NEW! Grit and Gravel at Survival Century

The Art of Survival Century on Memorial Day Weekend is a gorgeous and serene ride secreted away on the border of Oregon and California. In this world, the landscape knows no borders. Wildlife, rolling hills and cyclists weave between the two states.

And this year, on Day Two of the ride you’ll be crunching gravel the entire day.

All Gravel, All Day

We’ve declared 2018 the Year of Gravel. Up until now, the only gravel riding was done by individuals or in competitive settings. 2018 marks the first year that non-competitive organized (paid) gravel rides are happening – and that’s significant. We’re particularly excited that event organizers are finally catching on to the fact that gravel is best enjoyed in a non-competitive setting. After all, one of the best aspects about riding gravel is that you’re away from traffic, deeper into the rural area and more connected to the landscape.
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Some of the region’s very best gravel routes are in Doris, California, just outside of Klamath Falls. The Art of Survival Century planned three stunning routes for a full day of gravel exploration.

Explore the Gravel Routes

72, 54 and an 8-Mile Family Ride

72 MILE GRAVEL

54 MILE GRAVEL

If Gravel Isn’t Your Jam

Not into gravel? No problem! Day one of the ride is still a straight up traditional century ride, with paved routes, several course options and stunningly serene farm road routes.

EVENT BASICS

DATE:Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 + 27, 2018
Choose one day or sign up for both!
LOCATION: Tulelake, California
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Gorgeous and Burly: Oregon Triple Crown

One part race. One part challenge. Four parts super good ride time.

We love this Oregon Triple Crown ride series for the gorgeous scenery, challenging routes and very fun finish line celebrations. Because of the event format, you don’t need to be a speedy racer type to jump in and simply enjoy the rides.

Sign up to compete in each distinct individual event, or register for the entire series and vie for the Triple Crown Glory.

Have you gotten your Oregon Triple Crown pass yet? It saves you 15% on all the individual events, plus includes the ultra cool OTC jersey, shirt, socks and pint glass!

PRO TIP! Save $10 on the Series Pass when you use code ORbikelove

Ride Dates

Oregon Coast Gravel Epic | May 5 – Waldport, Oregon (60 or 37 Miles)

Sasquatch Duro | May 19 – Oakridge, Oregon (45 or 25 Miles )

Oregon Gran Fondo | June 2 – Cottage Grove, Oregon (137,117 or 71 or 42 Miles)

If that seems early and condensed, that’s because it is. The series used to be spread out for the entire season, but the event director, Mike Ripley, decided to mix things up with a new schedule this year. And so far, people are loving the concept of packing all that riding into a short period of time, guaranteed to set the tone for a burly summer of kick-ass riding.

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Hello Tour de Fronds!

Guest Article by rider John Barker

What’s up in Powers these days? Is it the track team at the high school (enrollment 35) working to improve on its second-place finish at state last year – and that’s without a school track! They practice on the streets and roads of Powers, ignoring stop signs while looking both ways.

But, this article is not about that phenomenon; it’s just indicative of the spirit in Powers, the spirit that drives the town as it prepares and presents the Tour de Fronds. This year’s 21st edition is on June 16. It’s not just a cycling event, it’s really three days of fun with heavy breathing the second day. That’s why it was voted OrBike’s Best Ride in 2016 and why the 2011 Cycle Oregon riders loved their overnight there so much.

Friday night is a spaghetti feed at the county park with live local music, Saturday is the ride and a fabulous dinner following the ride (think berry cobbler), then a pancake breakfast on Sunday. The drive home frankly is kind of a downer.

There are seven rides to choose from, the shortest being the 30-mile out and back over mild rollers along the Coquille River to Daphne Grove. Or, you can continue past Daphne Grove to Eden Valley, which is just as beautiful and quiet as the name implies, for a 63-mile round trip. Or, keep going past the Eden Valley rest stop to Arrasta Saddle for a 77-mile ride that climbs to a ridge with a rest stop on top, the only kind of ridge, right!

For the young, the strong or the delusional, go over Arrasta Saddle and complete the Mahaffey Century named for the 75+ year old local legend who you might pass on the ride, but you might not. He rides like it’s milking time for the cowherd he tends.

If you’re not in Mahaffey’s league, do what I do – ride the Rogue River-Singing Springs option. It’s 71 miles and 5,500’ feet of climbing over Agness Pass, then six miles down a bumpy gravel road until you get to the smoothest pavement I’ve ridden on. There you can stop at Foster Bar and put your feet (or all of you) in the Rogue, dry off and ride that smooth pavement down to Singing Springs Resort for lunch on the patio looking over the river as mail boats and rafters go by. After lunch, hop on and ride up the gradual 11-mile climb to Agness Pass. Stop at the cold-water spring that’s about 2/3 of the way up, as if a Hollywood producer said ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have a cold-water spring coming out of the bank next to the road here’ for a scene in a wilderness movie. When you get to the top at Agness Pass, you can just about coast back to Powers.

