2022 GRAVEL Ride Guide
We’re excited that you’re joining us for a two-day gravel-fest down roads less traveled. Our basecamp is Toledo, Oregon, a hidden gem tucked seven miles inland on the Yaquina River, with Oregon Coast Range forest to explore east and west.
Gravel riders will have the whole Cycle Oregon experience – tents, showers, route support, live music, beer garden – only this time, we’re going to be a lot more up close and personal with nature. Get all the details for packing, getting to the ride, checking in, and meals– it’s all here in the GRAVEL Ride Guide.
It’s a great investment of your time to go over these details. Even if you’re a veteran to Cycle Oregon, peruse the guide as a reminder of the things you’ll need to make your journey a great one.
Preparation and Arriving
The site will open to GRAVEL riders at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and the event closes Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m. Friday is a check-in day, riding takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The overnight site is located at Memorial Field and Waterfront Park; long-term parking is located a few blocks from the overnight site.
To ensure a smooth arrival, please follow the below direction when entering the site.
Driving and Parking
From the East via I-5 (Portland, Salem, Eugene area):
- Follow I-5 (South from PDX/Salem, North from Eugene)
- Take exit 228 for OR-34 toward Lebanon/Corvallis
- Head west onto OR-34 W/Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy 210
- In 9.6 miles, use the left two lanes to turn left onto OR-34 (pass by the Dairy Queen (on the right in 5.8)
- In 7.1 miles, continue onto US-20 W Corvallis-Newport Hwy (continue to follow Corvallis-Newport Hwy
- In 34.5 miles, turn left onto US-20 BUS E
- in 2.3 miles, in town take a sharp left onto NW A St
- Follow signs to direct you to RV parking or Baggage Drop
- Tent campers follow signs to baggage drop off. There will be a secure place to drop your baggage off at Rider Services then you can follow signs to long term parking. Please park before picking up your rider packet and do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off area.
- RV’s will follow signs directly to RV parking at Memorial Field
You will need a parking pass to park at the event (click here to get one by May 9). Passes will be sent in early May. Please leave your parking pass on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you do not receive your parking pass or did not order one prior to the deadline, we will have them for sale on site. (Need help adding to your order, click here.)
For camping, all personal vehicles will be guided to the long term parking area located a few blocks from the overnight site. You will not be able to drive your vehicle in to the camping area to unload. RVs will be guided to their designated area on site.
Camping is available Friday (after 3 p.m.) and Saturday night at the overnight site. Park first then follow signs to the tent camping area. You might want to bring something (ribbon, flag or blinking light) to identify your tent among all the others. Don’t forget to bring your tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, and pad. Cycle Oregon does not provide tents.
RVs, Campers, Trailers, and Car Camping
Parking is available Friday (after 3 p.m.). Parking space is limited and you will be parked close to other vehicles. There will be space to get in and out of your vehicle, but no place to set up tents near the parking area. If you plan to stay in a tent, you will need to set up in the camping area.
Dogs are not permitted at Memorial Field where RV parking is located, please respect the rules of the community and leave your 4-legged friends at home. Thank you for your cooperation.
Camp fires, camping stoves, open flames, and smoking is prohibited during the event.
If you are looking to arrive early or stay later, there are some additional lodging options in the town of Newport, located about 7 miles from camp.
Once you park your vehicle in long term parking, head over to check-in, located at the Rider Services trailer. You will sign a waiver and receive your wristband. You must show your photo ID to pick up your packet and you cannot sign in for someone else.
Packet Pickup will be available during these times:
- Friday, May 20, from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 21, from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
What bike should I ride and what should I carry?
Our courses for the weekend are a mixture of farm and forest gravel roads in combination with fast-rolling stretches of pavement. Gravel-specific bikes and touring bikes with 35c (or greater) tires and low gearing will thrive on our routes. Cyclocross bikes are a good option providing you have low gearing for adventure rather than racing-focused high gears. If you are running knobbies, something with a smoother center section, and knobs on the tire shoulders for a lower rolling resistance will likely suit better for the pavement portions of the course. We recommend that you or your bicycle has the capacity to carry two water bottles in order to stay properly hydrated and take full advantage of our renowned rest stops.
Our camp is filled with every thing you need for the weekend, from hot showers, to delicious meals, to great entertainment.
