It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel all of our 2020 events—Classic, GRAVEL, Joyride and WEEKENDER—due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure rider and community well-being. We cannot predict when large events will be allowed, or when events like Cycle Oregon will be prudent, given the continued need for physical distancing.
We did not come to this decision easily or lightly. We know the widespread impact and ripple effect these cancellations have on you and our other participants; on the Oregon communities who receive an economic boost for helping us execute our events; on the vendors who support our rides by providing food, drinks, showers, mechanical support and more; and, of course, on Cycle Oregon itself.
We are a nonprofit organization that relies solely on the income from these events to fulfill our mission to transform lives through cycling. Like many nonprofits, we are currently facing challenges unlike any we’ve ever felt before, and we are doing our best to preserve our organization. The entire Cycle Oregon staff and board of directors were looking forward to riding with you in the Painted Hills, the Willamette Valley, Corvallis and the Eastern Columbia River Gorge. We are very disappointed not to host these rides in 2020, and we are doing everything we can to be able to host rides and give back to rural Oregon for years to come. We applied for and received a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, which will allow us to continue to operate through June and process all cancellations. In July we are ending our Portland office lease and furloughing the team to 60% time. We will work remotely the rest of the year as we develop and implement a strategy to carry Cycle Oregon into 2021 and beyond.
To help Cycle Oregon continue operating during these uncertain times, and, in turn, support Oregon’s rural communities, which are being hit hard economically by the pandemic, you may make a donation in the amount of your choosing here. (Note, donations are not tax-deductible, as Cycle Oregon is a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit.)
If you were registered for a 2020 event and would like to convert your refund to a donation, please click here.
From all of us here at Cycle Oregon, we appreciate all the emails, calls, donations and other forms of support we’ve received from our community in recent weeks. We hope you stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to connecting with you as the year rolls on.
Cycle Oregon Team