The best weekend ever usually consists of a long day on my bike, a solid day on the river in my kayak, and a big ol' BBQ with some friends. This last weekend was exactly that... the best weekend ever.
Saturday, a group of us Hood-Riverans made the trek to the Sandy Ridge Trail System, located about an hour East of Portland, Oregon. Featured in The Oregon Super D Series over the last two years, the area features swooping berms, table tops, and rock gardens on fast flowy trails such as, "Quid Pro Flow", "Three Thirty Eight", and "Hide and Seek" built by IMBA's own Jason Wells. It's a 3.3 mile pedal to the top, giving riders plenty of time to get warmed up before heading out on a technical ride on Quid Pro Flow, and an eventual fast, flowy descent of Hide and Seek (unless you get a hissing flat right before the best section- Bummer!). We did a quick lap on the upper trails, and went for a fun giggle-fest down Hide and Seek. Arriving at the take-out just in time for dinner, we rallied to the Clackamas River Festival, near Estacada, Oregon just in time for Next Adventure's BBQ! The Clackamas River Festival is in its 29th year, and features various raft and kayak races- Downriver, Slalom, and BoaterX events. After feasting on juicy, delicious burgers - the perfect apres ride meal- we set up the tent, and relaxed by the river in our comfy Five Ten's.
Sunday we awoke to non-other but RAIN, and I proceeded to sign myself up for the Downriver Kayak Race. While typically more of a rafter's event, four of us whitewater paddlers decided to join in the fun and battle it out from Fish Creek, 5 miles downriver to the finish line below Bob's Hole. Darren Albright placed first, with myself about 45 seconds behind him, and two fellow paddlers rounding out the pack in third and fourth. Full Results and Times to be posted soon.