30th Annual Oregon Bike Ride: Small Tour = Big Fun!
This summer the Oregon Bike Ride will show cyclists from all over the country its special blend of scenery, amenities and hospitality when the event rambles through Wine Country and along the Oregon Coast, both in the same week: July 30 – August 6.
The Oregon Bike Ride offers the intimacy and camaraderie of a smaller tour – 300 riders maximum – with the support and amenities of a polished, well-run operation.
And the 2016 route is “by demand” – the organizers let riders vote on preferred future routes in polls during the 2011 and 2015 events, and as a result OBR will be doing its first-ever tour of northwest Oregon.
Dubbed “Wine, Cheese, Salmon and Trees,” the route starts and ends in historic Astoria, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean; it is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The riders will spend most of the first day on the Washington side of the Columbia before taking a ferry back to Oregon, then ride the second day through the lush forest of the Coast Range before emerging into the world-renowned Tualatin River Valley and its dozens of highly regarded wineries. The riders will spend two nights in the picturesque wine town of Carlton, then take a little-used back road to the coast for an overnight in Tillamook, before returning to Astoria through the logging town of Jewell.
The total distance for the tour ranges from 440 to 489 miles (two days offer extra-mileage options), with daily base distances of 44 to 76 miles.
The tour, which costs $1,020 for the week, provides three meals a day (including free beer and other beverages), stocked rest stops on the route, hot showers in camp, daily baggage service and more.
Registration details are available at the event website.
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