7 Great West Coast Bike Rides!
Bike Friday Staff Give Thumbs up for these Great West Coast Rides
Looking for a great ride to test out your Bike Friday this summer? Here’s a collection of rides that our staff can personally attest to! Plus, these rides aren’t too far from the Bike Friday factory in case you want to stop in and say hello, try out our latest models or pick up your new bike. So without further ado, here’s a list of our picks for the best rides of the summer on the West Coast:
This isn’t the first time we have recommended this ride, and it certainly won’t be the last. The iconic Cycle Oregon has long been one of our favorite ways to get out and explore our great state. With some amazing scenery (this years ‘classic’ route takes you through the North Eastern part of Oregon) and some of the best amenities any ride has to offer (including plenty of Oregon’s famous craft beer to keep you cool!).
This year’s week long ride goes from September 8th to the 15th, find more information here: www.cycleoregon.com/
Looking for something with a slightly smaller time commitment? RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) bills itself as the Northwest’s best single day ultra-marathon cycling event. With over 10,000 feet of climbing over the course of over 150 miles, this is not a ride for the feint of heart. However, it offers stunning views of one of the most beautiful mountains in the Cascade range. This ride takes place in late July and is limited to only 800 participants a year so don’t wait, register now!
More information about the ride can be found from the organizing club, Redmond Cycling Club” www.redmondcyclingclub.org/RAMROD
AIDs Life Cycle
Who doesn’t love riding for a good cause? Each year over 2000 participants join in on the AIDS/LifeCycle ride, which goes from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The purpose of the ride is to raise awareness as well as money towards research to end HIV/AIDS. This ride goes over the course of a week, features themed rides for different days and for many is a truly life changing experience.
More information about this ride can be found at their website: www.aidslifecycle.org
North West Tandem Rally
The NorthWest Tandem Rally is more than just a ride, it’s a gathering of tandem enthusiasts from around the world! This year’s event is being held in Albany, Oregon, which is only a short drive north from our Eugene headquarters! This year’s event should be particularly epic, because of the 4th of July holiday, the event will have rides around the beautiful Willamette Valley beginning June 29th all the way to July 4th. Along with the riding, there will be a trade show and other activities planned for participating tandem enthusiasts!
Registration and Information Available At NWTR website: www.nwtr.org/2018/
STP (Seattle To Portland)
This one is pretty straight forward: this group ride starts in Seattle and goes straight to Portland. Though it is set up to be done over two days, with a mid-point stop that takes place (fittingly) in Centralia, Washington, those who want to power all the way through to Portland can do it in a single day. 10,000 riders participate in this epic event, and the area separating Seattle and Portland is really a joy to ride through.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, July 15, 2018, find out more and register by visiting Cascade Bicycle Club’s website: www.cascade.org
Oregon Gran Fondo
‘Gran Fondo’ is an Italian for ‘Big Ride’ and this one in particular doesn’t disappoint, bringing an epic ride to our own back yard of Eugene. This ride offers a few different options for riders of different skill levels, with rides of 40,71, 117 or 137 miles. This ride is particularly awesome because it is one of three rides that make up the “Oregon Triple Crown,” a series of cycling rides with a variety of conditions!
Find more info about the Gran Fondo as well as the rest of the Oregon Triple Crown at the series website.
Portland Bridge Pedal
This classic ride has been around for nearly as long as we have and it’s purpose has remained the same since it’s inaugural ride: give cyclists a chance to ride across the many amazing bridges that connect the city of Portland, which is split in half by the magnificent Willamette River. This year’s ride is limited due to construction, but it will still feature six different bridge crossings! Those who are looking for more of a challenge are welcomed to take a second lap.
This event is sponsored by Providence Health and more information/registration can be found on their site: www.providence.org/bridge-pedal