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The Salmon Cycling Classic is a beautiful rural ride through the outskirts of Portland proper to show support for the proposed bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the Willamette. Registration fee includes a specially designed salmon medallion (first 250 participants) and a Cedar Plank Salmon Feast to enjoy after crossing the finish line.
SALMON CYCLING CLASSIC
The second annual Salmon Cycling Classic was held on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Cyclists enjoyed a beautiful day for a 90K or 60K around the Northern Oregon countryside.
Starting in Wilsonville’s Memorial Park, the Salmon Cycling Classic offered a free, family 25k ride that drew lots of happy riders of all ages!
RIDING FOR A CAUSE
The Salmon Cycling Classic was created to provide support for the upcoming bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the Willamette.
2019 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
90K, 60K, free 25K Family Ride. All riders have a 9:00 am start time.
All three routes feature quiet, narrow, rural lanes that invite riders to enjoy scenic country estates, peaceful equestrian fields and vineyards, and stunning overlooks of fertile valleys. The 90K and 60K offer beautiful, heavily-tree-canopied lanes and some steep downhill. All rides start and finish at Wilsonville’s beautiful Memorial Park.
The most challenging course climbs 5,000 feet in elevation, traveling up and around Petes and Parrett Mountains, and rewards riders with incredible views of Mt. Hood. This route includes a few short stretches of hard-packed gravel. Watch our high-speed VIDEO of the 90K.
This route includes many of the same features of the 90K with a less challenging climb, no gravel, and only 3,500 feet of elevation.
25K Free Family Fun Ride
The 25K, new this year, is a relatively flat course with few ups and downs. A total of about 850 foot elevation gain. Peaceful views of farmland, includes a couple of fun dips. (Children under 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult who is also riding.)
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RIDE DAY DETAILS
Date: 2020 dates TBD
Start time: 9:00 AM for all riders
Address: Memorial Park, 8100 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070
0.4 miles east of I-5. Follow the signs to the right to Memorial Park. Event location: River Shelter
Cash or check only for day of event registrations (advance registration recommended; limited meals available for day-of purchase)
Bring ID and cash, check, or credit card to purchase beer and wine sold by Vanguard Brewing
Catered Cedar Plank Salmon Dinner served 12 noon - 3 p.m. (included in 60K/90K registration fee; additional meals for family/friends and meals for 25K riders can be purchased during online registration process)
The course offers two break stops – one for all riders and one additional stop for 90K riders located beyond the 60K route turnaround. The first stop will be at the Smart Transit central bus station, a great area with shade trees to cool down and refuel. Snacks provided and flush toilets available. The second stop will be at Bob’s Corner, near the top of Parrett Mountain. This undeveloped park features lots of trees and will have recovery stations and shade.
ALL CYCLISTS MUST CHECK-IN AT REGISTRATION BEFORE RIDING
Registration for 90K and 60K | $85
Paid registration includes Ride, Dinner, Medallion, Raffle
Additional Cedar Plank Salmon Dinner for friends, family and public can be purchased during online registration or with cash or check at check-in the morning of the event (limited availability)| $26.00
Registration for the Free 25K Family Ride
Submit the online registration form to hold space for your group, check-in on the morning of the event, 7:30 a.m.–8:45 a. m. at the registration table (25K doesn’t include the medallion or dinner, but dinners can be pre-purchased; check the box in the online registration form and we’ll get in touch). Children under 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult who is also riding.
