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Muddy, Soupy, Sloppy – AWESOME!

COAST HILLS CLASSIC | May 7 – Newport

It’s muddy, soupy and sloppy – just the way you like it.

The Coast Hills Classic mt. bike race is a spring tradition. With a lush wooded course and surprising sweeping ocean views, this race is the perfect way to kick off the season.

It might be raining, but in true Oregon fashion there is always a sea of broad smiles at the lively finish line festival for this beloved race.
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WEEKENDER: On a Bike, All Weekend Long

Life gets busy. Work is hectic. The calendar is full. But you know that life is best when you’re on your bike. That’s why you need WEEKENDER – two days that will make your whole summer July 7-9.

If only there were more weekends in the calendar… oh those joyous days on on bikes…. That’s how those of us in the Bike Tribe think. Whether you like it or not (come on, we know you love it!), you’re in the club. And what an awesome club it is. Imagine yourself surrounded by these likeminded souls for an entire weekend – it’s going to be amazing.

WEEKENDER is an all inclusive weekend that’s packed with fun. Indulge yourself with daily riding, all meals included, a beer garden, nighttime activities and plenty of fun for everyone. Bring along your entire family, your boyfriend, cousin, coworker and auntie – everyone’s going to love this one.

For two precious days, leave behind the cares of the world and settle into the campus of Linfield Collage, where you can camp or crash in the dorms, pass notes, gossip with your friends, kick back on the grassy quad, and stay up late. Keg stands not included.

During the day, WEEKENDER is all about wine country exploration with short, medium or long routes that snake through this gorgeous region with a stop at the famous Spruce Goose.

Rally your friends and get ready to make this the summer you remember for how awesome it was on your bike.

Ride Basics

Long, medium and short routes every day
Staged out of Linfield college
Organized by the experts at Cycle Oregon (so you know it’s going to be good)
Onsite camping or dorm rooms
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Day One – Day Two
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Watch This

The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike film festival features the world’s best bike movies May 5-7 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. After the Portland festival is over, Filmed by Bike On Tour brings the best of the fest to cities around the world.

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A Jam Packed Weekend of Fun!

  • Base Camp Street Party on opening night
  • main stage of outdoor entertainment
  • free Vibram Sole Factor cobbler service
  • coffee from Nossa Familia
  • free bike parking and complimentary BIKETOWN rides plus a special pop-up BIKETOWN bike share station at the festival
  • Chris King Precision Components factory tour + chef-hosted reception
  • Filmmaker Bike Ride
  • Awards Ceremony
    + much more!

PRO TIP: Buy a Festival Pass for the full festival experience and deep savings. [ more info ]

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To get you excited for the festival, we’re sharing some of the festival’s best movies from over the years.

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Reach the Beach w/ Pro Racer Chris Horner

For the past 27 years, participants from avid cyclists to asthma sufferers have ridden the American Lung Association’s Reach the Beach in honor or memory of those whose lives have been touched by lung disease, COPD and asthma. With a goal to raise $750,000 for lung disease research, patient education and advocacy, more than 3,000 riders will pedal Oregon’s scenic backroads on Saturday, May 20, enjoying fresh air, great scenery and camaraderie on their way from Portland to the Oregon Coast along four different cycling routes.

Professional racer Chris Horner will be joining cyclists on the 104-mile route this year. Horner, who lives in Bend, Oregon is a Vuelta a España Champion, seven time Tour de France competitor, 2012 US Olympian, and Giro d’Italia competitor.

We sat down with Chris to learn more about his racing career and his personal involvement with the American Lung Association to help end the lung disease epidemic.

 

Q: Why are you excited to ride this year’s Reach the Beach?

A: It is great to have the chance to do a large fundraising event in Oregon. I love living in Oregon and supporting local events whenever I can, and Reach the Beach is an event I have heard of many times – great course, fantastic people, and it showcases some our great Oregon scenery. Also, having personally struggled with lung issues, I enjoy being able to help contribute to an organization that helps others in a similar situation.

Q: What is your connection to lung disease?

A: I was diagnosed with asthma in 2009 – and it opened my eyes to how much my lungs and my asthma affected my life. More recently, I got sick during the 2014 Tour de France with a lung infection that just wouldn’t go away. I have spent most of the past three years dealing with chronic infection and inflammation in my lungs, and it has completely changed my life. Even today, I’m not sure if I will be able to get my lungs back to full function, and if that’s the case, my racing career will be over.

Q: This year the event has an important goal of raising $750,000. What will the funds be used for?

A: The American Lung Association is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization that leads the country in improving health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The funds will be used to defeat lung cancer; improve the air we breathe; reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.

Q: As a professional racer, how has lung disease impacted your racing career?

A: The lung infection I have been struggling with for almost three years has completely changed my career. I went from racing for a top European pro team, to not being sure if I will ever be able to race again. Trying to race through the issues has been a struggle, and if the issues can’t be solved, I will be done racing.

Q: How about your personal life?

A: When you are a professional athlete, your health and physical condition can be all consuming, because it not only allows you to do what you love, but it is also how you support your family. So my lung issues have been a major focus for our entire family for the past three years – never ending doctor visits and complicated treatments. I have been coughing for so long that our two year old would cough whenever I did to “be like daddy”. It always stops me to think that I got sick before he was even born and now have been sick his entire life.

 

Q: I bet there are many people who start to get serious about their riding and develop dreams of perhaps one day becoming a pro racer. What’s your favorite aspect of being a professional in the sport?

