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Cantrall Park Loop
The route up to the top of Cantrall Road is strenuous but worth the effort. You climb through thick fir forests mixed with madrone trees. The average gradient of the climb is 8.9% wi...
The Lakes Loop
The Lakes Loop is a great training ride in the weeks before the Mountain Lakes Challenge (MLC). It incorporates all of the really hard parts of the MLC and still gets in roughly 50 mile...
Ashland Watershed Loop
Nothing about this ride is ordinary; the road is single-lane decomposed granite, the route is remote (like cycling in the wilderness), and the surrounding landscape is breath-taking. Yo...
Galice to Wolf Creek Loop
Ride goes from Galice Resort to Wolf Creek. This is a scenic route along the Rogue River and Graves Creek for much of the route. There are many miles on Graves Creek Road that is a si...
Crater Lake Loop
This is probably the classic ride in Southern Oregon. It brings everything a rider could want to the table. It's a short 33 mile loop around the lake with several options for start...
Applegate Dam via Sterling Creek
This route leaves from Jacksonville and starts to climb immediately on Cady Road. Once at the top of Cady you make a left onto Sterling Creek Road. The climb from Jacksonville to the...
Cedar Flats/Deer Creek
Experienced cyclists who've exhausted all of the possible rides and loops in the Medford/Ashland area may not be aware of this very challening loop south of Grants Pass. Like the C...
Salmon River Loop
If any ride speaks to the rugged beauty of the State of Jefferson, the very challenging Salmon River Loop does it in spades. This 100 mile loop is in the middle of one of the least deve...
The road to Anderson Gap is one of only a few paved one lane roads that climb into the mountains above the Bear Creek Valley. It does this in spectacular fashion. I enjoy hard climbs. A...
There aren't many places around with views like you get on the Mt. Ashland Road. Once you clear the initial mile you are thousands of feet above the landscape below and the horizon...
Butte Falls Prospect
The Butte Falls/Prospect Loop is an amazing ride into the cascades. It has some good climbing - nothing that will break the legs - and superb scenery. Traditionally the club rides will...
Conde Creek Loop
The Conde Creek Loop is one of the harder rides the Club will run each year. It is very similar to the Cedar Flats/Deer Creek Loop in that it is generally a rolling/flat ride with one v...
Triple Peak Challenge
Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Try riding to the top of Dead Indian, Mount Ashland and the Greensprings in one day. The total elevation gain for the 92-mile thigh-burn...
The ride to Applegate Lake and back is possible at just about any time of the year, it just so happens that it's about the best moderate length ride to open the season in the sprin...
The Woodrat ride is a great intermediate length loop that quickly takes you out of the populated Rogue Valley into a forrested rural area. The ride is roughly 46 miles with 3000 feet of...
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Drive your bike.
Paint is nice but a protected bike lane would have been better. Would a retrofit be possible?
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Phillip Kolczynski suggested reposting this Wall Street Journal article describing how Kalamazoo, Michigan is coping with an unthinkable tragedy.
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The closure of the western portion of the Ashland Watershed remains in effect to provide for public safety. It is effective through July 1. The public is asked to respect the closure area, both for their own safety and the safety of the people working to restore forest health and resiliency.
Due to continued trespass violations, law officials will increase patrols in the closed area and will continue to issue citations to people inside the area closure.
The helicopter continues to work in the area. Work takes place 7 days a week in order to minimize closures and interruptions.
The public needs to remain out of the closed area to facilitate uninterrupted work. Signs are posted to clearly mark those areas that are off-limits.
Updates posted at www.ashlandwatershed.org and www.facebook.com/AFR.Project.
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The 6th Annual Eagle Point Cycling Challenge, co-sponsored by the City of Eagle Point and Siskiyou Velo was held 11 June. The ride was the culmination of about 6 months of planning by the steering committee of Alan Curriston from the City of Eagle Point and Viki Brown and Donald Coker from Siskiyou Velo. Alan had organized this ride for the previous 5 years practically by himself. Viki and Donald did the ride last year, thought it was great, and got Siskiyou Velo involved as a co-sponsor.
In the planning phase, routes were selected, permits obtained from governmental agencies, food for aid stations and meals selected, volunteers solicited, liability insurance obtained, porta pots ordered and a thousand other details were attend to.
In the days just prior to the event the routes were marked with spray paint, corners with gravel were swept, food was bought for the aid stations, the registration packets were organized and hopes were made for good weather.
The weather turned out great being partly cloudy with a high of 77. It was cool at the beginning as the 100 k riders rolled out at 7:30 (two guys I don’t know were in a hurry and rolled out before the official start and were never caught by the peloton).
The other routes had later staggered starting times from 8:30 to 10:00 so, hopefully, everyone would get back at Harnish Wayside Park for the delicious post ride meal. That pretty much worked out.
Twenty of our members chose the very challenge 100k route with the climb to Butte Falls
including Harlan Bittner,Ed Broyles, Edward Busby, Ted Clay, Frank Correia, Dennis Cramer, Steve Dorman, Bill Dorris, James Ferguson, Alfred Harrison, Shane Irving, Douglas Kent, Rich Lavoy, Rod March, Arlyn Melvie, Nancy O’Neal, Jennifer Reynolds, Charlie Schink, Scott Stinegraber and William Stevens. I worked the aid station at the beginning of the climb and I saw a lot of smiles as they took in fluid and food and attended to their personal needs prior to the climb to the top.
Ten riders from Siskiyou Velo did the 50k route
out to the Lake Creek Store and then back over the steep hill on Brownsville-Meridian Road including Eugene Carte’, Peter Currer, Diane DiVita, Rich DiVita, Bob Gerbi, Mark Gustafson, Carol Huffman, Virginia Jenson, Eric Spivak, and Wenona Spivak.
Five riders from Siskiyou Velo including George Beckman, Jane Ramage, Lee Ramage, Ken Kelley and Cookie Webb did the 30 k route
up Butcher Shop Hill, through the Eagle Point Golf Course and then out into the surrounding countryside.
The family with the most riders was the Bechtolds from Eagle Point with 4.
The oldest rider (among the limited number who acknowledged their age) was 79. Way to go.
Thanks to Henry Lawrence, city administrator of the city of Eagle Point, volunteers Doug Dentling, Kris Curriston, Ruth Hewitt, , Donald Brown, Dennis Mihocko, Nick & Joannie Parsons, and Kathie Bate from the City of Eagle Point. Willi Zilkey, ML Moore and Rebecca Bittner from Siskiyou Velo volunteered. Thanks also to Jeff Ewen of Jeffro’s Grill who supplied the delicious after ride meal
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From Jackson County Roads:
We do not have the sequence worked out yet, it will probably be around July 8 before that is complete. However, we have the complete, un-sequenced, list, which I’ve attached. The prep work on this list has begun (crack filling, digouts, etc). We expect to begin the actual chip sealing around July 25 and complete chip sealing around Aug 12. It will be around Aug 31 when we complete all brooming and fog seals.
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