In 2019 we found our Independence and this year we’re going back for more. The charming community of Independence, Oregon is hosting us once again for Cycle Oregon’s annual one-day celebration of women and bikes. We’ll venture out on the quiet country roads of Polk County taking in the sights and smells of the Willamette Valley. We’ll mingle with locals and wave to the livestock as we ride past hopyards, crop fields, vineyards, and orchards. And once we roll back into town, a delicious locally-sourced meal and live music will be waiting. All levels of cyclists are welcome – if you can push a pedal, you can party with us!
Sorry, fellas. This ride is for women, but we’d be happy to have you come and volunteer!
June 25, 2022 • Independence, OR
Short: 17.8 miles • 160 ft. of climbing
Medium: 39.9 miles • 980 ft. of climbing
Medium w/ gravel option: 36.3 miles (6 miles of gravel) • 1,013 ft of climbing
Long: 63.6 miles • 2,113 ft. of climbing
Long w/ gravel option: 63.0 miles (6.9 miles of gravel) • 2,081 ft. of climbing
Cost: $100 • Registration is limited to 1000 participants
We’ll be offering up our usual short, medium and long routes for riders of all levels. For riders who wish, there are options to take gravel roads as part of both the medium and long route. The main routes are all paved for those who are not interested in gravel.
SHORT: 17.8 miles (160 ft. of climbing)
MEDIUM: 39.9 miles (980 ft. of climbing)
MEDIUM W/ GRAVEL OPTION: 36.3 miles (1,013 ft. of climbing) 6 miles of gravel road
LONG: 63.6 miles (2,113 ft. of climbing)
LONG W/ GRAVEL OPTION: 63.0 miles (2,081 ft. of climbing) 6.9 miles of gravel road
Our Joyride jersey is made by Primal and constructed from their lightweight, double-knit SpeedPro fabric in a Women’s Sport Cut Fit with a full-zip front. Raglan sleeve design allows plenty of room in the ride position and three rear pockets hold everything from packable jackets to snacks. Also available as a tank–a sleek sleeveless version of the jersey– perfect for sunny rides. Click here to add to your order. (Need help adding to your order, click here.)
“About the Design” by Lindsey Voskowsky
Joyride is a chance for women of all walks of life to ride together and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful part of Oregon. I wanted this year’s jersey to be a little less flowery and incorporate some fresh, new colors. The dot patterns represent an energy burst from the joy that is shared on this day.
Make a weekend of it! There is no camping allowed at at the start/finish line in Riverview Park, but lucky for you there are a number of wonderful places to stay in nearby. Visit Travel Salem, the Monmouth-Independence Area Chamber of Commerce, and Explore Polk County for nearby accommodations.
The Independence Hotel
The Independence Hotel, adjacent to Riverview Park—Joyride’s start/finish location, has created a special two-night package for Joyride cyclists. The hotel is bike-friendly with space to store two bikes in each room, a 24-hour bike work room, and an outdoor bike wash station. All special rates for Joyride also include a daily complimentary breakfast.
Stay at the hotel for a discounted rate of 10% off (+ taxes and fees), requires a two night minimum. Book online using access code: JOYRIDE22
Want the full experience? Their VIP package includes a post ride gathering on the rooftop patio, and a unique welcome gift. Package price is 5% (+ taxes and fees), off all rooms & suites, and requires a two night minimum.! Book online using access code: JOYRIDEVIP
Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, located about three miles west of downtown Independence, is offering accommodations to Joyride participants in their residence halls.
Rooms are a traditional residence hall rooms. There is a men’s and women’s community restroom in each hall, in addition to two single stall restrooms with a shower, toilet and sink. Beds are standard twin xl residence hall beds. Linens will be provided. Each linen pack includes a pillow, two blankets, two flat sheets, pillow case, towels and washcloths. Each room is equipped with a microwave, mini fridge and freezer.
- Single Rooms are $27.75 per person, per night.
- Shared rooms are $17.75 per person, or $35.50 per room, per night.
- Linens are $6.50 per person, per night.
Click here for more information and to reserve.
Food, Drink & Entertainment
Joyride will offer ample opportunities to sample some of the local fare being perfected throughout Oregon along with a collection of some of our favorite beer and wine from the area, all served up at the finish line.
