Cycle Oregon 2016: Go for Gold!
For the first time in more than 20 years, Cycle Oregon’s Week Ride, Sept. 10-17, will explore the wild beauty of the Southern Oregon Coast as part of its route. The 2016 route, announced Feb. 3 at the annual Kickoff Party, is themed “Go For Gold,” a nod to the mid-1800s gold rush era of the southwestern part of the state.
The route will begin and end in Myrtle Creek, with additional overnight stops in Camas Valley, Bandon, Gold Beach, Indian Mary Park near Galice, and Glendale. Riders will stay two nights in Gold Beach, with an optional loop ride to Brookings and back on the layover day.
This area of the state is something of a hidden gem – most of the state’s population base heads to the coast from Portland and the Willamette Valley, to destinations on the central and north sections of the coast. But the Southern Oregon Coast offers all the rugged beauty of Oregon’s famed shoreline, with far fewer people and less traffic.
The route highlights include a side trip to Cape Blanco Lighthouse on Day 3, lunch at Harris Beach State Park on Day 4, and a challenging 16-mile climb from the Rogue River to the summit of Bear Camp Road on Day 5.
There’s also the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride, July 8-10 in Corvallis, on the campus of Oregon State University. The Weekend Ride is a family-friendly event that draws roughly 2,000 people for a long weekend, with loop routes of varying distances radiating outward each day. Riders can camp in tents or stay in dorm rooms on campus.
This year there’s also a new one-day women’s event, called the Joyride, that debuts June 11 in the Dundee Hills of the famed Willamette Valley wine country.
The Cycle Oregon Week Ride, which draws more than 2,000 riders to Oregon each fall, is in its 28th year. It’s one of the largest organized bicycle tours in the U.S., and it’s acclaimed as one of the nation’s best-run cycling events. Cycle O’s primary purpose is to bring pedaling tourists to small communities, and it also raises money for the Cycle Oregon Fund – which has distributed more than $1.7 million in grants to communities and projects throughout Oregon.
Both the Week and Weekend events are expected to sell out, so if you’d like to experience a week of pedaling bliss, spectacular scenery and gracious small-town hospitality, check out the event and come see why it’s earned its reputation!