Cycle Oregon sets routes

On Jan. 31, Cycle Oregon announced the routes for the 30th running of the Classic, as well as routes for WEEKENDER, Joyride, and a brand new offering, Gravel.

Cycle Oregon’s iconic seven-day cycling experience, the Classic, is starting in Baker City at the foot of the Elkhorn Range.  The route takes riders past stoic peaks, through historic frontier towns, and past wide-open farmland. WEEKENDER riders are in for a two-day bike bash on the University of Oregon’s campus in Eugene and participants in Cycle Oregon’s women’s-only Joyride will soak up the scenery and camaraderie while exploring Willamette Valley wine country near McMinnville. In addition, an all-new event called Gravel has been announced that will take riders into the Tillamook State Forest exploring roads less pedaled.

Cycle Oregon’s signature ride, the Classic (September 8-15), will be heading to beautiful Eastern Oregon. Riders will cross paths with the Oregon Trail on their way to Wallowa Lake, spend time in Pendleton during the world-famous Round Up, and wind their way back home past towering mountains and sprawling farmland. This stunning ride will cover nearly 400 miles, passing through the communities of Baker City, Halfway, Joseph, Elgin, Pendleton and La Grande, before looping back to the starting point at Baker City.

The 2018 WEEKENDER ride (July 13-15), billed as two days of bikes, music and beer with great rides and good friends, starts in Eugene on the campus of the University of Oregon and explores the Willamette Valley northeast of Eugene on the first day and west of town on the second. Both days feature beautiful cycling roads rolling through forest and farm, hills and flats.  Riders can choose between short, medium, and long routes each day, making this event an ideal option for groups of friends or families. A kid’s bike camp will be offered both days.

The women’s-only Joyride (June 9) is a one-day bike ride that starts at the Stoller Family Estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley and travels through the surrounding countryside. There will be multiple routes offered, making it an accessible event for cyclists of all levels. Beyond the great roads, riders will enjoy great food, great wine, great music and sisterhood to round out the day.

The big surprise of the night was the introduction of a brand new event for 2018. Gravel will set up camp for this two-day event in the Tillamook State Forest near Timber, OR. This is the first time that Cycle Oregon has produced an event that seeks out unpaved roads. Each day riders can choose between different length routes traveling down very low traffic gravel roads, through stunning vistas and then return to camp for great meals, music, refreshing beverages and camaraderie.

“We’re especially excited to get back with our friends and back on our bikes this year for these four great events that offer something for just about anyone looking for two-wheeled adventure,” said Cycle Oregon executive director, Steve Schulz. “With all our riders, partners and volunteers we look forward to being able to take the concept of transforming lives and communities through cycling to a whole new level.”

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