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Cycle Oregon announces 2012 routes, grant for coastal trail plan

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Riders gather in the Tiger Woods Center
before the route announcement.
(Photo: Will Vanlue/BikePortland)

This evening a group of roughly 700 people joined Cycle Oregon staff and volunteers at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus in Beaverton to hear where the two Cycle Oregon rides are headed in 2012.

Everyone was excited to hear this year’s routes (for both the weekend and week rides) but the real surprise was an announcement by Cycle Oregon co-founder Jonathan Nicholas about a really big idea the organization has been working on.

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Cycle Oregon preps for first online-only registration

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Cycle Oregon 08 Kickoff Party
Cycle Oregon fans swarm the
sign-up table at the 2008
route announcement party.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

One week from today Cycle Oregon will kick off 2012 by unveiling the routes for their week and weekend rides with a big event out at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton.

In the past, the route announcement was followed by a crush of eager Cycle Oregon fans signing up at the event. But this year, organizers won’t allow those sign-ups. Instead they’ve opted for an online-only system to make grabbing a slot on the legendary event a bit more fair.

Last year’s week-long ride sold out just two days after the kick-off party, and with this year being the 25th annual edition, organizers anticipate record interest. To help level the sign-up playing field, registration for this year’s ride will begin on the Cycle Oregon website at 9:00 pm (PST) on February 7th.
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With volunteer still missing, Cycle Oregon looks ahead to 25th annual ride

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Cycle Oregon’s Executive Director
Jerry Norquist addressed
volunteers and staff last night.
(Photos: Will Vanlue/BikePortland)

Volunteers and staff gathered in the World Forestry Center over the weekend to toast the past year and look ahead to the 25th annual Cycle Oregon.

At the front of everyone’s minds was Mark Bosworth, the Metro employee and Portland resident who disappeared from Riddle, Oregon in September of last year while volunteering on the week-long bike ride.

Each year hundreds of people volunteer for Cycle Oregon and most volunteers have worked together for many years. Their is a strong sense of community among them and for many, Bosworth’s disappearance feels like losing a member of the family. (more…)

Over 2,000 Cycle Oregon riders set for coastal journey

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Cycle Oregon Day 5 - Glendale to Grants Pass-26
I’ll miss Cycle Oregon this year.
(Self portrait)

The massive rolling spectacle that is Cycle Oregon embarks on it 24th annual journey this Sunday (9/11). For the first time since the inaugural running in 1988, the seven-day ride will spend multiple days on the beautiful Oregon coast.

About 2,200 riders will participate, along with a support crew that numbers well into the hundreds.

Back in February when the route was announced and registration opened up, the ride sold out in less than two days. To get an idea of why, here’s the route description: (more…)

Cycle Oregon looks to make lasting impact with ‘Cycle Safe’ program

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Scott Bricker leads kids from Cottage Grove in a bike education class as part of Cycle Oregon’s new Cycle Safe program.
(Photos courtesy Scott Bricker)

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Cycle Oregon is ‘Going Coastal’

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Cycle Oregon announced their 2011 plans in
front of about 1,000 people last night.
(Photo: Jim Parsons)

Cycle Oregon held their route announcement event last night on the Nike Campus out in Beaverton. The big news is that they’re headed to new territory along the Oregon coast for their Week Ride. Their Weekend Ride will be based on the campus of Willamette University in Salem and will feature rides in the Willamette Valley. (more…)

Cycle Oregon to announce 2011 route Tuesday night

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Cycle Oregon will announce their 2011 route Tuesday night out in Beaverton with the annual Kickoff Party. See below for details…

Cycle Oregon 2011 Kickoff Party: Virgin Territory

For its 24th annual week-long tour, Cycle Oregon will feature all-new routes and host towns

PORTLAND, Ore. – Feb. 7, 2011 – Cycle Oregon has been touring the back roads and rural towns of Oregon since 1988. And yet, this year’s routes for the Week and Weekend rides are all new, covering stretches of roads the event has never traversed and staying in towns that have never hosted the pedaling hordes.

