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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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Despite a rather rainy day, over a dozen hearty souls showed up to ride with Siskiyou Velo for the annual Ride of Silence. Thanks to the two Medford Police Department officers on their bicycles who escorted our ride.
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The ride is open to all ages and abilities and is intended to raise awareness among motorists of people riding bicycles on the streets and roads. All riders are required to wear a helmet.
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RVTD and Siskiyou Velo are co-sponsoring a bike ed/training course on May 19th at 9:30 am at the RVTD offices on 3200 Crater Lake Ave, Medford. The course will help you to improve your street smarts, as well as provide you with an opportunity to learn advanced bike handling skills. It is a fast paced, fact filled experience utilizing a combination of lecture, parking lot drills, and on-road cycling.
To register – send an e-mail or call Edem Gomez at 541.779.5821.
The course is likely to run a bit over 3 hours. A complete description of the course is available HERE.
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One of the great things about being a cyclist in southern Oregon is California. No, seriously. Far northern California offers us a variety of interesting cycling routes with somewhat different challenges and scenery, including views of Mt. Shasta or the snow-capped Trinity Alps from just about everywhere. One of the club members’ favorite rides is the challenging loop our of Yreka, south over the Gazelle Summit, down into Callahan, then back up through Fort Jones, over the Green Mountain Summit, and back into Yreka. It’s 82 miles and nearly 5000 feet of climbing. On a beautiful spring day in May seven intrepid club members (average age older than dirt) set out from Yreka. The first 17 miles of the ride is a quiet and relatively flat ride paralleling I-5 on Old 99 and Old Westside Road into the tiny town of Gazelle. Then begins the long ascent of the Gazelle Summit. It’s a mild climb at first but turns into true Alpine-style switchbacks for the last 4-5 miles.
Topping out, we got a great view of snow-capped mountains before beginning a long, gentle descent into the little town of Callahan. At mile 40-something, we parked our bikes outside the one business in Callahan, a convenience mart and bar, whose proprietor always greets us Lycra-clads with a smile. After a short break, we turn right over the Scott River and follow Eastside Road – a virtually car-free alternative to Highway 3 for 20 miles to Fort Jones. Mostly flat with a few rollers, the road offers super view of the surrounding mountains as it works its way through green fields of alfalfa and pastures with large herds of cattle. A quick stop in Fort Jones to fuel up for the climb ahead and we head into the final 15 miles back to Yreka. The first 4-5 miles are a gentle climb on a good shoulder along busy Highway 3, then the final serious climb begins. After putting more than 70 miles in our legs, this is a fair challenge – not steep but relentless until we top out on Green Mountain Summit. Then it is literally all downhill back to Yreka and a well-earned breath of relief.
For anyone looking for a challenging mountain ride but with long stretches of easy flats and unmatched views, the Yreka-Callahan loop (clockwise) just might be the ride for you. I’m sure we’ll do it again this summer.
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