Letters from the Organizer

Ride Update 8/11/2014

Crater Lake Webcam 8/12/14

Crater Lake Webcam 8/12/14

Well it is shaping up to be an awesome event this year.  This will be a long email so I apologize in advance, but I want your ride here to be absolutely perfect, so the more prepared you are, the more fun you will have. Here we go:

ROAD CONSTRUCTION 

A couple things I learned this past Sunday while I was driving around the rim .

  • If you see Orange Cones on the side of the road you will want to SLOW DOWN.  The Park Service has placed these cones next to rough areas on the road.  However, they are not at every Rough area so please pay special attention on down hill sections.
  • There has been quite a bit of Chip Seal put down around the rim and Highway 62.  It is new but it was not done last week.  There does not appear to be a lot of loose rocks left on the road and appears to have been swept already.  Also some of the roads have also had a fog seal put over the top of the chip seal.  This is good because it covers any loose stones.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING ULTRA LIGHT TIRES FOR THIS RIDE.
  • The Park is doing road construction on the North Rim (mile 47 to 53) and the road is down to one Lane in a small stretch.  There will be a Traffic Light that you will have to stop at and will direct traffic through the 1 lane section.  Also this stretch of the rim is VERY torn up and Rough this year.   Please be extremely careful on the downhill sections as there are several pot holes that will swallow you!!!   .

1) FOREST FIRES / SMOKE / AIR QUALITY

During the latter part of last week we received some rain in Southern Oregon which has dramatically helped the air quality in Klamath Falls and more importantly around Crater Lake.   I was up on the Rim on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 and you could see the lake clearly and smoke did not appear to be an issue.  The Crater Lake Rim run was held last Saturday and smoke was not an issue for the Runners.  With that said, unfortunately, I can’t promise anything about the air quality on the day of our Ride.   The only way I will cancel the ride is if the National Park Service requires me to.  I wish I could tell you more, but in this case it truly is out of my hands and I and many others are keeping our fingers crossed for a beautiful ride on Saturday.  Click on the link below for a great website about the smoke and air quality in Southern Oregon .

http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

BASED ON WHAT I SAW YESTERDAY THIS SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE UNLESS ANOTHER FIRE STARTS UP LOCALLY THIS WEEK!!

 

Crater Lake Webcam - Annie Springs Entrance 8/12/14

Crater Lake Webcam – Annie Springs Entrance 8/12/14

2) Weather Clothes drop

A)     The forecast from Accuweather for this weekend is Sunny with a low of 46 and a high of 82. You can check current conditions at the park as the week progresses from the website below

http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/current-conditions.htm

B)     Due to cold morning temperatures during our past rides, we will once again have our popular clothes drop at the 1st and 2nd rest stop for the Century and the 1st rest stop for the Metric Century. All you do is grab a white garbage bag and write your name and Bib on the bag and hand it to the volunteers. We will then shuttle the bags back to the Fort Klamath museum for you to pick up when you have completed your ride. The bag pickup will be next to the Museum/BBQ.

a.     Items to wear in the morning may include: Ear warmers, Gloves with long fingers, Wind Vest, Shoe Booties, Cold weather tights, etc

C)     With the temperature only expected to hit 75/82, I would recommend keeping a wind vest for the long downhill’s on the back side of the rim!

 

3) Safety Notes

The Downhill entrance to the Fort Klamath museum has new gravel that is deep, soft, and very loose.  Please step off your bike on the pavement/roadway and walk it down the ramp and through the entrance gate.  The skinny tires on your road bikes will NOT handle the loose and deep gravel very well.  Don’t ruin a great ride by wrecking in the last 10 yards!!

a)     HELMETS ARE MANDATORY at all times, this includes uphill climbs.

b)     Obey all Traffic Laws – This includes putting your foot down at ALL Stop signs

c)     No groups larger than 5 people

d)     RIDE SINGLE FILE – This is the #1 complaint that I get from the Rangers during the past 9 years. The roads are narrow and you MUST ride Single File. Please do not give the NPS a reason to decline our permit for next year.

