BikePortland is an official 2015 Cycle Oregon Media Partner
Since 1988, Cycle Oregon has brought together people who love riding bicycles and people who live in our state’s beautiful rural communities. More than just a ride, Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization that has doled out millions in grant funds to many worthy projects and causes.
Over the course of this year we’ll bring you original stories, reports on bicycling’s impact around the state, coverage of the Cycle Oregon Weekend and Week rides, and more.
Our Cycle Oregon coverage dates back to 2006. Check out our past stories below.
Something about eastern Oregon keeps calling me back.
In the past six months I’ve made three trips east of the Cascades and tomorrow I’ll shove off for yet another one: the Cycle Oregon Week Ride.
The first two trips I took to the place known as “Oregon’s dry side” were for work: a reporting/riding excursion in The Dalles in March and a trip to Treo Bike Ranch in July. Through my bike adventures and people I met along the way, I’ve learned that the towns and roads in this region have so much to offer I wanted to share them with my family. So, over the long long Labor Day weekend I packed up our mini-van and took my wife Juli and three kids on a camping/road trip. We drove out to the Gorge, stopped in The Dalles, then went south into Heppner, the John Day River Valley, and then looped back up through Fossil, Maupin, Dufur, and then back to the Gorge. It was fantastic.
(Photo by Rob Annis)
Though the flow of gawkers from other city governments to Portland may have ebbed a bit, our city still draws its share of leaders from around the country to see our streets in action.
But next month, Cycle Oregon is turning that tradition on its head: at the suggestion of Portland Bicycle Planning Coordinator Roger Geller, it’s bringing the mayor of Indianapolis on its 10th annual Policymakers’ Ride (a.k.a. the Visionary Voyage), so one of the country’s bike-friendliest mayors can offer insights to his counterparts here in Portland.
Alison Graves is the new executive director of Cycle Oregon, the Portland-based non-profit organization known for its week-long bike ride.
Graves’ name is familiar to many in local bike advocacy circles given her seven year stint with the Community Cycling Center. Graves stepped down as the CCC’s executive director last March and she is also on the board of the League of American Bicyclists. In May 2013, Graves won an Alice Award from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for her work in “ushering in a new way of thinking around equity and inclusion for the bicycle movement.” While at the CCC, Graves was best known for her strategic embrace of programs and outreach that sought to break down bicycling’s “color barrier”.
At the CCC, Graves led the organization on a mission to use bicycles as a tool of empowerment for people of color in under-served communities. While the public face of Cycle Oregon is nearly the exact opposite demographic, the lesser-known mission of the organization is actually quite similar. Cycle Oregon, like the CCC, uses bicycling to make a positive impact on people and their communities. In Cycle Oregon’s case, the people impacted are Oregon’s many rural residents who benefit from the ride’s economic boost and from community projects funded through the Cycle Oregon Fund. (more…)
Cycle Oregon made several big announcements at their annual Kickoff Party that was held at the Portland Art Museum tonight.
In addition to their 27th annual Week Ride and their newer, family-oriented, Weekend Ride, there’s a brand new event aimed at a much more exclusive audience. “CO3” — which will be held June 19th through 24th — is billed as an “intimate” event that will be a way to “take your level of support for Cycle Oregon and its philanthropy even higher”. The ride will be limited to just 30 people, who will pay $3,000 each to take part.
Here’s more about CO3 from Cycle Oregon:
“… you’ll enjoy an intimate, high-end tour at the same time! This ride takes the CO experience and intensifies it in three ways: deeper community connections and impacts; more challenging routes; and amenities like farm-to-table meals and deluxe lodging. And you’ll even help choose a project that Cycle Oregon will donate $30,000 toward – from the proceeds of this ride.”
The servers handling registration for the 2013 Cycle Oregon ride collapsed shortly after people started signing up on Wednesday. Now the organization is still digging out of the snafu and they hope to have everything cleaned up by Monday.
Cycle Oregon went to online-only registration in 2012 and people clamored to sign up. They filled a record 2,000 spots in just 31 minutes. With that in mind, people wanted to make sure they didn’t get left out. Cycle Oregon used a new registration vendor this year (PreRace.com), and it seems they couldn’t handle the ride’s popularity.
You know an event ride is a big deal when 1,000 people show up — for the route announcement. As per tradition last night at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Cycle Oregon unveiled their 2013 route with a full-blown party, expo, and all the fanfare we’ve come to expect from what many consider “The best bike ride in America.” The theme of this year’s ride is “Saddle Up.”
