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Cycle Oregon puts ‘Weekender’ event on hold

Posted by on January 4th, 2019 at 9:41 am


*Photos of 2017 Weekender event in McMinnville by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland

2019 C.O. Dates

Mark your calendars, and start training!

  • Kickoff Party – 1/30
  • Gravel – 5/17 ~ 5/19
  • Joyride – 6/22
  • Classic – 9/7 ~ 9/14

In its 32nd year of existence, the venerable Cycle Oregon is evolving once again. In recent years, the nonprofit known for its week-long “Classic” ride, has added women-only and gravel events to broaden its appeal and accessibility.

Now Cycle Oregon has decided to put their popular Weekender event on hold. Here’s what CO Executive Director Steve Schulz shared with us about it in an email this morning:

“WEEKENDER has been a Cycle Oregon staple since 2004, hosting the event for tens of thousands of cyclists over the years all throughout the Willamette Valley. Offering daily routes for every level of cyclist, it’s been home to every age group and ability, providing activities and amenities for both young and old, and it’s important to us to continue to offer an event for such a broad audience.

However, over the last number of years attendance of the WEEKENDER has decreased annually. Accordingly, Cycle Oregon has decided to re-examine the event and its operational model. We want to create a way to incorporate some of the ideas its long-time riders have provided, strengthen the event from all angles, and bring it back positioned for the next decade. The format of an all levels inclusive event won’t be changing; this is one of the finest parts of this Cycle Oregon offering and something we’re very proud of. We look forward to bringing WEEKENDER back to the Cycle Oregon line of events in the future.

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The Weekender is a great event that offers much of the appeal of the Classic ride but in a form that makes it more accessible to families and people who can’t block out a week in September and/or can’t afford the registration fee ($999). In 2015 we noted how it was one of the very few major organized bike rides where women outnumbered the men. Originally conceived as a family-oriented event, in past years it’s also become a perfect place to hang out for a few days with your riding buddies.

In other Cycle Oregon news, the big 2019 route unveiling and kickoff party is January 30th at the Portland Art Museum. The first 500 people in the door will get the honor of early registration and be entered into the drawing for a “Golden Ticket” — an all-access free pass to the 2019 Classic Ride.

And if you’re looking forward to Cycle Oregon’s Gravel or Joyride events, mark your calendars for May 17th-19th and June 22nd respectively. This year’s Classic will run from September 7th to 14th.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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JM, Shouldn’t the 9/7-9/14 (in the bullet point list) be the Classic?

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Well, this year was going to be the year I was going to try Cycle Oregon for the first time. I guess they are no longer welcomeing to men who can’t ride for a week straight and need something more low-key.

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Cycle Oregon has never been an inclusive group to me. Like all cycling groups it’s a spandex club. Sure, the easy weekender ride is within my capabilities , and maybe even my kid’s. It’s not within my wife’s. (according to their 2018 data) No other ride was within my comfort zone. And I’m not driving a car over 100 miles to ride a bike under 20 miles. Why would I go so far away when I could just ride across town and back? I wouldn’t.

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Johnny Bye Carter… I’m challenged by your comment. I ride with several cycling groups, some fast some slow; some inclusive some exclusive; my wheeler pals have diverse goals and abilities. This year I volunteered to crew for an classic organized fund-raiser ride with 30,60,and 90 mile options hoping to be inclusive as possible for our size… We published start times for each, slightly staggered. We neglected to publish a finish time, when the last post-ride meal would be served to paying riders. That mistake may be as foolish as presuming what someone else’s capabilities are or their definition of INCLUSIVE is.

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I enjoyed the Weekender last year, and am disappointed I won’t be able to do that or the JoyRide ride – they moved the JoyRide ride a few weeks, and unfortunately it is at the same time as PedalPetal – also a ride that has a strong showing of women. I imagine they moved it to reduce the chance of the poor weather that hit the ride the last two years.

I can imagine it is hard to plan out when to do a ride, but really wish organizers would look to see what other big events are going on that day/weekend to spread things out a bit more. I’ve really enjoyed the CycleOregon smaller rides, so will have to look forward to them in 2020.

Lee
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I’m sorry to hear this about Cycle Oregon, but if you’re looking for a community-oriented (and philanthropic) weekend ride, please consider joining the “Bike MS: Willamette Valley” event on August 3 & 4. We have route options from 20 – 100 miles. Use the discount code NEWRIDER for 25% off registration!

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I’ve participated on many CO events, but they have lost me. They will continue to loose riders, employees, volunteers and sponsors as long as Steve Schultz is in charge. His autocratic style is counterproductive in this kind of event