It’s a scenic tour, but not a race, says “Tom,” an adult cyclist who has participated in Ride the Rogue for the last few years. “We can choose to travel 25, 65, or 100 miles at our own pace. We meet people with similar interests, stay fit, and have lots of fun.”
The Century (100 mile) course will take riders through Sams Valley area’s East Evans and Antioch Roads on Saturday, September 15 this year. Grateful residents of those neighborhoods will not face requests to stay off their streets, tether their pooches, or avoid scheduling yard sales. Those unexpected inconveniences typically occur with cycling events that involve riders under timing constraints. “Antioch Road seems the ideal place to ride a bike,” the enthusiast continued. “Coming downhill around those steep, sharp curves and turns–it’s a cyclist’s magnet.”
Functioning as a fundraiser for Rogue River Greenway, registration costs $50 for the 100-miler which starts at 7:30 a.m. The 65-mile run beginning at 9 a.m., charges $40, while $30 covers the price of the 25-mile trip launching at 10 a.m. All of the aforementioned tours start and end at Palmerton Park Arboretum, 300 W. Evans Creek Rd., Rogue River, OR, 97527.
Lunch at designated rest stops and a closing festive meal of salmon and tri-tip will incur extra charges for the first time in 2012. In the past, registration costs have included meals. Details on prices of meals and souvenir T-shirts or sweat shirts are listed on the website, www.ridetherogue.org.
Enlisting help from over 200 volunteers, Greenway staff administrators anticipate many registrants, and have had to impose a numerical limit of 1,200 riders. The rides generally take place “rain or shine,” according to established practices.
Based on prior years’ responses, they also request sign-ups by September 1, with meal payments before September 5. Event rules, downloadable registration forms and more information can be found on their website.
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent.