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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
BBQ & Bike Wash
Saturday - May 7
Having Fun and getting your bike washed TOO!
Take a tour on one or all of the rides planned for the coming months on Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways. You are probably already aware of the Up and Down Ride, July 23, on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway here in Southern Oregon. But you might not know about the others. Each will be a treat in its own right but all of them in the same year…that would be a life experience.
- Grande Tour, May 7-8. Be ready for about 60 miles of riding each day. Begins in La Grande and your luggage will be transported to Baker City and returned to La Grande on Sunday. For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/GrandeTour2016
- Old West, June 9-12. Three-day, 199-mile ride includes accommodations and most meals. For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/OldWest2016
- Cascade Siskiyou, July 23. Appropriately called the Up and Down Ride, you’ll travel 51 miles and gain about 5100 feet of elevation. Barbeque lunch served after the ride. For more information and registration, http://bit.ly/UpandDown2016
- Blue Mountain Century, Sept. 17-18. Organizers shuttle riders to Ukiah for the first day. Includes gourmet barbeque dinner served Saturday night in Heppner. For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/BlueMountainCentury2016
- Cascading Rivers, Sept. 17-18. The family friendly one-day ride is 12 miles. Other one-day ride options range from 38-52 miles. Your luggage is transported for you and all meals are provided on the two-day event. For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/CascadingRiver2016
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In advance of the Club’s April membership meeting, the Club’s ride leaders were asked in a survey to evaluate members’ riding behaviors during group rides. Their insights, compiled in the Ride Leader Survey, April 2016, provides a window both into rider behavior as well as ride leader concerns. Club members present during the April membership meeting were asked, as were the ride leaders as a part of the survey, to identify their top three concerns. Remarkably, members and ride leaders agreed. The top area of concern is Club members failure to stop at stop signs/obeying the rules of the road. Tied for second place were “respect for the established ride pace” and “failure to establish lane control on roadways that are too narrow to share with motor vehicles.”
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Save the date. Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. is the annual Ride of Silence. The 11 mile loop begins and ends at Hawthorne Park in Medford. The ride is open to the general public. Helmets are required. The pace will be 12 MPH or less. No one will be dropped.
The Ride of Silence serves an international remembrance of those who have died or have been injured while cycling, and to raise awareness of cycling safety. Last year there were 357 Ride of Silence events in 20 countries on 7 continents. Forty-nine of the 50 US states hosted at least one ride. Please join us.
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The Club’s annual BBQ and Bike Wash is on for May 7th at Tom and Linda Ryan’s home. You can register HERE.
Tom and his crew of bike wash mavens have promised to lavish attention on those hard to reach places on your frame, each nipple on every spoke, and every tooth on each cassette and chain ring. The bike wash and socializing starts at 12:00. The menu? It’s a BBQ; great food and drinks.
The Club’s rides will either start and end at the BBQ or have there mid-way stop located there. That way, we can all experience the fun, joy and good times that the Ryan’s get-down BBQ offers.
Register now. That way Tom and Lynda will know how much BBQ sauce will be needed for the Velo’s many members who attend.
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Lamb Saddle, Toothpick, Caterpillar, and Catwalk trails will be open for hiking and biking on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. The operations at Lambs Saddle Trailhead area are now completed. Lomakatsi is bringing in special equipment throughout next week to return the roads, trails, and forest restoration staging areas to their pre-existing condition. Trails south of Coggins Saddle are still closed until forestry crews get debris dealt with and trails rehabilitated and opened.
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