Weekender Ride Guide
We’re excited that you’re joining us for an adventurous Cycle Oregon WEEKENDER of riding and camaraderie! Here’s everything you need to know.
Packing, getting to the ride, checking in, booking a massage, getting your dorm, it’s all here in the WEEKENDER Ride Guide. If you’re new to the event, it’s a great investment of your time to go over these details. Even if you’re a veteran, peruse the guide as a reminder of the things you’ll need to make your journey a great one.
Arriving at the Event
Getting to Linfield
There will be traffic and delays on Friday, especially in the Portland and Dundee areas. For this reason:
- We strongly suggest you Google directions to the campus entrance at 637 Keck Drive, McMinnville OR, 97128 directly before leaving home.
- You will enter the campus at the corner of 99W/Baker St and Keck. Note that if you are coming from the east you will completely pass the campus on your left. Don’t panic, you’re going the right way.
- Approaching Keck Drive, look for Cycle Oregon signs to guide you to the parking lot and dorms.
- RV parking will follow Booth Bend Road from 99W/Baker St. Look for Cycle Oregon signs to guide you.
You must have a valid parking pass to park your vehicle on campus.
Pre-purchase a parking pass by June 22. They will be will be mailed on June 28. Parking passes will also be available at the Cycle Oregon Gift Shop on site.
All personal vehicles will enter campus from Keck Drive and be guided to the parking lot or dorms.
RVs will follow Booth Bend Road to the south of campus.
Check-in and Dorms
Please park your vehicle, then head to check-in. When you check in at Linfield in the Fred Meyer Lounge, you will sign a waiver and receive a wristband, course maps, and t-shirt. You must show your photo ID to pick up your packet and you cannot sign in for someone else.
Dorm check-in will be available during these times at the Fred Meyer Lounge.
- Friday, July 7 3:00 – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, July 8 7:00 – 9:00 am
You’ll receive one at check-in, but you can preview the campus layout here.
Camping is available Friday (after 3 pm) and Saturday nights at the Linfield College site. Follow signs from parking to the tent camping area (west side of the campus). You might want to bring something (ribbon, flag or blinking light) to identify your tent among all the others.
Dorm Rooms and Apartments
- Parking: Follow the signs from Keck Drive to the dorms. Please park, check in, then go get your stuff.
- What to bring: All rooms have single (twin) beds. Remember to bring a pillow, pillowcase, bottom sheet, sleeping bag or other linens, and towel. Also, residence halls are not air conditioned, so if the forecast is for warmer weather, bring a fan for your room.
- Check-in: You can pick up your room key and building access card on Friday, July 7, from 3–9 pm or Saturday, July 8, from 7–9 am, at Fred Meyer Lounge. Keep the envelope given to you at check-in so you can use it to return the key and card at the end of the event.
- Check-out: Please remove all your personal belongings from the dorm room by Noon on Sunday, July 9. Place the key and card in the envelope provided at check-in and return it in the key drop box in the hall, to the residential hall staff (Fred Meyer Lounge) or at Rider Services.
- Keys/Access Cards: Each adult guest will be issued one room key and building access card that must be returned at check-out. Be sure to keep your key and access card with you at all times, as the rooms and residential halls are locked at all times. Locks are changed when keys are lost. The cost to replace a room key is $50. The cost to replace an access card is $10. If you are locked out of your room, please contact the staff at 503-883-7233.
- Dorm Room Requests: Linfield staff will do their best to honor requests for groups to be located in the same building or on the same floor. Please email those requests to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25. Requests received after June 25 are too late to be considered.
Cycle Oregon will provide dinner on site Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is served on course Saturday and Sunday, except for short route riders. Kid’s Camp participants are provided lunch both days. In-camp meals will be served at Dillin Hall.
- Breakfast: 6:00–9:00 am
- Lunch on course: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Lunch in camp (short route only): 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Dinner: 5:00–8:00 pm
For campers, showers will be in the Athletics Building, just east of IM Field. Dorms have their own showers. Athletics Building showers will be open:
- Friday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
- Saturday 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
- Sunday 7:00 am – 5 pm
Secure bike parking is available at Rutschman Fieldhouse on Friday from 5 – 11 pm, Saturday from 6 am – 11 pm, and Sunday from 6 am – 6 pm. Those staying in the dorms can bring their bikes to their rooms, but the college asks that you brush the dirt off your tires before bringing your bike inside and, if it rains, please carry your bike so mud is not tracked into the dorms.
Beer & Wine Garden
The Beer & Wine Garden will feature a variety of ales from Widmer Brothers and a few local favorites as well. Eola Hills Winery makes their wonderful wines available by the glass or the bottle. Look for the Beer & Wine Garden at IM Field near the stage.
- Friday: 3:00–10:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00–10:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Join us at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday at the Main Stage for Evening Announcements. WEEKENDER also features live entertainment from the Main Stage at IM Field during the event.
The massage team will be along on the ride with half-hour and full-hour massages available. Make appointments with your favorite therapist by contacting him or her directly (WEEKENDER therapists are marked with a *). You can also sign up at check-in from 3-6 pm or the massage area at the Athletics Building on Saturday. Massage prices are $50 for a half hour and $90 for a full hour. They accept VISA, MasterCard, check or cash.
