2023 GRAVEL Ride Guide
We’re excited to have you join us for a two-day gravel-fest down roads less traveled. We’re setting up camp at the Sherman County Fairgrounds in Moro, OR where the views are expansive and the gravel is supreme no matter which route you choose.
Gravel riders will have the whole Cycle Oregon experience – camping, showers, route support, live music, beer garden – all with the backdrop of no less than four of the iconic Pacific Northwest volcanoes. Get all the details for packing, getting to the ride, checking in, and meals– it’s all here in the GRAVEL Ride Guide.
Even if you’re a veteran of Cycle Oregon, please peruse this guide as a reminder of the things you’ll need to make this adventure a great one.
Preparation and Arriving
Sherman County Fairgrounds will open to GRAVEL riders at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 19 and the event closes Sunday, May 21 at 5 p.m. Friday is a check-in day, riding takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The overnight site is located at Sherman County Fairgrounds; long-term parking is located on the Fairgrounds property.
To ensure a smooth arrival, please follow exact directions when driving in.
Driving and Parking
From the West/North via I-84 (Portland, The Dalles)
- Follow I-84 East
- Take exit 104 at Biggs Junction and turn Right onto US-97
- Follow US-97 for about 18 miles until you reach the town of Moro
- Turn Left onto 1st St, following signs for Sherman County Fairgrounds
- Turn Left into the Sherman County Fairgrounds entrance and follow signs for Long Term Parking.
From the South via US-97 (Bend)
- Follow US-97 North until you reach the town of Moro
- Turn Right onto 1st St, following signs for Sherman County Fairgrounds
- Turn Left into the Sherman County Fairgrounds entrance and follow signs for Long Term Parking.
You will need a parking pass to park at the event
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.)
RVs will be guided to their designated area on site.
Camping is available Friday after 3 p.m. and Saturday night at the Sherman County Fairgrounds. You’ll be directed to a place where you can drop off your camping gear and bike, then you’ll move your vehicle to Long Term Parking. 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. Sherman County can be very windy in May; bring good stakes for your tent!
RVs, Campers, Trailers, and Car Camping
Parking is available Friday after 3 p.m. We still have non-hookup RV spaces available, click here for information on how to add one to your order. Please park in your designated space and be mindful of the fact that others will be parked near you as well. We will do our best to accommodate groups and other special requests.
Camp fires, camping stoves, open flames, and smoking are prohibited during the event.
If you are looking to arrive early or stay later, there are some additional lodging options in the towns of Biggs Junction and Rufus, about 20 miles north.
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 19, from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
What bike should I ride and what should I carry?
Our routes for the weekend are a mixture of farm and county 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 provided 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 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
- Saturday Lunch: on course (main route) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | in camp (short route) 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday Lunch: in camp for all routes 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Dinner (Friday & Saturday): 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 or veggie sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, Nossa Familia Coffee Saturday Lunch Turkey sandwich on Franz Organic Bread, make your own pb&j (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, dessert tray with brownies, lemon bars & macarons 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.
Nossa Familia will have french press coffee available each morning for Cycle Oregon riders.
Beer & Wine Garden
The Beer & Wine Garden will be complementary for the weekend.
- 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. – The Cider Janes
- 6:30-7:00 p.m. – Your Strange Companions
- 7:00-7:30 p.m. – Announcements
- 7:30-9:00 p.m. – Your Strange Companions
- 4:45-5:45 p.m. – Wren
- 6:30 -7:00 p.m. – DMM and Crossfire
- 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Announcements
- 7:30-9:00p.m. – DMM and Crossfire
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 a.m. // 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. // 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Trek Bicycle PDX 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 a range of parts. 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.
Look for the Rider Services trailer in our Cycle Oregon “downtown”. 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 number 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: hats, jerseys, water bottles, travel mugs, & handlebar bags.
- Friday: 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday from 12-10 p.m., 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.
Massage rates are $110.00 for a 50-minute appointment and $155.00 for an 80-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.
Please visit the Cycle Oregon Massage Website for more information
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. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Riders must be on course between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
We do a rolling course closure as riders move through. Our sweep team follows behind the final riders to remove route signs and close the course, but their role is also to keep riders moving forward throughout the day.
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.
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 each day to provide water, restrooms, beverages and snacks. Rest Stop signs alert riders when one is ahead. 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).
The Trek Bicycle PDX team of bicycle technicians provides mechanical support at Rest Stops along the route. Technical support is available for emergency repairs of well-maintained equipment. It is your responsibility to make sure your bicycle is in good condition.
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
CO Gift Shop open
4:45 p.m. Entertainment begins – Main Stage 5:00 p.m. Dinner open
Sinks open (showers available beginning Saturday)
7:00 p.m. Announcements – 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 open 8:30 a.m. Breakfast closes 9:00 a.m. All riders must be on route
11:00 a.m. Beer Garden open
In-Camp Lunch opens
1:00 p.m. In-Camp Lunch closes
Gift Shop opens
3:00 p.m. Rest Stops and Lunch close
4:45.p.m. Entertainment begins – Main Stage 5:00 p.m. Dinner open
7:00 p.m. Announcements – 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 open 8:30 a.m. Breakfast closes 10:00 a.m. Lunch opens
Showers temporarily close
11:00 a.m. Beer Garden open 12:00 p.m. Gift Shop open 1:00 p.m. Showers re-open 3:30 p.m. Rest Stops close 4:00 p.m. Lunch closes
5:00 p.m. Gift Shop closes
Rider Services closes
Beer Garden closes
Things to do in Sherman County
The town of Moro is excited to welcome Cycle Oregon riders and all of Sherman County is helping make our Gravel event a memorable experience both on and off the bike.
Sherman County Historical Museum & Visitors Center
A quick 15-minute walk from camp, the Sherman County Historical Museum contains a wealth of information, artifacts and history from this region. From the Oregon Trail to the myriad impacts of wheat and technological advancements through the years, walk through award winning exhibits and travel back in time after a great day riding. As one of Oregon’s Bike Friendly Businesses, there is bike parking on site!
Oregon’s Wheat & Wind Belt
It’s hard to miss the stately presence of wind turbines and wheat fields throughout Sherman County. While they are the main economic drivers, tourism plays a significant role as well. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful fly-fishing getaway, supreme camping & boating along the John Day river, or a day at the private auto race track, Sherman County truly has something for everyone. Wasco’s Dirty Cowgirl Saloon serves up spectacular food in a fun atmosphere, while Moro’s Huskey’s 97 Market & deli or Grass Valley’s Country Market have hot lunch items along with any staples you need to stock up on.
Wander Around at Rest Stops
We encourage riders to take some time during each day to explore the towns we roll through. Sherman County is full of charming communities with local shops and a palpable sense of pride among the folks that call this slice of Oregon home. Even after two full days of riding, the peace & quiet that can only be found in rural spaces is bound to leave riders going home rejuvenated and inspired to come back again and again.
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.