Event organizers will reveal the 2011 routes at Cycle Oregon’s annual Kickoff Party, Feb. 8 at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus outside Portland. And then registration will open – prompting a rush for the allotted spots.

The yearly Kickoff Party has become the traditional method of announcing the Cycle Oregon routes, which change each year. This year the event will unveil the routes of both the Week Ride (Sept. 10-17) and the Weekend Ride (July 15-17). The choice of routes is a major point of speculation among the cycling community and is a closely held secret until the official announcement.

The party’s doors will open at 6 p.m., with the route announcements at 7 and registration available at 7:45 both in person and at www.cycleoregon.com. In 2010 the Week Ride, limited to around 2,200 riders based on route logistics, sold out in less than a week. The Weekend Ride, a three-day, family-friendly version of the longer tour, sold more than 1,750 spots.

Jonathan Nicholas, one of the event’s founders, will reveal the course routes in a multimedia presentation in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 1,000 people.

“One of the founding principles of Cycle Oregon is to bring our riders – from all over the state, the country and the world – to the wonderful small towns of Oregon, to bring some economic stimulation but also to show off the bounty of beauty and hospitality we enjoy here” Nicholas said. “We’ve been to more than 100 towns across the state over the years, and it’s really gratifying to be able to add an entire slate of new hosts for 2011.”

The updated Cycle Oregon Web site will go live at 7:45 p.m., the same time in-person registration opens. Because the events draw riders from across the U.S. and abroad – in 2010, 39 states and 10 foreign countries were represented at the Week Ride – simultaneous online registration gives everyone a chance to sign up before the events sell out.

Cycle Oregon’s 2010 events were among the most successful ever. The Week Ride was designed to converge on Pendleton during the 100th Anniversary of the Round-Up rodeo. The week’s route started in Elgin and went into southeast Washington – the first time in that state – before circling through Pendleton for a two-day layover and then back to Elgin. The Weekend Ride, a second year at “Cycle Oregon University,” was based in Monmouth on the campus of Western Oregon University.

Cycle Oregon was founded in 1987 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, which totals more than $1 million, typically donates $100,000 or more per year to projects around the state.

Architecture Foundation names Cycle Oregon its 2010 ‘Honored Citizen’

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Cycle Oregon Day 4 - Lake Selmac to Glendale-45
Cycle Oregon riders riding over
a bridge on the Rogue River.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Cycle Oregon, the marquee bike ride that attacts over 2,000 participants every year, has been named the 2010 Honored Citizen by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, (AFO) a non-profit organization that “advocates for the enhancement of our built environment, the livability of our communities, and preservation of our rich architectural heritage.”

Why is the AFO bestowing its highest honor — which in the past has gone to the likes of Congressman Earl Blumnenaur and former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield — to a bike ride? Because Cycle Oregon is much more than just a bike ride.
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Cycle Oregon announces 2010 route: Giddy-up!

Friday, February 5th, 2010
Ride poster. Very nice.

This year’s Cycle Oregon ride (which will be the 23rd annual), will take place from September 11-18 and it will have a “Round-Up” theme highlighted by a layover in Pendleton during the 100th Anniversary Pendleton Round-Up rodeo.

As per usual, the announcement came during a gala event at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton. I didn’t make it out to the kickoff party this year, but thankfully the Cycle Oregon website has all the details. Check the full details at CycleOregon.com or read the brief description below: (more…)

Cycle Oregon hosts weekend of riding on the best roads in the state

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Cycle Oregon Weekend 2009-10
Norm Saager and Ellen Brown liked the event
so much they got married at the start
line and then rode the course on their tandem.
-Slideshow below/Gallery-
(Photos © J. Maus)

Over the weekend, Western Oregon University in Monmouth served as base camp for over 1,800 people from all over the region (and country). They came to experience the legendary hospitality and bike riding Cycle Oregon is known for.

Cycle Oregon (the week-long version) has been going on for over 20 years, but for everyone who can’t take a week off during September and/or ride 60-80 miles a day for a week, there’s the Weekend Ride. In addition to being less physically (and financially) demanding than the full-length version, it is also fast-becoming the hot ticket for biking families. (more…)

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