2014 Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger
Sometimes, greener grass doesn’t mean “the grass is greener.” Take Oregon, for example: While areas west of the Cascades are definitely more verdant, Eastern Oregon offers a different but just as loveable type of topography to explore. Its a lesser-known gem that our cyclists appreciate and its the setting of one of Oregons premier group-ride events, the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger.
“Sometimes, it’s hard to compete”, says event coordinator Kevin Goade. ”We’re small, were rural, and were not too green. But we have lots of nice sunny days and an arid climate that make great riding weather, plus a small population and a huge amount of paved, rural roads. Theres lots of opportunity to ride on very sparsely traveled roadways.”
He also emphasizes that while Ontario is rural, its not remote - the town is within an hours drive of Treasure Valley and the Boise, Idaho metropolis.
The Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger began in 2006 as a benefit for the Southeast Oregon Food Bank, and now raises more than $7,500 annually for hunger relief. It’s a fully supported ride, with five SAG vehicles, eight rest stops on the 100-mile route, food and beverages, and support from local law enforcement.
This years ride will take place Saturday, June 21. Participants have four route options: a 100-mile century route, a 100-kilometer (62-mile) metric century, a 50-mile half century, and a 30-mile family fun ride. The routes feature mountain and river views, cool geography and rock formations, a tunnel, the Vale murals and the imposing 400-foot-tall Owyhee Dam. Riders can also see wagon-wheel ruts left by travelers on the Oregon Trail.
The ride begins with a light breakfast and ends with lunch and Tandem Brewery beer at the Historic Union Pacific Train Depot.
”We’ve upped what we offer riders, and we have a well-organized, well-supported, fun ride. The community really gets involved”, says Goade.
To learn more or register for the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger, visit http://greatowyheeride.com/.