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Looking for more of a challenge? This scenic course starts at Lucky Lab but at the downtown REI rest stop you’ll head for the hills. The route traverses the scenic West Hills along some steep roads. The course includes a crossing of the majestic St. Johns Bridge, travels through North Portland and joins up with the Urban Route for the last third of the ride.
The “Challenge” comes in the hills and the distance. Load up on snacks and water at the REI rest stop – you’ll have 20 miles until you get to the next rest stop. Once you’re back in Portland, rest stops are frequent as you’ll be following the 15-Mile Urban Course.
FIND YOUR WAY: Dan Henry-style course markings on the pavement, an oversize route map and staff to answer questions at the start line, a full-page map for the challenge loop portion, turn-by-turn directions for the challenge loop portion and a support hotline you can call for information from the course.
Please note: The course closes exactly at 3:00 pm. You must leave the start line by 10:00 am at the latest. Only choose the Challenge Route if you know for sure you can easily complete the route, including time spent at rest stops, before 3:00 pm. With safety in mind, this course is subject to closure due to inclement weather.