1. PROFESSIONALLY CATERED "CEDAR PLANK" SALMON DINNER (included in paid registrations) -
After the ride you’ll be rewarded with a delectable Cedar Plank Salmon Feast prepared fresh by Wilsonville Catering. Dinner includes:
Salmon served on a 1/4” cedar plank (or Italian Chicken Breast - please specify when ordering)
Tom’s Special Pasta Salad (made with 8 different chopped vegetables)
Rolls & butter
Fresh Strawberry Shortcake loaded with whipped cream
Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Water
2. beer and wine sold by Vanguard Brewing
Bring ID and cash or card
3. FIRST 250 RIDERS RECEIVE A SPECIALLY DESIGNED SALMON MEDALLION
Made of crushed, recycled glass from the USA by a program in Central America working with single mothers
4. THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS WILL be entered to win ONE OF SIX OTTOLOCKS Bicycle Locks
FOR BICYCLE OR STORAGE (A $57 VALUE]
(Click on the OTTOLOCKS image for info on these)
5. a chance to win one of the valuable prizes donated by sponsors
6. pARTICIPATION helps raise awareness for choice adoptions and SHOWS SUPPORT FOR THE UPCOMING French Prairie BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER THE wILLAMETTE riVER HERE IN wILSONVILLE
7. beautiful scenery
8. Gravel stretches (90K)
9. FANTASTIC ROUTEs
An Event For The Whole Family
Wilsonville prides itself on its family friendly events. We encourage all riders to bring family members along. They can register and participate in the Salmon Cycling Classic or enjoy all the park amenities.
Bring friends and family. There’s something for everyone.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF GREAT THINGS TO DO while cyclists are out on the course:
The Fondo Start/Finish Line is in Memorial Park – a 70-acre park operated by the City of
Wilsonville. The family friendly opportunities there include:
Acres and acres of room just to roam around in, play, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.
Baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court, skateboard area, an “off-leash” dog park, a Frisbee Golf course, and several acres of wooded areas with trails. The whole park fronts the Willamette River and there is a nice floating dock to stretch out and work on that suntan!
The north end of the park (Murase Plaza - near Wilsonville Road entrance) has an interactive water feature, a large new play structure area, its own parking area, a historic barn and nut drying shed.
OTHER NEARBY PARKS
The Korean War Memorial Park is an extremely well done symbol of respect to those we served. Adjacent to park you’ll find a play structure, an interactive water feature, and a basketball court.
If you care for exploring and history – Boones Ferry Park is the actual location where Alphonso Boone (yes- Daniel Boones’ actual grandson) started a ferry service back and forth over the Willamette River. It ran for 107 years until the I-5 Bridge replaced it in 1954. When he started it in 1847, he hired the local Indians to paddle the ferry back and forth! Also in the park is the historic Tauchmann House – the home of the man who ran the ferry for many years before the ferry closed. This is also the location of proposed new bicycle-pedestrian bridge.
Another area to explore is Metro’s Graham Oaks Park – a 250-acre nature park. Enjoy the quiet savannas, the cool woodlands, the birds and all types of little creatures; and don’t forget the trails that take you all over the 250-acres! Parking, restrooms, and shaded sitting areas to watch the wildlife are all provided.
For those so inclined – the Clackamas County Boat Launch is just across the I-5 Boone Bridge on the West side. Canoe, kayak, speedboat, water skiing – or just enjoying being near the water while those others are off sweating on their bicycles!
RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING CENTERS, & HOTELS
Wilsonville has three major shopping centers and Costco, Target, Rite Aid, Fred Meyers, and other stores.
Lots of restaurants for your dining pleasure. Plenty of fast food options. Sit-down restaurants include: Oswego Grill, Red Robin, The Ram, New Hunan Kitchen, Black Bear Diner, Shari’s Café & Pies, Qdoba Foods, Canton Phoenix, Wong’s Chinese Restaurant, Dar Essalam, Abella Italian Kitchen, Noodles & Company, Boston’s Pub & Grill, McMenamin’s Old Church & Pub, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Gyro House Mediterranean Grill, Langdon’s Grill, The Beer Station, Wanker’s Corner Saloon and Café, San Blas Restaurant, and many more.
Wilsonville has a number of fine hotels for your convenience. These include Holiday Inn, La Quinta, Best Western, Quality Inn, Motel 6, Guesthouse Inn & Suites, and Snooz Inn.
OTHER DON’T MISS PLACES
Just across from Murase Plaza is the WILSONVILLE LIBRARY – take a few minutes to see what is considered to be the world’s largest “intarsia” (a large, elaborate bird’s eye picture of early Wilsonville formed using inlays of over 50 different kinds of wood).
