Cycle Oregon

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.

My family’s Cycle Oregon Weekend (photos)

by on July 13th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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My crew aboard the Buena Vista Ferry which crosses the Willamette River southeast of Monmouth.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In my opinion, the best thing about Cycle Oregon Weekend has nothing to do with cycling at all.

A ride where women outnumber men? That’s the fact at Cycle Oregon Weekend

by on April 28th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

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Fun in numbers.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

In the bike world there are a number of accepted truths. One of them is that there are far fewer women than men on bikes in America. You see this phenomenon play out on the streets when commuting or running errands around town. Beyond anecdotal evidence, the statistics also bear it out.

Female participation at large, organized event rides usually fares a bit better. But a ride where women outnumber men? That was the surprising fact I came across when doing some research on Cycle Oregon’s Weekend Ride (which is coming up in July by the way).

The Weekend Ride turns 10 years old this year and, according to Cycle Oregon’s demographic data, for the past two years women have accounted for 52 percent of the participants. When the event — essentially a three-day mini-version of the group’s more well-known Week Ride — first started in 2005, attendance by women was only at about 38 to 40 percent. Then, as word spread, it jumped to nearly half before tipping the scales in 2013 and 2014.

Rolling deeper with Cycle Oregon in 2015

by on April 10th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

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Riders and locals in the historic town of Shaniko on Cycle Oregon 2014.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Those of you who’ve been around this site a while know that I’ve always been a huge fan of Cycle Oregon, a non-profit known mostly for their fully-supported week-long rides that venture into the most remote corners of our state.

Now I’m very excited to share that this year BikePortland is an official media partner.

Cycle Oregon is going to Hell

by on February 4th, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Cycle Oregon Ride Director Steve Schulz at tonight’s route announcement/kickoff party.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cycle Oregon kicked off their 2015 season with a big party at the Portland Art Museum tonight. Hundreds turned out for the bike lovers’ version of an Apple product launch to learn where the 28th edition of the ride will venture this year.

Album release party tonight for daughter of missing Cycle Oregon rider Mark Bosworth

by on November 20th, 2014 at 10:37 am

Tonight at Velo Cult will be an album release party that will have special meaning to many people in the local bicycling scene.

Kelly Bosworth grew up singing songs and playing music at home with her dad Mark Bosworth. Mark is the man who went missing from a Cycle Oregon campsite in September 2011 and has never been found. Now Kelly is releasing her first album and it will take place at a bike shop and music venue that has cemented itself as an important community gathering place.

Here’s more about Kelly’s journey to music (taken from her website):

BikePortland Podcast: Pedaling the urban/rural divide with Cycle Oregon

by on October 7th, 2014 at 11:31 am

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In our latest episode, we talk about biking’s role in bridging the urban/rural divide.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Can cycling really make a difference to help close the yawning gap that exists between Oregon’s cities and its small, rural towns?

Last Day of Cycle Oregon: Closing the loop in The Dalles

by on September 15th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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The final descent into Riverfront Park in The Dalles.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

After seven days, 489 miles, and 35,000 feet of climbing, my Cycle Oregon 2014 experience concluded in The Dalles on Saturday.

Cycle Oregon Day 6: Madras to Tygh Valley

by on September 12th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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Riding outside of Maupin alongside the roaring Deschutes River.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)


Cycle Oregon Day 5: Madras to Smith Rock State Park

by on September 11th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

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Crooked River canyon just south of Lake Billy Chinook.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)


Cycle Oregon Day 4: Tygh Valley to Madras

by on September 10th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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After conquering the hardest climb in Cycle Oregon history, riders fell deeply in love with a water crew member assigned to spray us at the top.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)