Our weekly round-up of interesting bike news, commentary, and the best of what our favorite riders are up to.
Mark Bosworth Fund 2020 – The Mark Bosworth Fund has announced the 2020 recipients of their Cycle Oregon Full Grant. Now in its 7th year, this scholarship covers event registration, Tent + Porter fees, and incidental travel costs for first-time riders interested in riding the Cycle Oregon Classic. The fund was created in honor of Mark Bosworth- beloved father, husband, mentor, teacher, and avid cyclist.
Danielle Walsh (Yachats), Kerstin Maroney (Portland), Jenifer McAlexander (Eugene), and Jennifer Justus (Portland) have been selected by the fund’s board of directors and we look forward to welcoming them on the road and in camp at our next Classic ride.
Oregon Counties Opening Up – Today, Friday May 15th, marks the first day of Phase 1 in Governor Kate Brown’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon re-opening plan. 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties have been approved though two counties applications not approved (Polk and Marion). Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties have not applied for Phase 1 status.
Phase 1 counties will be allowed to reopen, with specific restrictions, restaurants and bars for dine-in patrons, gyms, health clubs, hair salons, nail salons, and shopping malls. Residents in Phase 1 counties are also allowed to hold gatherings of up to 25 people – with physical distancing requirements. For more information and up-to-date status on all Oregon counties, click here.
53 Mile Ride Without Leaving the Neighborhood – Australian cyclist, founder of theclimbingcyclist.com, and Cycling Tips editor Matt de Neef challenged himself to ride every street within the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Defining the area by the boundaries set in Google Maps, Matt and colleague Andy van Bergen pedaled for nearly four hours covering 86 kilometers (53.4 miles) without ever being farther from home than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles). He recounts the day in a fantastic feature article on Cycling Tips and gives great advice on how to do this where you live.
“Not once throughout the afternoon did the ride feel like a drag. We’d lucked out with perfect weather and I think both of us relished the chance to catch up in person (1.5 metres apart, naturally) after nearly two months spent working from home.”