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.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
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.”