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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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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.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 5 days ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
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
Posted by Mark Moran 1 week ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
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.)
Posted by Jeff Roberts 1 week ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
We had a great meeting Thu 11/21 @6:30pm at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Medford, with 15 people attending. There were two new members who introduced themselves. The verbal feedback was that the meeting was very good and people appreciated having a meeting. We had a very interesting presentation on the Greenway from John Vial and Steve Lambert from Jackson County Parks dept. Thanks to Joanne Mitani and Bob MacCracken for greeting people, and thanks to Lan Roberts for providing refreshments. Two members offered to be greeters and one to provide refreshments at future meetings.
We had a very interesting presentation on the Greenway from John Vial and Steve Lambert of Jackson County Parks. They covered the history of the Greenway, maintenance activities (especially root surges), and cleanup of transient camps. Here’s a .pdf of the presentation. Steve also shared a video on Greenway cleanup – “Greenway Sweep Story“.
Harlan Bittner and John announced that SV will be partnering with Jackson County Parks to help mark hazards on the Greenway. Look for more news on this volunteer activity in the new year.
Highlights from the written feedback:
- 100% of respondents said the time and location was convenient. Several attendees commented that the location was nice and there was plentiful parking.
- 80% said they would like to have quarterly meetings going forward, 20% monthly.
- 100% said the speakers were interesting and well-informed, and questions were answered. 80% said the Q&A was worthwhile.
- The only suggestion for future meeting topics was “extension of the Greenway to N. Mountain Park and Emigrant Lake” which I’ll pass on to Jackson County Parks.
So I plan to schedule quarterly meetings at the same location and time going forward.
All in all, I think it was pretty successful meeting. Thanks to those attending and especially to the greeters, refreshment provider, and for the help cleaning up.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 2 weeks ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
Here is a photo taken at the 2018 Crater Lake Ride the Rim. The riders shown in the photo are (L to R) Dennis Cramer, Steve Levesque (hidden beside Dennis), Dan Morse, and Bill Dorris. This picture was published in Horizon Airlines Beyond magazine for August 2019. It was included as part of some of the upcoming activities in Southern Oregon. It gave a great scenario of the ride and the scenic nature of the area. It is something every bike rider should do at sometime in their riding career.
Posted by Dennis Cramer 3 weeks ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment