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Fund that pays Cycle Oregon entry fee now accepting applications for 2016 ride

Posted by on February 26th, 2016 at 9:47 am

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The three Mark Bosworth Fund riders in 2015.
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Mark Bosworth.

It’s been four and-a-half years since Metro employee and Cycle Oregon volunteer Mark Bosworth went missing. It was the evening of September 16th, 2011, the final night of Cycle Oregon, when he said goodnight to friends and walked toward his tent. He was never seen again.

While Mark is missed immensely by his family and friends, his name lives on through the Mark Bosworth Fund. The 501c3 fund exists to make it possible for new riders who otherwise couldn’t afford the $985 entry fee for the week-long Cycle Oregon ride. Since it was launched in 2013 the fund has sponsored nine first-time riders — most of them under the age of 30 which is about 15 years younger than the average participant.

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Bosworth Fund award winner Lily Karabaic on Cycle Oregon 2014.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’ve ever imagined yourself doing Cycle Oregon’s legendary Week Ride but weren’t sure you could pull it off on your own — or perhaps know someone who’d be a good fit for this opportunity, now’s the time to step up.

The application period just opened and they’ll accept submissions until March 15th. Winners will be announced on April 18th which will give the winners five solid months to train and prep for the big ride. This year’s much-anticipated route heads to the southwest Oregon Coast.

Learn more at MarkBosworthFund.org.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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I was in Riddle that day in 2011 and wonder about Mark’s disappearance sometimes.

That was a long day with the ride over the Coast Range from Powers. 90 miles almost and nearly 5000 foot summit. Pretty wild descent really. Long fast pace lines following the Cow Creek to Riddle. Swim opportunities in the creek. Hot day too.

The next day (final day) was easier and only 48 miles so I partied it up pretty good.

I wouldn’t bother with their food and broke a molar on a piece of pizza that night in the beer garden. A scholarship is what it would take to get me on another CO.

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A couple notes: 1) Thank You Jonathon, for the awesome article.”Sweet”. 2) The CO2016 coastal route is, I think the reverse of some earlier CO ride, not the Gone Coastal Ride when Mark was lost in 2011. 3) The MBF ridership is for First Time weeklong riders. 4) Doug: Mark also had Pizza that night.