If you want a ride option with more gravel, try Big Tree-Flannagan Prairie. I haven’t yet because of the addiction to the Rogue River-Singing Springs ride. For both those rides, it’s a good idea to use 32s for tires, although I did the ride with 28s last year without problems.

If you like a cycling event where there is only occasional car or pickup traffic, the Tour de Fronds might not be for you – there isn’t even enough traffic to call it ‘occasional.’

Well worth a lot of effort to get there and when you leave you’ll start thinking about next year.

RIDE BASICS

DATE: June 16, 2018
LOCATION: Powers, Oregon
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Help Send Filmed by Bike to SXSW

The Filmed by Bike film festival was started in 2003 as a way to get people excited about bikes and to celebrate the creative Portland bike community. Founder and Director Ayleen Crotty (also ORbike’s editor) says she never imagined the festival would grow to where it is today, with film submissions from all over the world.

Now, in its 16th year, the festival is headed to SXSW in Austin this March.

A POPUP AT SXSW

Filmed by Bike will be hosting a popup event in the heart of SXSW to share a bit of bike culture with the 72,000 attendees of this expansive event, with a side goal of exporting little PDX style.

As a niche film festival, Filmed by Bike says they don’t have the budget for this large scale endeavor. That’s why they launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds necessary to make the project a reality.

You can read more and make a donation on their Indiegogo fundraising page.

About Filmed by Bike

Filmed by Bike features the world’s best bicycle-themed movies. Every May in Portland they host a film festival weekend at the Hollywood Theatre. Their movie collections then tour worldwide throughout the year with more than 30 tour dates in the works for 2018.

Many of the touring shows are hosted as fundraisers for non-profit organizations, similar to the model of the Banff Film Fest.

The 2018 festival is May 4-6 and the Launch Party is March 1 at NW Documentary.

Filmed by Bike Launch Party

Introducing the 16th Annual Filmed by Bike Film Festival

May 4-6, 2018 – Hollywood Theatre – Portland

The Filmed by Bike film festival features the world’s best bike bike movies. Every year they host an expansive film festival weekend in Portland, then their movie collections go on tour year round throughout the world. The Portland event is filled with film screenings, filmmaker chats, bike rides, a street party and more.

Festival Launch Party!

Filmed by Bike has exciting features in store for this year’s festival, including some big changes! Head to the Festival Launch Party to find out more.

  • The unveiling of the Festival Trailer with filmmaker Lars C. Larsen in attendance.
  • Free beer from Base Camp Brewing.
  • Discounted pricing on Festival Passes.
  • Tickets go on sale with early bird pricing.
  • A showcase of Festival Trailers from over the years.
  • Exciting news about what’s in store for this year’s festival.
  • Poblano Food Truck
  • Check out the cool NW Documentary Screening Hall and learn more about what this impressive organization does year round.

RSVP (optional)

Event Details

DATE: Thursday, March 1
LOCATION: NW Documentary – 6 NE Tillamook (at Williams) in Portland
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
PROGRAM: Begins at 6:45 pm
FREE!
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It’s COSTUME Time!

You know why the weather has been so nice lately? Because the Worst Day of the Year Ride is almost here.

Most years the ride features relatively mild weather and an excellent time on two wheels.

Wig Out

The best way to guarantee the ride will be fun is to come in costume. Check out our gallery below for inspiration. Even if you’re riding the 40-miler, riding in costume makes this ride ten times more fun. Okay, maybe not ten times, but definitely a lot more fun.

PRO TIP: For maximum fun, your wig goes OVER your helmet, not under.

What are your plans for this year’s ridiculously fun ride?

Ride Basics

Sunday, February 11
Various route options – from 4-40 miles.
Rest stops paced frequently along the way
The 40-miler is an approachable fun route, but MAN that Old Germantown Road can be a doozie this early in the season!
Optional pre-ride party on Saturday February 10
Finish line party
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Costume Gallery

How to Beat the Winter Doldrums

WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE
February 11 – Portland

Just when it seems the rain will just never end, magically the skies open up and everyone comes out to play in the streets of Portland. Or so it seems when the Worst Day of the Year Ride rolls around.

Every year this beloved event inspires people to peel themselves off the couch and head out for a day of fun on two wheels…rain or shine.

