Eagle Point Cycling Challenge
The 6th Annual Eagle Point Cycling Challenge, co-sponsored by the City of Eagle Point and Siskiyou Velo was held 11 June. The ride was the culmination of about 6 months of planning by the steering committee of Alan Curriston from the City of Eagle Point and Viki Brown and Donald Coker from Siskiyou Velo. Alan had organized this ride for the previous 5 years practically by himself. Viki and Donald did the ride last year, thought it was great, and got Siskiyou Velo involved as a co-sponsor.
In the planning phase, routes were selected, permits obtained from governmental agencies, food for aid stations and meals selected, volunteers solicited, liability insurance obtained, porta pots ordered and a thousand other details were attend to.
In the days just prior to the event the routes were marked with spray paint, corners with gravel were swept, food was bought for the aid stations, the registration packets were organized and hopes were made for good weather.
The weather turned out great being partly cloudy with a high of 77. It was cool at the beginning as the 100 k riders rolled out at 7:30 (two guys I don’t know were in a hurry and rolled out before the official start and were never caught by the peloton).
The other routes had later staggered starting times from 8:30 to 10:00 so, hopefully, everyone would get back at Harnish Wayside Park for the delicious post ride meal. That pretty much worked out.
Twenty of our members chose the very challenge 100k route with the climb to Butte Falls
including Harlan Bittner,Ed Broyles, Edward Busby, Ted Clay, Frank Correia, Dennis Cramer, Steve Dorman, Bill Dorris, James Ferguson, Alfred Harrison, Shane Irving, Douglas Kent, Rich Lavoy, Rod March, Arlyn Melvie, Nancy O’Neal, Jennifer Reynolds, Charlie Schink, Scott Stinegraber and William Stevens. I worked the aid station at the beginning of the climb and I saw a lot of smiles as they took in fluid and food and attended to their personal needs prior to the climb to the top.
Ten riders from Siskiyou Velo did the 50k route
out to the Lake Creek Store and then back over the steep hill on Brownsville-Meridian Road including Eugene Carte’, Peter Currer, Diane DiVita, Rich DiVita, Bob Gerbi, Mark Gustafson, Carol Huffman, Virginia Jenson, Eric Spivak, and Wenona Spivak.
Five riders from Siskiyou Velo including George Beckman, Jane Ramage, Lee Ramage, Ken Kelley and Cookie Webb did the 30 k route
up Butcher Shop Hill, through the Eagle Point Golf Course and then out into the surrounding countryside.
The family with the most riders was the Bechtolds from Eagle Point with 4.
The oldest rider (among the limited number who acknowledged their age) was 79. Way to go.
Thanks to Henry Lawrence, city administrator of the city of Eagle Point, volunteers Doug Dentling, Kris Curriston, Ruth Hewitt, , Donald Brown, Dennis Mihocko, Nick & Joannie Parsons, and Kathie Bate from the City of Eagle Point. Willi Zilkey, ML Moore and Rebecca Bittner from Siskiyou Velo volunteered. Thanks also to Jeff Ewen of Jeffro’s Grill who supplied the delicious after ride meal