The FAMILY FUN CENTER is in the northwest corner of Town Center and has an Arcade, miniature golf, batting cage, zip line, go carts, climbing wall, laser tag, bumper boats, Kidopolis, Sky Trail, XD Dark Ride, and more.
On the west side of I-5 and north of Wilsonville Road is THE WORLD OF SPEED MOTOR SPORTS MUSEUM. A tremendous display of historic and vintage cars, motorcycles, etc. in a rotating display. Make time for this!
OTHER RECREATiONAL OPTIONS
Regal 9 Stadium Theaters and Wilsonville Bowling Lanes
CHECK OUT WWW.EXPLOREWILSONVILLE.COM FOR MORE INFO ON THE CITy
Location and Map
Just 18 miles south of Portland .4 miles east of Interstate 5
Only 3 miles south of the 205/I-5 intersection
28 miles north of Oregon's capitol city - Salem
8100 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070
0.4 miles east of the freeway. Exit 283, turn east and follow the signs to Memorial Park – a 70-acre park for family members and friends to play in during the Fondo. The ride starts and ends at the River Shelter located in the far right corner/follow the signs.
SUPPORT FOR THE NEW
The story is progressing. Several steps have been taken since last year’s report. The $1.5 million federal grant set the stage for the advisory Task Force to accomplish two goals. First, to make a recommendation for the specific location of the bridge; and second to recommend the “style” of the bridge.
Three choices were studied extensively. All three locations were crossing the Willamette River from Boones Ferry Park (immediately west of the I-5 Boone Bridge on the north shore) – near the Boone Bridge, in the middle of the park, and over close to the railroad bridge. Concerns on both the north and the south shore were considered – existing buildings, connections, etc. Extra time was taken to give some extra effort to study the location due to it being a historical place for crossing the river for millennia and the need to make sure no Indian heritage sites would be disturbed. The location chosen was the one closest to the railroad bridge – most visible from I-5. The City Council and the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners also chose this recommended location.
The task force considered five different styles of bridges. After extensive community input and research two styles were chosen by the Task Force for recommendation to the City Council. One was a “cable stay” bridge – similar to the new Tillicum Crossing in downtown Portland. The second was a ‘suspension” bridge – similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. One comment made by several Task Force members was that when they’ve traveled one of the primary things they remembered about a city after they get back home is the memory of the bridges in the city. Largely, the two styles chosen were based on the bridge’s capability of attracting tourism dollars to Wilsonville. The City Council unanimously supported the recommendation of the French Prairie Bridge Task Force, designating these two bridge types for further study.
Currently on the City of Wilsonville web site is a questionnaire for the public/everyone to fill out to give feedback on the two styles of bridge. The questionnaire will be on the web from mid-April to May 5. The questionnaire reviews information on both types and has renderings of what they could look like in the environment in which the bridge will be. Everyone is encouraged to fill out the questionnaire.
A primary point of discussion against the bridge is the traffic already existing around Wilsonville. There is a strong feeling that we don’t need to worry about a pedestrian bridge until the current traffic woes are dealt with. Secondly, many local citizens feel that Wilsonville itself is responsible for paying for the entire bridge. Most of the funding dollars, however, will most likely be coming from federal funds specifically dedicated for bicycle infrastructure. This means if ‘we’ don’t use that money it will be spent anyway in Nebraska, or Maine, or somewhere else.
By this summer, a funding package for the bridge is supposed to be announced.
The Salmon Cycling Classic is in full support of the bridge, and everyone should know that the authorities are taking notice of the event and the attendance numbers. So your mere presence at the event is important.
Your participation in the Salmon Cycling Classic gives additional impetus to the continuing process of getting the Bridge built and making it become a reality. The number of riders will certainly be noticed by officials! So thanks for your participation. You are encouraged to forward any encouragements and thoughts about the value of the bridge to Zack Weigle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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