2023 Classic Ride Guide Vol III
The countdown for Cycle Oregon’s 33rd Classic is on, and we have one final Ride Guide to help you prepare. This volume will take you through the final details of planning – entertainment, community info, meals and more. Our Ride Guides are a great resource for new & returning riders to make the most out of their Cycle Oregon experience. If you missed the first two Ride Guides, or need a refresher, take a look below:
- If you want a non-rider to accompany you by vehicle, they must register as an official Rider Guest. Space is very limited and we cannot accommodate any unregistered vehicles.
- The deadline for cancellation is August 12. There are no refunds after this date, thank you for understanding.
We will be riding through rural Oregon and may not always have cell service on route or in camp. None of our overnight sites have wifi, although you may find some internet if you pop into a cafe or restaurant for a local bite to eat.
We are also extremely limited by access to electricity at our overnight sites. The Community Cycling Center is fundraising for their Kid’s Bike Camp by offering electronics charging punchcards for your phones, Garmins, bike lights, and other small electronics. Pre-purchase your punchcard here!
All of this is to say, please come to the ride with a communication plan in place with folks back home and any routes or other information already downloaded. Bring your favorite offline activity and enjoy a week living like the “good ol’ days”, which weren’t actually that long ago.
Long term Parking is located at the Expo Center, adjacent to the overnight site. Please follow these directions when you arrive in Albany. Porters will move your bags from the Expo Center to Timber Linn Memorial Park, and you will be able to ride your bike.
Please enter Linn County Expo Center into Google if you are driving. If you enjoy written directions, they are provided below:
From I-5 (north or south):
- Take Exit 234A towards Fair/Expo/Knox Butte
- Turn onto Knox Butte Rd E
- Turn Right onto Expo Parkway NE
- Follow signs to Long Term parking
From Bend Area:
- Find your way to Hwy 20 West
- Follow Hwy 20 West until just outside of Albany
- Turn Right onto NE Knox Butte Rd
- Turn Left onto Expo Parkway NE
- Follow signs to Long Term parking.
Arriving and Departing
Check-In and Packet Pick-Up – After you arrive in Albany, you’ll need to check in and pick up your rider packet. Each rider will sign the ride waiver at this time as well. The rider packet contains an event wristband, bike number, baggage tag, and any apparel you pre-purchased.
Bring a photo ID in order to receive your packet.
Once we affix your wristband, it should not be removed unless you choose to leave the ride. Until you have checked in and are wearing a wristband, you will not be identified as a participant and will not have access to meals, course support, etc. If you leave the ride, it is important that you check out with Rider Services to let them know you are leaving.
Packet Pickup Hours
- Friday, Sep 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, Sep 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Sep 10 from 6 to 8 a.m.
If you arrive on Sunday, you must have your bag in the baggage truck by 8:30 a.m., as the truck leaves by 8:45 a.m. You can pick up your rider packet that morning at Rider Services.
If you don’t have all your transportation logistics set – bike shipping, parking pass, etc. – now is a good time to do so! We recommend carpooling when possible, but if you still need to purchase a parking pass, we will have them available in Albany for $30. Cash is preferred.
What to Pack
The gear bag you bring to store your belongings should be waterproof and made of sturdy material so that it holds up through the week. You can only bring one bag including your tent and all other items, and it must weigh 65 pounds or less. Click here for a printable list of what to bring and click here for some expert tips on packing.
A couple packing additions for 2023:
- Ear plugs – Our site in Toledo is adjacent to train tracks and trains will be passing through several times a night.
- Bike lock – With 2 layover days and some more urban overnight sites, we recommend a way to secure your bike if you plan to ride into town.
Main Stage and Headliner Schedule
Join us each evening at the main stage for some amazing music. There will also be guest speakers each night, important announcements, and information about the next day’s ride. Take a look at Rider Services each day for a full schedule.