Crater Lake Webcam - Headquarters 8/12/14

Crater Lake Webcam – Headquarters 8/12/14

4) Entrance to Park – Employee Lane

a)    After turning off Hwy 62 to turn into the park entrance there will be a pay station. Please use the far right lane (employee entrance). You MUST STOP at the STOP sign and be acknowledged by the park ranger before you continue on. Once again, please STOP, PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE GROUND, and be acknowledged by the Park Ranger before continuing on. This also causes complaints by the Rangers each year. Some forget to stop, then I get yelled out. ….. LOL…. Please, please just STOP.

 

5) Extra Water Stop

a)     There will be an extra water station between the 3rd and 4th sag stop. This station will NOT have any volunteers and will just have Water. Just water, no Gatorade or SPIZ. There will be a table placed at an overlook on the right hand side between Cleetwood Cove and Skellhead Overlook. We will have water jugs and signs placed around the table. This should be at about 59 to 62 miles into your ride.

 

6) Downhill Speeds

a)     I am sure some of you look forward to the awesome downhill’s that you will get to enjoy on this ride. However, I do want to caution you that the roads are once again rough and bumpy on the downhill’s after Cloudcap. For the Century riders this is between miles 64 and 75. For the Metric Century this is between miles 30 and 38.  Please just be aware and control your downhill speeds.   p.s. Road Rash is definitely not allowed on this ride!!!!

 

Crater Lake Webcam - Sinnott 8/12/14

Crater Lake Webcam – Sinnott 8/12/14

7) FOOD

This is always tough on us. Please understand that we are purchasing for the masses and will not be able to meet everyone’s individual needs. I am providing the list ahead of time this year so that those of you with individual needs can try to bring your own.

a)      Refreshments – We will have plain water and water mixed with Gatorade.  I know some of you have specific needs for your drink (as I also do). When I actually got to ride and did Centuries I would carry my mix (accelerade) in a plastic bag in one of my back pockets. I would pre-measure enough mix for two bottles per sag stop, then I would mix it in with plain water at the sag stop. My tummy liked this much better!!

b)     SAG STOP – Food  

Here is the current list of what we will have: Fruit: Grapes, oranges, bananas, apples, cantaloupe (maybe some other types), Sandwiches – Peanut Butter (Jif or similar type) & Jelly, Subway sub sandwiches (Turkey, Ham, & Roast Beef) & chips (at two lunch sag stops), Trail mix, Pretzels, Bagels, Pastries. And of course, HOMEMADE COOKIES.

–     We will also have Cold Baked Potatoes to snack once again. We are going to bake them with Olive Oil and Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top and baked to perfection (I hope).  We will have some salt shakers also.

–       This year I have ordered 100 one foot SUBWAY sandwiches.  They will be cut into 3 pieces, so they will be a little larger.  I am hoping that this will be enough this year.

–       We will also have SOME nutrition bars supplied by Hutches Bicycle Shop here in Klamath Falls at each sag stop. Since there are so many types, please plan on bringing your own nutrition bars.

 

8) AFTER RIDE BBQ – Wubba’s Famous BBQ

1) Vegetarian Menu:   BBQ Tofu Sandwich (I’m told this is a MUST Try). Vegetarian bbq beans. Cole Slaw, Quinoa Salad.

2) BBQ Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Tri-Trip, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, and assorted sodas,  Water.

3) Of course we will have dessert ….. you have to finish the ride to find out what it is!!!

Dang it. .. Now I am hungry ….. .

 

If you get into town on Friday and want to take a nice ride, you can ask the hotel to show you where the OC&E railroad bike trail is for a nice relatively flat 14 mile round trip ride.

It is going to be an awesome weekend and I am going to tell you now that you are about the ride the Most BEAUTIFUL CENTURY BIKE RIDE IN AMERICA!!!  Of course I am biased….LOL…

I will see you all on Friday night or Saturday, I will be in a WHITE Toyota Tundra up on the rim.  So if you see a tall bald guy stalking you in a WHITE Toyota Pickup don’t call the Police… Its only me!!!

Have a great ride everyone.

 

P.S. keep checking your email for last minute updates from me

ALSO KEEP CHECKING OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE  www.facebook.com/craterlakecentury

Volunteers Meeting 8/13/14

Volunteers of the Crater Lake Century

Volunteers of the Crater Lake Century

Do you like meeting new people? Do you like to help local charities? Then mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:30pm at the Coldwell Banker Building for our Volunteers Meeting.

