Three Ways to Celebrate 30 Years of Cycle Oregon
Cycle Oregon, which started out as a crazy idea and has grown into one of the largest and most renowned bicycle tours in the country, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its signature week-long tour in 2017. They’re offering riders of all ages and abilities three different flavors of their legendary routes, amenities and small-town hospitality.
The original week-long Cycle Oregon tour, now known as The Classic, will feature a quintessential Oregon route as it traverses the Cascade Range (September 9-16). Starting and ending at Tumalo State Park in Bend, it will cover nearly 500 miles, with overnight stops in La Pine, Diamond Lake, Dorena Lake, Oakridge and Rainbow – including a ride around the one-of-a-kind Crater Lake Rim Road.
A shorter event with the same amenities, the WEEKENDER (July 7-9) will set up in McMinnville on the campus of Linfield College for two nights, as riders explore the lush Willamette Valley and Oregon Wine Country. There will be three different route lengths available each day, plus a Kids’ Bike Camp on campus each day.
Finally, June 10 will mark the second year of the overwhelmingly successful Joyride, a one-day event for women that drew nearly 800 riders for its inaugural event last summer. Starting at Stoller Family Estates vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley, the event offers multiple routes to make it accessible for cyclists of all levels.
Registration for the three events is available now on the Cycle Oregon website.
Cycle Oregon’s events feature a balance of riding challenge and pampering, with a long list of amenities: catered meals, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden, baggage service, tent-rental service, device charging, massage, yoga, bike cleaning and more.
Cycle Oregon began in 1988 when a Portland newspaper columnist invited people to come along on a lightly organized tour through some of Oregon’s rural communities. A thousand people showed up, survived, and created a tradition that has only grown in scope and impact. The Classic regularly takes 2,000 or more riders on routes that explore a different part of the state each year, bringing more than $150,000 in direct contributions to local organizations in host communities – plus what riders spend locally during the week. In addition, the nonprofit’s Cycle Oregon Fund has distributed nearly $2 million in grants throughout the state to promote bicycle safety and tourism as well as a wide variety of community projects.
So if you’d like to experience a true Oregon cycling tradition, pick your event and join Cycle Oregon for an anniversary celebration that lasts all summer!