- 4:45 p.m. – Opening band
- 6:00 p.m. – Guest speaker
- 7:00 p.m. – Short set from headliner band
- 7:30 p.m. – Nightly announcements
- 8:00 p.m. – Headliner band
Saturday - Albany
“DTW is an American horn band that fuses Jazz, Funk, R&B, and Swing into one unique sound. Founded 2013, DTW has grown from a small group of five musicians to a multi-faceted 10-piece ensemble that has found a home playing large stages and intimate rooms alike. With two records out and a third one in the works, DTW continues their creative upwards trajectory through the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” You can learn more about them at: https://dtwproductions.com/#home-section
Sunday - Carlton
Hank Shreve Band
Hank Shreve is described as playing “modern harmonica-led blues with a hint or two of the swamp blues of Louisiana and a dash of gospel.” As a feature at the Waterfront Blues Festival since he was in his teens, Hank has been a mainstay in the PNW blues scene for over a decade. Hank is one of Eugene, Oregon’s most respected and well-known musicians and an official Artist-In-Residency at Music Masters in South Eugene where he teaches music with a curriculum that includes Harmonica, Drums, Guitar, Lap-Steel and Piano. Find out more at: https://www.hankshreveband.com/
Monday - Cloverdale
Jackson County Kills
“From the hardscrabble twang of Hillbilly songs to the undeniable beat of The Blues. From gospel music’s desperate cry for redemption to the wild exuberance of Rock and Roll, all are reflected in the JCK sound”. Learn more about this multifaceted Portland, Oregon band here: https://www.thejacksoncountykills.com/#read-section
Tuesday - Cloverdale
Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters
“Amazingly creative and original juxtaposition of rock, country, vigour and sass” is one way to describe critically-acclaimed solo artist Ashleigh Flynn. Flynn “recently dialed up the volume and debuted an all-female rock band as a nod to the “Rosie the Riveter” archetype from WWII.” Learn more about Ashleigh at: https://www.ashleighflynnandtheriveters.com/
Wednesday - Toledo
Their music is described as groovy, surf inspired rock with a variety of folks playing at any given event. Coming all the way from Lincoln City, Zuhg is also a surf shop, art space, and a couple of locals who know the power that hometown music brings to a community. You can find out more about them at: https://zuhglife.com/pages/band
Thursday - Toledo
“While many labels of style exist, Arietta doesn’t define herself by any particular genre. Some would call her Neo-Soul, others Jazz, and still others R&B. But Mz. Etta is more focused on content and the responsibility that she believes every artist has. ‘Be mindful of how you deliver. Be mindful of your intent while delivering your messages. When you open your mouth – always hold that intent in the highest positive vibration possible. Artists are healers, music has healing power. Music is sacred.'” Learn more about Arietta here: https://www.reverbnation.com/ariettamzettaward
Friday - Alsea
Karaoke From Hell
“Founded in 1992, Karaoke From Hell is Portland’s original live karaoke band. You can find [them] every Monday at Dante’s, where [they’ve] been playing for the last 20 years, and at a few other great locations around town. ” A Cycle Oregon favorite and perfect way to round out a memorable week! Find out more about Karaoke from Hell here: https://karaokefromhell.com/
Cycle Oregon would not be as special as it is without the support and flavor of each local community. We are so thankful for this year’s communities for all the effort they’ve put towards making an event of our size come to life. This week is just as much a celebration of small-town Oregon as it is an epic bike ride, and we’re so excited to bring you along for the full experience.
This year on our layover days in Cloverdale and Toledo, riders can take a little time off the bike and lend a direct hand! Bring some work clothes and enjoy a few hours of getting to know our host communities on a deeper level.
Cloverdale: Participate in building a mountain bike skills course at Nestucca k8 on Tuesday, September 12! There will be multiple shifts between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and guaranteed fun. For more information, visit the Community Booth in camp near Rider Services.
Toledo: Toledo is a vibrant arts community with lots of public art from murals to sculptures and galleries aplenty. On Thursday September 14, you can join the community effort to beautify Main Street through window art. For more information, visit the Community Booth in camp near Rider Services.
Saturday September 9th 2023 Highlights:
Calapooia Brewing hosts the annual .3K Albany Beer “Run” (yup, that’s a 0.3K run from Calapooia to Deluxe) on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The beer garden opens at 11 am, and the race starts at noon! Dedicated to the below-average athlete and weekend warrior in all of us, the Albany Beer “Run” features a delicious Calapooia and Deluxe beer before and after and there’s even a carb-loading station and other refreshments available. Come and enjoy this event with your friendly two and four–legged best friends! Advanced registration is available until September 6, and if you missed pre-registration deadline, you can still register on Saturday, race day, at the Calapooia Brewery at 10:30 am. Registration fee is $25.
Join us for “Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show” located in downtown Albany. Shop for amazing treasures from over 50 street vendors and at the Albany Antique Mall sidewalk sale. Then, tour over 100 amazing cars. When you get hungry, have lunch at one of downtown Albany’s fabulous restaurants or go organic and visit the Albany Farmers’ Market, all within walking distance of each other!
