About

Event information on this page is for our planned 2020 event that has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope to host this event as detailed below in 2021 at a date to be determined later. The health and safety of our community—our riders, volunteers and the towns we visit—is paramount. For more information about the cancellation and how to support Cycle Oregon during these uncertain times, please click here.

 

COME RIDE THE ROADS LESS TRAVELED. Grab your gravel grinder and your beefy tires because this spring we’re heading back to the Tygh Valley for two amazing days of sweeping vistas and wide open roads. Explore by day and party by night with a couple hundred of your new best friends, rockin’ live music, and plenty of free local beer.

The Ride

  • October 9-11, 2020 • Tygh Valley, OR

  • Day 1 Long: 52.9 miles (29.3 miles of gravel) | 4,580 feet of elevation gain

  • Day 1 Short: 34.8 miles (11.2 miles of gravel) | 2,980 feet of elevation gain

  • Day 2 Long: 47.9 miles (26.5 miles of gravel/rough pavement) | 4,725 feet of elevation gain

  • Day 2 Short: 35.5 miles (18 miles of gravel) | 2,830 feet of elevation gain

  • Cost $285


Route

Accommodations

Tent Camping

Our overnight site at the Wasco County Fairgrounds will have an area designated for tent camping. Don’t forget to bring your tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, and pad.

Please do not pitch your tent prior to 3 p.m. on Friday.

RV Parking and Car Camping

If you’d like to bring your RV, camp trailer, van, or want to sleep in your car, there are a limited number of spaces right on site at the fairgrounds.

  • Full RV hookup spaces with power, water, and sewage are available for $100
  • Partial hookup spaces with just power and water are available for $75

If you would like to sleep in your non-RV vehicle on site, or do not require a hookup, you must still register for an RV slip space. Tent camping is permitted near your vehicle parked in an RV slip, but you may not exceed the slip space.

There is no tent camping in the standard overnight parking area.

RV Parking & Car Camping passes are available for Friday and Saturday nights only, click here to get a parking pass.

Getting There

Directions to the camp will be included in the Ride Guide which will be emailed to you and published on the website in April. Directions will also be listed on the parking pass.

Overnight parking located adjacent to the camping site for Friday and Saturday nights only is available for $10 (click here to get a pass) We will provide directions to the event in the Ride Guide (emailed in April) and on the parking pass (mailed in early May). There will be signage pointing you to standard parking or RV & Car Camping when you arrive. After parking, follow the signs to the rider Packet Pick-Up area. You may want to check in and get acquainted before unpacking all your gear.

Ride Logistics

The idea is to have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend of riding. The key to that? Take care of as many details as possible before the ride. In this section you’ll find pretty much everything you need to know to make your Cycle Oregon experience a great one.

  • Camp Services

    Showers

    Hot showers will be provided at the overnight site. The showers come with dressing rooms and sinks. 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.

    (Only sinks will be available Friday evening from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.)

    Bike Repair

    The Bike Gallery’s 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. Labor is available at a discount.

    Bike Rentals

    Are you flying in for the event or and prefer not to transport your bike? Bike Gallery offers rentals that makes it easy. Bicycle pick-up and return is right on on-site at the GRAVEL overnight location. Sizes are limited so click here or call 503-281-9800 to book your reservation early.

    Rider Services

    Look for the Rider Services trailer in camp. Here you can ask questions, meet friends, or locate missing items at lost and found.

    Cycle Oregon Gift Shop

    The Cycle Oregon Gift Shop is where you can 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.

    Massage

    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.

    Yoga

    On Saturday only, stretch out the muscles that get tight during cycling. Yoga will help you stay close to your breath this weekend. Not only will this help you feel better, but stretching can also help prevent injury. Mats are provided.

    Medical Services

    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.

  • Food, Drink & Entertainment

    Meals

    Cycle Oregon will provide dinner at the overnight site on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. All meals will be served in camp.

    Meal times

    • Breakfast: 6:00 – 8:30 a.m
    • Lunch in camp: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Beer & Wine Garden and Whiskey Wagon

    The Beer & Wine Garden will feature a variety of local beer and wine as well as your favorite cocktails mixed inside the Whiskey Wagon.

