Cycle Oregon 2015

The original theme of the ride was “Hell on Wheels,” then a wildfire forced a change in plans. Even so, the riding, the people, and the communities have remained stellar.

We covered the ride as an official media partner of Cycle Oregon, a non-profit that uses cycling as a tool for economic revitalization of rural towns and cities.

Final thoughts on an unprecedented Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 21st, 2015 at 1:50 pm.

Another Cycle Oregon rides off into the sunset.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cycle Oregon wrapped up its 28th edition in Baker City on Saturday. 2,200 riders and hundreds of volunteers and staff have packed up their tents, taken down road signs, and returned their support RVs and “sag wagons.”
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A Grande old time: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 6

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 4:50 pm.

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Medical Springs Highway with the Wallowas in the background.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Retracing pioneer trails: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 5

Posted on September 17th, 2015 at 4:52 pm.

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Portlander Jackie Yerby rides on Old Highway 30 past the
limestone hills of the Burnt River Canyon.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I hope no one complained on today’s ride. Sure, our 50-mile route from Farewell Bend State Park to Baker City had its share of climbing (about 3,000 feet) and a stiff headwind; but it was nothing like what pioneers faced.
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Backtracking can be beautiful: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 4

Posted on September 16th, 2015 at 2:45 pm.

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Big skies and big clouds are a great combination.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In general, I despise backtracking. Loop or die is how I usually roll. But today we learned that backtracking can be beautiful.
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To Hell and back: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 3

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 10:03 pm.

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Brownlee Reservoir from Highway 71.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The theme of this year’s Cycle Oregon is “Hell on Wheels.” So, despite the major change in plans I shared last night, today we were given the option of biking into Hells Canyon. So you better believe we took it.
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Fire forces major re-route of Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 7:22 pm.

Rumors started swirling around camp by late afternoon.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

For the first time in Cycle Oregon history, the ride has been forced off its planned course. The reason for the change is the Dry Gulch fire which started Saturday near Richland, Oregon, a town close to Halfway, where Cycle Oregon was headed tomorrow.
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‘Jesus light’ and an old-time fiddler band: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 2

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 3:26 pm.

Cycle Oregon is much more than just a bike ride; but sometimes when the road and the landscape all come together it feels like the ride is the only thing that matters.

When we woke up this morning for our 53 mile jaunt from Farewell Bend State Park to Cambridge, Idaho, the light was perfect. A friend here on the ride called it “Jesus light.” Clouds filled the sky as the sun tried to peak through them, sending rays of light over our heads. And we just so happened to be cycling through a gorgeous section of the Snake River canyon (on Porter Flats Road just west of Weiser, Idaho).

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Faces and places on the road: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day One

Posted on September 13th, 2015 at 3:03 pm.

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The Italianate style Leo Adler House (now a museum) in Baker City.
Mr. Adler and his family lived here for 94 years.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Getting things started at Cycle Oregon 28

Posted on September 12th, 2015 at 9:47 pm.

For sale at the Cycle Oregon gift shop.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

People from 46 states in America and six countries around the world have made their way to Baker City in Eastern Oregon to embark on the 28th annual Cycle Oregon ride.

There are 2,200 riders here, ranging in age from 8 to 81. Add them to the several hundred staff and volunteers and they constitute one-fourth the size of the total population of this “large” Eastern Oregon city (whose population has hovered around 10,000 for the past 100 years). Cycle Oregon has created a small, completely self-contained city at the Baker Sports Complex. The sprawling base camp is complete with a live entertainment stage, a gift shop, a bike shop, showers, and more. If the mood strikes, you can even do yoga, get an acupuncture treatment, or get a pre-ride massage.[Read more…]

Rolling deeper with Cycle Oregon in 2015

Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 1:48 pm.

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Riders and locals in the historic town of Shaniko on Cycle Oregon 2014.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Those of you who’ve been around this site a while know that I’ve always been a huge fan of Cycle Oregon, a non-profit known mostly for their fully-supported week-long rides that venture into the most remote corners of our state.

Now I’m very excited to share that this year BikePortland is an official media partner.
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