SOURCE: DOUGLAS JOHNSON
Santiam will be hosting beginner group rides starting in April. We've had this idea for a long time and are finally ready to give it a try. The impetus for starting this is that so many beginner riders either don't know where to ride, don't have people to ride with, or are worried about getting lost or having a mechanical failure out in the wilderness. For now, the plan is for it two Saturdays a month. If there becomes a demand we will also start an intermediate ride once a month for those who feel up to a greater challenge, and will also give the beginners a goal to shoot for.
Below is the first ride post I made on the Santiam Bicycle Group Rides message board, thought I'd include it to save you time:
Ok, pre-rode our first Beginner's Group Ride route. I found a very easy route to take that will still take us through some beautiful scenery. We will be going to Silver Creek falls and ride a small section of trail there.. Meet at the Rite-Aid parking lot at 9am. (This means be there by 8:45 so we can load up and be ready to leave by 9.) If you live near Silver Creek Falls and would like to meet us there, we will be parking at WinterFall parking area. I imagine we should be there by 10. Sorry if we're late. We will do our best to car-pool. Please bring a few dollars to give to anyone you may be sharing a ride with. You will also need $3 to pay for parking unless you have the yearly State Parks pass. Don't forget your helmet, gloves, shoes and something to snack on as I will fight to the death for my food. Hope to see you all there. It will be fun.
There is more information on the Santiam Bicycle web site if you have any more questions. Also, there is a new message board that is specifically for our group rides. I you have any friends or family that have expressed an interest in riding mountain bike but are looking for other beginners to ride with, please pass on this info to them. Hope to see ya all out there.
Santiam Bicycle Inc.
388 commercial st ne
Salem, Or. 97301