About the Ride
Located on the Oregon/California border, the gorgeous Art of Survival Century on May 27 takes you on a journey through scenic farm country and spectacular sites including the first US National Wildlife Refuge, the Pacific National Monument and the Lava Beds National Monument where amazing geology and geography surround you on all sides. The ride was named the 5th Best Bike Ride in Oregon, and it’s no wonder why.
Still, most eople don’t know that some of the best riding in the Western United States is tucked long the border of California and Oregon, starting around Tulelake in California. The Art of Survival Century is a chance to be one of the few people let in on this well-kept secret. But not for long – the ride is catching on in popularity and will soon be a notable destination event.
The organizers established the Art of Survival Century to highlight the complex history of the region, which was the site of the largest and most turbulent World War II internment camp. They also hope to bring much-needed tourism support to the small towns around Tulelake.
About the Routes
Get ready for a stunning day on two wheels, no matter your riding skill level. There are plenty of options for everyone on the Art of Survival Century.
Choose from routes of 20-109 miles along mostly flat terrain and the quietest of rural roads, perfect for getting lost in the landscape. The ride snakes along hushed farm roads where you’ll go miles without seeing – or hearing – a car. Sink into the landscape, stop to take photos and relax in the saddle as you enjoy a day away from the grind of the city,
Bring the entire family for a weekend getaway. The 20 mile route is family friendly and there’s even a mt. bike route through the Modoc National Forest. For those who prefer to stay off the bike, there is plenty to see and do in this recreational region. Hiking, sight-seeing and birdwatching opportunities abound and the local guides will help non-riders tap into activities throughout the weekend.
Special Ride, Special Features
The Art of Survival Century highlights the rich history of Northern California with special ride features that make it a must-do ride.
Ranger and Historian tours at each rest stop offer insight into the landscape and history of the region. They’ll let you know what you’ve passed in the previous leg, and what to look for on the road ahead. From soaring flocks of birds that blanket the sky to stunning peeks in the distance, the rangers will help demystify the sights that delight you at every turn,
Make a Weekend of it
After a long day of riding, put your feet up and relax without having to drive home. Discounted lodging in the region include a ranch stay, camping or standard hotels. See the website for details.
This event makes for a perfect weekend getaway with activities that include cave exploration, the Lava Beds National Monument, Crater Lake, a zip line, wildlife viewing and additional road or off-road riding all within the area.
Other nearby highlights and en route locations include Crater Lake, Bend, Oakridge, Mt. Shasta, Summer Lake and Lassen National Monument.
Date: May 27, 2017
Start: Tulelake, California
Cost: $25-75, Depends on the route.
More info: SurvivalCentury.com
Routes: 109, 86, 40, 20
Terrain: Very flat road riding, with an optional 20 mile mt. bike course
Summary: A lovely bike ride that you probably haven’t done (this is the fouth year) and that you certainly don’t want to miss. The local folks are so very friendly ad the route is so very flat – making it a perfect ride for those who are new to distance rides. And for the hardcore riders, you get to claim an awesome time for your century ride on this one!
PRO TIP:Register early for the best price.