Dive Into History:
Albany has four National Historic Districts for you to explore! Enjoy an architectural and history-packed adventure using our Albany Explorer app for a self-guided tour or stop by the Albany Visitors Association office located at 110 3rd Ave SE, in downtown Albany to pick up a copy of our guide “Seems Like Old Times.” Office hours are Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
The Monteith House, the first frame structure built in Albany in 1849, is considered the most authentically restored pioneer era home in Oregon. It is now a house museum, where visitors can see the pioneer kitchen Christine Monteith used to prepare meals, and the original organ brought by covered wagon to help make the wilderness a bit more civilized. The Monteith House is currently open from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Tours during open hours are free with a suggested donation of $3.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am to 4pm Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction in the heart of the Willamette Valley starring a beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted unique menagerie of animals; horses, dogs, birds, even a dragon! Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to building a traditional old-world carousel in Albany’s Downtown Historic District. Located at 503 1st Ave W, Albany, OR 97321; admission is free, rides are $2 each.
We have the great fortune to be located among some of the most scenic vistas imaginable. Families love our city and its bike-friendly country roads, our summer movies and concerts under the stars and historic covered bridges. The Mid-Willamette Valley is also great for birding, expert birders have encountered over 130 species in a single day! Pick up a birding guide for free at the Albany Visitors Association.
Take a walk through Talking Water Garden, at 577 Waverly Dr NE, Albany. Free and open to the public 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. In 2010, the cities of Albany and Millersburg joined with metals manufacturer ATI to create an engineered water treatment wetland called Talking Water Gardens. Inspired by the environment, the wetland cells mimic the cleansing and cooling processes that occur in nature, returning treated water safely back to the Willamette River. In addition to water treatment, Talking Water Gardens provides habitat for wildlife including over 100 species of birds and waterfowl, as well as small mammals, reptiles and insects – making it a popular destination for birders, photographers and nature lovers alike.
Food, Wine and Craft Beverages:
Albany is a foodie and beverage traveler’s dream. We are about as close to the Willamette Valley’s food production as can be- “farm-to-table” isn’t just a tag line here, it’s how we roll every day. For a complete list of Albany’s food and drink options, please visit AlbanyVisitors.com or stop by for a paper copy.
Award winning chefs
- Sybaris Bistro, chef Matt Bennett, 442 1st Ave W, Albany. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 5 pm to 8 pm.
- Bodhi Bakery Outlet, chef Cody Utzman, 315 Lyon St. Albany. Open Tuesday – Friday 8 am to 3 pm and Saturday 8 am to 1 pm.
Distilleries, Breweries & Tasting Rooms
- Deluxe Brewing, 635 NE Water Ave in Albany. Open Monday – Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm, Friday 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 7 pm.
- European-inspired bistros in historic buildings
- Vault 244 bistro & lounge, 244 1st Ave West in Albany. Open Monday – Saturday, 4 pm to 10 pm.
Wine tours & Tasting
- Springhill Cellars, 2920 NW Scenic Drive, Albany. Tasting Room open Friday thru Sunday 11:30am to 5:30pm.
- For a full listing of Willamette Valley wineries, visit OregonWineCountry.org.
Nothing is fresher and more local than the Albany’s Farmers Market!
Saturday, September 9 from 9 am to 1 pm at SW Ellsworth Street & SW 4th Avenue in Albany.
Founded in 1978, the Albany Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously operated open-air farmers’ market in Oregon. Located in the City Hall parking lot and on an adjacent street that fronts the Linn County Courthouse, the market offers visitors an abundance of fresh, locally sourced food. From ripe, juicy produce to artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area) is home to Oregon wine industry pioneers, winegrowing veterans and the valley’s friendliest people. Located in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley, we’ve built a reputation as growers and producers of Oregon’s most sought-after Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Besides making great wine and being a gorgeous place to visit and live, we pride ourselves on being welcoming, down-to-earth people. If you haven’t visited us and found your next favorite winery, we invite you to please join us in Oregon soon!
Complimentary Wine Tasting at Ken Wright Cellars: More information TBA.