Cycle Oregon will provide dinner on site Friday and Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Breakfast: 6:00 – 8:30 a.m
- Lunch: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Dinner: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
MENU Friday Dinner Korean chicken, kalua pork, yakisoba with veggies, veggie stir-fry, rice, mac, green salad, fruit salad, cupcakes & cheesecakes Saturday Breakfast Franz baked goods, oatmeal bar with toppings, plain scramble, manchego & vegetable frittata, bacon, home fries, fresh fruit, Nossa Familia Coffee Saturday Lunch Turkey sandwich, hummus & veggie wrap (vegan), potato salad, chips, Franz cookie Saturday Dinner Smoked beef brisket, lemon caper salmon, field roast w/ herb gravy (vegan), mashed red skin potatoes, seasonal veggies, green salad, assorted desserts Sunday Breakfast Franz baked goods, oatmeal bar with toppings, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, veggie sausage, veggies, hashbrowns, fresh fruit, Nossa Familia Coffee Sunday Lunch Pasta salad with choice of protein, make-your-own-PBJ, fresh fruit, chips, Franz cookie No Dinner on Sunday
* Must be registered as a vegetarian to receive the vegetarian main course option.
Beer & Wine Garden and Whiskey Wagon
The Beer & Wine Garden will be complementary for the weekend. Drinks from the Whiskey Wagon are available for purchase.
- Friday: 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 11:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Entertainment & Announcements
Every evening at 7:00 p.m., the Cycle Oregon community gathers around the Main Stage. It’s a great opportunity to get the latest weather forecast, hear tips about the next day’s route, learn about the places we’re visiting and catch up on some local folklore. Best of all, it’s always followed by terrific entertainment.
- 4:45-5:45 p.m. – ZuhG
- 6:30-7:00 p.m. – Hayley Lynn
- 7:00-7:30 p.m. – Announcements
- 7:30 p.m. – Reverse Steer Bike Challenge (near the main stage)
- 7:30-9:00 p.m. – Hayley Lynn
Hot showers will be provided at the overnight site on Saturday and Sunday. The showers come with dressing rooms and sinks. Sinks will be available on Friday night. Please remember to bring a towel or two, as we do not provide towels or toiletries.
- Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Trek Bicycle PDX (formerly Bike Gallery) team of bicycle technicians provides mechanical support at the overnight site. Technical support is available for emergency repairs of well-maintained equipment. It is your responsibility to make sure your bicycle is in good condition.
Look for the Rider Services trailer near the entrance into camp. Here you can ask questions, meet friends or locate missing items at lost and found.
- Friday: 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. // 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. // 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cycle Oregon Gift Shop
The Cycle Oregon Gift Shop is where you can buy extra meal tickets (limited amount available) or shop for some great Cycle Oregon merchandise. We’ll have this year’s ride jersey and a selection of Cycle Oregon merchandise. There’s tons of fun stuff: lights, coffee mugs, windbreakers, water bottles, and more.
- Friday: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The majestic mountains of Oregon seem mighty tall when you’re pedaling up them and knowing that a massage awaits you can make that climb a lot easier.
On Saturday only, 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 weekend. 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 for all rides. 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.
On Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. join us for a yoga session to stretch out the muscles that got tight during a long day in the saddle. Mats are provided.
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.
On the Course
- Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Riders must be on course between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
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 the closure time 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.
With a focus on sustainability and an appreciation for what Ride with GPS offers our community we will NOT be handing out printed maps at the event. All daily routes will be thoroughly signed by Cycle Oregon so, if you choose, you don’t need to have maps in any form for navigation.
For those using a cycling computer or Ride with GPS app on your phone we encourage you to download the digital route files listed HERE.
Rest Stops & Lunch
Two Rest Stops and Lunch will be available along the routes each day (depending on the route) to provide water, restrooms, 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 open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the Rest Stops and Lunch, some routes include Water Stops to provide water and restrooms (indicated by a water bottle on the route map).
If at any time you need assistance, please signal a SAG vehicle with a “thumbs down” signal. If you do get into a SAG vehicle, you may not be transported directly to camp. SAG vehicles 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).
Trek Bicycle PDX (formerly Bike Gallery) will have mechanics in camp and on course. They will make basic repairs in order to get you through the weekend, and do their best to have available parts (supplies are limited nationally). If you have specialized/specific parts (i.e. spokes, brake pads) please bring your own parts and they will install them if necessary to keep you on the road.
Adventure Medics provides around-the-clock medical support on the course and in camp. If you require medical attention on course, you should notify a SAG vehicle, ambulance, or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
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.
