This year’s Cycle Oregon, the Magnificent Seven, afforded riders from around the world striking views of seven mountain peaks while traversing challenging-but-rewarding courses over seven days of riding the Oregon countryside.
The ride began in The Dalles.
Day 1 – Glenwood, Washington
Day 2 – Dufur
Day 3 – Tygh Valley
Day 4 – Madras
Day 5 – Madras rest day with an optional loop ride to Smith Rock
Day 6 – Tygh Valley
Day 7 – Finish line in The Dalles
Each day’s ride had a different tenor and hue, be it the intensity of sustained climbs, broad high top views, the aurora borealis glowing in the Madras night sky or forested gravel adventures.
Nightly entertainment gave riders a chance to relax and unwind as they prepped to do it all over again the next day.
Riders ventured into Washington, then back to Oregon. They braved strong wind storms in Madras that left many wind burned and exhausted from pedaling down descents along some 20 miles of headwind and a windy camp that offered no relief from intense gusts. They rode days with 6,700 feet of elevation gain followed by 6,200 feet of elevation gain. They conquered a 14% grade climb that challenged even the strongest of riders. And all of it was totally worth it.
What did you think?
Did you ride this year’s Cycle Oregon? What did you think? Share your ride experience in the comments below.