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Oregami is excited to help get more people out on The Classic this year, so they’re raffling off one free entry through their website. Enter by August 15 and you could be going to The Classic, Cycle Oregon’s incredible week-long ride September 9-16 in Central Oregon.

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Savor Those Sweet Summer Rides

This article series is presented by the Harvest Century on September 27

We hate to say it, but if we’re not careful, summer will be over before we know it.

That’s why we’re huge advocates of thoughtfully savoring our sweet summer rides.

Signing up for a supported ride is a big deal and being out there for the physical challenge of the day is utterly rewarding. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, physical exertion, ride logistics and other aspects that come up during a big event. When you’re so distracted, you can miss out on the true beauty of the experience

That’s why we’ve put together some tips for savoring the moment on your summer rides.

1. Plan ahead

We know how it is. You PLANNED to plan ahead, but then life got in the way. Really? Life? Doesn’t it ALWAYS get in the way? Make this the summer that you don’t let work and life hassles distract you from preparing for your ride.

Early in the week before your ride, stay up a little later or forgo TV watching and other distractions. Spend that time prepping for your ride. Lay out your gear, check your bike and make sure you know where you’re headed on the morning of the ride. These small preparations can go a long way toward making you feel more relaxed on the morning of the ride.

2. Take a moment to relax and look around you.

Sure, the scenery is stunning, but we think start lines and finish line parties are pretty magic, too. Before you head out and upon your return, take a moment to look around you. It’s a sea of fellow bike lovers who are probably as excited as you are to be there. They, like you, worked hard for it. These are your people.

We also like to take in the setting. Some start/finishes are more scenic than others. The Harvest Century takes place in the heart of Downtown Hillsboro – we think that’s pretty cool. The Survival Century takes place at the fairgrounds in teeny tiny Tulelake, California, just outside of Klamath Falls. We love the contracts of a sea of riders with these settings.

3. Meet other riders

Yeah, like it or not – this is your tribe! We wear funny tight clothes, put a bowl on our heads and pedal for miles on end. Your fellow supported event riders understand your passion. Get to know them. You’ll be surprised how awesome most of them are – and you might even make a new riding (or drinking) buddy out of the lot!

4. Stop for the views and photos

It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of a personal record or getting to the finish line by a certain time, but don’t do that at the expense of missing some of scenic viewpoints! After all, the charm of riding a gorgeous ride is sinking into the landscape and truly experiencing the scenery. Take the time to do that, and take some pictures while you’re at it!

5. Get to know the ride supporters

Not all ride organizers will have the time to talk with you during the event, but the volunteers likely will. Take the time to thank and get to know the people who are making the ride happen. It’s an awesome way to remember more about the ride. Plus, knowing the people behind the event is a cool way to understand more about the grand adventure you’re a part of.


The Harvest Century closes off the riding season with a huge celebration and ride on September 24 in Hillsboro. MORE INFO >

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Cool Route: Tilikum Crossing

The holidays are coming! If you’ve got relatives in town, this is a perfect ride for those who are not used to riding on busy city streets. This ride really packs a punch, city views, river views and plenty of very cool Portland features as you check out the new Tilikum Crossing: The Bridge of the People.

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This route comes from the Best Bike Rides in Portland book by ORbike editor Ayleen Crotty and published by Falcon Guides.

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COOL ROUTE: Molalla Tour

16 miles
Moderate difficulty

The Little Molalla tour offers beginners a chance to enjoy both small-town Oregon and rural scenery on quiet secondary roads. On the outskirts of town the route takes riders through the outstanding Ivor Davies Nature Trail and then past Rosse Posse Acres, a working elk farm that includes a petting zoo and a bed-and-breakfast. Once out of town, enjoy the panoramic views of rolling farmland surrounding Molalla. There are several small climbs involved.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light

Seasons: All

Start/End Point: Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th Street, Molalla.

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This route comes to us courtesy of Ride Oregon, Travel Oregon’s subsidiary website devoted to cataloging great rides.

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Ride Crater Lake – CAR FREE!

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

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.

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Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

BIKE SCOUT | August 27 – Portland

It’s a game. On two wheels. On the streets of Portland.

Though there are great bike cities all over the world, none of them quite match Portland’s wildly fun creative spirit. That’s why we love the annual Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt – a hilarious game of strategy and antics only loosely based on the concept of a scavenger hunt.

