Fully Supported Road Touring, Cascades Style
It’s the perfect combination for an epic summer adventure: spectacular routes with views of Cascade volcanoes, and renowned support along the way, on Oregon’s oldest week-long bike tour: the Oregon Bicycle Ride.
OBR 2017, organized by Bicycle Rides Northwest, features one of the epic Oregon cycling routes. Starting in Sisters in the shadow of the Three Sisters, the route heads past Mt. Bachelor and then down to Diamond Lake, where you’ll have the chance to go ride the Crater Lake Rim Road while the group lays over for a day. After that it’s an all-star lineup of forested back roads, including the Aufderheide Memorial Drive and legendary McKenzie Scenic Pass.
The ride starts July 22 in Sisters and finishes there July 29, with stops in La Pine, Diamond Lake, Cottage Grove, Oakridge and Blue River. Along the way you can enjoy three catered meals a day plus lavish rest stops you have to see to believe – not to mention showers, massage, yoga, a variety of entertainment, baggage service and more. Since 1986, OBR has built a strong reputation for taking care of its riders and maintaining a small-group feel. The event maxes out at 300 riders, offering all the amenities of a full-on supported tour but with the friendly intimacy of a group small enough to meet everyone over the week.
This is a challenging route, with 500 miles and 33,000+ feet of gain if you ride every option – but it’s also a great way to experience the best of Oregon cycling with a great group of riders, caring support on the road, and welcoming camps in small communities.
Oh, and did I mention free beer (and other beverages) and snacks in the afternoon? Once you pay your registration fee, there’s nothing you have to shell out for during the event.
Registration for OBR 2017 is open, and limited spots are still available. Put an epic adventure on your 2017 calendar today!
Author’s note: In the interest of disclosure, I should mention that I recently joined the staff of Bicycle Rides Northwest. That said, I’ve been writing for Ride Oregon Ride since 2009. And I love all Oregon cycling tours (I’ve ridden most of them). I ride all over Oregon, whether it’s part of a job or not. I love Oregon cycling that much. Ride here and you will, too. – Jim Moore