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Ride to Defeat ALS!

Ride to Defeat ALS – 7/8 – 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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Cycle the Selkirk Mountains

WACANID | September 11-16 – Washington, Canada, Idaho

Cycle the International Selkirk Loop on this six-day journey that covers 370 miles and showcases the loop’s spectacular scenery – majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, rivers and North America’s longest free ferry ride. There are a few hills for extra reward, and the scenery is well worth every bit of climbing you’ll conquer.

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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COOL ROUTE: Ultimate PDX Tour

Check out this Ultimate PDX Tour – the best of Portland all in one ride! Fall in love with the city all over again, or take visitors for a ride. You’re going to love this easy cruise from start to finish.

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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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Columbia Century Challenge

COLUMBIA CENTURY CHALLENGE | June 17 – St. Helens

Sometimes the best routes are hidden in plain sight. The two year old Columbia Century Challenge unveils a network of stunning riding routes that are just on the edge of Portland. Journey through the bicycle-friendly back roads of old Oregon timberlands – Clatskanine and Vernonia – and charming tiny towns like Mist and Apiary. You’ll pedal along historic farm roads through the open fields and pastures along the Columbia River.

The ride snagged second place in our Best Bike Rides of Oregon riders’ poll, and it’s little wonder why, though such accolades are rare for a first time event.

This ride really caters to variety of riders. Though there are purely-pavement routes on the Columbia Century Challenge, this ride is also perfect for riders who like a mix of pavement and gravel grinding. New this year, the ride includes an optional route that is 55% gravel – perfect for riders who like to journey off the beaten path.

This event is an awesome opportunity to test out your gravel skills in a well supported setting. If that 55% is too much, the ride also includes an optional hard pack gravel stretch along the historic Crown-Zellerbach trail, a very approachable 12 mile flat stretch.

This is one of those rides that makes us think, “Wait, why haven’t we been riding here all along?”

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Device Mania: How to Tune Out on a Ride

This article is presented by WEEKENDER, two days that will make your whole summer.


In over ever-connected world, it’s tempting to share life’s beauty and victories with others. And on a bike ride, beauty and victory are what it’s all about.

But if you’re constantly on your device, sharing the ride during the ride, where are you, really? Are you here? Or are you in Device Land?

The problem with Device Land is that you’re disconnected from the world around you. So much of why we ride is to sink into the landscape, set aside the cares of the world, to just BE.

If you find yourself eager to post, turn off the phone. If you enjoy taking photos, put your phone in airplane mode.

It can be fun to share the ride during the ride, and it’s possible to do this without letting it take over your day. Start with a plan. Take all the photos you want, but instead of composing those posts continually in your head, let it go. Wait until you’re at the first rest stop, and allow yourself a post. A quick one. Don’t overthink it; this doesn’t need to be a masterpiece.

Then continue on your ride and post once again at the finish line. That once can be more of a masterpiece.

That gap in the middle between posts? That’s where you truly sink in. Let go. Disconnect. Enjoy. Ride.


WEEKENDER a ride by Cycle Oregon, is July 7-9, 2017. Bring your friends. Bring your neighbors. Bring your family. Bring your bikes. Everyone is welcome for Cycle Oregon’s two-day bike bash! Linfield College campus is home base for a weekend of great rides, live tunes, and activities galore. Choose from a short, medium or long route through wine country, then camp under the stars or crash in the dorms. It’s two-wheeled fun for everyone!

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Arthritis Bike Classic Sept 16-22

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all… but getting away from it all shouldn’t mean doing a ton of work. That’s why we love the Arthritis Bike Classic September 16-22.

This ride exemplifies “getting away from it all” on so many levels! It’s no wonder why this ride was named the fourth Best Bike Ride in Oregon in the ORbike Riders Poll of 2016.

  • Small group, but not too small. Enough people to feel like you’re part of a grand journey, but few enough that you’ll get to know nearly everyone by the end of the ride (remembering their names? Well, maybe some of them….)
  • You’ll ride tucked away on quiet roads, off the beaten track.
  • Worry not about a thing, the rider organizers run an amazing event and take care of all the details.
  • Sink into the landscape, soak it in and cruise. Just cruise and relax.

What a Journey!

The Arthritis Bike Classic takes you on an amazing excursion from Portland, through the lush Willamette Valley and on to the thundering surf of the Oregon Coast. This is an unforgettable experience.

With overnight stays, camping or hotels, hot showers every night, evening bonfires and so much more, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to luxury riding heaven – without the price of luxury. This well-priced event is worth every penny, and it supports a great cause – the Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar now and start preparing for an amazing adventure. Rally your friends, clear your schedule and get ready to sink in. This one is a ride for the memory bank.

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