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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 sprin...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
All Ages and Abilities
Cycling on City Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Cycling Safe for Everyone
The Medford Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, at their April meeting, unanimously endorsed incorporating the National Association of City Transportation Official’s document entitled Designing for All Ages and Abilities into the City’s transportation plan.
In their letter of support the Committee noted that: “a City providing streets that are safe and comfortable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities are critical for attracting wide ridership. All Ages & Abilities bike facilities are safe, comfortable and equitable. More people will bicycle when they have safe places to ride, and more riders mean safer streets. Bikeways that provide comfortable, low-stress bicycling conditions can achieve widespread growth in mode share. High-quality bikeways expand opportunities to ride and encourage safe riding.”
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As one storm system rolled out and we caught a break until the next one rolls in, the Siskiyou Velo Moderate riders (13-16 mph) put in a Really Full Day out on Rogue Valley roads. The “official” ride started and ended at Don Jones Park in Central Point. At 66 miles it took in the Evans Valley Loop – one of our favorite truly back road rides around here. Some of us started and ended in Ashland while others rode from Jacksonville to Ashland and then out for at least part of the Evans loop. Out of 8 total, 4 put in a full century or more, despite three flat tires, some unexpected headwind, and a few cold rain showers. However you do the Evans Valley Loop, you enjoy a quiet road, easy rollers, and a pleasant ride along Evans Creek.
The official ride route left Don Jones, took some back roads through the bottom lands, then headed north on Table Rock Road until we joined Meadows and the short and not too steep Meadows climb. One rider mentioned that if we were “real men” we’d have done Antioch instead. OK. We’ll do that next time, men or not. On this club favorite ride, you descend into the Evans Valley then make the crossing of 14 miles to Wimer. Stopping in Wimer is always a treat. They genuinely like us at the store, make great sandwiches and to die for french fries, and have a nice outside eating area. From there is was over to the quieter West Evans Creek Road (East is busier), through Rogue River, and along the valley road to Gold Hill. We climbed out of Gold Hill over the infamous Blackwell Hill the wove our way back through the bottom lands to Don Jones.
The “full ton” century riders either started in J’ville and rode around through Ashland or started and ended in Ashland (me, Ed Busby, and Matt Walker). We rode the Greenway out to Don Jones experiencing our first flat (me again) right at Cellular Park. The other two flats were John Fries between CP and Wimer and involved a fairly significantly torn tire. Rick Berlet carries a little bit of a mylar envelope for just such emergencies (of course he does) and after the second one, there were no more problems. We understand John had two brand new tires hanging in his garage. I’m guessing they are on his bike now.
Riders for all or part: me, Ed Busby, Jen McCracken, Matt Walker, John Fries, Mark Moran, Bruce Rider, Spencer Countess, and Rick Berlet.
If you are a visitor or pondering a visit to the Rogue Valley that might include some cycling, feel free to contact us (me specifically if you like) and we’ll give you some advice about best places to ride. See our Recurring and Non Recurring Rides listings for rides you may be interested in joining if you are looking for someone to ride with.
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Viki Brown lead the Velo Melo Club Ride on March 31 and submitted the photo of the group to the Medford Mail Tribune. Impressive!
The photo was prominently featured on the back page of the front section of the paper. Take photos of your Club rides and submit them to the Medford Mail Tribune by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As it happened, on my first day back on the bike this spring, I hit a rock and it caused a pinch flat on the rear. After getting the bike pulled to a stop, I started looking for a suitable (safe, flat, and clean) place to lay down the bike. I found, much to my surprise, a nearby “opportunistic work stand.” The work stand made this flat one of the quickest and easiest ever to repair. My hands still got dirty but the stand held the bike steady as I removed and put on the wheel. Try it for yourself when you have your next, inevitable flat.
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Dennis Cramer and Shane Spano (Dominic Barth behind the camera) at the top of Carpenter Hill. Beautiful view from the top of the hill with lots of sun and blossoms starting to come out. The trio is returning from Jacksonville after the Monday Coffee Ride with trips up Cady Lane and Carpenter Hill as a side trip.A look at the barn and trees in full bloom on the first bump up Carpenter Hill.
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