Yoga is an excellent way to tame sore muscles, relax, and stay flexible after a long day’s bicycle ride. Typically, we have two instructors—one leading the class from the front and another to roam the aisles and gently correct postures. These one-hour classes are free to all riders and mats are provided. All classes are held at the Athletic Building.
- Friday – 5:30 pm
- Saturday – 3:30 and 4:30 pm
- Sunday – 6:30 am
Megan Moseley of Bodywise will teach a stretching and injury-prevention class from at 5:00 pm on Friday. On Saturday, Bodywise will available during the afternoon for free physical therapy consultations and evaluations. Sign up for these 15-minute slots at the medical tent near IM field.
Betsy Platt of AcuOm will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday to provide specialized acupuncture and Eastern medicine to alleviate muscle, bone and joint pains, increase stamina and boost energy, relieve arthritis, stop headaches, address respiratory problems, ease gastrointestinal disorders and more.
Bike Gallery’s team of technicians will provide mechanical support on the course and in camp at Linfield. Labor is usually free, compliments of Cycle Oregon and Bike Gallery, while cyclists pay for all parts. Labor charges apply if your bicycle does not meet pre-ride requirements.
For those who forget their helmets or want to buy a pair of bike shorts, Bike Gallery will have a few cycling-related items for sale at the overnight site.
Bike Gallery is also offering bicycle rentals. Pick-up and return is on site at the Cycle Oregon overnight location. Sizes are limited so call early for reservations. For more information, call the Hollywood store at (503) 281-9800.
Look for the Rider Services trailer in a visible location near the entrance into camp. Here you can ask questions, meet friends or locate missing items at lost and found.
Cycle Oregon Gift Shop
The Cycle Oregon Gift Shop is where you can buy extra meal tickets or shop for some great Cycle Oregon merchandise. We’ll have this year’s ride jersey and a selection of past rides too. There’s tons of fun stuff: lights, coffee mugs, windbreakers, water bottles, even a Cycle Oregon growler (yes, you can fill it in the beer garden)
Medical services will be available on the course and at the overnight site. There is no charge for medical services on the course or at the site. If you require transport to or from a local medical facility, you will be financially responsible for transport and medical services there.
Bike Camp for Kids
The Community Cycling Center hosts Bike Camp for another summer of fun! Families who have registered will receive a confirmation email with more bike camp details before the event.
Join the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Parade. The event will kick off at 7 pm on Saturday, with a fun and fabulous bike-decorating station located next to the Bike Camp area across from IM Field. At 7:15 pm, our vibrant parade will weave through the Linfield campus and make its way to the Main Stage by 8 pm. The Bike Parade welcomes people of all ages and abilities.
On the Course
Course hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm (4:00 pm Sunday). Course support services are available only during the course hours. If you leave before the course opens or are still riding after the course closes, there will be no support services available. All Cycle Oregon riders still on the course after 6:00 pm (4:00 pm Sunday) will be offered a ride to camp. If you choose not to take the ride you will be on your own to get back to camp.
Rest Stops & Water Stops
One to three Rest Stops will be available along the routes each day (depending on the route) to provide water, beverages and snacks. Rest Stop signs alert riders when one is ahead. You can also see the location of each Rest Stop on the maps in the rider packet you receive at check in. Rest Stops are generally open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Additionally, one or two Water Stops per day will provide water and restrooms.
Lunch is served on course Saturday and Sunday, except for short route riders, who will eat in camp at Dillin Hall. Kid’s Camp participants are provided lunch both days. Lunch is open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Each day at Gear Drop, you can drop off a limited amount of clothing to be taken back to camp. This service is for small items such as jackets, tights, leggings, gloves, not food or drinks. Gear Drop will be at the first Rest Stop.
Gear Drop items can be picked up near Rider Services, generally between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Gear Drop will not transport wine purchased on route.
If at any time you need assistance, please signal a SAG van with a “thumbs down” signal. If you do get into a SAG van, you may not be transported directly to camp. SAG vans usually wait until they are full to go back to camp.
SAGs are available to transport cyclists due to mechanical problems or injuries. They also have plenty of extra water, sunscreen and encouraging words (if needed).
MetroWest provides three Advance Life Support ambulances that give around-the-clock medical support on the course and in camp. If you require medical attention on course, you should notify a SAG van, ambulance or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
Clackamas County Motorcycle Officers
Motorcycle Officers provide a moving network of safety patrol and communications. These officers have full authority to enforce the motor vehicle code of Oregon—which, of course, includes bikes.
Motorcycle Safety Patrol volunteers drive the course each day. They are a great source of information and assistance, and they enhance the overall safety of the ride by interacting with riders and locals.
If you are on the road and in serious need of medical assistance, do not hesitate to call 911. In the case of a minor emergency, flag down any Cycle Oregon volunteer and they will dispatch a SAG van or ambulance.
In extreme emergencies, family members can contact a rider by calling 503-780-4406. Bear in mind that it may take up to eight hours to locate a rider and relay a message.
