June 22, 2019
HIT REFRESH. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and come ride bikes where “small town nice” is everywhere you go. Joyride is back and this year the charming community of Independence, Oregon welcomes our one-day celebration of women and bikes. Ride and unwind amongst the scenic rolling hills, orchards, vineyards and wide-open farmlands of the central Willamette Valley. And when we’ve had our fill of pedaling, we party. Delicious locally sourced food and libations will be on hand and live bands will be laying down the boogie until the cows come home. All levels of cyclists are welcome – so join us for a big time Cycle Oregon experience served up with tons of small town hospitality.
Sorry, fellas. This ride is for women, but we’d be happy to have you come and volunteer!
We’ll be offering up our usual short, medium and long routes for riders of all levels, but this year, we’ve added a twist. For riders who wish, there are options to take gravel roads as part of the medium and long route both. The main routes are all paved for those who are not interested in gravel, but we’re excited to be able to offer up this option.
SHORT: 17.8 miles (188 ft. of climbing)
MEDIUM: 39.9 miles (1,080 ft. of climbing)
MEDIUM W/ GRAVEL OPTION: 36.3 miles (1,013 ft. of climbing) 6 miles of gravel road
LONG: 63.6 miles (2,113 ft. of climbing)
LONG W/ GRAVEL OPTION: 63.0 miles (2,213 ft. of climbing)
6.9 miles of gravel road
Food, Drink & Entertainment
Joyride will offer ample opportunities to sample some of the local fare being perfected throughout Oregon.
Our routes will pedal by Redgate and Emerson Wineries and their wine will also be served at our finish line festival. Our rest stops will include Rogue Chatoe Tasting Room and an Organic Valley Farm that will feature products straight from the farm. The finish line festival will include local beer from Parallel 45 and delicious candy samples from the Melting Pot Candy. There will be two great farmers markets within blocks of the finish line.
The finish-line feast at Riverview Park will feature a bounty of Oregon products.
This year’s menu includes:
- Draper Valley pasture raised chicken marinated and grilled on-site
- Thin sliced NW Natural beef brisket
- Local tamales and salsa from Vianney’s Tamales
- Whole grain roll with butter balls
- Roasted acorn squash wedges
- NW Classic Foods fresh pesto pasta salad with vegetables
- Salad Bar featuring a variety of local and organic fresh salad toppings
- Lauretta Jean’s Biscuit Bar with local strawberries from Diaz Farms, blueberries, Alpenrose whipped cream, Oregon jams and Martha’s honey
In addition to enjoying good food, you’ll hear great live entertainment. If you’re in the mood for self-care, there will be massage therapists, physical therapists, and acupuncturist available for appointments.
There is no camping allowed at Riverview Park, but lucky for you there are a number of wonderful places to stay in nearby. Visit Travel Salem, the Monmouth-Independence Area Chamber of Commerce, and Explore Polk County for recommendations.
Western Oregon University, located about three miles west of downtown Independence, is offering accommodations to Joyride participants in their residence halls as well as camping and RV spaces on campus. Click here for more information and to reserve.
We recommend booking early as rooms throughout the area fill quickly in the spring.
Rider Services is the Cycle Oregon customer service department. This is the place to ask questions, get help solving a problem, meet friends, leave a note on the message board or locate missing items at lost and found.
The Cycle Oregon Gift Shop is where you’ll shop for Cycle Oregon merchandise including cycling gear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, jewelry and much more. Look for the Cycle Oregon Gift Shop in the big yellow trailer.
After a long day in the saddle, bring your tired legs down to the massage tent. Our therapists use a variety of Swedish, deep-tissue and sports massage styles to keep you riding strong all week. Massage relieves muscle pain and tightness by stimulating circulation, helping you recover after extreme exertion and stopping spasms before they stop you from riding. Massage can be tailored to your pressure preferences and to the areas where you need it most.
Pre-booking is available. To pre-book appointments, please visit the Cycle Oregon Massage Team’s Web site, click on the ride that you would like to book an appointment for, choose a therapist and contact them directly.
Massage rates are $100.00 for a 60-minute appointment and $145.00 for a 90-minute appointment. We accept all major cards or cash. A limited number of 30-minute appointments may be available the day of the ride. Come to the massage tent directly to inquire.
Megan Moseley, PT, LMT, of Bodywise Physical Therapy, will be leading us in a pre-ride stretch to get you ready for great day on the road. After the ride, Bodywise therapists will be available for free consultations including a brief evaluation, hands-on treatment i.e. myofascial release, cupping, graston, mobilization, and kinesio-taping. Additionally, you will be provided with education about the origin of your symptoms, and instructed in stretches, exercises, and self-care techniques to get you back on the road!
Betsy Platt L.Ac of AcuOm is returning for her 13th year with Cycle Oregon. Acupuncture has many benefits including, but not limited to – joint and muscle pain, overuse injuries (chronic and acute), inflammation, recovery rate, digestive concerns, headaches and much more. In addition to acupuncture – electro-acu, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping, and topical herbs are also available as treatment modalities. If you haven’t had a chance to personally benefit from acupuncture, on the ride is a great place to try it. Betsy can bill your insurance and accepts cash/card. Appointments can be made prior to the ride, or at the acupuncture tent in camp. She welcomes questions and is always willing to do introductory treatments. Book at acuomacupuncture.com
Bike Repair + Rentals
The Bike Gallery supplies a team of bicycle technicians who provide mechanical support on the route and in Independence. Technical support is available for emergency repairs of well-maintained equipment. It is your responsibility to make sure your bicycle arrives in good condition. Any repairs performed along the route will be basic in nature and designed to get you to camp.
Bike Gallery also offers rentals that makes it easy. Sizes are limited so call early for reservations 503-281-9800 or see the Bike Gallery’s website. Bicycle pick-up and return can be on-site in Independence for an additional cost.
Check-In and Packet Pick-Up
June 22, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Packet Pick-Up will not be available at the office prior to the Joyride.
When you check in, you will be asked to sign a waiver and then you will receive your packet that includes a wristband and course maps. Bring a photo ID. You must show your photo ID to pick up your packet. Once we affix your wristband, it should not be removed unless you leave the ride. The wristband is what identifies you as a participant and gives you access to meals and course support.
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