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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 spring. It...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 open...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
All Ages and Abilities
Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone
This year, the City of Ashland is undertaking a Downtown Revitalization project to “improve the sense of community and place while creating an affordable, safe, and functional multi-use transportation network in the downtown core.” The project will amend the City’s Transportation System Plan (“2034 TSP”) (PDF), which was adopted in 2012 and establishes Ashland’s transportation development priorities through 2034. The 2034 TSP sets a goal of expanding active transportation infrastructure to encourage non-auto travel (p. 33; Goal #1, Objective 1B) to lead Oregon and the nation toward adopting “green” transportation infrastructure.
The plan also prioritizes safety for all modes of travel by, among other objectives, “[s]trategically plan[ning] for safety and operational improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians” and by reducing bicycle/pedestrian crashes by 50% within 20 years (p. 34; Goal #2, Objectives 2C, 2H).
From Ashland 2034 Transportation System Plan, adopted October 2012:
Goal #1: Create a “green” template for other communities in the state and nation to follow.
Objective 1b: Expand active transportation infrastructure to include features that encourage non-auto travel. Potential features include bicycle boulevards, bicycle lanes, wider bicycle trails, and improved lighting for bicycles and pedestrians.
Goal #2: Make safety a priority for all modes of travel.
Objective 2C: Strategically plan for safety and operational improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Objective 2H: Reduce the frequency of bicycle and pedestrian related crashes in the City of Ashland by 50% in the next 20 years.
Last year, Siskiyou Velo and several dedicated club members campaigned to urge the City of Medford to integrate NACTO’s All Ages & Abilities (PDF) contextual bicycle design into its TSP update so that a safe and connected bicycle network in Medford is prioritized. As a result, the NACTO document was included as an addendum to Medford’s TSP. Yet until we realize safe and connected bicycle networks throughout the Rogue Valley, our work is not yet complete.
The Club’s board has approved and submitted a letter to the Revitalize Downtown Ashland Citizen Advisory Committee outlining our position on All Ages & Abilities and urging the City to implement a safe and connected bicycle network that will lead to achieving its stated transportation and safety goals. A comprehensive bicycle network designed to prioritize safety and improve personal mobility for all is the only way we can achieve this vision of a green Ashland that prioritizes the safety of its residents and visitors while creating a livable, vibrant community that will continue to promote economic vitality.
Please join us in support of downtown revitalization planning that truly embraces the visionary ideals of the Ashland community. ASHLAND RESIDENTS: Will you please attend the public meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee tonight, January 8 at the City Council Chambers at 1175 East Main Street scheduled to start at 4PM.
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The Velo Melo group had the first ride of the year on January 4th. They road through the orchards behind Phoenix and 15 people participated along the route. The photo shows 8 of the 15 riders. It was a cold but sunny day and a good way to start out the new year 2020.
L to R: Lisa B, Julie MacD, Rich LV, Steve N, Steve B, Gina S, Robin D, and Debbie R
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Voting for the SV Board ended Dec 5. The results are:
TOTAL Voting Members: 33
SV Board members for 2010:
Harlan Bittner, Dennis Cramer, John Fries, Alan Hubbard, Jennifer MacCracken, Jeff Roberts, Ann Smith, Mike Vergeer, Matt Walker, Frank Hoeper
Totals for each candidate including write-ins:
32 Harlan Bittner
33 Dennis Cramer
32 John Fries
32 Alan Hubbard
33 Jennifer MacCracken
32 Jeff Roberts
32 Ann Smith
32 Mike Vergeer
33 Matt Walker
01 Frank Hoeper
The Board will meet in January and assign individual Board positions.
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The club is excited to announce that Siskiyou Velo branded apparel is now available for purchase on line through Decemberf 19th. Ordering instructions and reference materials can be found below. A set of sample sizing jerseys should be available at Flywheel Bicycle Solutions (550 W Pacific Hwy, Talent) starting Friday, December 6 and also at the Holiday Party, Creekside Estates in Phoenix the evening of December 7. I A size guide link is available below for those who don’t need to “try before buying”.
Lots to choose from this year; jerseys, vests, cycling jackets, shorts, gloves, leggings and socks. Champion does not charge for shipping but they do require that all orders be sent to one address. The bulk order will be shipped to my house approximately 4 weeks after the webstore closes. I will figure out how best to get you your purchases at that time. Each purchase will be individually marked and packaged for easy distribution.
Please follow the instructions below for best results:
Size Guide Size chart points to a very form fit. If there is any question, Champion Sports recommends sizing up.
Product Catalog – descriptions here.
Please order from a desktop or laptop computer if possible. These are custom orders with many important details that are better viewed on a large screen.
a. Click Store Link http://custom2.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?SiskyouDec19
b. Click thumbnail image of product you want (Jersey for example.
i. Select the style of that product you would like (images shown on this window are stock, not your design.
ii. Enter preferences, sizes and quantities for that product (you will see your design associated again on this window)
c. Click Checkout
i. Login if you have ordered in the past.
ii. Sign Up if this is your first order
iii. Pay from PayPal landing page using your Credit Card or PayPal account. Watch for a confirmation email/receipt from PayPal momentarily.
iv. Please double check your order details for accuracy, there are no returns on custom garments
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Consumer Reports says: “Remember: A bike helmet should be replaced every five years, or sooner if it is damaged. If the helmet has been involved in an accident, replace it, even if it does not appear to be damaged. The expanded polystyrene foam that dissipates the energy from the impact may still look intact, but bike helmets are designed to do the job just once.”
If you’re in the market for a new helmet, here are two resources to help:
1. Courtesy of Joanne Mitani, an excellent rating of bike helmets:
Virginia Tech’s Bicycle Helmet Ratings, recently updated. Note that there are buttons to filter the list by type (road, urban, etc.).
2. Consumer Reports helmet buying and fitting guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/bike-helmets/buying-guide/index.htm
(A Consumer Reports subscription is required to view their recommendations, but not the buying guide.)
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