The Wallowas, September 8 - 13, 2024
Rally for Rides—Rally for Community
Our new 5-day event is about choosing your own adventure. Designed with daily road and gravel route options, and base camping out of two communities, you will have plenty of on and off the bike options to create your ideal experience. What will be common to all is the shared experience in this special place.
The riding is unparalleled. You will explore the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, among soaring peaks, along roaring rivers, through forested climbs and over expansive open prairies. Whether you seek quiet climbs and a beautiful escape, chatting up the locals in town, or catching a show at the Elgin Opera House, this week has it all.
Eastern Oregon provides our template for exploration. Nestled in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains, the communities of Elgin and Enterprise invite us to experience the magic of the place they call home. We will be rooted in these communities for multiple days, giving you the opportunity to help with a community project or simply immerse yourself and get acquainted with Eastern Oregon hospitality.
Saddle up to Chute 9 at the Elgin Stampede and order yourself up a cold one after your day on the trail. Mosey over to the Stampede Hall and get ready to show off your best two-steppin’. Take a seat in the Elgin Opera house and prepare to be enthralled in the sights and sounds of theatre. Or sit in the grass under the trees at Terminal Gravity and satisfy your hop craving. Choose your go-round, it’s your adventure.
September 8-13, 2024 • Elgin | Enterprise, OR
Mileage: 198 - 298 mi. with options
Climbing: 11,342 - 17,862 ft. elevation gain with options
Adult Cost: $1,400 early registration (through May 15) • $1,450 (May 16 - July 31) • $1,500 (Aug. 1 - Aug. 29)
Registration is limited to 600 participants
MONDAY, SEPT 9
DAY 1 • Elgin Loops
MILES & ELEVATION GAIN:
Option 1 – 36 to 61 mi. (paved) | 2,980 – 4,100 feet of elevation gain
Option 2 – 39 to 64 miles (12 mi gravel) | 3,354 – 4,418 feet of elevation gain
Routes will be well marked with signage, GPS/ GPX routes will be available before the event. These will be available a few weeks out from the event.
TUESDAY, SEPT 10
DAY 2 • Elgin to Enterprise
MILES & ELEVATION GAIN:
Option 1 – 47 mi (1 mi gravel) | 2,720 feet of elevation gain
Option 2 – 61 miles (22 mi gravel) | 3,906 feet of elevation gain
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 11
DAY 3 • Enterprise Joseph Loops
MILES & ELEVATION GAIN:
Option 1 – 16 to 40 mi (paved) | 700 – 1,300 feet of elevation gain
Option 2 – 55 miles (20 mi gravel) | 2,900 feet of elevation gain
THURSDAY, SEPT 12
DAY 4 • Enterprise to Salt Creek Summit
MILES & ELEVATION GAIN:
Option 1 – 53 to 65 mi (paved O&B to summit) | 3,279- 4,103 feet of elevation gain
Option 2 – 54 to 66 miles (14 mi gravel) | 3,358 – 4,182 feet of elevation gain
FRIDAY, SEPT 13
DAY 5 • Enterprise to Elgin
MILES & ELEVATION GAIN:
Option 1 – 46 miles (1 mi gravel) | 1,663 feet of elevation gain
Option 2 – 52 miles (15 mi gravel) | 2,456 feet of elevation gain
In Elgin we will be camping at the Stampede grounds. In Enterprise we will be camping at the Wallowa Fairgrounds. There are plenty of desirable spots at both locations – some are shady. Camping is included in the price of registration.
Don’t forget to bring your tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, and pad.
RV/Van Camping Registration & Fee
We have very limited RV camping spots, all dry – no water, no dumping. Convenient portable toilets and showers will be on site.
A registration fee of $400 is required for each RV/Van Camping. Dry/no hook ups. Purchasing this allows access to all amenities at the overnight site for one rider guest but does NOT include food. Do not purchase if your driver/guest has already purchased a Rider Guest spot on the registration page. Please review the section below for Rider Guest info.
- Vehicles must register – Anyone accompanying a rider through the week in a vehicle must purchase an RV/Van Camping spot or register as a Rider Guest.
Unlimited parking will be available in a lot across from the Stampede grounds in Elgin – it will be patrolled overnight. Price: $50 for the week per vehicle – carpooling is recommended. Purchase parking pass here.
