CROC – Spend Memorial Weekend on Two Wheels
Join in a Memorial Weekend tradition that offers riders three days of route choices through the varied landscape of eastern Oregon. Since 2003 the Century Ride of the Centuries (CROC) has taken riders from Pendleton out into rolling wheat fields, past century farms and into the picturesque Blue Mountains.
The ride is perfect for everyone from novice cyclists to long-distance veterans, with multiple route options available each day. Saturday starts with a Wheatfield Loop of either 40 or 62 miles, heading northwest out of Pendleton and past many area farms that have been operating for a century or more.
On Sunday, choose from a full century or a metric one, on the Athena/Weston/Milton-Freewater/Thorn Hollow Loop. Skirt the foothills of the Blue Mountains and visit some of the small towns nearby. The ride dips into Washington briefly and travels through some of the Walla Walla wine country before returning down beautiful Thorn Hollow and the Umatilla River. Sunday evening features a no-host bar and banquet dinner at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino.
For Monday, take on the Cabbage Hill Challenge, otherwise known as the CROC Classic. The amazing views of the Pendleton valley and surrounding areas are worth the long, snaking climb. After the initial ascent, the route levels off for a beautiful ride through the Blue Mountain forest to the small town of Meacham. Riders will receive a “CROC” patch at the rest stop at the top of Cabbage Hill. (There’s also a bail-out option where you can get a ride up to the top.)
So make it a memorable Memorial Day Weekend this year, and experience Eastern Oregon’s finest organized bike ride. Get more information or register here.