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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...
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 Conde...
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...
Greensprings Keno Access Loop
This loop will take you through some very scenic areas around two lakes in the cascade range before you get onto the Keno Access Road. The Keno Access Road does a gentle climb up to a...
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 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...
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 starting l...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 open...
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...
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 spring. It...
All Ages and Abilities
Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone
Cyclists are identified as “obstructions" in the new Passing Law; we are Vehicle Operators under the Code, entitled to equal protection with motorists
From Phil Kolczynski:
When a new Vehicle Code provision affecting cyclists was to become law effective on Jan.1, 2024. I thought that SVC might be interested in finding any local articles analyzing the new law from a cyclist’s perspective and trying to improve drivers’ treatment of us on “their” roads.
I submitted my Guest Opinion article below to the Editor-in-Chief of The Rogue Valley Times ON the morning of December 12th, 2023. I received a written apology from a senior editor at the Times a week later, notifying me that my article had “fallen into the proverbial cracks” but would be published verbatim as soon as possible in the Guest Opinion Column. My article emerged from the cracks and appeared in print on Dec. 21st.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 1 month ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
Priscilla is a cycling dog. In the past 10 years she has often been seen on the roads between Colver Park and Talent. Having missed only a few riding days in her life, it is estimated that she accumulated over 30,000 miles while being towed by a recumbent tricycle. To accomplish this feat of endurance, she enlisted the aid of one of our Siskiyou Velo Club members, Jerry Rhoads.
Jerry began preparing for the position of dog chauffer in 1975 when his brother talked him into training for a bicentennial crossing of the United States in 1976. The brothers completed the event but were unable to get a ride back to California. They turned their bikes around and re-crossed the US to get home.
To further prepare himself for riding with Priscilla, Jerry participated in many super-endurance events. He completed the daunting “Markleeville Death Ride” (130 miles and 16,000 feet of climbing in one day) several times. He entered the famous “Paris-Brest-Paris” event (720 miles) and finished under the 90-hour limit. Many years he rode over 15,000 miles – and that did not include the miles with the trailer and Priscilla.
Over the years, Priscilla went through several bikes and at least three trailers but had only one man. Priscilla took her last ride in early December. A week later, Jerry was honored by the Velo Club for having been a member for over 30 years. He smiled when he saw the framed certificate and quietly passed away a few days later, on December 26.
Priscilla has now moved to California and regales her new dog friends with stories of cycling the roads of Oregon.
Many thanks to Jerry’s good friend, Bill Tout, who wrote this memory of Jerry and Priscilla.
Posted by Lisa Brill 1 month ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
Thanks to Gary Shaff for bringing this to our attention:
From Oregon Public Broadcasting: https://www.opb.org/article/2023/12/12/pass-cyclist-oregon-law/
Posted by Jeff Roberts 2 months ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
See this Update on the Main Street restriping project from Public Works Director John Vial during the November 2nd City Council Meeting (Select “Main Street Restriping” at 23:39 from the content topics on the left).
Posted by Jeff Roberts 3 months ago | 2 comments | View/Post New Comment
The Brisk group did the Stout ride in the Bikes N Brews bicycle ride on October 14th. This is a multi-route bicycle ride sponsored by the Downtown Medford Association. The Stout ride is the longest ride and is 67 miles. The route takes riders into Gold Hill and out into Sam’s Valley before returning to downtown Medford. There were multiple aid stations along the way staffed by excited individuals. These were well set-up, and all riders appreciated the aid and support of those at these rest stops. Seven of us were in the Brisk group for the ride and the weather was very good for the route. We observed the annual eclipse on the first hour of the ride and were able to see it due to a heavy blanket of fog without the normally necessary glasses. After the eclipse, the sun came out and warmed everything and made the rest of the ride very enjoyable.
Posted by Dennis Cramer 4 months ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment