Barrel to Keg on July 23 is a gravel grinder’s delight (with a pavement option, too). The ride begins in Philomath and ends in Newport.
Snake along the river and through the woods on backcountry gravel roads for 44 miles on your way to the Oregon Coast. The final stretch of this incredible ride is on pavement as you emerge in Newport for a total of 67 miles and 3,200 ft. of elevation gain.
New this year, you can opt for an all pavement out-and-back route starting in Newport. Riders begin the journey along the Bay Road which meanders along the Yaquina River and climbs into the town of Toledo. Enjoy a lovely rest stop at Elk City Park directly on the river, and start looking for gravel grinders; this is where they join in on the ride. This new route enjoys low traffic, nice shoulders, scenic views, a couple of great climbs and 45 miles of road bike worthy pavement.
The finish line party is at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club for craft beer from Rogue Brewery, food carts and sweeping views of the bridge and bay.
A return transportation option is available.