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Cycle Oregon announces 2010 route: Giddy-up!


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:

“It’s the Round-Up Ride – a two-state ramble through the canyons, wheat fields, vineyards and forests of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington that includes a two-day stop in Pendleton during the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up (and we’ve reserved 2,000 tickets!). Starting and ending in the historic host town of Elgin, the route includes stops in Enterprise, OR; Clarkston, WA; Waitsburg, WA; and Pendleton, OR.”

The face of Cycle Oregon,
Jonathan Nicholas in 2006.
I hope he still has
this shirt!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Wow. Real cowboys and cowgirls rubbing shoulders with spandex-clad cyclists. The shared love of the open range and a saddle to see it on. I love it! I’m dreaming of the photo-ops already! This sounds like yet another classic Cycle Oregon that you won’t want to miss. If you want to go, you’d be well-advised to register ASAP, as this ride (which takes about 2,200 participants) tends to sell out in just a few weeks. Registration is $850 for an all-inclusive week of extraordinary rides and hospitality.

I can’t believe they’ve reserved 2,000 tickets to the Round-Up. This is going to be an epic ride in many ways. I’ve done Cycle Oregon three times now (2006, 2007 and 2009) and it’s always been memorable.

Are you doing it this year? What do you think of the 2010 route?

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