Oregon’s back roads, miles of trails, intimate inns and dining options make the state ideal for a road trip on two wheels.

It’s time to get reacquainted with that two-wheeled thing in the garage that you have been ignoring all winter. Are you up for some white-knuckled criterium spectating, or a muddy mountain bike race? How about a funky art-bike parade? Or Maybe you just feel like going for a ride. Here are some ideas to get your biking season in gear.

Watch or race: The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic rolls out June 8-10 in the Columbia River Gorge. Pro riders and weekend warriors alike compete in road races, a time trial and a criterium in downtown Hood River. (Warning: “Crash Corner” is not the place for the faint-hearted). Mud will fly during the Oregon Enduro Series Super D (that stands for downhill) races in Bend, Ashland, Hood River, Sisters and Mt. Hood/Sandy. Races start in June and roll through summer, with finals in September.

Mix and mingle: For quirky fun in Bike Town (a.k.a. Portland) check out Mississippi Avenue’s Cirque du Cycling on June 16 for the Art Bike Parade, Family Ride and high-speed bike race. Or double your fun at the 27th Annual Northwest Tandem Rally, June 29-July 2 in Salem. Enjoy scenic group rides, wine tasting, food and music.

Just ride: The Oregon Trail still offers adventurers an epic ride. Check out Oregon’s newest (and ninth) official scenic bikeway. The Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway is a challenging, 134-mile figure-eight loop leaving from La Grande and looping through Union, North Powder and Baker City in rugged Eastern Oregon country including sections of the original Oregon Trail. Take a couple days if you need; there are plenty of great places to stay and eat along the way.

And if you’re hankering to see what’s at the end of the Oregon Trail, embark on the inaugural Barlow Road Ride, an historic two-day century (100-mile) course from Oregon City to Government Camp.

National champs: Watch the big dogs race for national titles in Bend. The USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships take place September 5-9, with 800 competitors expected. And stick around Bend for the USA Cycling Marathon Mt. Bike National Championships on September 15.

Editor’s Note: To see a complete list of cycling events in Oregon this year, check out

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Maria Gath says…

    You know there are other rides as well like:

    9th Annual CASA “Ride Through Paradise” Cycling Event. Make sure to stretch first as your ride makes a difference for foster children! Join other cyclists for this challenging event that supports CASA, a non-profit program that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children. Four levels of rides ranging from 13 miles to 100 mile courses offer an option for everyone. Lunch and live music is included with registration. Pledge letters are included in the Registration Form. Grease up your chains by July 28th, 2012.

    8th Annual Crater Lake Century Ride. For a change of scenery, avid cyclists can join the Crater Lake Century Ride which will include both Century Riders (100 miles) as well as Metric Century Riders (62 Miles). Both will start at the Fort Klamath Museum and after a short warm up, they will begin their 3,000 ft ascent to the rim of Crater Lake. This extremely difficult leisure ride allows for breaks at the rim to soak in the views of the brilliantly blue, awe inspiring Crater Lake before the trek back to camp at Fort Klamath Museum. If you are up to the ride of a lifetime, you will not want to miss your opportunity to partake in the Century Ride. Costs are $55 per rider and $90 per team.

    Written on May 16th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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