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A Bike-Themed Festival Like No Other

Gigantic Bicycle Festival | August 24-26 – Snoqualmie, WA

Get ready for a weekend party with a stunning backdrop.

Gigantic Bicycle Festival combines all the best into one relaxed weekend. The fun includes camping, live music from top regional acts, an outdoor film festival, yoga, a cyclocross race, a blueberry farm tour, NW bike builders, art displays and more.

There is also an optional ride on Saturday with 50 and 100 mile routes from Snoqualmie to Snohomish, though some of the most majestic areas of Washington State.

Let the towering mountains be your backdrop for this weekend of bike fun.

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Hop on a Brand New Ride

Luminosa | August 4 – Tualatin Valley

The brad new Luminosa by Morrison Child and Family Services is an opportunity to sneak away just outside of the city. The ride begins in Hillsboro before sprawling out into the wide open landscape of the Tualatin Valley. The Tualatin Valley is a region that begs you to slow down, breathe deeply and soak in the scenery. You’ll be surrounded by working farms, vineyards, hazelnut groves and a verdant valley. Farmers Markets and friendly folks abound in this special region.

The ride features three route options: 26 miles, 43 miles, and 62 miles (a metric century). The event begins and ends at Oak Knoll Winery where riders can enjoy lunch, beer and wine, live music.

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Pedal Through the Vineyards

Redgate Vineyard Ride | July 22 – Willamette Valley Wine Country

The Redgate Vineyard Ride is a gorgeous fun ride that tours four wineries in the Willamette Valley wine country. This lovely cruise features gourmet BBQ and a live band.

A Love of Music and Events

The event is organized by Redgate Vineyards, well known for their gorgeous property and love of live music. They regularly feature bands at their Fieldhouse event space, and these folks know how to have a good time.

Explore the Willamette Valley Wine Country

Select from routes of 30 or 47 miles, each one on low traffic farm roads through the gorgeous valley. In this region, you can barely blink without missing a vineyard. The landscape is gorgeous, lush and orderly with endless rows of budding fruit on the vine.

Over the past 20 year’s, Oregon’s wine culture has exploded. Wine overs from all over the globe flock to the region to soak in the beauty and sip world-famous pinot noir. This ride gives you the opportunity to pedal your way among some of the best as you sip and savor the day.

 

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The Best Mt. Bike Event for Women

Mt. Bike Oregon has been around for 14 years and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best mt. bike festivals.

But here’s something really special you may not know about this event: It’s just about the friendliest event for women.

Let’s All Shred Together

Mt. Bike Oregon isn’t a women’s only event, nor should it be. After all, plenty of men and women are friends (and sometimes more… oo-la-la) who love to shred together,

A Friendly Mt. Bike Event for Women

What I mean by it being a women friendly event is that this is a festival where women feel awesome being there, even when they’re there alone. How do I know? Well, secret’s out: I’ve been to Mt. Bike Oregon 17 times – since the event first started. Because of my role there, I talk with a lot of people and women go out of their way to tell me what a good time they’re having, how nice everyone is, how awesome they feel… even when they’re there alone.

There are women’s rides with in the event, super friendly attendees and the nightly beer garden under the stars is a fun event that’s just rowdy enough to feel like a party, without the late night antics that might ruin you for tomorrow’s ride

Shred Your Heart Out

So if you love hitting the trail and want to get some serious riding in this year, Mt. Bike Oregon is the perfect event for you.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Bikes and Pie!

BLACKBERRY BRAMBLE | August 5 – Eugene

Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) presents the 20th Anniversary of their signature ride, the seasonal Blackberry bRamble.

This fun ride has long been known for its scenic route, extraordinary food at rest stops,strong support and a lively celebration at the finish line.

Routes range from 5 miles to 100 miles – truly something for riders of all skill levels. You\’ll travel the best of Lane County roads exploring Wolf Creek and Orchard Point on well crafted routes planned by local experts.

Just like many other rides, the event features a finish line with beer, wine, music and dinner. So what sets this ride apart? SWIMMING! The ride ends at a swimming hole so pack your swim attire and get ready to stretch out those muscles as you cool off on the hot summer day.

And be sure to save room for pie – just like the name implies, this ride is all about the delicious blackberry pie and ice cream at the finish line. It\’s a gorgeous and tasty ride, all rolled into one full day of summertime fun.

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Oregon Has a New Mt. Bike Trail System!

Whiskey Run Grand Opening | June 9 – Southern Oregon Coast

There’s a brand new trail system in Oregon on the Southern Oregon Coast near Coos Bay!

Ribbons of clay dirt flow and wind through the Coos County Forest in these cross-country style trails. Moderate climbing and fun descending make this system worth the drive to the gorgeous Southern Oregon Coast. The trail system is located about 10 minutes from Bandon or Coos Bay off Highway 101, in the mists of the coastal forest.

The Whiskey Run Bike Festival celebrates these new mt. bike trails with an event featuring guided ride. The trails we extremely well suited to brand new riders and kiddos, as well as experienced speed demons.

After riding the trails on opening day, the celebration continues at Bandon Brewing with a huge party and a chance to meet other riders and trail lovers as you soak in this momentous occasion.

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Pedal Pedal is for Everyone

Petal Pedal | June 23 – Silverton

Do you have those friends who love to go fast, climb hills and ride all day long?

Do you have those friends who are new to riding and are curious (and maybe nervous) about riding more than 10 miles?

It may sound too good to be true, but we have the perfect ride for you. We’re huge fans of Petal Pedal, a gorgeous ride that takes place in the Willamette Valley every June.

