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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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Jensie Gran Fondo

JENSIE GRAN FONDO | October 7 – Marin County

When the Pacific Northwest rains start falling, we head south for one of the most gorgeous rides in the part of the country, the Jensie Gran Fondo on October 7 in Marin County.

Spend an awesome and memorable day with Jens Voigt, arguably the most fun guy in pro cycling, on his namesake ride. You’ll be treated to a Pro Tour level adventure with plenty of on course support.

Ride along the world-class roads of Marin County with notable views of Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. Select the Shut Up Legs Route (100 miles, 8,055 ft of elevation) to experience some of the very best climbs in all of California. Other routes include a 70-mile with 4,445 ft and a 40-mile with a mere 2,520 ft.

Ample rest stops feature tasty regional treats, full support and a gourmet lunch rest stop. The finish line features a dinner party with beer and plenty of high fives.

This cool ride is well worth the journey to California. There are bike rentals on site (reserve in advance) or you can ship to the event with BikeFlights.

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