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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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On behalf of Robbin (Cookie) Webb:
I send this with apologies. After getting burned out, I just can’t get it together to lead the slo-mos this season. Maybe once my home is reestablished. I am hoping someone will step forward to lead the group.
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You can find this ride in the Scheduled Rides section on the upper right of our home page.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 2 weeks ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
On Saturday, May 29th, fifteen Velo Melo cyclists, including “guests” and “renewed” members, enjoyed perfect weather and a casual Pandemic Recovery Ride. Phil Kolczynski led the first half and Lisa Brill led the second halfon a 27.7-mile roundtrip between Colver Park and Jacksonville with a coffee break at “The Pony.”As a “sign of the times, “all brands and styles of bike riders coordinated safely, including eTandem, Trike, Recumbent, and Single Fixed Gear Bike enthusiasts.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 3 weeks ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
The first 2021 Siskiyou Velo Club “Pandemic Recovery” Ride was held on May 22, 2021. Fourteen riders participated and rode 25 miles through the Phoenix and Talent orchards, with a coffee stop at Gather Cafe (formerly Downtowne Coffee) in Talent. It was beautiful bike-riding weather, and we hope to see you on a future ride. Velo Melo rides are being scheduled for Saturdays through the summer. Rides will abide by the club’s pandemic recovery guidelines.
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This post last updated May 26 with indoor masking guidelines.
The Siskiyou Velo board decided at its meeting on May 22 to update its policy for group rides in light of revised CDC and Oregon state guidelines. Please note the following requirements for participating in group rides:
- All rides will follow CDC, state, and local health departments’ guidelines with respect to COVID-19 (details below).
- Per the CDC, there’s no need for vaccinated people to wear a mask outside while gathering or riding. Unvaccinated people should wear their masks outside or ensure a six-foot separation.
- Though the CDC guidelines do not require masks inside for vaccinated people, ride leaders will recommend that riders wear their masks inside out of respect to the employees and owners of the business. It is a nice courtesy to the staff, so there are fewer people they have to worry or ask about whether they are vaccinated or not.
- To respect the health and comfort of our ride leaders, rides will be designated as
- Open to those riders who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR
- Open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated riders
- Ride leaders have the option to limit the number of riders, which will be indicated in the ride announcement. To accommodate this, riders must RSVP by email, in advance, to the ride leader. This applies to all rides, whether listed on the website or sent by Google Groups email.
- Ride leaders will specifically state whether their ride is open only to vaccinated individuals or to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. For vaccinated-only rides, riders must be prepared to show evidence of vaccination in the form of an electronic, photo, or paper copy of their full vaccination card. The ride leader may or may not choose to request proof of vaccination, but if any participant (leader or rider) requests it, then all participants must show compliance. Neither the ride leader nor the club will retain any vaccination records.
- The announcement will include the maximum number of riders (if the ride is capped) and an email to RSVP to. Please RSVP early or you may not be able to participate. The ride leader will maintain the emails for 2 weeks in the event that someone becomes ill with COVID and contact tracing becomes necessary.
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