About the Routes

30, 50, 70, 100 miles.  Those are your options.

Which one should you select? Well, we certainly recommend you select the 100 if you want some climbing and the “full experience” as it includes a gorgeous climb up to Silver Falls State Park, home to striking waterfalls.

All of the routes are stunning and serene as they traverse low-traffic farm roads. You’ll go miles without seeing a car. You’ll probably even see more tractors than cars for most of the time.

The 30 mile route is very approachable. Combined with the top-notch support Petal Pedal offers its riders, this is a fantastic way for someone new to riding to get started on a distance ride.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these routes. This is one of the best rides out there.

Here’s the bonus! The way the courses are laid out is rather ingenious: you may switch your route at any time! If you’re feeling stronger, go bigger. If you’re not feeling up to a big ride, dial it back a notch! The only aspect to be aware of is that each course has support designed to be in place during the time it would take both a fast and a relaxed ride to complete that course. If you pop onto a course early or late, that support may not be as robust.

Enjoy the Ride!

Whichever course you choose, enjoy the ride! Cruise past blooming fields of flowers, breath in the country air and relax with hundreds of your new best riding buddies. Pedal Petal is for everyone!

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You can find out more about the ride on their website.

PRO TIP: Save $5 when you use code ORBIKE-EBA18 during online registration.

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Crater Lake – Car Free!

Ride the Rim | September 8 and 15 – Crater Lake and Klamath Falls Region

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.

NO RIDE 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

SHUTTLE SERVICE: A FREE Shuttle Service picks up at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ and North Junction. The Shuttle travels both directions for the duration of the ride and has limited space each trip – only about 50 spaces.

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.

New this year!

The city of Klamath Falls loves supporting cyclists. That’s why this year they’re hosting a fun party after the ride, located in downtown Klamath Falls. After a rewarding day of riding, the after party and dinner is where all the riders will be hanging out. Don’t miss it!

 

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Slip Away to Canada – Washington – Idaho (WACANID)

WACANID | September 10-15 – Washington, Canada, Idaho

Simultaneously striking and unforgettable, the International Selkirk Loop is a stunning adventure. WACANID takes you on a six-day journey to traverse 370 miles of spectacular scenery – majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, rivers and North America’s longest free ferry ride.

It’s such a thrill to ride through two states and two countries on this exciting ride. The support is top notch and the other riders are friendly. WACANID is your chance to truly get away from it all on a ride you’ll remember for life.

  • Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the “Top 10 Scenic Destinations in the Northern Rockies”
  • Named “Best of the Roads” by Rand McNally Road Atlas
  • Named the “West’s Best Scenic Drive” by Sunset Magazine

The weather is mild, the traffic is light and most of the ride occurs on secondary highways whenever possible. You may not see a car for miles and miles as you pass through friendly communities. If you’re looking for a new ride this year,
we think we’ve got just the one.

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7 Tips for Getting Ride Ready

If you’re prepping for a big ride this summer, like perhaps one of the multi-day ride experiences presented by the ride experts at Cycle Oregon, a little organization goes a long way.

Here are a few of our top tips to ensure you’re ready with the big event comes.

1) Start riding now

We all say we’re going to train, but too often life gets in the way. Don’t let life get in the way! Make plans now with some friends. The accountability of planning with others works wonders. If you’re a regular distance riders, just a few good days on the bike will be all it takes to limber your legs in time for the ride.

2) Gather your posse

Supported rides are an excellent way to meet new riding buddies so if you don’t already have a posse, that’s okay! Rides around here are absolutely stuffed with awesome, friendly people.

But if you DO have friends who love to ride, bring them out for the event! It’s so fun to share the ride with friends.

3) Get your bike tuned up well in advance

Bike shops are busy in the summer. Bring your bike into your favorite shop at least three weeks prior to the ride to ensure there is plenty of time for basic maintenance and any special parts that might need to be ordered. The ride is so much sweeter on a well tuned ride!

4) Be confident: You’ve got this!

If you love riding your bike you’ll do well out there! Be confident in your legs and get OUT of your head. Endurance is all about the brain telling us we can or can’t keep going. What’s your brain going to tell you this season? We can’t answer that for you, but we can tell you “You Got This!”

5) Start eating well

Fuel your body for an awesome ride! It definitely pays to eat well the week prior to the ride, with heavy doses of protein, vegetable for nutrients and plenty of water. Try to incorporate healthy eating into your season to give yourself a stronger ride potential. It is amazing how much of a difference food can make.

6) Reward yourself!

If you’re riding hard, training and focusing on improving your rides, that’s awesome! Reward yourself with healthy and even not-so-healthy treats. A relaxing moment with a yummy treat to celebrate a job well done will help get you psyched for the next adventure. Positive rewards work!

7) Need a new ride idea?

Our calendar lists all sorts of rides happening all summer long.

The season of riding is NOW and Cycle Oregon offers some of the best support possible. You have enough to worry about in your daily life; let Cycle Oregon take care of your bike vacation details for you.

JOY RIDE | June 9
Wine Country. This one’s for the ladies (sorry, fellas, if you really want to be there you can volunteer at the event).

WEEKENDER | July 13-15
BEST WEEKEND EVAH! A weekend of daytime biking and nightly fun with on-site lodging and camping options.

CLASSIC | September 8-15
Stoic peaks frame the impossibly deep canyons of Eastern Oregon on this stunning ride. Bonus: The ride lands in Pendleton just in time for the Pendleton Roundup!

GRAVEL | October 5-7
This brand new two-day gravel fest takes you down the hidden roads less traveled to the west of Portland in the Tillamook State Forest.

 

 

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