The 26th edition of the Cycle Oregon will head to eastern Oregon and will begin and end in the small town of John Day. Here’s more from a Cycle Oregon press release:
“Along the way riders will pedal through the Strawberry Mountains, bisect the Bear and Silvies valleys, cross one of the busiest avian flyways in the world at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and explore the western edge of The Great Basin… Besides John Day, the route includes overnight stays in Burns, Diamond, Crane and Seneca. Riders will have the option to ride a loop on Day 4 from Diamond south past Frenchglen and back, skirting Steens Mountain.”
See the press release below for information about a new scholarship fund in honor of Mark Bosworth, the Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing while working at the event in 2011 and has never been found. The fund will be launched at the Cycle Oregon 2013 route announcement event in Beaverton tonight.
Contact: John Miller, 503-866-6518
Family launchs the Mark Bosworth Fund at 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party
At the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party on Tuesday, Feb. 5, family and friends of Mark Bosworth will launch a fund in his name that will send fellow cyclists to Cycle Oregon, a yearly event near and dear to Mark’s heart.
The Mark Bosworth Fund will sponsor a first-time rider in Cycle Oregon each year. The fundraising goal is $30,000 for this year, with nearly half of that already raised. The money will cover the fee for the week-long Cycle Oregon ride, including meals and the tent and porter fee. The application process for candidates, fundraising efforts and a new website – www.markbosworthfund.org – will be announced at the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Spots on the annual ride fill up fast, but Cycle Oregon organizers will hold one open each year for the Mark Bosworth Fund. Applications for the Bosworth fund for this year’s ride are due March 15. The application can be downloaded at www.markbosworthfund.org.
Mark, an avid cyclist and longtime Cycle Oregon volunteer, vanished on the night of Sept. 16, 2011 near Riddle High School, the night before the final stretch of that year’s Cycle Oregon ride. Extensive searches in the days and weeks following failed to turn up any sign of him.
“When Mark went missing from Cycle Oregon on Sept 16, 2011 we all thought that the nightmare would end soon,” said Julie Bosworth, Mark’s wife. “As the days and weeks stretched on and on until now we’re into the second year of missing Mark, his disappearance continues to be a mystery. However, I know for a fact that Mark would love the idea of having his name attached to a scholarship designed to get a first-time rider to experience Cycle Oregon, removing cost as an obstacle. Mark was always fixing bikes, lending bikes, helping people to get on their bikes and to gain confidence on their bikes. The Mark Bosworth Fund is another step in what Mark loved to do his entire life.”
Mark, age 54 at the time of his disappearance, had survived two bouts with cancer. His family and doctor believe the cancer returned, leading him to be confused and disoriented at the time he vanished. There’s a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding Mark. Anyone with information about Mark’s disappearance should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at 541-440-4471.
Efforts to find Mark
• Following Mark’s disappearance hundreds of volunteers and members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team as well as other law enforcement personal conducted searches in and around Riddle.
• Posters went up in the area as well as at stops along main arterials from Northern California through Oregon and Washington.
• Billboards with Mark’s photo and description were put up. Alerts went out to law enforcement across the country as well as truckers.
• Family, friends and strangers joined together to call 4,450 hospitals in the US in hopes of finding Mark.
• Outreach was done at cycling events.
• Renowned cyclists Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond used social media to share Mark’s story
• A website, FindMark.org, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account continue to share information about Mark and the hopes of finding out what happened to him.
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Cycle Oregon has just posted a new documentary, Beyond the Ride, that chronicles the history and the power behind their annual week-long ride. The documentary was created by the biking film crew at Path Less Pedaled.
Watch the video below and learn how Cycle Oregon is far more than just a bike ride… (more…)
two SAG vans in Ashland, Oregon.
(Photos by Will Vanlue)
Last month I spent a week volunteering on Cycle Oregon in one of their SAG vans. I get a lot of questions about what exactly a “SAG” is and what we do to support the ride, so I figured I’d share a bit more about my experience.
Even some people who have ridden Cycle Oregon for years, who’ve been lucky enough to avoid mechanical programs and fatigue and so haven’t needed a ride, have asked me how the SAGs work. And while the logistical details are interesting, there’s a whole other reason why I choose to volunteer in a SAG van year after year.
First, a little background on SAG vans and Cycle Oregon. (more…)