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Cycle Oregon 2013 route full of eastern Oregon treats

Posted by on February 6th, 2013 at 9:30 am

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.”

The 7-day route will take riders 505 miles with an elevation gain of about 17,750 feet. You can read the day-by-day descriptions here. Check a map below:

Cycle Oregon’s Weekend Ride (a shorter version, popular with families), will return to Corvallis this year. Participants will be treated to a host of supported loop options and activities based out of the campus of Oregon State University. The theme of the Weekend Ride is “Summer Bike Camp.”

Registration for both events opens at noon today (2/6) and is only available online at CycleOregon.com. If you want to do the Week Ride, I strongly suggest getting your fingers and credit card poised (ride cost is $895). There are only 2,000 spots available for the Week Ride and last year they sold completely out in just 31 minutes.

— Also announced at last night’s event was the Mark Bosworth Fund. The fund, created in memory of the Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing while on the ride in 2011 and has yet to be found, will sponsor a first-time rider in Cycle Oregon each year. More info at MarkBosworthFund.org.

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  • Zaphod February 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Also… you’ll find the rolling Trailhead bike-cafe at select rest-stops handing out free and delicious coffee during the route. Signup is at noon today. It’ll sell out within the hour or less. Be online at 12:01 ready if you fancy doing this epic ride.

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  • TVCB February 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    http://www.markbosworthfund.com/ link is not working, not sure if its the link or the destination site that is incorrect/down.

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  • BURR February 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The southern half of that route is one of my favorite places in the state, but watch out for ticks in the Strawberry Mtns!

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  • Oliver February 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    And We’re Off!

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  • GlowBoy February 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wish I could go. The one CO that I have done was in 2001, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. This year’s route looks like it covers 70-80% of the same pavement as the 2001 ride (though they’ve rearranged the sequencing quite a bit). It’s a fantastic part of Oregon that many Oregonians never see.

    Fortunately I don’t expect a major catastrophic and catalyzing event, changing the course of global history, to occur this time around while everyone’s innocently camped on the lawn of the Crane boarding school.

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  • Joe McGee February 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

    You should do a report on the disaster that has unfolded around the Cycle O registration process. Quite a discouraging mess and an uncharacteristic stumble by Cycle O.

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