August 23rd & 24th, 2014
The Barlow Road Ride is a two-day out-and-back century (100 mile) bike tour from the end of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City to Government Camp, with an optional trip up to Timberline Lodge. If you are a Cycle Oregon rider then the BRR is the perfect training ride.
As you ride this extraordinarily scenic and historic course, you will be following the route of the famous Barlow road once followed by many pioneers around Mt. Hood to reach Oregon City. You will be traveling along the cool Clackamas River, to the gateway city of Sandy and then up the sparkling Sandy River Valley via Marmot Ridge to Zig Zag past open fields and amid vibrant forests, and finally up the Still Creek Road to Trillium Lake (great swimming) and to majestic Mt. Hood all the way to Timberline Lodge if you want. A truly world class route! Join your bicycling buddies in one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier cycling events. Note the maximum number of riders is only 300, so register early to avoid missing out.
All ride routes will be on quiet rural roads with little to no vehicular traffic. The Still Creek Road will be an official part of the 2014 BRR route via Trillium Lake to Government Camp to avoid the heavy traffic on Hwy 26 up Laurel Hill. The 12 miles along Still Creek Road is mostly gravel but virtually free of motor vehicle traffic and is a more gradual grade. We will have support on both Laurel Hill and Still Creek, so the option is yours. The entire BRR route will be well marked with BRR signs. Just keep watching for “BRR” and arrows pointing the way. We will also provide maps and a list of turn by turn instructions in your packets at the starting line, and cell phone numbers to call for directions to get back on route. If in doubt stop and call rather than risk going down the wrong road.
This is a fully supported ride with rest stops approximately every 10 miles where you’ll enjoy plenty of food and energy drinks… with free massages available in Government Camp. You will experience top-notch volunteers who welcome and help sustain you as you pedal away the miles. The registration fee includes all the necessary ride support (food, energy drinks, food, toilets, more food, sag wagons, massage, mechanics and medical help) finish point will feature not only a great dinner and beer garden at the Cascade Ski Lodge, but also live music, our professional massage team, discounted Ski Bowl Adventure Park rides and tours of the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum among other community festival type booths and activities. As the sun sets the bon fire will be lit and everyone can enjoy the summer evening around the fire until time to go to bed. Sunday morning it will be time for the big reward of a quick breakfast and fast ride down the mountain returning to your starting line in Sandy or Oregon City.
Riders ages 14 and over of all abilities can participate. Riders under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult leader. This is a great ride to complete the BSA cycling merit badge.
Don’t delay! Register today to make sure you don’t miss out, and don’t forget to order an official BRR Jersey when registering. Jerseys must be ordered in advance.
Thank you for supporting our fundraising effort in behalf of the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum – while promoting Mt. Hood and the state of Oregon!
The Barlow Road Ride is an approved high adventure activity of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America