Ride McKenzie Pass – CAR FREE!

CREST THE CASCADES | June 16 – Sisters

McKenzie Pass is of the most scenic areas in Oregon, but the road is only open three months of the year. The narrow, winding pass climbs up and over a moon-like terrain covered in lava rock with 360 degree striking mountain views. It’s the kind of ride that reminds you of your place in the world – that we are just one small part of an incredible natural wonder that is vast. And intriguing. And gorgeous.

The climb is challenging, and on-so-rewarding. There is a quiet out there you won’t find many other places; the slight whir of your tires on pavement, a bird in the distance, the wind gently moving through the trees. It’s you and your bike – slow and steady as you climb the manageable grade.

Crest the Cascades (formerly the Ride for Two Rivers) is your opportunity to ride McKenzie Pass car free – the very best way to experience this magical region.

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Escape the Crowds on Survival Century

  • Great routes
  • A free weekend
  • A new region to explore
  • A destination location
  • Route distances and elevation
  • Friendly + plentiful support

These days, there are so many great rides to choose from. How do you pick? The Art of Survival Century on May 26+27 is a ride that ticks all the right boxes.

So just what makes this ride so special?

Tucked Away Where People Are Nice

For one, it’s tucked away. We mean really tucked away. Located outside of Klamath Falls on the border of Oregon and California, the ride is a hidden gem. You’ll go miles without seeing a car, and when they do come by they give cyclists a wide berth. We asked one of the rest stop volunteers about this last year and he said that’s nothing special, “That’s just how the drivers are here.” Out in the country. Where people are nice.

Our Ride Experience

We ride this event every year and can’t say enough good things about it. Rest stops feature homemade granola bars, the volunteers are outstanding, the routes are serene and the birdlife is extraordinary. The region is wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary. Driving there in the early evening prior to the ride, a sea of birds dove all around our car along a four mile stretch we had all to ourselves – and the birds.

We camped on site at the fairgounds, and were treated to a restful sleep, hot showers and few other campers. Best of all there was no charge and we were just steps from the start line.

A Ride You Can’t Forget

This is one of those rides you simply can’t forget. Make a weekend of it, take the time to get there, and plan to explore after the ride.

Ride Details

The Art of Survival Century was named the Fifth Best Bike Ride in Oregon in ORbike’s riders’ poll and it’s no wonder why.

New this year, there is an optional gravel ride on day two!

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Celebrate the Rose City by Bike!

PORTLAND CENTURY | August 19 – Mt. Hood Community College

Celebrate Portland on the city’s signature ride, Portland Century!

Fall in love with Portland all over again as you pedal your cares away for a rewarding day.  This ride is all about the Rose City of Bikes.

Consider we are such an amazing city for bikes, it’s not surprising that this ride really goes the extra mile for riders, especially this year. The ride is under new event management and the new organizers are well known for their keen attention to detail – ensuring riders have a spectacular time every pedal stroke of the way. We’re excited to see a fresh burst of energy being injected into this beloved event.

PRO TIP: Use code “ORBIKE-EBA18” during online registration to save $5!

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2 Special Days of Car Free Crater Lake

Ride the Rim | September 8 + 15 – Crater Lake

Ride the Rim is a spectacular opportunity to ride Crater Lake the best way possible – without cars! This gorgeous natural wonder is absolutely stunning, and riding the rim without the chaos of cars is a very special experience.

Oh, but you won’t be alone! Named the 9th Best Bike Ride in Oregon in the ORbike Riders’ Poll, this is certainly a favorite ride among many people. The two car-free days attract huge crowds of friendly cyclists at the free event,.

Mark your calendar early and carve out some time for this awesome event. You have two weekends to choose from: September 9th and September 16th

RIDE TIMES: 8am to 6pm, East Rim Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic. The East Rim can take roughly four hours to complete, give or take a hour based on individual experience levels. Please plan accordingly.

FEE: FREE! Registration (Park Admission Fees still apply-$15)

RIDE PROFILE: Approximately 25 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

RIDE SUPPORT: 5 rest stops

Shade
Snacks
Restrooms
Bike Pump
Friendly People
Waste Receptacles
Basic First Aid Kit
Basic Bike Repair Tools
Encouragement & Support
Hydration (bring refillable bottles)

NOTE: There is no support vehicle on this free ride.

PARKING: Vehicle Parking is located at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ (larger parking lot) and North Junction

NEW THIS YEAR: The organizers have planned after party and reservable dinner back in Klamath Falls with live music. It’s where everyone gathers after the ride!

BIKE VALET: Ride the Rim offers a free bike valet at the North Junction and Park HQ while you fetch your car in the opposite parking lot using the FREE Shuttle Service.

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Sneak Away to Hidden Routes

THE VINEYARD TOUR | September 9 – Roseburg

The riders of the Umpqua Velo Cycling Club have been blissfully enjoying some of the best routes in our state for many years. They know all the best the hidden gems, winding roads and backcountry roads nestled in their down-state region.

And now, these generous riders are sharing all their secrets with us. The Vineyard Tour is a gorgeous ride through the Umpqua Valley. You’ll cruise along lightly traveled roads as you pass by dozens of vineyards, wineries, forests, fields and orchards.