Imagine this: You arrive in camp and skip the trip to the baggage truck. Instead you head directly for a primo camping spot, where a spiffy 9′ x 7′ Cycle Oregon tent has been set up for you. Your luggage is waiting outside. And this process repeats itself at each location. Tents fit one or two people, and the service costs $300 for the week. Tents will be the same all week, set up by 2 p.m. each move day, marked with your tent number.
Tents are limited and available on a first-come, first-portered basis, so register early to ensure your spot. If two of you are sharing, only one person needs to sign up for the service. One or two chairs will be provided with each tent.
Sleeping bags and pads are not provided, so please don’t forget to bring yours.
Directions to the camp will be included in the Ride Guide which will be emailed to you and published on the website one month before the event start date.
Phone service can be spotty in areas, but you will have some coverage from AT&T, Verizon and T-mobile in Elgin. In Enterprise, there is coverage from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular.
Cycle Oregon provides week-long parking for riders near the start/finish site. Parking passes are available here for $50 until August. We will post specific directions to the parking area as we draw closer to the event. Driving directions will also be on the parking pass that will be mailed to you in late August. Security is provided from dusk to dawn.
Taking the Bus
Bus services to/from Portland to Elgin and includes lunch/dinner on the bus both ways (GF and Veg options available). Bus tickets must be purchased by August 18, 2024. Bus spots are available at $200 per rider, roundtrip.
- Departs Portland from (Sheraton at Portland Airport): 10 am on 9/8
- Departs Elgin from Stampede Grounds: approx. 3 pm on 9/13 – Will arrive in Portland around 9 pm at Sheraton at Portland Airport.
You must purchase bus tickets by August 18 to guarantee a space. We recommend arriving in Portland on September 7. Return buses will depart Elgin Stampede Grounds on September 13 beginning at 3 p.m.
When booking return flights, please keep in mind that the return trip to Portland is roughly 6-7 hours. Allow plenty of time for fluctuation in travel time, unloading bikes, and getting from the hotel to the airport.
We’ll transport bikes both directions in box trucks.
Tickets will be emailed the first week of September. Volunteers will be available to help load your bike and luggage. To save time and minimize hassle, bikes will not be boxed but will be wrapped in blankets and loaded directly into the baggage trucks. If you traveled with a bike case and it is still packed up, your bike can be loaded on the truck in its case. If you have already assembled your bike, be sure to bring your empty bike case with you, we’ll store it for the week at the start/finish location.
Flying to Portland
Stay tuned for information about the official hotel of Cycle Oregon. We will share about special room rates and parking for Cycle Oregon guests. Check back soon!
Need to get your bike to Oregon? Use Bikeflights, the official bicycle shipping service of Cycle Oregon. All bookings are monitored by their expert team until delivery. Bikeflights also offers easy-to-pack boxes, packing how-to videos and excellent customer support. Ship the best way with Bikeflights.
The idea is to have a relaxing, enjoyable week of riding. The key to that? Take care of as many details as possible beforehand. In this section you’ll find pretty much everything you need to know to make your Cycle Oregon experience a great one.
Hot showers will be provided at each overnight site. Please remember to bring a towel or two, as we do not provide towels or toiletries. Shower schedule will be published at Rider Services at camp.
Rider Services is the Cycle Oregon customer service department. You will find the Rider Services trailer in a visible location near the entrance to each overnight campsite. 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.
Cycle Oregon Gift Shop
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, sundries, and much more. Look for the Cycle Oregon Gift Shop near Rider Services.
A medical tent will be set up at the overnight site. There is no charge for medical services 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 services from a local medical facility, you will be financially responsible.
We will designate a camping area adjacent to the medical tent with electrical hookups for those who use equipment such as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or sleep machine. The medical crew will carry your CPAP equipment from site to site; the cost for this service is $100 for the week. This does not include the use of a tent – you must provide your own or register for Tent & Porter. You will still be responsible for delivering your gear bag to the baggage truck. This service is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. (Need help adding to your order, click here.)
Stay tuned for Massage sign up!
Stretch out the muscles that get tight during cycling. These yoga classes will help you stay close to your breath this week. Not only will this help you feel better, but stretching can also help prevent injury. And you’ll meet other great people who like to do nice things for their bodies too. There are typically two sessions each afternoon, depending on the length of the riding day. Mats are provided. Check the daily schedule at Rider Services.
The Trek Bicycle PDX 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.
Over 60,000 people have made the week trip with one 65-pound bag; you can too! Here are three simple rules for bags:
- One bag per person. Everything goes in that bag – tent, clothes, etc.
