Early registration for COG Breakaway and Paceline Members opens Thursday June 10 at 11 a.m. (check your inbox for an email invitation)
Cycle Oregon is back this September with the special-edition Tygh Valley Rally— ‘built for the moment’ unique back-to-back weekend cycling events in the beautiful eastern Columbia River Gorge where the high prairie meets the White River Canyon and the foothills of Mount Hood.
The basecamp for both events is the Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley, where riders can camp under the stars far from any city lights. After a day of riding, cyclists can enjoy a warm shower, sip locally crafted beer and wine, participate in basecamp activities and share stories while listening to live music and enjoying a fully catered meal.
Participants can create a weeklong trip by registering for one or both weekend events to take advantage of all the area has to offer. The Wasco County Fairgrounds will be available to Cycle Oregon participants for camping between events, and we’ll offer suggestions for midweek activities ranging from road and gravel routes to rafting trips to day hikes.
Weekend #1 – Gravel Forward: September 10-12, 2021
Two days of gravel rides with sweeping vistas and wide-open roads. Tailored for cyclists who love exploring roads less traveled, the routes include challenging hills as well as easy rollers through the plateau grasslands and rolling foothills just east of Mt. Hood. The routes include a mix of gravel and paved roads.
Day 1 – This route takes us into the foothills leading towards Mt. Hood and along miles of high plateau grasslands that quickly turn to forest.
Day 2 – High plateaus and rolling wheat fields lend the setting for spectacular panoramas that get better around every turn.
Weekend #2 – Road Forward: September 17-19, 2021
Two days of road rides through wheat fields and along solitary, forested roads. Cycle beside the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, stopping to check out historic sites, welcoming towns, magnificent waterfalls, and views of Mount Hood. For those who want an additional challenge, Day 2 includes two optional hill segments, where you can earn some bragging rights.
Day 1 – Today’s route takes us to the community of Dufur before we head up and explore the remote forest roads of the Mt. Hood National Forest. (There is a 2.5-mile section of gravel on the main route.)
Day 2 – We get to enjoy one of Oregon’s prized cycling routes - the Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway – and for the hearty, we’ll have two hill challenge segments where you can test your mettle (complete with hill conquering shenanigans at the top!)
Cost: $350/ weekend. Sign up for both weekends and save $50!