Bicycle Event through Backroads of Columbia County in NW Oregon!

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Bicycle Event through Backroads of Columbia County

in NW Oregon!

1st Year for this event--Come be part of it!

Columbia Century  Bicycle Challenge

The event coordinator called me and asked if I wanted to sponsor a rest stop along one of the routes so that I could show off my local niche, 

Fishhawk Lake 

(click on the name for more information about our slice of paradise)

while offering water and snacks to the riders. 

I said Sure, I'll do it!!

I'll have my watering hole at the Mist Elementary School and plan to offer free photos to the participants! 


We have great bicycling routes at Fishhawk Lake and the surrounding areas, both off-road (like above) and on the many winding highways that go through the areas they'll be riding in: Vernonia, Clatskanie, Rainier, Mist, Birkenfeld and St Helens.

A description on the site:

"A bike odyssey through historic Columbia County". A challenging bicycle ride from the river through the forest with two exceptionally beautiful routes to choose from. Discover and enjoy the beautiful backroads of Columbia County, as well as the welcoming character and history of the towns you will pass through. Bragging rights will not be earned just by the distance ridden alone but by the substantial amount of elevation gain achieved as well.



Here's their facebook page for more photos:

Columbia Century Challenge 

Event details:

Event Date:   Saturday June 18, 2016
Course opens:       6 AM and we would encourage those participating in the Century plus to leave no later than 7 AM. and those participating in the Metric Century to leave no later than 9 AM
Start/Finish Line:           Columbia View Park in historic downtown St. Helens. 275 Strand Street Saint Helens OR, 97051
Fee:         Early registration $45


Day of event registration $55

And here is a link to the routes. Get your butt in gear and get registered! One of the sponsors is Fort George Brewery and if you register here with the coupon code Fort George, you'll receive a four pack! I'll be there from 9am-2pm, stop by!

                                         Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
                                 REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

                                                        Birkenfeld OR 97016
                             Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community
                                             "Your Gateway to the Lake!"


Comments (11)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice thing to do on your part! I am sure some of the participants will love having their photos as a souvenir.  When we had lunch with you on our way back to Portland, I remember seeing a large group of bicycle riders stopping in for lunch...Happy Sunday,  A

Jun 05, 2016 04:31 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Gayle I know you will have a great time with the riders and they so appreciate people like you who man (I started to put '/woman' and remembered who I was talking to, and you could care less...perfect) the rest stops.  Have a great time.  Mark

Jun 05, 2016 04:55 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Gayle-That does look like a fun event. Outdoor exercise through the woods and refreshments along the way, nice.

Jun 05, 2016 06:53 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - I love those rides. Mary and I should bring our tandem out for that one - it looks like a fun one and y'all have plenty of available oxygen at your altitude :)

Jun 05, 2016 08:39 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I came up with that idea on my Greasy Spoon walk! Lots of ideas crop up there. I already have my sign up sheet done. I figure if they put their name and e-mail address, it's a no-brainer. And I ask them if they want info on Fishhawk Lake, too. No pressure! 

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint this will be the first event of its kind where I get to sit and engage with folks doing something like this. The event planner found me online, told me she loved my website and could I resist, after that??

Wayne Johnson it's going to be a tough ride! I often drive part of that, and the elevation and They will be happy to make it down where I am! 

Dick Greenberg considering Colorado's elevation, this might be a no-brainer for you two! I dunno, though, the hills are massive. AND high elevation. I certainly wouldn't do it, but I am a runner, and do high, it's all about what gets you MOVIN'. 

Jun 05, 2016 01:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gayle just looking at your photo made my gludius maximus soar, I would be better just at the water station cheering you guys on:) kudos to you, Endre

Jun 05, 2016 02:43 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This sounds like a very cool event that I am sure will be a huge success and continue on for many years in the future!

Jun 06, 2016 12:02 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Gayle, this sounds like a great time and such a good time to see the country. I am sure it is stunning and will be well attended.

Jun 06, 2016 08:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents.

Have an outstanding week.

Jun 06, 2016 09:19 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. How great that you are participating with this cycling event. I have done a number of them, the stops along the way are great.

Jun 06, 2016 08:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gayle --- lots of great exercise and fun -- good for you for participating in this first time event.   

Jun 07, 2016 01:08 AM