Event: TdC Century Prep Series: Training Ride #3: Prineville Crooked River Out and Back


TdC Century Prep Series

A century ride of 100 miles is a goal for many cyclists! In preparation for the ‘Tour des Chutes’ on July 8th, 2017, Bend Bella Cyclists will be featuring a series of weekly training rides.

This 10 week training plan will help you reach that goal. This type of training schedule is a guide to help you increase your mileage gradually over a number of weeks. By gradually increasing your mileage over a period of time, you help to avoid injury, burnout and over-fatigue. This distance, along with your weekly cumulative mileage total, will get you ready for that ultimate goal.

This 10-week training plan assumes you are in shape at the start to be able to ride 20 miles comfortably. That’s a 2 hour ride at an easy 14-16mph pace. If this is more than where you are, consider a metric century (100km=62 miles) as an alternative goal for now.

When: Thursday, May 18. Ready to roll at 9:00 AM

Where: Meet at the Crooked River Park (map)on Crooked River Hwy, just past the fairgrounds. The park has restrooms available.

Ride Details: Training Ride #3: Prineville Crooked River Out and Back.
A very scenic, meandering ride along the Crooked River with little traffic. One of my favorites in the spring time.

Start at the Crooked River Park on the right, on Crooked River Hwy, just past the fairgrounds. The park has restrooms available.

Going right out of the park, the route follows the Crooked River for nearly all of the ride. The ride climbs very gradually until you reach the dam. Just before the dam you will climb 200 ft up to the dam.

We will cross the dam and go just a bit further south and turn into the boat launch area on your left. You will find restrooms here as well. The ride has no water refills; please plan accordingly. We’ll return the same way back to the park.

You can see the route here: .This ride is approximately 40 miles with an elevation gain/loss of approximately 1500 feet.

This ride is for intermediate or better riders. The rider should be comfortable with moderate distances with increased elevation gain and loss. All riders have an obligation to the ride coordinator to let her know if they are leaving the ride. If you wish to do this ride, but will not be with the group the whole time, please print off a map for your ride, and let the ride leader know of your plans. Bella rides are “no drop” rides. No one will get left behind unless they choose to cut a ride short, want to go faster than the group or take a different route. When you leave the group, you are on your own.

For more information: contact Nancy Whitlatch at or (925) 383-3481

******Be sure to bring your signed waivers if you are not a Bella’s member. Non-members are welcome on their first ride without a membership but must sign a waiver and give it to the ride leader before the ride. Please note that this privilege may only be used once – you must become a member before attending your second Bella ride. You can download a waiver here. BBC Membership Waiver 2017.