Retracing pioneer trails: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 5

Posted on September 17th, 2015 at 4:52 pm.

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Portlander Jackie Yerby rides on Old Highway 30 past the
limestone hills of the Burnt River Canyon.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I hope no one complained on today’s ride. Sure, our 50-mile route from Farewell Bend State Park to Baker City had its share of climbing (about 3,000 feet) and a stiff headwind; but it was nothing like what pioneers faced.


Backtracking can be beautiful: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 4

Posted on September 16th, 2015 at 2:45 pm.

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Big skies and big clouds are a great combination.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In general, I despise backtracking. Loop or die is how I usually roll. But today we learned that backtracking can be beautiful.


To Hell and back: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 3

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 10:03 pm.

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Brownlee Reservoir from Highway 71.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The theme of this year’s Cycle Oregon is “Hell on Wheels.” So, despite the major change in plans I shared last night, today we were given the option of biking into Hells Canyon. So you better believe we took it.


Fire forces major re-route of Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 7:22 pm.

Rumors started swirling around camp by late afternoon.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

For the first time in Cycle Oregon history, the ride has been forced off its planned course. The reason for the change is the Dry Gulch fire which started Saturday near Richland, Oregon, a town close to Halfway, where Cycle Oregon was headed tomorrow.


‘Jesus light’ and an old-time fiddler band: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 2

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 3:26 pm.


Cycle Oregon is much more than just a bike ride; but sometimes when the road and the landscape all come together it feels like the ride is the only thing that matters.

When we woke up this morning for our 53 mile jaunt from Farewell Bend State Park to Cambridge, Idaho, the light was perfect. A friend here on the ride called it “Jesus light.” Clouds filled the sky as the sun tried to peak through them, sending rays of light over our heads. And we just so happened to be cycling through a gorgeous section of the Snake River canyon (on Porter Flats Road just west of Weiser, Idaho).


Faces and places on the road: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day One

Posted on September 13th, 2015 at 3:03 pm.

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The Italianate style Leo Adler House (now a museum) in Baker City.
Mr. Adler and his family lived here for 94 years.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Getting things started at Cycle Oregon 28

Posted on September 12th, 2015 at 9:47 pm.

For sale at the Cycle Oregon gift shop.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

People from 46 states in America and six countries around the world have made their way to Baker City in Eastern Oregon to embark on the 28th annual Cycle Oregon ride.

There are 2,200 riders here, ranging in age from 8 to 81. Add them to the several hundred staff and volunteers and they constitute one-fourth the size of the total population of this “large” Eastern Oregon city (whose population has hovered around 10,000 for the past 100 years). Cycle Oregon has created a small, completely self-contained city at the Baker Sports Complex. The sprawling base camp is complete with a live entertainment stage, a gift shop, a bike shop, showers, and more. If the mood strikes, you can even do yoga, get an acupuncture treatment, or get a pre-ride massage.


Wonk Night focuses on pursestrings and politics of big projects (photos)

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 3:16 pm.

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We might need a bigger venue!

Sure, we’ve got your shiny new Orange Line light rail corridor and the fancy bike/walk/bus/streetcar/light-rail-only bridge, but what’s next?


5 days in Eastern Oregon: The charms of Baker City

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 12:28 pm.

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Historic downtown Baker City is worth checking out.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Portland artists featured in Artcrank’s new online store

Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 3:32 pm.

Detail of Rory Phillips’ poster.

We’re big fans of Artcrank, billed by its founder Charles Youel as “A poster party for bike people.” The event first came to Portland in 2009 and has returned each year since to inspire and entertain us with its creative representations of the thing we all know and love

While it won’t be back this year, Youel got in touch with us yesterday to share the news that Portland is still in his plans. He’s scaling back live events and has turned his focus toward a new website which launched this week. Similar to his live shows Artcrank.com features 30 artists who’ve created bike-inspired posters.

Of the 30 artists featured in his first online exhibition, three of them are from Portland.