Cycle Oregon Blog
It takes a village to put on Cycle Oregon’s Week Ride. Organizations and individuals from the communities along the route play a critical role in helping us execute our signature event. And it pays off for everyone involved—Cycle Oregon spent $147,700 across participating communities this year.
That breaks down to roughly $25,000 in each host community, and about $27,000 to other communities along the way. The money goes toward supporting local groups that help with loading and unloading baggage trucks, serving meals, setting up tables and chairs, manning information booths, and providing rest-stop and finish-line support, among many other things.
“There is no way we could pull off these events without the strength and knowledge that our community volunteers provide,” said Tara Corbin, Event Director for Cycle Oregon.
For an event that spans eight days, that level of support requires a lot of people. Each host community rallies 120 local people to help out. That’s in addition to the 54 community members who chip in each day along the route. Over eight days on the 2016 ride, 1,338 local people lent a hand.
The partnerships forged between Cycle Oregon and the supporting communities create the collaborative feel of the event. They allow us to focus on the practical details of running a bike ride while the communities provide local hospitality and expertise.
“Not only do our community volunteers provide an incredible amount of labor, they add local knowledge and flavor and really become invested in our events and our riders,” noted Corbin.
Collaboration with local communities begins several months prior to Cycle Oregon’s main event. Over the course of several meetings and conversations, we work together to deliver the best possible experience. Many thanks to the groups that helped on Cycle Oregon’s 2016 Week Ride! They include the following:
- Glendale High School
- Bandon Chamber of Commerce
- Bandon High School
- Josephine County Foundation
- Soroptimist Girls Rock!
- Grants Pass Towne Center Association
- Grants Pass Museum of Art
- Rogue Music Theatre
- Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
- Grants Pass Kiwanis
- Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce
- Family Church Oakland
- Camas Valley HS Football
- Camas Valley HS Junior Class
- Camas Valley HS Senior Class
- Camas Valley HS Volleyball
- Camas Valley HS Track
- Camas Valley Grange
- Camas Valley Christian Fellowship
- South Umpqua HS Girls Basketball
- South Umpqua HS Marine Biology
- South Umpqua HS Boys Baseball
- South Umpqua HS Track/Field & Cross Country
- South Umpqua HS Drama
- South Umpqua HS Art Club
- South Umpqua HS Booster Club
- The Lancer Way
- South Umpqua HS Fandom Club
- South Umpqua HS Wrestling
- South Umpqua HS History Club
- South Umpqua HS Foundation
- South Umpqua HS Football
- South Umpqua HS Baseball
- South Umpqua HS Leadership
- South Umpqua HS National Honor Society
- South Umpqua HS FBLA
- Tri City Elementary School
- Myrtle Creek-Tri City Chamber of Commerce
- Curry Fair Friends
- Gold Beach Football Team
- City of Gold Beach
- Curry County
- Coquille HS
- Friends of Iverson Park
- Agness Community Library
- Langlois Lions Club
- Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bicycling Association
- Rotary Club of Gold Beach
- Pistol River Friendship Club
- Umpqua Velo Club
- Vietnam Veterans of America Ch. 757
- Rotary Club of Port Orford
- Agness Illahe Rural Fire Protection District
- Lookingglass Elementary School
- Young Marines
- UCC Foundation-Transfer Opportunity Program
- Friends of Langlois Library
- 42 & Spruce Downtown Corp
- Tour de Fronds
Cycle Oregon puts on the best bike rides in America thanks to the people and organizations that believe in our mission. From riders and volunteers to financial backers and in-kind sponsors, support for Cycle Oregon comes in all shapes and sizes.
One of our Champion Sponsors, Norlift of Oregon, Inc., a Portland-based material handling company has supported Cycle Oregon for 10 years. Since 2007, Norlift has provided complimentary forklifts and other material-handling equipment for Cycle Oregon events.
“Norlift approaches Cycle Oregon by first asking, ‘How can we help?’” says Brad Kendrick, Operations Manager for Cycle Oregon. “At our core, Cycle Oregon is in the logistics business, and Norlift’s help has made us more efficient. Their support has allowed us to cut days off staging, loading, and unloading for each of our events.”
“We are fortunate to be able to give back to the Oregon community that has supported Norlift for the last 31 years,” says Tom Leslie, president of Norlift. “Cycle Oregon provides a window into many lesser known, but beautiful, parts of the state. The mission of Cycle Oregon is critical to Oregon’s regional economies.”
Norlift views Cycle Oregon as an opportunity to explore the great Oregon outdoors and contribute to their sustainability.
“Cycle Oregon is great for the low impact it has on our natural resources, and it keeps us mindful of our health,” says Leslie. “For me personally, it allows me to experience a week with my three sons and an active cycling community.”
Learn more about what Norlift offers at www.norliftor.com.