We have 300 riders coming from all over the nation, one as far away as London UK just for this ride; and you can help by volunteering.  We need people to help with SAG stops, registration, gate keeping, and more.  If you are local to Klamath Falls, please plan on attending the meeting at 5:30pm on 8/13/14.  If you are not local and would like to help the day of the event, please contact the ride coordinator, Bill Haskins at 541-884-1343 for more info.

Did I mention, volunteers do get a 10th Anniversary Ride T-Shirt, BBQ lunch and homemade ice cream?

Meeting Details

  • Who: Anyone willing to volunteer for the CLC2014
  • What: Crater Lake Century 2014
  • Where: Coldwell Banker Building – 3815 S. 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • When: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 5:30pm
  • Why: To support the CLC2014 and raise money for charity (food bank and museum)

Registration

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Registration for the 11th Annual Crater Lake Century is closed.  We will post messages via Facebook and Twitter if there is a cancellation and a slot opens or visit our registration page (or click HERE) to check for cancellations.

Pricing and limitations:

  • Single Rider: $60
  • Tandem Team: $100
  • 275 riders for the Century (100 miles)
  • 25 riders for the Metric Century (62 miles)

Your registration includes:

  • Ride registration
  • Park admission
  • Bib number
  • Sag stops with food and water
  • Route slip
  • Roving SAG and mechanical support
  • After ride BBQ

Souvenir options available:

  • 10th Anniversary Ride T-Shirt
    • Adult, S-XL – $15
    • Adult, XXL – $18
  • Crater Lake Century Ride Jersey
    • Mens/Womens, S-XL – $85
    • Mens/Womens, XXL  – $95
    • Last day to purchase June 19, 2015

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Ride Update | August 14, 2013

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South Entrance, Crater Lake National Park

Hello Riders!

I went up to Crater Lake this past weekend to make one last run around the course and wanted to give you some last minute notes and observations!

Observations:

1) To get into the park your Placard with your Bib# must be on the front of your bike AND you must have the color coordinated arm/wrist band on.  If you do not have these you will be asked to go through the normal entrance line and will be required to pay the $5.00 entrance fee.  You will also not be allow to eat at the sag stops without the wrist bands…. Sorry to be so strict, but we once again have reports of riders not paying registration fees and they are planning on taking advantage of our sag stops!

2)  The downhill sections past Cloud Cap are VERY rough.  Please take it easy going downhill.  Due to the harsh winter environment the roads are worse then ever and are bumpy and undulating, there is also a lot more rocks/gravel on the road than usual, especially on the downhill corners after Cloudcap and Phantom Ship Overlook.   There is one very large pot hole that we will have orange cones by… if you see orange cones… SLOW DOWN.  It is right at the bottom of a very long straight descent.  If you see Orange Cones … SLOW DOWN!!!  I just wanted everyone to be aware of the downhill sections.  At this point if you have trained enough to do this ride than you are more than capable of handling these roads.  Please keep your speed under control and an occasional touch of the brakes will be appreciated.  Remember …… ROAD RASH IS NOT PERMITTED ON THIS RIDE!!!!!

3) SNOW!!!!  Due to horrible winter there isn’t any this year!!!  Usually we have a lot of snow for you to play in.

4)  At 1:30 P.M. in the afternoon it was 64 degrees around the Rim and at least 75 at Fort Klamath Museum.  Last year it was 70 Degrees, but please plan for lower temps.

5)  A nice new hatch of Mosquitoes for your itching pleasure (BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY)

6)  GOOD NEWS for previous year’s Riders.   There are only little patches of CHIPSEAL, nothing to be concerned about Folks…. YEA…

7)  There always seems to be a Bald Eagle on Loosely Rd.  Don’t worry, even though it is watching you VERY closely, it won’t eat you.  However, I recommend you don’t bring your pet mouse for a ride in your back pocket.

8)  No Detour or change of ride!

9) If you have a FRS radio, the volunteer crew and I will be on Channel 3, sub channel 5.