3:00 p.m. Packet Pickup open – Rider Services
Beer Garden open
4:45.p.m. Entertainment begins – Main Stage 5:00 p.m. Dinner open
Sinks open (showers available beginning Saturday)
6:00 p.m. CO Gift Shop open 7:00 p.m. Announcements – Main Stage 7:30 p.m. Reverse Steer Bike Challenge – Main Stage 8:00 p.m. Dinner closes
Gift Shop closes
9:00 p.m. Packet Pickup closes – Rider Services
Entertainment ends – Main Stage
10:00 p.m. Beer Garden closes
6:00 a.m. Showers open
7:00 a.m. Packet Pickup open – Rider Services
8:00 a.m. Rest Stops and Lunch open – on route 8:30 a.m. Breakfast closes 9:00 a.m. All riders must be – on route 11:00 a.m. Beer Garden open 2:00 p.m. Gift Shop open 3:00 p.m. Rest Stops and Lunch close – on route 4:00 p.m. Route closes 4:45.p.m. Entertainment begins – Main Stage 5:00 p.m. Dinner open 7:00 p.m. Announcements – Main Stage 7:30 p.m. Chopper Bicycle Drag Races – Main Stage 8:00 p.m. Dinner closes
Gift Shop closes
Rider Services closes
9:00 p.m. Entertainment ends – Main Stage 10:00 p.m. Beer Garden closes
6:00 a.m. Showers open
7:00 a.m. Rider Services opens
8:00 a.m. Rest Stops and Lunch open – on route 9:00 a.m. Breakfast closes
All riders must be – on route
11:00 a.m. Beer Garden open 12:00 p.m. Gift Shop open 3:00 p.m. Lunch stop closes 3:30 p.m. Rest Stops close 5:00 p.m. Gift Shop closes
Rider Services closes
Beer Garden closes
Things to do in Toledo
The City of Toledo is excited to welcome Cycle Oregon riders to their town. They have put together a map of resources and services available in town during our visit, CLICK HERE to view.
Discover the Arts Initiative in Toledo
Travel Oregon calls Toledo, Oregon a “a hidden gem of art and history, with galleries and museums aplenty”. Take a walk around town and you’ll see lots of public art from murals to sculpture, we’re certain we haven’t seen them all just yet!
For more information on the art scene we recommend the Yaquina River Museum of Art, a non-profit art gallery and history center and ART Toledo, an arts-led initiative to energize downtown and celebrate the city’s history of industry.
Take a Ride on the Yaquina Queen
On Saturday and Sunday the volunteers at the Toledo Community Boathouse will be offering tours of the Historic Toledo Waterfront aboard the Yaquina Queen. The Queen is a 1951 German Lifeboat that has been restored and converted by volunteers to a tour boat.
The boat is used in the Summer for the Free Family Boating program to educate folks about Toledo’s history, including the railroads and the Spruce Mill that was constructed during WWI to provide lumber for airplanes and ships. The tour covers about two miles of the Toledo Waterfront on a 45 minute tour.
Tours begin on the quarter hour from 12:15 – 4:15pm on Saturday and Sunday during the Cycle Oregon’s Gravel Event.
In extreme emergencies, family members can contact a rider by calling the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. Please ask them to send an urgent message to Cycle Oregon officials. Bear in mind that it may take up to 12 hours to locate a rider and relay a message.
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.
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 on the course or at the overnight site. We will not transport you to a medical facility unless it is a critical situation. If you require transport by Adventure Medics, 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 van 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:
1. Only bicycles propelled by human power are allowed to participate in a Cycle Oregon sponsored event. Class 1 and Class 3 pedal-assist e-bikes are welcome on all courses at GRAVEL.
2. Helmets and two water bottles (or equivalent) are required on Cycle Oregon events. The use of rear-view mirrors is recommended as a safety measure.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Cycle Oregon event courses are open for designated hours. Course support vehicles and other support services are available only during course hours. Any cyclist(s) still on the course after the designated closing time 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. We try to direct as much vehicle traffic as possible off the route. Nevertheless, the tour travels on public road. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Use of headphones while riding on Cycle Oregon events is highly discouraged. Safe group riding in an event such 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.
12. Cycle Oregon enjoys a reputation for leaving our campsites, lunch spots, rest stops, and course spotless. Please dispose of all trash and recyclables in the appropriate places.
13. 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.
14. Cycle Oregon events include 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 any time 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.