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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.






Gearing Up for Cyclists

Cycle tourism in Oregon wine country remains under-developed. Few wineries — and fewer wine regions — around the state have connected wine tourism with cycle tourism. Winery owners and tourism marketers agree.

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Discoveries on the way to Oregon’s Applegate Lake

South of the quaint gold rush town of Jacksonville is Applegate Lake, a picturesque reservoir only a couple miles from the California state line. I’ve been writing about Southern Oregon for more than 15 years, yet I’ve never heard a mention of this place. It was time to take a look.

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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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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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5 Ways to Cycle Southern Oregon

The vivid blue water of Crater Lake holds your attention, erasing for the moment the memory of the last hill you just climbed. The payoff, this expansive view, makes the work worthwhile. Riding a bike around Crater Lake is not easy. The elevation gains around Rim Drive and thin air - you're at 6,000 feet above sea level - challenge your lungs and your legs. The multitude of cars, trucks, and RVs competing for that narrow lane of traffic makes it even harder.

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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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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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Oregon adds Sherar's Falls as 16th Scenic Bikeway

Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway, located in north-central Oregon, was approved in June as the 16th official state scenic bikeway, officials announced. The 33.4-mile loop starts in the small town of Maupin and follows the White and Deschutes rivers.

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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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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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