This Awesome Ride Just Keeps Getting Better

Here are some of our favorite new features:

  • Deluxe Hot Cocoa Bar at the Finish Line Party.
    A tasty way to indulge and warm up after the ride.
  • 1/2 Price Family Ride – a 4-mile route.
    Introduce the little ones to this Portland tradition.
  • Kids under 12 ride for free.
    Whether they’re riding the 4-Mile Course or they’re up for a bigger challenge, all kids under 12 ride free this year, so bring the whole family! And their friends! And the entire Girl Scout Troop! What a fun way to all be together for the day.
  • If You’re Not in Costume, You’re Missing Out!

    PRO TIP: Your wig looks better over (not under) your helmet
    You could slip on all of your standard riding apparel and have a good experience on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, but you’d be missing the point… and missing out.

    The Worst Day of the Year Ride was founded as an event that wanted to celebrate the wacky spirit of Portland, rain or shine. Since the very early years, riders have arrived in wild get-ups as they strive to win first place in the coveted Costume Contest.

    But if assembling a complex group theme just isn’t your thing, we recommend you at least wear a wig and a cape – two of the easiest pieces of costumery to acquire. At home, you might feel silly. Riding out your front door past the neighbors, perhaps even sillier. But trust us on this one: as soon as you roll up to the start line, you will know you’ve found your tribe.

    If we’ve learned anything from this crazy ride over the years, it’s that a sea of costumed riders is a powerful force in driving away the winter blues.

    We can’t wait to see what you’re wearing on February 11!

    Riding For a Cause

    Helping get more people on bikes has never been more fun!
    The Worst Day of the Year Ride is a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit organization that broadens access to bicycles. They’re known for their many successful youth programs, such as the Holiday Bike Drive, a STEM Education Bicycle Mechanics program and their ultra fun Summer Bike Camps.

    Simply by riding your bike in the Worst Day of the Year Ride, you’re supporting their admirable work in the community, and we think that’s pretty special. Learn more about them at the finish line.

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    See You Out There!

    ORbike ambassadors Ayleen, Stephanie, Mark, Greg and a few others will be out there! You’ll recognize us as the people stuffing as many tater tots as we can in our pockets before departing from the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse rest stop (40-mile route).

    Ride Basics

    Various route options – from 4-40 miles.
    Rest stops paced frequently along the way
    The 40-miler is an approachable fun route, but MAN that Old Germantown Road can be a doozie this early in the season!
    Register early and save
    Optional pre-ride party on Saturday
    Finish line party
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Portland Winter Lights Festival

February 1-3 – Portland

Bundle up and celebrate the power of lights! The Portland Winter Lights Festival is a dazzling opportunity to explore Portland at night with illuminated displays, kinetic fire sculptures and interactive installations all over the city.

This event is absolutely magical, and it’s free.

More than 100 artists and organizations are involved. The Filmed by Bike film festival is hosting a bike-themed installation along North Williams at Tillamook where their animated characters will dance in the bike lane.

On Friday, join in on the Illumiated Bike Ride, a three-mile group ride with wild lights and sound systems.

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FILMED BY BIKE INSTALLATION→
BIKE RIDE DETAILS→

Live the Revolution: Bike. Love. Stories

Friday, February 9th
Alberta Abbey, Portland Oregon
Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm

Every year in celebration of their anniversary Sugar Wheel Works hosts a big-ole party, and you’re invited! Head out for a hilarious night of bike stories told live from the stage of the Alberta Abbey Theater in Portland. This event is co-hosted by Jude Gerace of Sugar Wheel Works and Leah Benson of Glady’s Bikes. The night is a fundraiser for The Street Trust, a non-profit organization working hard to make the streets safer for all.

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PRESENTERS

We’ve been sworn to secrecy by the four incredible storytellers, promising on our hearts that we won’t tell you what they’ll be talking about from the stage. But where’s the fun in that? We’re just too excited – so here’s a little taste!

DAVE GUETTLER

Owner, River City Bicycles and woodworker
“I suck at riding a bike. There is nothing I do well while riding a bike.”
He’s well known for running one of the largest bike shops in the US, but did you know that Dave likes riding his bike to airports… by himself… along freeways?

MOMOKO SAUNDERS

Co-Founder of Bike Farm and Operations Director for BIKETOWN
“I’m constantly amazed by where my bike has taken me; the many mountains, countries, carreers, relationships.”
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to build commuinty and shed light on isolation. Turns out it’s actually really good to need help.

KEYONDA MCQUARTERS

Local Shero for Black Girls Do Bike PDX
“I’m falling in love with riding a bike.”
How do we make the bike community more equitable, welcoming and accessible? Keyonda has a few ideas to share. Oh no this is not her first rodeo, Keyonda is a veteran of the stage with storytelling stints and open mic nights in her hometown of Chicago.

JOCELYN GAUDI QUARRELL

Founder of Komorebi Cycling Team and Director of Marketing and Sales for Portland Design Works.
She founded an adventurous cycling team and she’s organizing the big WTF Bikexplorers Campout this summer, but what happens when this rugged adventurer finds herself on the grueling road with some strangers… and things don’t go so well?

