ORbike is comprised of an amazing team of contributors who share their bike wisdom with us on a regular basis and explore new topics.
Join the team!
We’re looking for a few new people to join the ORbike team of contributors. Could you be one of them?
- An easy five articles a year
- Must be a self-starter who doesn’t require prompting to stay on deadline.
- A positive passion for bikes and a uplifting approach to cycling topics.
- You don’t need to be a hardcore cyclists, racer or a gear head to be an excellent contributor.
Dive on in!
For more information, please contact Ayleen@ORbike.com.
There’s not much I like more than snacks, so when I first came across the podcast Snack Parade, I knew I’d probably love it right away. And I did.
Leah and Natalie have framed their show around their loves of bikes, snacks and hanging out with each other. Because these two women are heavily involved in bike related activities (Leah as a shop owner and Natalie as a bike fitter and builder), bike commentary and knowledge seeps into the podcast, but the show is refreshingly light on the bikey-ness and heavy on the witty banter.
Their first episode is out now.
Article by Ayleen Crotty, AKA Snack Attack
About the Ride
Located on the Oregon/California border, the gorgeous Art of Survival Century on May 23 will take you on a journey through scenic farm country and spectacular sites including the first US National Wildlife Refuge, the Pacific National Monument and the Lava Beds National Monument where amazing geology and geography surround you on all sides.
About the Routes
There are plenty of options for everyone! This ride really has it all.
Choose from routes of 20-109 miles along mostly flat terrain and the quietest of rural roads, perfect for getting lost in the landscape.
Bring the entire family! The 20 mile route is family friendly and there’s even a mt. bike route through the Modoc National Forest.
Special Ride, Special Features
The Art of Survival Century highlights this incredible region with special ride features that make it a must-do ride.
This is not your average century ride! Ranger and Historian tours at each rest stop offering insight into the landscape and history of the region. They’ll let you know what you’ve passed in the previous leg, and what to look for on the road ahead.
Relax, and stay. Discounted lodging include a ranch stay, camping or standard hotels.
This event makes for a perfect weekend getaway with activities that include caves exploration, Crater Lake, wildlife viewing and additional road or off-road riding all within the area.
A Chance to Win Passes!
Do you get the ORbike newsletter? We hope so because it’s full of ride news and special discounts. The next newsletter will include a chance to win a pair of passes to the Art of Survival Century. Keep your eyes peeled – it comes out this week.
Date: May 23, 2015
Start: Tule Lake, California
Cost: $25-75, Depends on the route.
More info: SurvivalCentury.com
Routes: 109, 86, 40, 20
Terrain: Mostly flat road riding, with an optional 20 mile mt. bike course
Summary: A lovely bike ride that you probably haven’t done (this is the second year) and that you certainly don’t want to miss.
HOT TIP:Register before May 15 for the best price.
Muddy. Soupy. Sloppy, and a whole heck of a lot of fun.
The 4th Annual Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race in Newport (May 3) is an awesome challenge – a trek of straight up, straight down and slippery turns along a 12 mile course – with a double run of 24 miles for the experts and pros – and 1,600 ft. of elevation gain. The course varies from muddy to gravel with a lot of singletrack in between.
Pavement, shmavement. The Coast Hills Classic all about grueling greatness with plenty of opportunity for bragging rights. And if you like to get gritty on your mt. bike, you’re going to love it.
A Memorial Race, Revitalized
The course winds through gorgeous forested land, much of which is made possible because of generous access granted by private landowners. The race raises funds for a scholarship fund at the Newport Recreation Center that helps financially burdened families participate in youth activities.
The race is the revival of an event started by high school teacher Dave Campbell and a number of his students, including Ben Eder. Ben and his family kept the tradition alive for a number of years until a fateful day in 2001 when Ben died in a fishing accident at the young age of 21. Local volunteers now work alongside staff from the Newport Parks and Recreation Department to breathe new life into the race, formerly known as the Ben Eder Memorial.
Little Tykes, too
In the true spirit of a strong community, the race isn’t just for the most hardcore riders: there’s also an free race option for little tykes to test their mettle and get a taste of what mt. bike racing is all about. Age categories of 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10 will race on a short loop on a flat dirt area. The timed “Grommet” Race for older kids will take place on a modified five mile section of race course.
Sign up Early
The event starts at Wilder Newport Bike Park. Sign up in advance to save, but registration is also accepted on the day of the race.
Watch the Video
May 3, 2015.
Coast Hills Classic website >>
Early spring is the perfect time to get out to stretch your legs, give your bike some TLC and start to get ready for a busy summer of riding your bike.
Ride the Heart of the Valley on April 16th is a lovely spin through the Willamette Valley, stating from Corvallis. This cool ride is organized by a team of driven Veterinarian Medicine students dedicated to raising funds to help animals in need.
About the Routes
With routes of 12, 30 and 62 miles, this ride is a nice easy opener to start loosening your legs. Friends and family, of the two or four legged variety, can join in on the 5k Dog Walk and join you at the finish line.
Routes are relatively flat and travel along gorgeous low traffic roads.
From the producers, “In the last 10 years, 7,000 cyclists have lost their lives in motorist accidents. Our goal is to decrease this number. Share this video to help save a life.”