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Join These Oregon Scenic Bikeway Rides

May 9, 2018 (Updated April 29, 2019)

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This summer celebrate 10 years of Oregon Scenic Bikeways the best way possible — by riding as many as you can.

What’s better than a ride on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway? Pedaling the route with dozens of friends on a coordinated ride. Fortunately there are plenty of Oregon Scenic Bikeways ride events happening this summer. The hard part is picking which ones to join.

Oregon Scenic Bikeways are the best road rides in the state, showcasing breathtaking scenery around ever corner. This year’s ride events vary from easy to challenging, day trips to multi-day treks — but all of them will give you major bragging rights.

Read the descriptions below to find the right Oregon Scenic Bikeway ride for you.

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Bike Travel Weekend

McKenzie Pass, Old West, Willamette Valley scenic bikeways

Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Portland Region, Willamette Valley

May 31 – June 2, 2019

For one weekend, thousands of cyclists from around the world will join a group bike adventure. Choose from organized rides on the McKenzie Pass, Old West or Willamette Valley scenic bikeways. Some spend the night at a campground. Rides vary by experience and skill level.

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Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway Ride

Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

Eastern Oregon

June 6-9, 2019

Tour the state’s geologic splendor on a three-day pedal-powered exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Relish in jaw-dropping scenery, challenging climbs, thrilling descents and small-town hospitality. The ride package includes all lodging, two dinners, three breakfasts and more.

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Crest the Cascades

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway

Central Oregon

June 15, 2019

Crest the Cascades happens at the opportune time when the Old McKenzie Pass is closed to cars but open to bicyclists. The spectacular volcanic landscape sets the scene for 30.4-, 53.4- and 76-mile round-trip routes. The ride begins and ends at Village Green City Park in Sisters with aid stations along the way.

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Mayor’s Bike Ride

Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Willamette Valley

June 15, 2019

Join Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing for a family-friendly ride along the Row River Trail. Over the course of 6 miles round-trip, riders explore a prized section of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway. No registration necessary, however, helmets are required. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

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Tour de Outback

Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway

Southern Oregon

June 22, 2019

Tour de Outback offers four picturesque rides ranging from 5 to 90 miles in length with routes for all skill levels. The route follows the Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway, starting in Lakeview along low-traffic roads through the Oregon high desert and the Fremont National Forest. Aid stations provided. Families are invited to participate in the Kid Ride.

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Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway Ride

Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway

Eastern Oregon

June 29-30, 2019

Riders of all skill levels are welcome on the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway Annual Ride, where the roads are wide and have limited traffic. Adventurers seeking a challenge can tackle the entire 134-mile figure-8 route. Cyclists wanting a leisurely ride can join on the second day. Come explore the beauty of Eastern Oregon and ride some of the original Oregon Trail route.

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Up and Down Ride

Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway

Southern Oregon

July 20, 2019

The fourth annual Up & Down Ride is a beautiful, challenging and friendly ride. Choose between the 49-mile route along the scenic bikeway with 4,900 feet of climbing or the 96-mile Spencer Creek route with 7,800 feet of climbing. The ride benefits the Bear Creek Greenway, a 20-mile paved, multi-use trail that links the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point.

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Bike for Multiple Sclerosis

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Willamette Valley

August 2-4, 2019

Now in its 35th year, Bike MS: Willamette Valley takes riders on a two-day journey along vineyards, wheat fields and covered bridges. The route starts and ends at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, ranging from 18 to 160 miles. The fully supported two-day ride includes rest stops and an overnight celebration.

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Luminosa Morrison Metric Century

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Willamette Valley

August 10, 2019

Starting and ending at Champoeg State Heritage Area, the Luminosa Morrison Metric Century offers three routes and plenty of rest stops. Choose from 26, 44 or 63 miles on a picturesque loop through the heart of Willamette Valley farmland. At the finish line awaits a family-friendly party featuring live music.

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Faraday Moonlight Ride

Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

August 17, 2019

This 12-mile guided fun ride follows a gentle stretch of the Clackamas River in August when the moon is high and close to the earth. The route is along the first part of the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway from Estacada to the lower boat ramp on North Fork Lake. There will be prizes for best costumes and free pictures for all riders.

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Time Flies Ride

Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

Eastern Oregon

August 22-29, 2019

Take a weeklong journey through Central and Eastern Oregon, exploring a smorgasbord of scenic variety. From ghost towns to whitewater rapids to ancient fossil beds and beyond, this ride packs a lot of miles with even more rewards.

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Peach of a Century

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Willamette Valley

August 25, 2019

Hosted annually by the Salem Bicycle Club, the Peach of Century starts and ends at Chemeketa Community College. Riders can opt for a 75-mile Full Century or 66-mile Metric Century route. While the Full Century offers more challenging climbs, both routes follow low-volume roads past bucolic farm fields and rural communities.

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Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway Ride

Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway

Eastern Oregon

September 21-22, 2019

The eighth annual Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway Ride is a supported ride, with meals and water stops along the route. Community volunteers will deliver your items from location to another and provide a sag wagon. The two-day ride includes scenic views, historic towns, meals and transportation.

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Killer Fang Ride

Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

September 28, 2019

Named for a treacherous rapid where the Clackamas River dives beneath a house-sized boulder, the Killer Fang Ride is designed for seasoned cyclists. The route includes mountain terrain, four National Wild and Scenic rivers, salmon spawning sites and camping at Oregon State Parks.

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Raging Rapids Rides

Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

September 29, 2019

Choose between 35 or 52 miles on the Raging Rapids Rides along shaded rivers and rollicking rapids. Cruise leisurely east as the waters begin to quicken, then pedal along a cedar-lined stream. Or ride through a picturesque mountain community before a steep climb to the famed Ripplebrook store. A meal and beverage await when you return.

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Little Riffles Ride

Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

September 29, 2019

A flat social ride mostly along a gated road, the Little Riffles Ride is perfect for casual riders and children. Begin at City Hall or Faraday West and ride past three lakes through shaded maples and alders. Keep your eyes peeled for osprey or bald eagles.