Group Riding Etiquette

We originally posted this article a while back, but decided to pull it back out because so many of our readers have told us this info has been very helpful for them.

While every group ride is different, there are some basic rules to follow if you don’t want to be pegged as dangerous or, worse, not be invited back again. Depending on the amount of traffic and the local laws, most groups ride single file or two-abreast. The latter makes for nice conversation and makes it a bit quicker for cars to pass. Sometimes though, a group simply has to ride single file.

By following a few simple rules, group rides become more fun, less dangerous, and more effective cycling for everyone!

This is general info based on the commonly accepted etiquette. You will find that when participating in a big ride like one of the Cycle Oregon experiences, you’ll be glad to know these guidelines so you can be a good steward of the road.

Be sure to check with the ride to see if they have additional guidelines, too. If it’s a club/group ride, simply ask, “Is there anything about your riding style I should know?” If it’s a supported ride like Cycle Oregon, check their guidelines. For safety reasons, they may restrict the number of people who can be in a pace line (Cycle Oregon does).

Rule #1: Be a good guest.

If you are invited to ride with a new group, show up on time. As the group if there’s anything you should know about their group riding style. Also, don’t go immediately to the front and try to drop them. They probably invited you because they want to talk to you and get to know who you are. If they are constantly chasing you, that is impossible. Go for the occasional sprint (if they tell you it’s coming), otherwise just relax and enjoy the ride.

Rule #2: Ride in a straight line.

There are few things more frightening on a group ride than someone who has trouble holding a smooth line. Wobbly riding by one individual is magnified as you go down the line, so bend your arms, breathe and stay relaxed while making sure you aren’t too close to the wheel in front of you.

Rule #3: Avoid braking constantly.

Look ahead and not down at the wheel in front of you. Learn to feel where you are in relation to the rider ahead. One way to make sure you keep your distance from the wheel of the rider in front of you is to gently move to the left into the wind for a moment or two. Catching a bit of wind on your chest will often slow you down enough to avoid having to touch your brakes.

Rule #4: When you are in front on a gentle descent, keep pedaling.

The riders behind you are already coasting in this situation. If you coast too, they will certainly have to brake. They may have to anyway, but if you keep a bit of pressure on, they will have to brake less and the whole group will stay happier.

Rule #5: Point out obstacles.

This could easily be rule #1 because it is so important. When you see a hole/stick/gravel/car-pulling-out-of-driveway ahead, point it out to the riders behind you as you smoothly move to avoid it. Simply pointing your finger down usually does the trick, but you might also want to yell out the hazard.

Rule #6: Look where you are going.

We have all spent time, tongue hanging out, staring desperately at the rear hub of the rider in front, but that’s racing! On a group spin, keep your eyes up and look ahead. Learn to gauge, without actually looking, the distance between your front wheel and the wheel ahead of you.

Rule #7: Leave Room

If you’re riding with skilled riders you know, you can hang tightly on the wheel in front of you. But for supported distance rides, you fully of strangers, leave ample stopping distance. Do not trust the person in front of you to stop in time. If you crash into someone, it is your fault for following too closely.

When riding in a tight group, stand up smoothly. Once in a while, it’s nice to get up out of the saddle for a bit. When you do this, your bike naturally moves back a bit. So, to avoid taking out the person behind you, who is no doubt carefully observing rules #1-6, make sure you do it carefully by leaving a bit of room before giving the pedals one hard push as you stand.

Rule #8: Warn your fellow riders.

If you are in the back and you hear a car approaching from behind, just say “Car back.” If you are in front on a narrow road with no center line and you see a car approaching, say “Car up.” If you are somewhere in the middle, pass it on. Simple!

Rule #9: Slow down after you rotate off the front.

One thing often seen on group rides is lead riders pulling off only to stay at the same speed. This forces the next riders to go even faster. Naturally, this only works for so long before someone can’t go that fast and the group begins to separate. When you rotate off the front, simply ease back a bit with the pressure you apply to the pedals. When everyone does this, a paceline flows smoothly and motion becomes poetry.

Rule #10: Share the road.

Cars definitely don’t add to the fun of any ride, but we all use public roads so we have to share. Keep right, obey the rules of the road, be courteous towards other road users and ride predictably. Support your local bike advocacy organization (here it’s the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) – they help keep the roads safe.


Adnan Kadir is a USAC-certified Level 1 cycling coach who believes that in sport, as in life, it is important to strike a balance between the various aspects of what one does. Adnan has been a competitive cyclist and triathlete for nearly 25 years. His full-time coaching practice can be found at AeolusEndurance.com

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