- 65 pound limit. Volunteers hand move all of these bags. Please abide.
- Do not strap/lash bags together. This may injure baggage volunteers.
Participants must pick up and deliver their own gear from the baggage trucks at each overnight camping area. Truck trailers are numbered and fitted with stairs. Remember to note the trailer in which you load your gear so you can locate it easily at the next site.
Local volunteers are usually available to carry bags from the trucks to the campsite and, again in the morning, from the campsite to the trucks. We encourage you to tip the porters ($2 per bag is suggested), as this benefits local volunteer groups.
Baggage Truck Departure
Baggage must be dropped by 8:30 a.m. on move days and picked up by 8 p.m. that night. Riders are responsible for getting their bags to and from the baggage trucks by the designated times.
Make Your Bag Easy to Identify
Please mark your gear bag with additional personal identification tags (including a phone number). A distinctive tag, such as fluorescent tape or a colorful ribbon (don’t use pink, we use that for bus bags), will also help you locate your bag among the 600 others.
Food, Drink & Entertainment
Dining: Vegetarian and Gluten free options will be available. We are excited to welcome back Spin Catering for this event! Lunches will NOT be served on route for Rally, instead we will offer “heavy snacks” like we have done in recent years on Classic.
- Sunday – Dinner
- Monday – Breakfast & Dinner
- Tuesday – Breakfast & Dinner
- Wednesday – Breakfast & Dinner
- Thursday – Breakfast & Dinner
- Friday – Breakfast & Lunch
We encourage folks to bring their own mess kit whenever they can.
Drinks: Beer, wine, and n/a beverages will be available for purchase at our beer garden. Fresh water will be available at camp and along the route.
Saddle up to Chute 9 at the Elgin Stampede and order yourself up a cool refreshment after your day on the trail. Mosey over to the Stampede Hall and get ready to show off your best two-steppin’. Take a seat in the Elgin Opera house and prepare to be enthralled in the sights and sounds of theatre. Or sit in the grass under the trees at Terminal Gravity and satisfy your hop craving. Choose your go-round, it’s your adventure. We will have everything from a community hoedown to live theater on top of the amazing bands and musicians you have grown to love and experience on Cycle Oregon rides.
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.
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.
The course opens at 6:30 a.m. each morning and we aim to close the course around 5:00 p.m each evening (3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13). Course support services are only available during the course hours.
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. We ask that riders maintain at least 8 mph average speed to stay ahead of the sweep team. Route options (such as hill climbs) and layover day routes may have a specific closing time. Additionally, on layover days, riders need to be on the course by no later than 9:00 a.m., and on Friday, the course will officially close at 3:30 p.m. Visit Rider Services at the event to get details about specific course times.
If you start before the course opens or are still riding after the course closes, there will be no support services available. Riders that are about to be passed by the sweep team will be offered a ride either ahead to a stop or all the way to camp. If you choose not to take the ride, you will be on your own to get back to camp.
Food and Drink
2 to 5 rest & water stops will be available along the route each day to provide water, beverages, nutritious and delicious snacks, restrooms, and bike mechanics. The first Rest Stop will open at 7:00 a.m. Typically the second rest stop of the day will offer some additional, hearty options to keep you fueled. Rest Stop signs alert riders when one is just a mile ahead (or look for the banana on the route map).
In addition to the Rest Stops, one or two Water Stops per day will provide water and restrooms (indicated by a water bottle on the route map). Many of our rest stops are in beautiful parks, so take your time and enjoy the setting.
Rest & Water Stop opening and closing hours vary based on the length of the route and the 8-mph pace. Visit Rider Services at the event to get details about specific Rest Stop times.
Each day at one of the first two Rest Stops, you can drop off a limited amount of clothing to be taken to the evening’s campsite. This service is for small items such as jackets, tights, leggings, gloves, etc. No half-eaten sandwiches, half-stuffed panniers or other oddities will be transported. Gear drop can be picked up near Rider Services, generally between 4 and 5 p.m.
There will be multiple SAG vans on the course each day. They are available to transport cyclists as needed due to 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 van, you may not be transported directly to camp. SAG vans typically wait until they are full to go to camp.
There will be a SAG van available each morning to transport cyclists from site to site if cyclists are not feeling well or are injured. Go to the Medical tent and get a medical release for riding the medical SAG . Bring that form to Rider Services before 8 a.m. to sign up for this shuttle option.
