Hour of Faith Course

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Distance: 14.7 mi. / 23.7 km
Altitude (max): 3091 ft. / 942.229 m
Altitude (min): 2722 ft. / 829.755 m
Elevation Gain: 1112 ft. / 338.864 m
Elevation Loss: -1069 ft. / -325.886 m

Bring your road bike and your courage. This ride is for (somewhat) experienced riders.
The agenda

  • Roll out from La Grande Ride Headquarters on Albany St. at 6:30 am.
  • Roll south down 21st St and then past Bi-mart on 20th.
  • Cross Gekeler and hit the short climb up the cemetery full throttle (big chainring only).
  • Cruise down the hill and roll west on Gekeler.
  • Turn left on 12th St and full throttle to the top of the pavement
  • Cruise down and turn left on Gekeler, then right on 2nd street and roll easy for a while.
  • After the stop sign at X St, open up in a paceline all the way through Blackhawk Trail Lane.
  • Left turn on Spruce St. and roll for a few hundred yards. Open up the paceline again at the creek crossing bridge and maintain max speed until Hunter.
  • Roll easy south on Hunter through Island City.
  • Right turn on Cove Ave., and open up the paceline again, right turn on Walton Road, Left turn onto Mulholland (careful!) and the open into a sprint that finishes at the end of the fence.
  • Roll easy back to the shop for a tea break.

Join anywhere on the route. This style of riding will ramp up your aerobic capacity and prepare you for races. There will be several re-groupings along the way so a wide range of fitness levels can participate...and you can always head back to the shop at any point to enjoy apres-ride.