10)  There is new gravel at the entrance to the Fort Klamath Museum.  This is pretty deep and very loose.  You skinny tires will NOT handle this well and I guarantee if you try to ride it you will be in for a RIDE!!!!   Please get off your bikes on the pavement and WALK them down the ramp into the park.   Please do not ruin a great day of riding in the last 10 yards of the ride!!!   ROAD RASH IS NOT PERMITTED ON THIS RIDE!!!  J

Wildlife seen during my Drive:

1)     Cows

2)     Bald Eagle

3)     Red tail hawks (lots)

4)     A lot of Cattle

5)     Two young Osprey (Century Riders look to the left Aprox. 3.5 miles, just before your right onto weed Rd. on top of a large telephone pole and you will see their nest.)

6)     Several Deer

7)     Many Bovine!

8)     Mosquitoes

9)     Camp robber (bird)

10)  Did I mention COWS!

 

The last couple of years the mornings have been pretty darn cold (below 40 degrees)!  I highly recommend that you bring warm clothing for the early part of the ride.  Once it warms up we will have white plastic bags for you to put your name and Bib # on at the first two rest stops. These bags and your clothing will be delivered back to the Museum and will be near the BBQ line for you to pick up after the ride.

 

Below is a list of highly recommended items to ensure you have a wonderful ride

1)     Bring a fold up chair to sit in after the ride while you eat your BBQ & Desert.  There are some tables but not enough for everyone.

2)     CAMERA – you will hate yourself if you forget it!

3)     Bring Mosquito Spray

4)     Don’t forget Sun Screen

5)     Wind Vest

6)     Arm Warmers

7)     Leg Warmers

8)     Long Fingered gloves

9)     Warm Riding Jacket

10)  Any special food or drink that you need to have a great ride.

 

Safety Notes:

This is required by the National Park Service!

  • If there is an emergency call 911
  • If you have an FMS RADIO sag support is on Channel 3 – Sub channel 5
  • Each Rest stop has a first aid kit
  • Helmets are required at ALL times
  • You must ride Single file, No groups larger than 5 riders
  • Please obey all traffic laws!  You may enter the park by using the right hand lane (employee) at the toll booth.  Please STOP  and place your foot on the ground at the stop sign.  You must also yield to traffic when leaving overlooks and rest areas.
  • Please be cautious of the following while riding within the Crater Lake National Park Boundaries!!!
  1. Steep and Narrow Roads
  2. Narrow traffic Lanes & Road Shoulders – NO designated bike lanes
  3. Potholes and Uneven road Surfaces, especially after Cloudcap lookout
  4. Rocks falling, sand and gravel on Roads
  5. Wildlife on Roads
  6. Heavy traffic, including large RV’s
  7. Danger of falling from steep drop offs and Caldera rim overlooks – STAY BEHIND Barriors and guard rails

Please remember that I will be at the Best Western Olympic In between 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.m. on Friday night.  You may pick up you bib #’s and bbq tickets on Friday instead of waiting until Saturday morning at the Fort.

See you in three days, get some rest (your going to need it), eat lots of pasta, and don’t forget your camera

RIDE THE RIM!!!

Bill Haskins
Ride Coordinator
2013 Crater Lake Century

 

Ride Update | August 12, 2013

East Rim Sunset

East Rim Sunset

Well it is shaping up to be an awesome event this year. This will be a long email so I apologize in advance, but I want your ride here to be absolutely perfect, so the more prepared you are, the more fun you will have. Here we go:

Due to Cancellations and Refunds we currently have 27 spots available for riders. If you are receiving this email you ARE registered for the ride. Please have interested parties go to www.craterlakecentury.com and register on Active.com. We are no longer accepting mail-in registrations.

1) FOREST FIRES / SMOKE / AIR QUALITY
This is pretty much our number 1 concern this week. During the latter part of last week we received some rain in Southern Oregon which has dramatically helped the air quality in Klamath Falls and more importantly around Crater Lake. I was up on the Rim on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 and you could see the lake clearly and smoke did not appear to be an issue. The Crater Lake Rim run was held last Saturday and smoke was not an issue for the Runners. With that said, unfortunately, I can’t promise anything about the air quality on the day of our Ride. The only way I will cancel the ride is if the National Park Service requires me to. I wish I could tell you more, but in this case it truly is out of my hands and I and many others are keeping our fingers crossed for a beautiful ride on Saturday. Click on the link below for a great website about the smoke and air quality in Southern Oregon .
http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

