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Excitement builds for first Barlow Road Ride

by: file photo Tourists ride their bikes along the Mount Hood corridor.

Interest is brewing for the inaugural Barlow Road Ride, an Aug. 25-26 fundraiser for the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum.

The two-day out-and-back century (100-mile) road bike tour will begin at the end of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City and extend to Government Camp.

The event allows for a maximum of 2,000 riders of all abilities, so early registration is encouraged.

The route options include:

n Trail Scout: 120 miles and almost 7,000 feet of elevation gain in one day;

n Trail Boss: 50 miles each day with one day uphill and one downhill;

n Pioneer: 25 miles of climbing (day one) and 50 miles downhill (day two);

n Junior and senior: 50 miles downhill.

Participants also may choose to ride up to Timberline Lodge Saturday night for an additional leg of the ride.

Most of the ride will go along quiet rural roads with little traffic, with the exception of the stretch along Highway 26 from Zigzag to Government Camp, which has new pavement and a wider shoulder.

The final destination in Government Camp, Cascade Ski Club, will be the headquarters of a festival with a spaghetti dinner, music and vendors.

Ninety dormitory-style beds at Cascade Ski Club will be available for $20 each, or participants can choose from many other lodging options, including tent camping in Government Camp.

A truck at the starting line will collect and bring personal camping gear and clothing to the bike corral in Government Camp for pick-up by riders and return personal gear to Oregon City on Sunday morning.

Along with the festival at Cascade Ski Club, the registration fee of $75 covers food, energy drinks, toilets, sag wagons, massages, mechanics and medical help. These fees are tax deductible for $50 per rider based on the approximate value of the goods and services riders receive.

Participants, their families and friends are welcome to make additional donations to the museum.

Funds raised during the ride will pay the capital costs of the museum's new elevator, new paint job and roof repair, along with other capital improvement and repair projects.

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum is home to interpretive exhibits, educational programming and the arts. For more information, visit mthoodmuseum.org.

The museum will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, for anyone interested in participating, volunteering or making a donation for the bike ride.

For more information, call Diane Lokting at 503-309-0720 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The ride website is barlowroadride.com.