Local Communities Rally Around 2016 Cycle Oregon


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.

glee-co16wk-104“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.

glee-co16wk-22“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

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  1. Gary Greenwood says:

    I love this! Great news that so many groups got to benefit from CO. This is a big part of why I try to go on the ride every year.

  2. As a volunteer I come every year with one of my purposes is to give back to the community as well as to the riders. I stop at every lemonade and baked goods stand that I find. When possible, I buy a raffle ticket knowing I will most likely not win but the community will. I’m here to support the outskirts of Oregon doing what they can to survive without the money they have grown to depend on from our logging industry no more,