2) Weather I Clothes drop
a) The forecast from Accuweather for this weekend is Sunny with a low of 49 and a high of 83. You can check current conditions at the park as the week progresses from the website below
http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/current-conditions.htm

b) Due to cold morning temperatures during our past rides, we will once again have our popular clothes drop at the 1st and 2nd rest stop for the Century and the 1st rest stop for the Metric Century. All you do is grab a white garbage bag and write your name and Bib # on the bag and hand it to the volunteers. We will then shuttle the bags back to the Fort Klamath museum for you to pick up when you have completed your ride. The bag pickup will be next to the Museum/BBQ.

a.Items to wear in the morning may include: Ear warmers, Gloves with long fingers, Wind Vest, Shoe Booties, Cold weather tights, etc

c) With the temperature only expected to hit 75/80, I would recommend keeping a wind vest for the long downhill’s on the back side of the rim!

3) Safety Notes
The Downhill entrance to the Fort Klamath museum has new gravel that is deep, soft, and very loose. Please step off your bike on the pavement/roadway and walk it down the ramp and through the entrance gate. The skinny tires on your road bikes will NOT handle the loose and deep gravel very well. Don’t ruin a great ride by wrecking in the last 10 yards!!

a) HELMETS ARE MANDATORY at all times, this includes uphill climbs.

b) Obey all Traffic Laws – This includes putting your foot down at ALL Stop signs

c) No groups larger than 5 people

d) RIDE SINGLE FILE – This is the #1 complaint that I get from the Rangers during the past 5 years. The roads are narrow and you MUST ride Single File. Please do not give the NPS a reason to decline our permit for next year.

4) Entrance to Park – Employee Lane
a) After turning off Hwy 62 to turn into the park entrance there will be a pay station. Please use the far right lane (employee entrance). You MUST STOP at the STOP sign and be acknowledged by the park ranger before you continue on. Once again, please STOP, PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE GROUND, and be acknowledged by the Park Ranger before continuing on. This also causes complaints by the Rangers each year. Some forget to stop, then I get yelled out. ….. LOL…. Please, please just STOP.

5) Extra Water Stop
a) There will be an extra water station between the 3rd and 4th sag stop. This station will NOT have any volunteers and will just have Water. Just water, no Gatorade or SPIZ. There will be a table placed at an overlook on the right hand side between Cleetwood Cove and Skellhead Overlook. We will have water jugs and signs placed around the table. This should be at about 59 to 62 miles into your ride.

6) Downhill Speeds
a) I am sure some of you look forward to the awesome downhill’s that you will get to enjoy on this ride. However, I do want to caution you that the roads are once again rough and bumpy on the downhill’s after Cloudcap. For the Century riders this is between miles 64 and 75. For the Metric Century this is between miles 30 and 38. Please just be aware and control your downhill speeds. p.s. Road Rash is definitely not allowed on this ride!!!!

7) FOOD
This is always tough on us. Please understand that we are purchasing for the masses and will not be able to meet everyone’s individual needs. I am providing the list ahead of time this year so that those of you with individual needs can try to bring your own.

a) Refreshments – We will have plain water and water mixed with Gatorade. I know some of you have specific needs for your drink (as I also do). When I actually got to ride and did Centuries I would carry my mix (accelerade) in a plastic bag in one of my back pockets. I would pre-measure enough mix for two bottles per sag stop, then I would mix it in with plain water at the sag stop. My tummy liked this much better!!

b) SAG STOP – Food – Here is the current list of what we will have: Fruit: Grapes, oranges, bananas, apples, cantaloupe (maybe some other types), Sandwiches – Peanut Butter (Jif or similar type) & Jelly, Subway sub sandwiches (Ham & Roast Beef) & chips (at two lunch sag stops), Trail mix, Pretzels, Bagels,

Pastries. And of course, HOMEMADE COOKIES.
– We will also have Cold Baked Potatoes to snack once again. We are going to bake them with Olive Oil and Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top and baked to perfection (I hope). We will have some salt shakers also.
– This year I have ordered 90 one foot SUBWAY sandwiches. They will be cut into 3 pieces, so they will be a little larger. I am hoping that this will be enough this year.
– We will also have SOME nutrition bars supplied by Hutches Bicycle Shop here in Klamath Falls at each sag stop. Since there are so many types, please plan on bringing your own nutrition bars.

