Ride Report Rode, ate, and then toured the factory in Portland with Chris King.

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  1. Skid Row

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    ***Just added all the remaining pictures for the factory tour and dinner farther down this thread***

    This report is a few weeks late..happened during the end of July... but finally had some time now to post this.

    I have been wanting to ride the Chris King Gourmet Century since reading about it 3 years ago. I finally pulled the trigger this year. I have never been to Portland before so I was looking forward to visiting as well. This is a road ride, but I figure STR members might want to see some pix of the factory and the awesome grub the served for the ride.

    Due to time restraints, this had to be a quick trip without much time to sight see. I ended up flying into Portand Friday afternoon, picked up my bike that I shipped a few days before en route to checking into the hotel. Rode all day Saturday, and then flew back home Sunday just in time to have dinner with the family.

    The ride was 70 miles, 4200 miles of total climbing. I ended up doing 75 miles total because i missed a turn while checking out the scenary, and realized that after a couple miles past the marker.

    This ride is really about eating so a huge breakfast was served, 3 rest breaks ( with the 3rd stop being at Chris King's house ), then a gourmet dinner at the factory. No Goldfish and trailmix at any of the stops. All food were prepared by local bakeries and restaurant chefs with farm fresh local ingredients. Food was amazing !

    Here are some pictures to summarize the ride...


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    Portland !

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    Proud sign leading into the factory.

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    about 400 riders. parking on the side of the factory. ride sold out in a couple of days from what i was told.

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    Exresso bar at every stop.

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    Ready to eat... er.. ride.

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    Tent set up for some grubbing.

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    Sample of what was served for Breakfast.

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    Fueling up before the ride.

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    Hitting the road. All the green helps the miles go quickly.

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    First climb up what they called Newberry about 5 miles in.. heard someone say 18% at certain points.

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    Looking back, people already walking. Funny the climb never look as steep in pictures as in real life
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    First rest stop about 17 miles in.

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    Obligatory bike photo. Sunflowers a tribute to TDF.

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    Yum. Foccasia bread with bacon, cheese, and Mushrooms.

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    Fresh baked something... had walnuts and figs in it. I loaded up more than I should have with this.

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    Beautiful farm country roads..

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    Lunch... about 30 miles in. I am still full from the last rest stop.
    Fresh Priscuito with bree. Cabbage slaw... I couldn't finish all of it..

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    miles of rolling hills in the country side.

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    and a section of gravel even.

    More to follow....
     
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    Rolling hills... starting to taste the lunch for the second time... shouldnt have stuffed myself.

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    Beautiful trees and shade.
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    This is where I missed my turn.. just checking out the scenery.
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    getting close the 3rd rest stop... with some short steep climbs..by this point, I am starting to get tired.. about mile 50ish...

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    Guess who lives at the 3rd rest stop ...

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    the barn where it all started....

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    fresh baked. madalenes, cookies, fruit tarts, i ate most of the plates you see here, that is why the serving tray is not full....
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    Protein station..

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    Expresso served with a smile...

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    Chris King Himself.. he rode with the group.. caught him here sneaking in a bit of Makers Mark into the beverage ! LOL.


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    after the 3rd rest stop, we climbed the hills of GermanTown back to the factory. 2000ft of climbing after 60 miles or so.. i am beat ! I did not train for this ride so my legs are shot by now.... no more energy to take pictures..

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    Finally back at the factory.. for Suds, wine, appetizers, and dinner !!

    Pix of factory tour and dinner to follow.....
     
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    Awesome! Always wanted to do it but ended up selling my remotely road..cyclocross bike.


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    I would have never finished. The food would have done me in!

    That looks like a fun time... Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Can't remember the last time a Ride Report made me jealous...

    This one DEFINETLY made me... Made me... :(

    (I have plenty of questions. Too depressed. Will ask them tomorrow.)

    thanks for posting!
     
