Live! from the Cycle Oregon route announcement party

[Cycle Oregon enthusiasts fill the lobby of the Tiger Woods building at Nike HQ in Beaverton.]

I’m sitting in the posh and packed auditorium in the Tiger Woods building at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton. The crowd is buzzing with hundreds of cyclists from near and far eagerly awaiting the announcement of the route of the 20th edition of Cycle Oregon.

Keeping with tradition, the route is a closely guarded secret and will be announced in a multimedia slideshow in the next few minutes to “oohs” and “aaahs” from the crowd (I’m not kidding, I witnessed this behavior last year).

I’ll be updating this post as the route is announced.

[Jonathan Nicholas]

Jonathan Nicholas, decked out in a dapper suit and tie, and dubbed as the “soul of Cycle Oregon” has just taken the stage…

-He just announced that the Cycle Oregon Fund — which funded start-up grants for things like Bridge Pedal, Community Cycling Center, etc… — has funded a startup grant to the fledgling Friends of the Restoration of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The group hopes to completely restore the scenic road by 2016.

Cycle Oregon 2007 – Cascades Backroads

And here’s the first look of the 2007 Cycle Oregon jersey. Inspired by Crater Lake and designed by Nike designer Bill Cass (he created Lance Armstrong’s shoes).

Goodbye…thanks for tuning in.

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