8) AFTER RIDE BBQ – Wubba’s Famous BBQ
1) Vegetarian Menu: BBQ Tofu Sandwich (I’m told this is a MUST Try). Vegetarian bbq beans. Vegetarian Cole Slaw made with vegan Cole slaw dressing.

2) BBQ Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Tri-Trip, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, and assorted sodas, Water.

3) Of course we will have dessert ….. you have to finish the ride to find out what it is!!!

Dang it. .. Now I am hungry ….. .

If you get into town on Friday and want to take a nice ride, you can ask the hotel to show you where the OC&E railroad bike trail is for a nice relatively flat 14 mile round trip ride.

It is going to be an awesome weekend and I am going to tell you now that you are about the ride the Most BEAUTIFUL CENTURY BIKE RIDE IN AMERICA!!! Of course I am biased….LOL…

I will see you all on Friday night or Saturday, I will be in a Bright Red Toyota Tundra up on the rim. So if you see a tall bald guy stalking you in a Red Toyota Pickup don’t call the Police… Its only me!!!

Have a great ride everyone.

p.S. keep checking your email for last minute updates from me

ALSO KEEP CHECKING OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE www.facebook.com/craterlakecentury

Bill Haskins
Ride Director
Crater Lake Century
541-884-1343 Office
541-281-7979 Cell
Email BHaskins@CBKFalls.com

Ride Update | August 5, 2013

North Rim Jct SAG Stop

North Rim Jct SAG Stop

Hello Riders,

It is now crunch time for the ride. Things are coming together and the 9th Annual Crater Lake Century looks to be another wonderful year for our charities, the Klamath/Lake County Food Bank and the Klamath County Museums.  I know you are anxious about getting your information for the ride, so here is the Participants Package and Registrant Log.  Please be sure to download and/or print these items for your records. 

Participant Package | Registrations

The Participant Package details; the ride schedule, safety information, directions, and lodging info.  The Registrant Log contains your bib number, route, extra t-shirt and extra BBQ tickets. Just look for your name and you can verify that we have all your information correct.  Please be sure to download and/or print these items for your records.

If you find any errors please contact me right away at 541-884-1343, that way we can get it fixed in time.  Otherwise, I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you on the rim August 18th.

The documents save in a PDF format, you will need a reader such as Adobe Acrobat (http://get.adobe.com/reader/) to view the documents.

Bill Haskins, Ride Director
Crater Lake Century
541.884.1343

A Note from Bill | August 18, 2012

Ya’ll didn’t think I was done sending emails did you? I don’t know about you guys, but I am absolutely exhausted, however, I wanted to Thank every one for coming to the Ride before I passed out!!

Well it appears we had major lack of communication this morning. I turned the big sprinkler in the sky on to wash off the roads, lower the temp, and keep the smoke away. However, it appears that I forgot to tell someone to turn it off!! You guys were troopers to slog through the rain. For those of you that did you were rewarded with somewhat blue skys, lower temperatures and a nice clean smelling forest and roads. WAIT… Maybe I didn’t mess up…. hmmm..

Anyway I learned today that I am a HORRIBLE weather forecaster and that although I can somewhat control many things on the ride… Weather and temperature isn’t part of it. This was new for us this year!!! In the 8 years of the ride, this is the first year we have been rained on.

I haven’t heard of any crashes (yet) and everyone paid attention to my “NO ROAD RASH” Rule.

I also want to Thank some of our sponsors. Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers for the WATER, SUBWAY for the sandwiches, Hutches Bicycle Shop for the TUBES, Nutrition Bars, Hammer Gel, Tires, and Brian Gailey Photography

And of course this ride could never be possible without all the Volunteers that help me and you out each and every year. They are AWESOME!!!

Once again I heard good reports about the after ride BBQ by Wubba’s, and of course the homemade cobbler and Ice Cream. Ms. Rita and family once again did an awesome job.

Pretty much all of the food and water held up well, I think the Subway sandwiches even held up pretty well ( I do realize that a few of you at the end didn’t get some at North Jct, but there were some at Phantom Ship Overlook when you got there). I also heard that the Potatoes went over very well once again. We just can’t seem to get that combination right for the Subway sandwiches. I apologize to those that didn’t get a sandwich this year. However, based on all the food that is still in my trailer, no one starved on the ride this year.

