Thursday, June 3, 2010

Preride Report by Vince Sikorski

I rode the Blue Mountain 1000 with Kole Kantner, John Pearch and the other Vincent over this past Memorial Day weekend. Even though I live in Central Oregon, I am always impressed with the beauty and quality of riding in Central/Eastern Oregon. John Kramer has put together an incredibly splendid route. For the most part the road surfaces are great and vehicle traffic low to non existent. You are probably at greater risk of being hit by an animal than a car on this ride. On a fast descent on Twickenham Rd (after Mitchell), a deer jumped off of a cliff above me. As I was descending about 30 mph, an adult mule deer landed on the road about 10 yards in front of me. All four legs collapsed as it skidded across the wet road on its belly. When it hit the gravel side of the road, it jumped up and kept running. Must have been some predator chasing after it.

There is a section of gravel patched road on a descent between Mitchell and Fossil. I believe most riders, if not all, will ride through that during daylight. There are paved sections that you can wind around and avoid the graveled sections. John did a great job with listing availability of food and water on the route sheet. If the support on the main ride is half as good as the support that John and Eric provided to us this weekend, everyone is going to be pampered. Thanks, John and Eric.

I don't believe any words (or even photos) could adequately describe the beauty of this ride, so I am not even going to try. Needless to say, If you enjoy long fast descents, you will be all smiles. If flat straight roads bore you, you won't be often bored.

I will warn you about the three rabid animals that you are likely to encounter. The first, Wind, will be playful at first. Don't trust him. He will viciously turn on you before the end. Second is Hill. She will nip at your heels for much of the ride. She has a keen sense of fear. Display any fear to her and you will be devoured. Lastly, the most rabid of all is Heat. Fortunately for us, rabid animals are known to avoid water. The rainy weather we encountered kept Heat hidden in his burrow. If the sun comes out, you would be well advised to carry lots of water.

Vince Sikorski
P.S. My Garmin registered 35,833 feet of climbing.