If you are interested in making an in-kind or financial donation to help support Cycle Oregon’s mission, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve ridden Cycle Oregon’s weeklong event, you’ve definitely noticed Tent & Porter. Each year, Cycle Oregon sets up over 650 tents for participants to sleep in. Ever wonder what happens to all the old tents when we replace them every few years?
This year, half of the tents got donated to the Boy Scouts of America. The other half went to Looptworks, a Portland-based design company that takes excess materials and turns them into premium goods. Looptworks incorporated upcycled Cycle Oregon tents into its just-released Upcycle Coffee Travel Kit and Packable Coffee Kit.
In the travel kit, the included tablecloth is made from Cycle Oregon tents. The packable kit comes in a stuff sack that’s made from the tents. As an added bonus, Looptworks is donating 1% of every Upcycle Coffee Travel Kit purchase to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
This isn’t the first time Cycle Oregon and Looptworks have joined forces. For the 2015 Week Ride, Cycle Oregon partnered with Looptworks to create the Hell on Wheels ride t-shirts. Looptworks created the shirts out of premium textile-industry excess that was destined to be landfilled or incinerated. With each shirt conserving the 400 gallons of water required to create a new cotton t-shirt, the partnership has saved almost two million gallons of water.
Great news! Looptworks is offering 20% off any purchase for Cycle Oregon newsletter subscribers. Just enter this code at checkout: CYCLEOREGON2016.
Wondering what to get the special riders in your life this year? Here are some holiday gift ideas that are sure to impress. Not only will you give something great, but you’ll also be giving back to businesses that support Cycle Oregon!
Wintertime riders will love staying warm while training in Nossa Familia’s Wool Jersey.
For another cozy-in-winter idea, try Primal’s Rhapsody Hoodie. It’s perfect for the gym or the couch!
Riders get aches and pains in specific places. Give the gift of massage from one of Cycle Oregon’s massage therapists.
Riding with friends and family is the best. Yakima’s Fourtimer makes it possible.
If this is the year you go big, check out Bike Gallery’s screaming deal on a Trek Emonda SLR 10.
Know someone who’s jonesing to create their own Cycle Oregon? Help them hit the road with a Jayco Pecept RV or an Airstream Basecamp.
On a budget? Delicious KIND bars make the perfect ride snack.
A funny thing happens when it comes to major life experiences—like, say, spending seven days and 457 miles on a bike. Over time, the difficult aspects dissipate while the good memories take over and grow rosier. Call it survival instinct or call it selective memory, it happens. How else could we as a species get through the terrible twos, organic chemistry, and dance recitals?
As we look back on this year’s Week Ride to the southern Oregon coast, one thing becomes clear—our memories needn’t be so selective.
On the first evening in camp at Myrtle Creek, Executive Director Steve Schulz climbed on stage in his hiking boots and cowboy hat and laid down a message of “we not me.” Clearly, it stuck. Camp truly was a community this year, and riders looked out for each other. New and old friends gathered nightly to share stories and libations in the beer tent. At the crack of dawn, cheerful volunteers from the local community offered up extra-big slices of spinach feta scramble with a smile. SAG drivers picked up riders and got them to camp safely when their equipment or bodies had let them down. Everyone was determined to make the week a success, and we all came together to do it.
Mother Nature seemed to be on board as well. September in Southern Oregon can be unpredictable, but we had terrific weather all week. Mild wind, ideal riding temperatures, and hardly a drop of rain. After last year’s trial by fire, the weather gods seemed eager to make it up to us with great weather that only enhanced the beautiful country.
It wasn’t all endorphins and high fives though. The hills on days two and five pushed a lot of people to their limits. And a few thoughtless riders blew through stop signs or buzzed other riders without so much as an “on your left.” But those things will soon get filed away in the dusty archives of our brains, only to be replaced with memories of rolling country roads, breathtaking coastal views, and the rugged Rogue River. Flat tires and sore muscles aren’t worth remembering, but whales feeding just steps from our camp at Gold Beach and the lone bagpiper atop the day-two climb sure as hell are.
It’s also important to remember why we were out there in the first place—to bring some prosperity to small Oregon communities that really need it. Sometimes that prosperity looked like hundreds of bikes leaned up against a Mexican restaurant, as it did in Glendale. Sometimes it looked like Cycle Oregon riders buying and drinking all the beer in Gold Beach (really Gold Beach, it was our pleasure). And sometimes it looks like a new sound system at a high school football stadium, or a $5,000 grant for community development. Locals we talked to everywhere made it clear that Cycle Oregon is much more than a bike ride to them. They greatly appreciate it every time Cycle Oregon rolls through their towns.
Next year is the 30th anniversary of Cycle Oregon and we are beyond excited for it. We have 30 years worth of great memories and experiences that make us thrilled to do this year after year. As for the inevitable challenging moments of a weeklong bike ride—what challenging moments?
Here’s to 2017!