WASHCO Ride of the Month: January 2014 Chainrings


Each month in CHAINRINGS, Sunset Cycles previews another great Washington County bike ride. With the varied terrain available in our area, the selected ride is certain to be a winner.

Our ride rating category is simple, ranging from one CHAINRING (easiest) to five CHAINRINGS (most challenging). Here’s the criteria:

One chainring: Flat ride, minimal climbing
Two chainrings: Rolling hills, short climbs
Three chainrings: Moderate hills, possibly some short, steep climbs
Four chainrings: Challenging terrain with numerous, longer climbs
Five chainrings: Very difficult terrain with numerous, steep, long climbs

The Big Year

This month’s ride: The Big Year

RATING: 4 CHAINRINGS

You can produce your own version of the comedic bird watching movie, “The Big Year,” starting with this ride to Sauvie Island. Long-known for its bird watching opportunities, Sauvie showcases ample wildlife on the wing all year long. In the winter, waterfowl are particularly abundant. Look for Bald eagles, too, as they feast upon weaker prey, along with Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Merlin, and Rough-legged Hawks.

This ride bleeds out of WASHCO and into that other county, but we won’t begrudge the Multnomahs for their scenic byways. Note that this 36-miler extracts a heavy toll in the price of some big climbs, but we think it’s well worth the price.

View details for the entire route HERE

Click HERE for the next article in this month’s Chainrings: John vs. California

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