Mountain Biking and Beer? The Perfect Vacation!

  • Author:
    Ride Oregon Staff
  • Posted in:
    Cycling Culture, Group-Ride, Trails
  • Location:
    Hood River, Bend in Mt. Hood / The Gorge, Central Oregon

Six years ago, the new owners of Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours wanted to create a tour that would really allow their clients to get the “Bend Experience.” After some trial and error, they developed the Bike & Brew tour, which has become their most popular offering. In fact, it became so popular that this year they’re adding a Hood River version of the tour.

You could book a hotel on your own with the hope that it is centrally located, biker-friendly and stumbling distance to the local pub; you could wait in line at the most popular brewpubs in the state; and you could try your luck at finding the best trails in the state. Maybe you have a shuttle vehicle and a driver to get you and your sweaty riding buddies to and from the trailhead; maybe not. Well, forget all that and make one call to Cog Wild and let them take care of logistics. All you need to do is get to Bend or Hood River and start maximizing your relaxation. You could get a group of your friends and book the whole tour, or show up on your own and make new friends who like to ride bikes and drink beer.

Both the Bend and Hood River Bike & Brew Tours feature hotel stays, three days of riding the best trails in the area, and beer and food from the Northwest’s premier microbreweries. This includes Deschutes Brewery, Bend Brewery Company, Silver Moon Brewery, Full Sail Brewery, Double Mountain and Big Horse Brewery, to name just a few.

Don’t stress the driving – you can stumble home to your hotel or have the Cog van shuttle you. This tour is for real! It is the reason Cog Wild recently received the Excellence in Tourism Award from Visit Bend. Join Cog Wild for an amazing mountain bike experience. Visit their website at www.cogwild.com for ride details, brewery options and tour dates.

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