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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...
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...
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 spring. It...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 Conde...
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...
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...
All Ages and Abilities
Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone
This update is courtesy of the Medford Public Works Department. I learned at the December BPAC (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) meeting that the Larson Creek Trail will be extended from Ellendale to Black Oak in 2019. This trail currently goes from the Greenway (just under the freeway, south of Barnett) to Ellendale. The project is now out to bid, and the estimated completion time is the end of 2019.
This trail extension will allow bikers and pedestrians coming east from the Greenway to avoid busy Barnett. That’s a very good thing.
The plan is to eventually extend this the Larson Creek Trail all the way to Phoenix Rd – no date yet for that, but you can see details of the plan on this page – click on Chapter 6.
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In addition to eating less meat, you can also use your bike more frequently – especially for short trips around town.
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Here is the latest news release on this story from the Bend Bulletin, dated Nov 26:
Original article from the Bend Bulletin on Jan 16: http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/5924369-151/prosecution-driver-in-fatal-crash-berated-cyclists.
I’m posting this just so people are aware of the attitude of some motorists. Be careful out there.
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A December 1 article by Jordan Smith in Bicycling Magazine includes a story analyzing aggregate data for all Strava users during the past year. The story is available HERE.
Strava is an on-line record keeping service for athletes of all kinds; cyclists, runners, nordic skiers, swimmers, or gym rats, etc. It’s likely that you can use Strava to keep track of your rides if you use a bike computer or have a smart phone (just download the Strava app). Using Strava, you can easily keep track of your rides; ride to ride, month to month or year to year to compare mileage, average speed, or fastest speed on a particular segment, or to compare your performance to others. Strava (Garmin Connect or Ride with GPS) is another way to maintain motivation and interest in the sport that we all love.
Bicycling Magazine reports that “if you’re 60 to 69 years old, you must be in your cycling prime. Both men and women in this age group in the U.S. logged the longest average rides. Men ages 70-plus logged the second most miles, and women ages 70-plus came in third for their gender, proving age is just a number. Cyclists made a major impact on the environment both globally and in the U.S. Bike commutes were up almost 43 percent worldwide and 31 percent in the U.S. These commuters reduced their carbon footprint and offset 1.2 billion pounds of CO2 globally.”
You can join “Siskiyou Velo on Strava,” our on-line bike club. There are currently 41 members and growing. Log-in to Strava and then search for Clubs to find and join Siskiyou Velo on Strava.
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The Medford Mail Tribune published a guest editorial titled “Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford” on October 28.
The Medford Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update for 2018 to 2038 was approved by the Medford City Council on Nov 1 by a vote of 5 to 3. As discussed in the guest editorial, Siskiyou Velo has advocated over the last year for Medford to explicitly include standards for safe and convenient bicycle facilities for people of all ages and abilities in the TSP Update.
Though we were unsuccessful in convincing the City to include those standards explicitly, the Update does include references to those standards as well as examples of street cross sections with separated bike lanes, among the safest cycling facilities available. During the question and answer period following Siskiyou Velo’s oral testimony, one City Councilor encouraged Siskiyou Velo to continue working with the City for safer and more convenient bicycle facilities. Another Councilor who voted against adoption of the TSP Update gave, as one of the reasons for her no vote, the need for a more extensive bicycle and pedestrian network in her Ward.
We will continue to advocate for a safer and more convenient bicycle network in Medford and the entire Rogue Valley.
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