New Bike Tour Added to Cycle Oregon’s Annual Lineup

Photo courtesy of The Dalles Chronicle

Photo courtesy of The Dalles Chronicle

For cycling enthusiasts, it doesn’t get much better than riding in Oregon. In an effort to “provide financial support to the state’s rural communities while highlighting some of the best roadways and scenery in the world,” Cycle Oregon organized its first event in September 1988.

This year, Cycle Oregon will add a third ride – the CO3 – to its lineup of annual bike tours. The CO3, a small upscale tour limited to 30 riders, will feature “more challenging routes and amenities than other Cycle Oregon events”, including farm-to-table meals and deluxe accommodations at “historic hotels and rustic lodges”. Additionally, riders will also have the opportunity to choose a project, funded via the event’s proceeds, that benefits the host community.

The CO3 ride will cover 330 miles and 24,000 feet of climbing over the course of five days and includes the communities of Walla Walla and Waitsburg, Washington as well as Enterprise, Halfway, and Baker City, Oregon. Highlights on this ride include Rattlesnake Grade and the ascent to the ski area at Anthony Lakes. The CO3 ride takes place from June 19-24 and registration for the event opens on March 15.

In addition to CO3, Cycle Oregon will also host the 27th edition of the Cycle Oregon Week Ride in September which begins and ends in The Dalles, and The Weekend Ride in July which is geared toward riders of all ages and skill levels and includes views of the Yamhill River as well a few vineyards and wineries.

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