenfest has followed for the last two years. Follow the route description link for more details.

Route description, route sheet, map and profile

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Route 2: Bingen-Lewis River

Estimated elevation gain from Bikely is 7,700 feet. But the elevation skew from nearby Bingen-Goldendale-Trout Lake indicates there is a good possibility the elevation gain is understated by 500-feet or more. A measured profile might be available after riding the route on 8/30. This route follows a 50 mile loop through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest using the Randle road (FR23) and FR88. The hills are long so there are long gentle climbs going up and nice coasting rides coming down. Because this route is further west that Bingen-Goldendale-Trout Lake, there is a greater chance of rain, and if there is rain, it is likely to be a heavier rainfall. See the route description link for more details.

Route description, route sheet, map and profile

Quite Rural RoadsUpdate 30-AUG-2008: David ReadyToRide and I rode the Bingen-Lewis River route completing the ride in 9h30. The weather was cool and windy. The temperatures were coldest near the top of FR23 where ReadytoRide noted his bike computer read 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

We found most of the roads very quiet with nil traffic. Traffic was normal on the last 23 miles of the ride from Trout Lake to White Salmon.

Road Condition CautionThere were a few road condition issues. The FR23 road has some major slumps either side of the FR90 junction that are marked with pink paint or road signs. The FR88 road is narrow, only single lane in places, so riders need to watch out for oncoming traffic. The FR88 road also has some short washouts and short lengths of gravel as well as some pot holes in the lower portion of the road near FR90. The roads otherwise were in very good shape. The abrupt bridge lips appeared to have had some asphalt added so they do not cause such a harsh bump.

The FR88 ClimbMy Garmin Vista Etrex hcx gps recorded a total elevation gain of 7,700 feet exactly matching the Bikely profile. About 70 percent of the elevation gain is in the first 100k. There were only 4 hills of significant note. The hill between BZ Corners and Glenwood starts at mile 12.9 and is 6 miles long with a 1.5 mile flat through the Gilmore valley in the middle. The maximum slope is 10 percent and the average slope is 4.25 percent. After Glenwood at mile 37.6, there is a three mile hill past Quigley Butte with a maximum slope of 7 percent and an average grade of 2.5 percent.

The longest hill starts about one mile north of Trout Lake at mile 49.1 and follows the White Salmon River north. It is just under 12 miles long with a maximum slope of 11 percent and an average slope just under 3 percent. The last significant hill is on FR88 at mile 75.1 and is 4.6 miles long with a maximum slope of 7.7 percent and an average slope of 4.5 percent.

GPS ProfileBingen-Lewis River Elevation Profile

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Bingen Bikenfest Route Poll

From Bingenfest 2007...