A: I love riding my bike, and I love racing. The ability to travel all over the world and compete at the top level still amazes me. Pushing yourself to the limit against the best in the world, and sometimes coming out on top, is a fantastic experience. I also really love the long training days, when it is just me and my bike out for 6 or 7 hours.

 

Q: You’ve had an impressive racing career. What would you say has been your most challenging race?

A: The 2013 Vuelta a Espana – the Tour of Spain – was by far the most challenging. I was coming back from being off the bike for months – and having had knee surgery to deal with an injury – and felt like it was a battle just to get to the start of the race in Spain. During the race, I had so many small struggles along the way, and to have it all come together in the end was amazing. My race easily could have fallen apart with a small crash or mechanical at the wrong time over the three weeks, so it was really stressful. Also, there would so many issues to battle during the race – internal team battles over leadership, illness, bad weather, nagging injuries, etc. – at the time it seemed almost impossible that I would be able to overcome all of the issues and win in the end. And to have it all come down to the last mountain top finish, with only a few seconds between us all, I think that represented what the race felt like for me over the entire three weeks – and the months before.

Q: You live in such a beautiful region of Oregon. Can you share your favorite Central Oregon ride?

A: McKenzie loop – start in Bend, ride around past the ODOT station past Sisters, then loop around and come back over McKenzie Pass. Long beautiful ride and a great excuse to stop at the Sister’s Donut shop on the way home!

Thanks Chris!

Thanks Chris! We agree, McKenzie Pass is one of the most special rides in Oregon!

Ride Details

Look for Chris out there on this year’s Reach the Beach, an annual Oregon tradition.

REACH THE BEACH
Saturday, May 20
Portland > Pacific City
Routes: 104, 80, 55 or 26 miles
Finish line party in Pacific City
Return transportation available
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Escape to the Art of 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 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 rode this event last 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.

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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.

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Natural nutrition for cyclists

Have you ever checked out the nutrition information on the back of your favorite cycling snacks? Too many commercial foods are loaded with calories from sugar, salt, and fat, and packed with chemicals to enhance flavor and prolong shelf life. When you’re riding hard you need to eat, but prepackaged foods aren’t always the best option.

Whether you’re out for a couple hours of fun riding or taking on a century, fuel up with these natural alternatives. They’ll sustain your energy, maintain your focus, and—bonus—you won’t be left with non-decomposable foil wrappers in your jersey pocket.

FARMER’S MARKET MAGIC

Mother Nature has already provided athletes with awesome value-packed nutrition in snack-sized packages. Bananas are a popular cycling snack for a reason: they’re chock full of glucose, fructose, water, and potassium, and they travel easily. Sliced apples, orange wedges, and dates all makes great on-the-road snacks as well, since their low glycemic index score means they provide sustained energy rather than blood sugar spikes.

Sweet potatoes are another fantastic source of energy for cyclists—they’re packed with beta-carotene (which aids recovery), fiber, and essential minerals like potassium, manganese, and vitamin A.

Taking them out on the road requires just a few minutes of preparation. Slice one large sweet potato (with the skin still on), spread the slices over a baking sheet, give them a quick dash of salt, and then bake for about 35 minutes at 250 degrees. The goal is to dry them into convenient, chewy snacks that are easy to carry.

HYDRATION

If those commercials with athletes dripping beads of Gatorade weren’t enough to turn you off of sports drinks already, check out the labels. The 90 calories in Gatorade’s G Series Thirst Quencher come mainly from its 21 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, that’s 80% of your recommended sugar intake for the day.

Skip the artificially dyed and flavored sports drinks and go for plain water. It’s just as hydrating as the sports drinks, but without the extra calories and chemicals. Dissolvable tablets like Nuun are a great way to add minerals, salts, and flavor to your water without all the extra stuff—one 16-oz bottle of Nuun-enhanced water has only 6 calories, and no sugar. For more information on hydration, see our Hydration Station article.

ALTERNATIVES TO GELS AND ENERGY BARS

Colorful packets of energy gels, bars, and chews may make great end caps and register displays in sports stores, but many are packed with chemicals and sugar—not to mention expensive.

Take granola bars, that staple hunger-quenching snack. After checking the label on a Clif Bar and finding it had 23 grams of sugar, I began experimenting with making my own granola bars. The upside is that they’re incredibly easy to make, and can save you tons of money over buying individually-wrapped granola bars at a dollar a pop.

My basic recipe is posted on my blog. It’s easy to modify, inexpensive, delicious, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it because you put it there yourself.

Energy gels can be great for giving you a quick boost, but they can be pricey. Try this recipe for making your own, then pour it into a nutrition flask like this one from Hammer. It’s a great way to cut down on waste, too.

POST-RIDE RECOVERY

After a long ride, your muscles need protein and carbs, and your glycogen stores need to be restocked with good sugars. Chocolate milk and rejuvenating smoothies can do wonders to help your body recover, and they’re delicious to boot.

Have you been following our Watermelon Recovery series? Check out the minted watermelon shake or a watermelon recovery smoothie for some delicious, all-natural recovery drinks.

WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOR

What are your favorite alternatives to packaged cycling snacks? Sound off in the comments below.


Jessie Kwak is a writer who loves to type about the good life: travel, outdoor adventures, food and drink, and (of course) cycling. You can find her at Bictoro: Bikes and Crafts.

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