As far as the Crater Lake Century Jersey, you will be getting another email from me with all the pertinent information in the near future. They will be $70 this year and I will be taking individual orders like we did last year. Give me a couple weeks to recuperate before you start beating me up……..

Once again, Thank you for supporting our ride and driving the long distances many of you did to get here. I hope we lived up to your expectations and that you will join us again next year.

Now I am gonna pass out… It has been one long day….

Oh yeah… Crater Lake Century – The Best Century Ride in America!!

RIDE THE RIM!

Bill Haskins
Ride Director
Crater Lake Century

A Note from Bill | August 13, 2012

Webcam Photo, Sinnott Overlook | Crater Lake NP | August 14, 2012

Well it is shaping up to be an awesome event this year.  This will be a long email so I apologize in advance, but I want your ride here to be absolutely perfect, so the more prepared you are, the more fun you will have.

Here we go:
We are pretty much sold out and have been for a while.  If you are receiving this email you ARE registered for the ride.   If you know of someone that is planning on coming without being registered, please discourage them from doing so.  I don’t want to disappoint anyone, however I have to adhere to the NPS permit which only allows 300 total riders and will not be able to allow more riders as part of our ride.

Weather / Clothes drop

  1. The forecast from Accuweather for next weekend is Sunny with a low of 44 and a high of 75. You can check current conditions at the park as the week progresses from the website below http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/current-conditions.htm
  2. Due to cold morning temperatures during our past rides, we will once again have our popular clothes drop at the 1st and 2nd rest stop for the Century and the 1st rest stop for the Metric Century. All you do is grab a white garbage bag and write your name and Bib # on the bag and hand it to the volunteers. We will then shuttle the bags back to the Fort Klamath museum for you to pick up when you have completed your ride. The bag pickup will be next to the Museum/BBQ.
    1. Items to wear in the morning may include: Ear warmers, Gloves with long fingers, Wind Vest, Shoe Booties, Cold weather tights, etc
    2. With the temperature only expected to hit 75/80, I would recommend keeping a wind vest for the long downhill’s on the back side of the rim!

Safety Notes
The Downhill entrance to the Fort Klamath museum has new gravel that is deep, soft, and very loose.  Please step off your bike on the pavement/roadway and walk it down the ramp and through the entrance gate.  The skinny tires on your road bikes will NOT handle the loose and deep gravel very well.  Don’t ruin a great ride by wrecking in the last 10 yards!!

  1. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY at all times, this includes uphill climbs.
  2. Obey all Traffic Laws – This includes putting your foot down at ALL Stop signs
  3. No groups larger than 5 people
  4. RIDE SINGLE FILE – This is the #1 complaint that I get from the Rangers during the past 5 years. The roads are narrow and you MUST ride Single File. Please do not give the NPS a reason to decline our permit for next year.

Entrance to Park – Employee Lane
After turning off Hwy 62 to turn into the park entrance there will be a pay station. Please use the far right lane (employee entrance). You MUST STOP at the STOP sign and be acknowledged by the park ranger before you continue on. Once again, please STOP, PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE GROUND, and be acknowledged by the Park Ranger before continuing on. This also causes complaints by the Rangers each year. Some forget to stop, then I get yelled out. ….. LOL…. Please, please just STOP.


Extra Water StopThere will be an extra water station between the 3rd and 4th sag stop. This station will NOT have any volunteers and will just have Water. Just water, no Gatorade or SPIZ. There will be a table placed at an overlook on the right hand side between Cleetwood Cove and Skellhead Overlook. We will have water jugs and signs placed around the table. This should be at about 59 to 62 miles into your ride.


Downhill SpeedsI am sure some of you look forward to the awesome downhill’s that you will get to enjoy on this ride. However, I do want to caution you that the roads are once again rough and bumpy on the downhill’s after Cloudcap. For the Century riders this is between miles 64 and 75. For the Metric Century this is between miles 30 and 38.  Please just be aware and control your downhill speeds.   p.s. Road Rash is definitely not allowed on this ride!!!!

FOOD
This is always tough on us. Please understand that we are purchasing for the masses and will not be able to meet everyone’s individual needs. I am providing the list ahead of time this year so that those of you with individual needs can try to bring your own.