Select from routes of 15 to 100 miles, each one a delightful tour. For the full experience, opt for the full century. This route meanders along the powerful and scenic Umpqua River and and includes four optional winery stops. With only 3,200 feet of elevation gain, this is a very approachable and well supported century ride.

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Petal Pedal: Blooming Fields of Flowers

The cold, snowy days of our crazy winter are officially over and all around there are plants in bloom.

But you’ve never truly seen flower power until you’ve ridden through the Silverton area in June with entire fields are bursting with flowers. What a perfect place to ride a bike, and Petal Pedal on June 23rd is the best way to traverse the Willamette Valley’s roads less traveled.

Those Legs Love You, or Love You Not…

Like a flower, the ride features interlocking petal loops that give you the choice of how far you ride without having to make that decision in advance. Cruise through the gorgeous landscape, and let your legs tell you where to go. Feeling strong? Keep riding. Itching for a beer? Head off to the finish line.

About the Petal Route Options

30-miles
A lovely flat ride past farms, fields and flowers that passes through the covered Gallon House Bridge.

50-miles
Extend the 30-mile route with some rolling hills and river crossings.

70-miles
Explore the broadest section of the valley WITHOUT the climb to Silver Falls.

100-miles

The whole shabang. Starts with a climb to Silver Falls. Enjoy panoramic views, then an extended high-speed descent before rejoining the 70-milers.

Generous Support

With onsite lodging, an awesome dinner, free Hopworks beer, extremely gorgeous courses, free bike checks, breakfast, lunch and snacks all included, Petal Pedal makes for a perfectly relaxing ride. Plan to spend the weekend riding the region and exploring the quaint town of Silverton, widely regarded as the friendliest town in Oregon.

Pro Tips

1) Register in advance to save big.
2) Bring three friends and you’ll ride free.
3) Save $5 when you use code ORBIKE-EBA18

Ride Basics

Saturday, June 23rd

30, 50, 70, 100 miles with plenty of combos along the way

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and a gourmet dinner.

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Cruising for a (Fantastic) Cause

Ride to Defeat ALS – 7/14 – Mt. Angel

Many of us hop on our bikes without a second thought, but for those who can’t pedal, there’s Ride to Defeat ALS, an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease. This devastating disease eventually takes people’s lives after a long and painful decline in mobility.

But there is great hope! There is so much that can be done to support people living with the disease, to make their lives more comfortable, to provide them with increased mobility options and to to support their loved ones who tirelessly care for them. Those good efforts come thanks to the National ALS Association and Ride to Defeat ALS is your opportunity to support their impactful work.

This ride is a gorgeous odyssey through the hushed open landscape around Mt. Angel on the edge of Portland. Sign up for this important ride and be a part of the movement for those who can’t.

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Tour de Blast

June 17 – Mount St. Helens

The eruption of Mount St. Helens was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States, but in the aftermath we are left with a striking landscape and an intriguing region to explore.

Tour de Blast takes you on a journey through the “blast zone” on an intense ride that’s both challenging and rewarding. It’s one of those rides you’ll forever feel proud to have accomplished, and you most certainly will never
forget those amazing views.

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Filmed by Bike Film Festival

May 4-6 – Hollywood Theatre – Portland

Portland is one of the coolest bike cities in the world, and the Filmed by Bike film festival is certainly one of the reasons why.

The festival features the world’s best bike movies with six distinct themed programs playing over the course of three days. Just what makes these films the best in the world? The festival spends eight months hunting for movies and a panel of jurors reviews them all to select the very best. This year’s jury included notables such as Chris King of Chris King Precision Components and Barry Braverman, a Director of Photography involved with many Wes Anderson projects.

Street Party

Filmed by Bike is an inventive arts and culture event, with bike-themed activities all long. Our favorite is the Street Party on opening night. New this year, the part will take place in the street in front of the Hollywood Theatre.

  • Beer garden
  • Street dancers
  • Photo booth
  • XRAY.fm DJs
  • Food trucks
    + much more!

Festival Pass: See it All!

With a wealth of movies and activities all weekend long, the Festival Pass is by far the best way to experience Filmed by Bike. You’ll save money, get access to exclusive activities and be able to reserve your tickets in advance.

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Flower Power on Petal Pedal!

Petal Pedal is a stunning ride with four beautiful routes that meander through the Willamette Valley. This much revered event is considered one of the best organized rides in Oregon.

Petal Pedal highlights the Willamette Valley’s gorgeous scenery, tours low-traffic roads and provides unrivaled support.

Registration includes admission to The Oregon Garden, live music, a fully supported ride with delicious stops along the route and a gourmet dinner with unlimited wine and beer. This ride is particularly perfect for friends who love to ride but have different distance preferences. You can choose from 30, 50, 70 and 100-mile routes – which means there’s a little something for everyone.

The ride is capped at 1,500 and is expected to sell out.

Ride Basics

DATES: June 23
LOCATION: Silverton, Oregon
HIGHLIGHTS: Gorgeous routes, amazing start/finish location, premier support, fun finish line party
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