    Beer Garden Hours

    • 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.

    Evening Announcements

    Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., the Cycle Oregon community will gather around the Main Stage. This is a great opportunity to hear tips about the next day’s route and catch up on some local folklore. Best of all, it’s always followed by legendary Cycle Oregon entertainment.

    Entertainment

    Cycle Oregon showcases some of Oregon’s most talented performers. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings on the Main Stage.

  • Course Support

    Cycle Oregon prides itself on providing a fully supported ride. Our goal is to help you finish each day’s ride. To that end, our course is complete with the following services and amenities.

    Course Hours: 7 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Sunday 3:30 p.m.)

    Course support services are available only during the course hours. If you start before the course opens or are still riding after the course closes, there will be no support services available. All Cycle Oregon riders must be on the course by 9 a.m. Those still on the course after 4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on Sunday) 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.

    Food and Drink on the Course

    Lunch

    Lunch will not be served on the course. Lunch will be provided in camp each day from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Rest Stops

    There will be two rest stops available along the route each day to provide water, beverages, and nutritious, delicious snacks. Rest Stop signs alert riders when one is ahead. You can also see the location of each Rest Stop on the maps that will be inside the rider packet you receive when you check-in. Rest Stops are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    SAG Vehicles

    There will be multiple SAG vehicles on the course each day. They are available to transport cyclists in cases of mechanical problems or medical injuries. They also have extra water, snacks, and sunscreen if needed. If at any time you need assistance, please signal a SAG with a “thumbs down” signal. If you do get into a SAG, you may not be transported directly to camp. The SAG vehicles usually wait until they are full to go to camp.

    Bike Mechanics

    The Bike Gallery will have mechanics in camp. They will make basic repairs in order to get you through the weekend. Cyclists will incur any charges associated with parts or extensive repairs.

    Ambulance Service

    MetroWest provides Advance Life Support ambulances that give 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.

    Motorcycle Safety Patrol

    Motorcycle safety patrol volunteers drive the Cycle Oregon course each day. They are a great source of information and assistance and enhance the overall safety of the ride by interacting with riders who may pose a hazard by unlawful or unsafe riding.

  • Check-In and Packet Pick-Up

    Packet Pick-Up will be available during these times:

    • Friday, October 9, from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 – 8:30 a.m.

    Packet Pick-Up is not be available prior to event.

    Do not pitch your tent prior to 3 p.m. on Friday.

    When you check in, you will be asked to sign a waiver and then you will receive your packet that includes a wristband, and course maps. You must show your photo ID to pick up your packet. Once we affix your wristband, it should not be removed unless you leave the ride. The wristband is what identifies you as a participant and gives you access to meals and course support.

  • Bike and Gear

    What bike should I ride and what should I carry?

    At any gravel event you’ll see a mix of cyclocross bikes, adventure bikes, mountain bikes, and a handful of hearty souls on road bikes. A gravel specific or cyclocross bike is likely to be the most fun on these routes, but a bike you are comfortable on for these kind of miles, so long as it can run fat enough tires, should work just fine.

    Make sure that you have at least 32 mm tires, ideally a bit fatter, and with a bit of tread to help in the sections of deeper, looser aggregate. If you are running knobbies, something with a smoother middle, and knobs on ‘shoulders’  for a lower rolling resistance will likely suit better for the pavement portions of the course….don’t forget to bring a repair kit with extra tubes just in case.

    A frame or other bag for your bike or small backpack to carry some extra food, water, and clothing layers is a great addition for this event.  While we have fully stocked stops and SAG support on the routes,  riders should also be prepared for a measure of self-reliance as stops are placed a bit farther apart than you may have experienced if you have participated in other Cycle Oregon events.

    Bike Rentals

    Are you flying in for the event or and prefer not to transport your bike? Bike Gallery offers rentals that makes it easy. Bicycle pick-up and return is right on on-site at the GRAVEL overnight location. Sizes are limited so click here or call 503-281-9800 to book your reservation early.

EVENT POLICIES AND FAQS

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel your registration. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so. Please note we do not make exceptions in our cancellation policy (including family, medical, or employment situations). We cannot offer credits or transfers.

Click here to review our cancellation polices.

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