  1. RefreshmentsWe will have plain water and water mixed with Gatorade.  We will also have SPIZ energy drink (see http://www.spiz.net/ for more information about this supplement)  I know some of you have specific needs for your drink (as I also do). When I actually got to ride and did Centuries I would carry my mix (accelerade) in a plastic bag in one of my back pockets. I would pre-measure enough mix for two bottles per sag stop, then I would mix it in with plain water at the sag stop. My tummy liked this much better!!
  2. SAG STOP – Food  
    Here is the current list of what we will have: Fruit: Grapes, oranges, bananas, apples, cantaloupe (maybe some other types), Sandwiches – Peanut Butter (Jif or similar type) & Jelly, Subway sub sandwiches (Ham & Roast Beef) & chips (at two lunch sag stops), Trail mix, Pretzels, Bagels, Pastries. And of course, HOMEMADE COOKIES.
    1. I am also trying something new this year.  Many of you have been at rides where they have Cold Baked Potatoes to snack on and have asked me to try it.  This year one of our local Potato distributors (Wong’s Potatoes) donated a 50lb box of freshly harvested RED potatoes.  We are going to bake them with Olive Oil and parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top and baked to perfection (I hope).  We will have some salt shakers also.  I hope this is what some of you have been asking for. Unfortunately they will be cold, but I am told this is how other rides serve them……
    2. This year I have ordered 90 one foot SUBWAY sandwiches.  They will be cut into 3 pieces, so they will be a little larger.  I am hoping that this will be enough this year.  
    3. We will also have SOME nutrition bars supplied by Hutches Bicycle Shop here in Klamath Falls at each sag stop. Since there are so many types, please plan on bringing your own nutrition bars.
  3. AFTER RIDE BBQ – Wubba’s Famous BBQ
    1. Vegetarian Menu:   BBQ Tofu Sandwich (I’m told this is a MUST Try). Vegetarian bbq beans. Vegetarian Cole Slaw made with vegan Cole slaw dressing.  
    2. BBQ Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Tri-Trip, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, and assorted sodas,  Water.
    3. Of course we will have dessert ….. you have to finish the ride to find out what it is!!!

Dang it. .. Now I am hungry ….. .

If you get into town on Friday and want to take a nice ride, you can ask the hotel to show you where the OC&E railroad bike trail is for a nice relatively flat 14 mile round trip ride.  

It is going to be an awesome weekend and I am going to tell you now that you are about the ride the Most BEAUTIFUL CENTURY BIKE RIDE IN AMERICA!!!  Of course I am biased….LOL…

I will see you all on Friday night or Saturday, I will be in a Bright Red Toyota Tundra up on the rim.  So if you see a tall bald guy stalking you in a Red Toyota Pickup don’t call the Police… Its only me!!!  

Have a great ride everyone.

P.S. keep checking your email for last minute updates from me

ALSO KEEP CHECKING OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE  www.facebook.com/craterlakecentury

Bill Haskins
Ride Director
Crater Lake Century
541-884-1343 Office
541-281-7979 Cell

Email  BHaskins@CBKFalls.com  

A Note from Bill | August 7, 2012

Hello riders,
It is now crunch time for the ride. Things are coming together and the 8th Annual Crater Lake Century looks to be another wonderful year for our charities, the Klamath/Lake County Food Bank and the Klamath County Museums.

I know you are anxious about getting your information for the ride, so here is the Participants Package and Registrant Log.  Please be sure to download and/or print these items for your records.

Participants Package: http://www.cbkfalls.com/documents/Partipant_Package_2012.pdf 

Registrant Log: http://www.cbkfalls.com/documents/Log_2012.pdf 

The documents save in a PDF format, you will need a reader such as Adobe Acrobat (http://get.adobe.com/reader/) to view the documents

The Participant Package details; the ride schedule, safety information, directions, and lodging info.  The Registrant Log contains your bib number, route, extra t-shirt and extra BBQ tickets. Just look for your name and you can verify that we have all your information correct.  Please be sure to download and/or print these items for your records.

If you find any errors please contact me right away at 800-347-1343, that way we can get it fixed in time.  Otherwise, I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you on the rim August 18th.

Bill Haskins
Ride Coordinator – Crater Lake Century 

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