The 25th Anniversary edition of the Cycle Oregon Week Ride celebrates the event’s heritage, showcasing small and medium-sized towns as well as stunning scenery. The Week Ride will start and end in the tiny outpost of Bly, in south-central Oregon. Along the way riders will experience a wide variety of Oregon flavors, including wide-open spaces far from population centers, the majestic beauty of Crater Lake and the sophisticated small city of Ashland, site of the ride’s layover day.
Besides Bly, the route includes overnight stays in Silver Lake, Fort Klamath, Prospect, Ashland and Klamath Falls.
The week ride is Sept. 8-14. Bike riders will spend the night of Sept. 11 in Prospect, having just been to Crater Lake. From Prospect they will go through Butte Falls and then to Ashland.
The 2012 Weekend Ride will be hosted by Corvallis for the first time, on the campus of Oregon State University. The route focuses on the city’s position as the “Heart of the Valley” (the literal translation of “Corvallis”) The week end ride is July 13-15. The cost for this is $160 for adults, $75 for students and those six and under will be free.
Oregon co-founder Jonathan Nicholas announced the routes in a multimedia presentation before an estimated 1,000 people at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus outside Portland.
Cycle Oregon was founded in 1988 to boost bicycle tourism and provide financial support for Oregon’s small rural communities. Each year the Cycle Oregon Fund supplies grants to support bicycling in Oregon as well as the communities through which it rides. The fund, with more than $1 million in assets, typically donates more than $100,000 generally to various host cities. Several years ago Prospect put on events that not only entertained the riders but made money for various groups.