The finish-line feast at Riverview Park will feature a bounty of Oregon products.
Our 2019 menu included:
- Draper Valley pasture raised chicken marinated and grilled on-site
- Thin sliced NW Natural beef brisket
- Local tamales and salsa from Vianney’s Tamales
- Whole grain roll with butter balls
- Roasted acorn squash wedges
- NW Classic Foods fresh pesto pasta salad with vegetables
- Salad Bar featuring a variety of local and organic fresh salad toppings
- Lauretta Jean’s Biscuit Bar with local strawberries from Diaz Farms, blueberries, Alpenrose whipped cream, Oregon jams and Martha’s honey
In addition to enjoying good food, you’ll hear great live entertainment. If you’re in the mood for self-care, there will be massage therapists, and physical therapists available for appointments.
Rider Services is the Cycle Oregon customer service department. This is the place to ask questions, get help solving a problem, meet friends, leave a note on the message board or locate missing items at lost and found.
The Cycle Oregon Gift Shop is where you’ll shop for Cycle Oregon merchandise including a limited number of this year’s ride jersey, cycling gear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, jewelry and much more. Look for the Cycle Oregon Gift Shop in the big yellow trailer.
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. 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. 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 $55.00 for a 30-minute appointment. We accept all major cards or cash.
Kana Arreguin PT. will be at the start line to kick off your day with a pre-ride stretch, and tips for “on the spot” self care so you can have a strong, fun, comfortable day on the road. Kana has been with Bodywise Physical Therapy since 2010, and will soon be opening Wildwood Physical Therapy, (wildwoodphysicaltherapy.net) focusing on women’s health. In addition to the start line stretch, she will be available from 7-9:30 a.m. to answer any questions, and offer consultations.
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. Labor is available at a discount.
Check-In and Packet Pick-Up
June 25, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Packet Pick-Up will not be available prior to the event.
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. Bring a photo ID. 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.
Cycle Oregon prides itself on providing a fully supported ride. Our goal is to help you finish the day’s ride. To that end, our course is complete with the following services and amenities.
Course Hours: 7 a.m.– 4 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 still on the course after 4 p.m. 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
One to two rest stops will be available along the route 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 course maps. Rest Stops are generally open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the Rest Stops, one or two water stops will provide water and restrooms.
There will be multiple SAG vehicles on the course. 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 van with a “thumbs down” signal. If you do get into a SAG vehicle, you may not be transported directly to camp. The SAG vehicles usually wait until they are full to go to camp.
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.
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.
CANCELLATION POLICY AND WAIVERS
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.
Submitting Cancellations: Please submit cancellation requests to email@example.com. Please note we do not make exceptions in our cancellation policy (including COVID-19 related issues, family, medical or employment situations). Refunds will be processed through the credit card you used to register when possible. Processing fees incurred at the time of purchase are non-refundable. Please allow up to 30 days for processing.
Through May 28, 2022
- A $35 fee for each rider registration (including accompanying products.)
After May 28, 2022
- There are no refunds for cancellations after May 28, 2022.
Cycle Oregon may cancel or reroute an event due to the occurrence of any force majeure event or credible threat thereof, including but not limited to any Act of God, fire, earthquake, acts of civil or military authority, casualty, flood, war, terrorist attack, epidemic, insurrection, civil unrest, strikes or other labor activities or any other similar cause beyond the reasonable control of Cycle Oregon Inc., including environmental conditions that might threaten the health and safety of Event participants, volunteers or staff. I understand and agree that my registration fees and other costs will not be refunded by Cycle Oregon, Inc. if all or any portion of a Cycle Oregon Event is cancelled or rerouted due to a force majeure event. I will release and hold Cycle Oregon Inc. harmless for any costs or damages incurred as result of cancellation or rerouting of a Cycle Oregon Event due to a force majeure event.
Click to view a PDF of the Release of liability and assumption of risk agreement and COVID-19 Policy, Acknowledgment, and Waiver.
Rider health and safety is paramount on Cycle Oregon events. Working within the guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority, we have developed COVID-19 safety plans and protocols which we will amend as new updates and guidelines are announced leading up to an event.
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