Over the years this event has grown into a beloved game with troops coming back to defend their titles, strategize intensely and truly dig into finer aspects of the game – all for the fun of it. There are generous prize packages for the champions, and winning categories are largely based on creativity and antics, as well as merited completion of the actual game.

Of all the creative events in Portland, Bike Scout is one is simply one of the best. Register your troop today.

PRO TIP: Save $5 when you use code “orbike” during online registration.

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Canada, Washington and Idaho by Bike!

WACANID | September 11-16 – 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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How To Choose a Bike Ride

This article series is presented by the Harvest Century on September 21

The event calendar in Oregon is getting increasingly crowded. As the only statewide calendar of bike events, we’ve really seen an exciting explosion in new events over the years.

It’s not always easy to make your decision about what rides to sign up for, so we thought we’d put together some tips for choosing the best bike rides.

1. Find a date that works

Plain and simple: If you’re not free that day, you’re not going on the ride. When you visit the ride’s website, immediately sign up for the newsletter if that’s an option. Even if you can’t do the ride this year, you’ll be on the notification list of next year so you can mark your calendar early.

2. Where is the ride located?

Is is an area you’ve never before explored? Is it your favorite location? Are you willing to drive to the start line (we say ALWAYS YES!!!). Think about the riding region and what you’ll see on this ride.

3. What are the routes like?

Consider the distance options: do you see an option you like? Is there a longer route to challenge yourself?

What do the route maps and descriptions look like? Do you get a sense that you’ll be on low-traffic routes with scenic views? Don’t spend too much time concerning yourself with a lot of detail here. In our experience, most of the ride organizers in Oregon do an phenomenal job of finding great routes.

4. What kind os support does the ride offer?

Will there be frequent rest stops? Cruise through the website and the FAQ or info page (hopefully there is one). Do you get a sense that the ride is well supported and the organizers are well prepared to give you an awesome day on your bike?

5. What’s included?

What are the special ride features? Is lunch included? Breakfast? A party?

6. Are your friends free that day?

Rides are always more fun when you’ve got your favorite riding buddies along for the day, but don’t let a lack of friends deter you from signing up for rides Supported rides are a fantastic place to meet new people, gain new riding buddies and have a fun day chatting with other people who share your love of bikes.

7. Who is behind the ride?

We’re huge fans of small town rides lead by local volunteers and riding clubs. In fact, Tour de Fronds won the award for Best Bike Ride in Oregon and it’s a completely volunteer run event, tucked away in Southern Oregon woods of Powers, Oregon.

Give these rides a chance. They often need the ridership more than the big rides and every rider makes a difference.

8. Throw caution to the headwind!

If nothing else, through the ride names in a hat and pick a bunch. With a wealth of fantastic rides in Oregon, you really can’t go wrong!


The Harvest Century closes off the riding season with a huge celebration and ride on September 24 in Hillsboro. MORE INFO >

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The Vineyard Tour

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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Tour de France: Every Second Counts

The 104th edition of the Tour de France is currently underway, having started in Düsseldorf; with Marcel Kittel winning stage 11, and Chris Froome retaining an overall lead. With 10 stages left, it’s anyone’s game.

Timekeeping is an important aspect of the Tour de France. With Tissot, Official Timekeepers of the Tour de France and all cycling time trials by the Amaury Sport Organisation, keeping track of the seconds and minutes between cyclists. Official timekeeping means the true Tour de France champion will prevail. The Watch Gallery has created a useful infographic detailing the Tour de France in numbers, and how important it is to have innovative timekeeping systems at all time trials.

When it comes to the final stages, every second counts. The last leg (stage 21), will, for the first time, have Marseille welcome an individual time trial set on mostly flat, urban roads, minus the climb up towards the Notre-Dame-de-la-Grade cathedral before finishing at the Champ-Elysees. This time-trial will be the final opportunity to witness a shift in the leader board; it’s also prime opportunity for the cycling sprinters to shine.

When it comes to the importance of timekeeping, the most notable case is of the 1989 Tour de France win, where Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon were separated by a mere eight seconds. This is the narrowest winning margin in history, and proves that the best timekeeping measures must be in place. With the Tour de France being a 21-stage bicycle race, broadcast to 190 countries worldwide, keeping tabs on each competitors time makes for a smooth championship.

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