Chris King’s Gourmet Century combines our love of food and cycling in pleasantly challenging group rides accompanied by a full days worth of deliciously crafted food. This year we have chosen three beautiful ride destinations and Gourmet Century Chef Chris DiMinno has partnered each ride with a unique selection of renowned chefs to create a truly delicious experience.
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Riders will begin their day at the Chris King factory for an early meal before heading into Portland’s West Hills on a challenging ~100 kilometer course dotted with two notable climbs that is designed to balance your riding efforts with a progressive selection of French victuals. Each successive meal will build to a delicious feasting crescendo at the Chris King factory. Portland guests will also have the option of taking a tour of the Chris King facility. Take a look at the route or download the course for your garmin device, .TXC or .GPX on the Ride with GPS site.
We recommend that riders bring a capable road or touring bike. The route has two climbing sections where a wide selection of gears will be helpful. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be temperate and comfortable but bring along a windbreaker, a light jacket or some arm warmers just in case. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will be available for riders at the Chris King factory.
NEWS UPDATE : GET EXCITED, THE PORTLAND GOURMET CENTURY IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!
Are your ready to spend a wonderful day of riding and eating through the beautiful Oregon countryside? We have prepared a delicious itinerary that we are sure you will enjoy. We look forward to seeing you at the Portland Gourmet Century on the weekend of July 26th.
REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICK-UP
Registration and packet pick-up will take place at Chris King, Friday July 25th from 11am to 6pm. We strongly encourage participants to utilize our Friday registration window. Participants will be signed up for their dinner meal times at registration. There is limited space in each seating and spots will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Dinner seating options are 4pm or 6:30pm.
Day-of registration opens at 7:30am.
Registration on both the 25th and 26th will be centrally located on the south side of the Chris King factory.
Breakfast service will begin at 8am Saturday morning and riders will be treated to a wide selection of delicious options. Please be sure to get here early in order to give yourself ample time to enjoy breakfast. All riders will need to be on the road by 9:30am.
Please take a minute to look over the days ride, it is just over 66 miles with just over 4000' of climbing. Make sure that your bicycle is in well-working order and that you are prepared for a day in the saddle. Temperatures may be cool in the morning but you should expect it to be between 70-90 degrees by the afternoon. We recommend that you keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately. Be prepared with the water bottles and tools, while there will be course sweepers on route, having your own flat fix and emergency repair supplies will help you to make the most out of your Portland Gourmet Century experience.
Riders will encounter our Bethany Lake Park brunch stop at mile 17 is where you will have the chance to refill water and snack on a selection of small morning offerings.
Lunch will take place in the field behind Banks Elementary School, 33 miles into the ride. Alex Yoder of Olympic Provisions will be putting a delectable spin on his farm-fresh approach to lunch. After collecting their meals riders will have the opportunity to relax while they enjoy their picnic style lunch before taking on the next leg of the ride.
56 miles in, riders will then find themselves at Chris King's barn, for an afternoon serving of delicious charcuterie, espresso drinks, and energizing desserts by Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer. You might need the energy boost for the climb up the beautiful Old Germantown road the only hurdle left remaining before descending back down to the Chris King Factory.
Each dinner seating will be preceded by a cocktail hour where we will be serving wine from Casa Bruno and beer from Basecamp Brewing. Our first seating begins at 4pm followed by another seating at 6:30pm. You will be obliged to eat at your assigned dining time so make sure you give yourself enough time to fully enjoy your meal.
The Gourmet Century returns to the beautiful terrain of Northern California. Our event starts and ends in the small town of Healdsburg, CA and takes our riders through the storied vineyard covered hills of Sonoma County’s wine country. With the clean light of a Californian autumn as their beacon our riders will cover around ~100 kilometers of quiet back roads, seldom traveled climbs, and picturesque descents while feasting along the way on food made by some of the regions most respected chefs.
We recommend that riders bring a capable road or touring bike. The route has two climbing sections where a wide selection of gears will be helpful. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be temperate and comfortable but bring along a windbreaker, a light jacket or some arm warmers just in case. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will not be available.