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    Nice ride! Been too long since been out of the city.
    I agree, that much food I'd have been in a calorie induced coma!
    Big props to the espresso bars, Who needs food if there is enough caffeine...:bang:
    Thanks for the RR
     
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    Ha ha..! :beer:

    I've got pix of the factory and dinner I still have to download and will post shortly. The food served was pretty amazing. The CK factory has a gourmet kitchen built into their cafeteria/lounge that would not have looked out of place in one of those fancy LA restaurants.

    I think I actually weighed more after the ride than before the ride began !
     
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    Wow! That's awesome!

    How much was the ride?

    That looks like something I would definitely love to do.

    I love your grin on the fueling up before the ride photo, haha.

    How is the pace and the athleticism of the riders? (I did notice some people were walking but you did mention 18% grades.)
     
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    The entry fee for the CK ride was aprox $175. I don't remember exact amount. Its a little more than some of the other century rides, but in my opinion, you get so much more. Just the amount of food alone was belly busting !

    The riders were pretty varied in skill and fitness level. Ranging from elite riders to urban style riders riding their steel urban bikes. It was very much a social ride so the vibe wasn't a hammerfest at all. The Newberry climb at the beginning of the ride wasn't un-ridable. It was challenging for sure, but it didnt go on and on like some climbs can be. I didn't need to stop and I am not very good at climbing.

    I would definately recommend you checking it out. It was a very memorable event !
     
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    Just got done with my ride and my King Headset still creaks. I really don't know why people buy this junk and why I made the mistake to buy another King headset. Putting a cane creek 40 on my new fork.
     
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    Hey Skid row thanks for the RR. Pictures are awesome. expresso, good food and riding your bike through countryside.... wow. .. Jealous KC!!!
     
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    You should plan on riding this next year. We can get a group to head up as a road trip !
     
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    Here are the rest of the pictures..

    We were able to get a tour of the CK factory as well as the Cielo factory. Pretty cool to be able to walk around and see all the machines and mills that make the frame and parts.

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    Nice Cielo bikes built up as part of the entry way display.

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    Raw frames being finished and painted.

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    all frames are made and painted in house right in Portland.

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    Selfie...

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    Raw stock ready to be turned into various parts and frames.

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    I couldn't believe this pile of rejected parts.. these ultimately get turned to salt and pepper shakers for sale.
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    the factory floor is a lot larger than I expected.

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    CK is very environmentally aware. Rows of these containers are used to drain the machining oil to get recycled.

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    axles for the new enduro standard... QR7600 lol..
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    these are polishing machines. the brown dust is actually crushed walnut shells, which i had no idea that was what they use to polish the parts.
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    before and after the tumble with crushed walnut shells.
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    Anodizing machine. CK does the anodization in house for standard colors. custom colors are done elsewhere.
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    More pix...

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    All finished parts are locked up !

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    Dinner is served ! This is the employee cafeteria, where a gourmet kitchen resides. After a good amount of riding, food, and beer..... MORE FOOD AND BEER !! :beer:
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    first course - roasted squash, farro, and cucumber salad. ( I have no idea what farro is )

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    Second Course - Octopus salad, romaine leaves, salsa verde

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    Third Course - Baised Short Ribs, Creamed corn, and summer squash.

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    Dessert - Grilled summer berry trifle, pastry cream, and sponge cake.

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    Chris King, His wife, and Yours Truly.

    Well that's it. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and write up.

    Cheers !
     
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    I really enjoy everything Portland has to offer. Thanks for finding me a new jewel to explore. Paging Dino - road trip.

    edit - there's one in Sonoma too but no factory tour
     
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    Awesome trip! We all appreciate the full documentation of the facilities as well as the ride and food. Well done!
    Mike
     
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    I've been back to this thread at least 10 times just to look at the pictures. This looks like a blast.
     
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    As much as I dislike road riding I could get into this. Thanks for sharing, Jason!!
     
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    Thanks for sharing- fantastic pictures!
     
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    I'm down for next year! Pictures are great. So is this a bicycle ride or a gourmet, factory tour? thanks again for the RR!!
     

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