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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...
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 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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 start...
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...
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...
All Ages and Abilities
Bicycling on Medford Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone
The latest round of Trump imposed Chinese tariffs will effect $1 billion in bike products. The tariffs hit virtually all bike related items out of China, including complete bikes, frames, components, tires, wheels, inner tubes, auto racks and some accessories. Only helmets escaped the tariffs.
“With about 95 percent of all bikes imported into the U.S. coming from China, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the tariffs would make almost every other bicycle sold in the country more expensive.” (source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-30/u-s-bike-industry-sees-little-benefit-from-impending-tariffs)
Posted by Gary Shaff 11 hours ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
Channel 10, KTVL, ran a brief story about improving bike facilities, mentioning AAA, and including an interview with Jeff Roberts. It aired on Sep 12 @ 6pm and you can see the online version here.
Posted by Jeff Roberts 4 days ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
Do you want “safe and convenient” bicycling facilities in the community that you live in? What a silly question. Of course, everyone who rides a bicycle or would like to, wants bicycle facilities that are safe, as well as, convenient. That is the objective of “all ages and abilities” bicycle designs (see siskiyouvelo.org/aaa/ for more information).
During the past eight months, the Club’s Board has been diligently working to convenience the City of Medford to reflect that approach in their transportation plan. We’ve had some successes; gaining endorsements from the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and other City appointed and elected officials. Unfortunately, that level support will not change the status quo.
That is why the Club has created an on-line petition to help demonstrate the extent of community support for safe bicycle facilities. Please click on this link: siskiyouvelo.org/submitaaa to add you name to the petition. When you sign, the Club will send an electronic letter under your name to the Medford City Council. Please include your own story of why bicycling, as a mode of transportation, is important to you. As an alternative, you could detail the extent and number of close calls or motor vehicle collisions that you’ve endured while driving your bicycle.
Non-Medford residents are also invited to sign. There isn’t a community in the Rogue Valley that is full-filling its lawful obligation to create a “safe and convenient” bicycle transportation network for its residents. If we can convince Medford of the merits of “all ages and abilities” bicycle designs, other cities in the Rogue Valley will be more receptive and may follow suit.
Posted by Gary Shaff 1 week ago | 0 comments | View/Post New Comment
Harlan Bittner, Club President, and I were guests on the Jefferson Exchange, JPR’s news program. You can listen to the 18 minute long program HERE
Posted by Gary Shaff 2 weeks ago | 1 comment | View/Post New Comment
The Club’s annual Ice Cream Social is scheduled for September 15 at 11:00 to 1:00 at Colver Park, Phoenix. There is no charge and you are welcome to eat as much ice cream as you like. Watch for Club rides to be scheduled earlier that morning. Fingers crossed that the smoke will clear in time.
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