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Cycle Tourism

Cyclists constantly seek new and exciting routes. We actively search for these destinations and describe the riding experience for a growing audience ready to travel. Our cycle tourism articles detail the high points of each ride and offer ideas on what to do and see when not in the saddle.






Lucca: The perfect Italian cycling town

Lucca is a community that relies on bikes to get around as much as they do cars and it’s a must-go destination for cyclists ready to travel for one-of-a-kind experiences.

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Cascade-Siskiyou: Southern Oregon’s extreme ride

The 54-mile Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway east of Ashland, a city best known for its acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is becoming a must-ride destination. The bikeway is part of Oregon’s one-of-a-kind scenic bikeway program, a series of 15 designated routes throughout the state. With more than 5,000 feet of elevation gain, the Cascade Siskiyou route is among the more difficult.

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Up and Over McKenize Pass

It was early June and Highway 242 – Oregon’s McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway – had just been cleared of several feet of snow. The state highway department prohibits motor vehicles to drive here until the third Monday in June so once we passed the snow gate, the road was ours.

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McMinnville Cycling: Getting Out in the Country

Full disclosure: I used to take a bus between my Salem home and downtown McMinnville so I could ride my bike home from work. Did I do it for the exercise? Sure. For the love of cycling? Of course.

I also did it for the Yamhill County countryside. I rarely went the same way two days in a row; I liked to vary it up so I could enjoy different routes, different scenery.

Not much has changed ...

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Oregon Timber Trail: 670 miles of amazing adversity 

Harry Dalgaard will never forget the moment he pushed his bike up the trail on Crescent Mountain“When you crest the Crescent trail, you get this absolutely stunning reward,” he saidI didn’t mind pushing my bike, a little hike-and-bikeIt was tough but when you get to the top of Crescent Mountain and see Mt. Hood, it’s well worth it. Adversity rewards you with amazing things.” 

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Riding the Marys Peak Climb

Marys Peak is a wondrous place for anyone who likes to get outdoors. For dedicated road cyclists, a ride to the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range is a bucket list event. And, when considering Benton County’s seven wonders for cycling, Marys Peak is clearly No. 1.

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Pedaling the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

The route, popular with both road cyclists and mountain bikers ready to ride on pavement, traces the Elk River east to Butler Bar Campground. As we pedal this section’s winding route, the river’s emerald waters grab our attention, compelling us to stop along the road to drink in the scenery. The views are simply too inviting.

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East County San Diego: Peddling for Apple Pie 

The idea of riding to Julian was appealingI’d driven the famous Sunrise Highway in San Diego’s east county but never ridden it. What could be better than pedaling 30 miles toward a slice of Julian’s famous apple pie? 

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San Diego: Bucket list ride along the coast

The tiered climb to Mt. Soledad was a challenge, a slow, steady push for nearly four miles up Soledad Mountain Road near the San Diego coastline. The bike lane through this residential neighborhood tilted as much as 10 percent in spots yet each peddle stroke was worth the effort when we finally reached the top. 

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Exploring Oregon’s Scenic South Coast Bikeway

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway, one of Oregon’s 16 officially designated scenic routes, starts and ends in the tiny coastal town of Port Orford. The bikeway includes a 38-mile out-and-back ride into the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and an excursion out to the westernmost point in Oregon and a historic lighthouse.

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