Oregon summers are surprisingly short, leaving cyclists craving more. That’s why heading out on a one-day ride is simply not enough. Celebrate summer with Tour de Lane, three full days of rides, events and cool features in the lovely Lane County countryside July 31 through August 2. Junction City is the home base and the route options travel as far as the coast.
Plenty of Choices
There are three ride choices every day with distance and activity options available, depending on how big you want to go, or how tired you are from the previous day. We think events like this are so cool. With the overnight stay, you’ll have plenty of time to sink into the Lane County landscape and craft a three day adventure that is exactly what you want it to be.
Signature Bike Builders Tour
Highlights include a 50 mile Bike Builders Tour on Friday featuring guided tours of the Bike Friday, Co-Motion and Rolf Prima manufacturing facilities in Eugene. Riders will get to have lunch with local emerging manufacturers and custom builders, how cool is that?
Saturday’s rides pass by several local wineries. You can stop for a taste during the ride or take note of locations for wine tasting later in the day.
Clear to the coast
Destination: the Pacific Ocean. This back roads gem over lightly traveled roads takes you to the tiny town of Gardiner, just north of Reedsport. The ride actually ends at a location where support vans will ferry riders to Winchester Bay to enjoy a taste of the Pacific before heading back to camp.
The ride begins with a jaunt through the town of Elmira, and skirts Veneta on rolling roads. Vaughn road is flat-but-scenic and a 10 mile warm-up to some solid climbing and screaming descents on Wolf Creek Road. You have a lush forest all to yourself, as few cars travel to the coast via Wolf Creek/South Sister/Smith River Roads. Great photo ops abound, including Smith River Falls, and 500-year-old, 265-foot Carpenter Fir. T
On Sunday riders will link up with the annual Blackberry bRamble, organized by the Greater Eugene Area Riders which culminates in a delicious blackberry pie finish line – the perfect way to round out the weekend.
There is a beer and wine garden, a breakfast buffet, nightly dinners, camping options and plenty of opportunity to customize this weekend to be as relaxing as you want it to be. It’s a very full three days of celebrating bikes and reveling in the beauty and camaraderie of riding in Oregon.
July 31-August 2
Various registration fees – see website
Camping and other overnight options available
A beautiful home base on Fern Lake for rider village
Route choices every day [maps]