You can help in an emergency. If you witness an accident on the course, please do the following:
- Do not move the injured rider, especially if you suspect a head or spinal injury.
- Notify a passing ambulance, SAG van or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal. If there is no one around to help, call 911.
- Take care of yourself. Do not step into the path of vehicle traffic.
- Keep the injured person calm.
- Once a Cycle Oregon official is on the scene and you have given a statement, please continue on the ride.
If you or someone near you is having an emergency, do not hesitate to dial 911. Often one of our medical team will pick up the call on their radio.
You have lots of help on the road in case of an emergency. HAM radio operators provide emergency and logistical communication. HAM radio operators ride in SAG vehicles so that event managers, medical services and staff are in touch at all times. If no one is around to assist in the event of an emergency, call 911.
Please note: There is no charge for medical services rendered by MetroWest on the course or at the overnight site. MetroWest will not transport you to a medical facility unless it is a critical situation. If you require transport using MetroWest, a local ambulance or helicopter, you will be financially responsible for any resulting charges. You are also financially responsible for any services provided by local medical facilities.
Go to the medical tent, as a medic will be on call at all times. If no one is in the tent, knock on the trailer door.
Announcements throughout the campsite will alert the riders to prepare for evacuation. Please go immediately to the Main Stage for instructions.
Harsh weather may warrant the use of contingency facilities for shelter, if available. Details will be announced from the Main Stage. In the event of lightning, seek low ground and get away from metal.
Rules of the Ride
The number one priority of Cycle Oregon is your safety. Therefore, here are a few rules we insist you follow:
- Only bicycles propelled exclusively by human power are allowed to participate in a Cycle Oregon sponsored event.
- Helmets and two water bottles (or equivalent) are required on Cycle Oregon. The use of rear-view mirrors is recommended as a safety measure.
- Cycle Oregon uses a group of Safety Patrol volunteers on motorcycle who provide an on-course presence and are a good source of information or assistance during the ride. They enhance the overall safety of the ride by interacting with riders who may pose a hazard by unlawful or unsafe riding. Heed their advice.
- By Oregon law, bicyclists are operators of vehicles and must comply with all traffic laws. Cycle Oregon reserves the right to expel any participant who demonstrates a reluctance to ride in a safe and lawful manner. Riders who violate safety laws in the Oregon motor vehicle code are also subject to citation by law enforcement officials.
- The Cycle Oregon course is open from 7:00 am – 6:oo pm (4 pm on Sunday). Course support vehicles and other support services are available only during course hours. Any cyclist(s) still on the course after 6:00 pm will be offered a ride to camp; if you choose not to take it you are on your own to get into camp and no course support services will be available for those who choose to stay out on the course after 6:00 pm (4 pm on Sunday).
- SAG support is to be used for mechanical and/or medical reasons only. Excessive use of SAG support (3 or more times) for any other reason may exclude participants from registering for future Cycle Oregon events.
- The course will be clearly marked. If you leave the official course, you are not part of the ride and will not receive any services or support.
- We try to direct as much vehicle traffic as possible off the route. Nevertheless, the tour travels on public highways. Therefore, ride no more than two abreast. Ride beside a pal only where it is safe to do so, and where you do not block traffic or force other riders to swing far out to pass.
- Never draft behind a vehicle. Pace lines are prohibited in areas of high vehicle or cyclist traffic, and are limited in size to a maximum of seven riders. Be especially careful at railroad tracks, cattle guards and busy intersections. Course monitors and safety vehicles may be stationed in areas of special concern.
- Call “ON YOUR LEFT” to alert a rider you intend to pass. The call “CAR BACK” passes the message forward when a vehicle is approaching from behind. Use arm signals to indicate turns. Point out potholes, broken glass and other hazards to those behind you. Signal your intention to stop, and pull off the roadway.
- Use of headphones while riding on Cycle Oregon is highly discouraged. Safe group riding in an event such as Cycle Oregon depends on communication between cyclists. Headphones interfere with that process and make it difficult for people to hear instructions such as “CAR BACK” and “ON YOUR LEFT.” Headphones also make it difficult to hear approaching cars or trucks, negatively impacting the safety of cyclists and motorists.
- Cycle Oregon enjoys a reputation for leaving our campsites, lunch spots, rest stops and course spotless. Please dispose of all trash, recyclables and compostables in the appropriate places.
- Cyclists must keep the roadway clear when stopping at an event-designated stop or any other location. Please ensure that bicycles are parked off the road and that cyclists do not congregate on the roadways.
- Cycle Oregon includes at least two roadside water stops each day, along with assorted drinks at meals and all rest stops. Still, the responsibility for carrying sufficient water and remaining properly hydrated is yours. Make sure you drink extra fluids before, during and after the ride to reduce the risk of dehydration. While in the saddle, you should consume an average of one liter of fluid for each hour of riding. Drink before you become thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. Muscle cramping can also be a sign of dehydration. If at anytime you run low on water, signal a SAG van with a “thumbs down” and ask for a fill-up. Do not be tempted by roadside rivers and streams, as the water may contain bacteria or parasites.