Pedals ‘n Pears: Bike through the Blossoms in Medford
Medford’s annual Pear Blossom Festival has been going strong for 63 years – but this year the festival is expanding into an activity territory we love: pedaling.
The first annual Pedals ‘n Pears event will debut Saturday, April 9, adding a chance to cruise through pear country on a bike before partaking of the food, drink and fun of the festival. There will be four different ride routes, for all different levels of cyclists. They all start on the Pear Blossom Parade route in downtown Medford and finish on the Bear Creek Greenway, an off-road ped/bike trail that stretches from Central Point to Ashland, right through the heart of Medford.
Each of the routes is named for a pear variety. The Comice Family Ride is a flat, 7-mile ride, mostly all on the Greenway, that’s suitable for just about anyone. The 14-mile Bosc is still largely flat, looping out of town to the southwest. The 27-mile Bartlett throws in around 1,500 feet of elevation as it wanders farther out of town. And the Royal Riviera is a (roughly) metric-century route that swings out through Ruch and Buncom, including the bucolic Sterling Creek Road climb as part of more than 4,000 feet of climbing. All three of the longer routes pass by the region’s original pear orchard, founded in 1885. The Royal Riviera registration also includes a hot catered meal at the finish line.
Post-ride, enjoy all the activities the Pear Blossom Festival features, including the parade, a street fair, and the Pear a Fare tent, with local wines, beers and food. It’s a chance to enjoy a full day (or weekend) celebrating that gorgeous sign of spring: the pear blossom.
Discounted registration is available through March 31 at the event website.
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