Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Great Northern Oregon Epic

Oregon FlagThis is part of my training plan for the 2009 Shenandoah 1200. The timing is 4 weeks prior to the Shenandoah and the goal is to build multi-day long distance endurance. The route from Heppner to Baker City over Anthony Lakes might be a problem that early in the season. The backup plan to skip Anthony Lakes is to ride from Heppner to John Day and then John Day to Ontario. All of the routes have been submitted to RUSA for approval as permanents.

The first two days going through the Oregon Blue Mountains are really hard. After departing the Blue Mountains, the route challenges the Oregon high desert. It is pretty flat from Ontario to Bend but the route is heading west into the prevailing winds. The traffic in and around Bend and on US-26 between Madras and Warm Springs is likely to have urban traffic volume. The last day is only 100k on quiet roads, but there are hills. The Bikely elevation estimate for the map below is not accurate because Bikely does do well with long routes.

Anyone interested in a nice long ride though North Eastern Oregon?

The North Oregon Epic 2009
Gain (ft)
May 15Hood River-Heppner2229,300
May 16Heppner-Baker City22010,282
May 17Baker City-Ontario2094,021
May 18Ontario-Burns2074,872
May 19Burns-Bend2102,058
May 20Bend-Maupin2074,534
May 21Maupin-Hood River1035,003
7 days

Hotels along the route
Date (2009)HotelPhoneCity
May 15Northwestern Motel
& RV Park
May 16Western Motel‎‎541-523-3700Baker City
May 17Ontario Inn‎‎‎541-823-2556‎Ontario
May 18Silver Spur Motel‎‎‎800-400-2077‎‎Burns
May 19Dunes Motel‎‎‎541-382-6811Bend
May 20Deschutes Motel‎‎‎541-395-2626Maupin

Oregon DOT Trip Check

Route Profile (total elevation gain 40,070 feet)
Route Profile total elevation gain 40,070

Composite Route Map