120 N. Pine Street / Carlton, OR 97111
Main Street Market & Deli
208 Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Monday 5:30am – 10pm
First Federal Credit Union – MoneyPass ATM
335 W Madison Street
Carlton, OR 97111
Main Street Market & Deli
208 Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Monday 5:30am – 10pm
245 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Sunday – 7am-3pm
Monday – Closed
203 W Main St Suite B, Carlton, OR 97111
Sunday – Closed
Monday 7am – 3pm
- Chester’s Pacific City Grocery 34585 Brooten Rd, Cloverdale
- Pacific City Hardware: 34995 River Ave, Pacific City
- Center Market: 34365 Highway 101 S, Cloverdale
- Cape Kiwanda Marketplace: 33260 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Cloverdale
- Oregon Coast Bank: 354900 Airport Way, Pacific City
- Stimulus Coffee and Bakery: 33105 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City
- Cold Water Coffee: 34950 Brooten Rd, Pacific City
- Village Coffee Shoppee: 34910 Brooten Rd, Pacific City
- Oarhouse Bar & Grill: 34455 Brooten Rd, Pacific City
- The Riverhouse: 34450 Brooten Rd, Pacific City
- The Grateful Bread Bakery: 34805 Brooten Rd. Pacific City
- Los Caporales: 35025 Brooten Rd. Pacific City
- Sportsman’s Pub-n-Grub: 34975 Brooten Rd. Pacific City
- Megpies Bakery and Cafe: 6425 Pacific Ave. Pacific City
- Beach-Wok: 6320 Pacific City
- PC Pour: 33310 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City
- Doryland Pizza: 33315 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City
- Pelican Pub: 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City
- Meridian Restaurant & Bar: 33000 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City
Toledo put together an interactive map highlighting all their community has to offer. Click Here to view the map and enjoy a self-guided tour of this quaint timber town.
The library also offers sports equipment rentals for those who want something a little different on their layover. They currently have basketballs, pickleball equiptment, and discs for the disc golf course located behind the library!
- John Boy’s Mercantile: 186 E Main St. // # 541-487-4462 // Open 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily
- Little Heifer Coffee Co: 2nd & Main St. // Jessi Hunter (owner): #541-961-6005 // Open 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily
- Deb’s Cafe: 185 W Main St. // #541-487-4424 // Open 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
With a focus on sustainability and an appreciation for what Ride with GPS offers our community, we will not be printing paper maps. 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. Our Ride with GPS routes are available to download to your phone or bike computer. We highly recommend downloading all the days prior to arriving in Albany as connectivity in camp is not always guaranteed. The courses are well-marked, but nothing beats having turn-by-turn instructions in your pocket or on your bike.
For a beautiful visual look at each day, John Brooks has created his signature maps & cue sheets for us. We have not included these in your rider packets, so if you’d like a paper map with you on the bike, we strongly suggest you print and bring them with you to Albany.
Ride with GPS: 2023 Classic Event
A note about surfaces: This year our route is 98% paved, with a total of 2.5 miles of mandatory gravel for all riders on Day 4. One mile will be on an uphill section with another 1.5-ish miles that climbs a small hill then descends. As always, please ride through these sections with caution and walk if you or your bike is not confident on looser terrain.
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. In 2023, up to 35 e-bikes will be allowed. We are restricted by access to electricity to charge batteries. All e-bike riders who don’t have their own method of charging their battery have to sign-up for E-bike Charging through the registration site.
2. Helmets and two water bottles (or equivalent) are required on Cycle Oregon. 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 course is 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.
6. 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 highways. 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 is highly discouraged. Safe group riding in an event such as Cycle Oregon 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, recyclables, and compostables 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 includes at least one roadside water stop each day, along with 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.
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.
Extensive Communications – HAM radio operators provide emergency and logistical communication for Cycle Oregon. HAM radio operators ride in most Cycle Oregon vehicles so that event managers, medical services, and all staff are in touch at all times.
Medical Service – Adventure Medics provides around-the-clock medical support on the course and in camp. If you require medical attention on the course, you should notify a SAG, ambulance, or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
There is no charge for medical services rendered by Adventure Medics on the course or at the campsite. Adventure Medics will not transport you to a medical facility unless it is a critical situation. If you require transport using 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.
In some instances, local EMS / Fire Districts may not have Paramedics on shift to transport someone with a cardiac emergency or major trauma, so LifeFlight may be called. A LifeFlight Annual Membership would cover you and your family for a year in OR, WA, ID, & MT. This is not required but may bring you peace of mind.
You can help in an emergency. If you witness an accident on the course, please do the following:
- Do not hesitate to call 911 on route. Often this will be the fastest way to get help.
- Do not move the injured rider, especially if you suspect a head or spinal injury.
- Notify a passing ambulance, SAG wagon or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
- 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.
Medical Emergency in camp: Go to the medical tent, as a medic will be on call at all times.
Evacuation: PA announcements throughout the campsite will alert the riders to prepare for evacuation. Please go immediately to the Main Stage for instructions.
Severe Weather: Harsh weather may warrant the use of contingency facilities for shelter, if available. Details will be announced from the Main Stage.