Trek Bicycle PDX will have mechanics in camp and on course. They will make basic repairs in order to get you through the week. Cyclists will incur any charges associated with parts or extensive repairs.
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.
Check In and Packet Pick-Up
Each rider will be asked to sign the ride waiver when picking up their rider packet. The rider packet contains a wristband and bike number. Please bring a photo ID to show the volunteers in order to receive your packet.
Your wristband 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 in with Rider Services to let them know you are leaving.
- Sunday, September 8: 11am – 8pm
- Monday, September 9: 6:30am – 8:30am
Arriving and Leaving Late
If you arrive late on Sunday, you can pick up your rider packet on Monday morning at Rider Services.
No camping will be available on Friday night after the event. Consider getting a motel room in the area or finding a nearby park.
Space is very limited in some of our host sites, which limits our capacity for Rider Guests and Support Vehicles. We cannot accommodate personal vehicles beyond this limited capacity (even if it is just a Prius). This pass is for non-riders who accompany a rider, or group of riders for the event. Please see below for two different options:
Rider Guest Registration Fee
A registration fee of $700 is required for each Rider Guest. The fee includes food, access to the services provided at the overnight site including, showers, restrooms, beer garden, daily entertainment, other food vendors, and medical tent. Includes one RV/Van camping spot. Purchase Rider Guest pass here.
RV/Van Registration Fee
A registration fee of $400 is required for each RV/Van Vehicle. Dry/no hook up. Includes access to all amenities at the overnight site for one rider guest but does NOT include food. Do not purchase if your driver/guest has already purchased a Rider Guest spot on the registration page.
Important considerations about the Rider Guest/Support Vehicle parking program:
- Vehicles must register – Anyone accompanying a rider through the week in a vehicle must purchase a Rider Guest or RV/Van Camping spot.
- Tent Camping – Some of the Rider Guest/Support Vehicle locations will have grass nearby for tent camping, others will not.
- Rider Guests and Support Vehicles drive alternate routes to each overnight location – To enhance the safety of riders and their overall experience, Rider Guests and Support Vehicles will be asked to take alternate roads to the overnight site wherever possible (directions will be provided). The Rider Guest/Support Vehicles option is not meant to provide support for individual riders along the route.
- Rider Guests and Support Vehicle drivers are not registered riders, and so should not be riding the route each day.
- Rider Guest/Support Vehicle campsites will be as close to the rider venues as possible – Rider Guest/Support Vehicle area is not an RV park – more likely it’s a city park, someone’s field or a parking lot.
- Quiet Hours – When possible, we try and locate vehicles that have generators separately from those without. In addition, the Rider Guest/Support Vehicle area will observe quiet hours (no generators) from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.
Gravel-specific and touring bikes with 35-40c (or greater) tires and low gearing will thrive on our routes. As always, the best bike and gear to bring will be the one you are familiar with and comfortable riding. We do recommend that you or your bicycle have the capacity to carry two water bottles for proper hydration and to take full advantage of our renowned rest.
E-bikes are welcome on all Cycle Oregon courses for Rally 2024. E-bikes are growing in popularity yet the infrastructure to support them is not always available nor guaranteed in all camp locations.
35 e-bike charging spots are available at $100 for each spot. We can only accommodate pedal-assisted e-bike and not fully electric. Riders are strongly recommended to bring two batteries and one will be charged for them each evening.
We anticipate this program will sell out, so recommend that you register for the event and e-bike charging early. Riders will be required to sign our e-bike agreement and pay a charging fee of $100 for the week during registration.
I signed up for CPAP, can I charge my e-bike there?
No. The power supply for those who require a CPAP machine is often through a single outlet or a single generator; the power required to charge an e-bike battery is too great and could comprise power available to CPAP machines. This service is strictly limited to CPAP machines only.
Can the device charging service provided by the Community Cycling Center charge my e-bike?
No. The device charging service is solar-powered and does not provide enough power for e-bike batteries. This service is restricted to phones, Garmins, lights, and other small devices.
More information on e-bikes at Cycle Oregon can be found here.
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. Trip insurance (including COVID-19 coverage) is available for purchase during registration.
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 June 16, 2024
- A $150 fee for each rider registration (including accompanying products – Tent & Porter, Bus Tickets, Parking).
- A $30 fee for cancelling only these services: Tent & Porter, Bus Tickets or Rider Guest Registration.
- There is no refund for cancelling only Parking.
From June 17 to July 29, 2024
- A $300 fee for each rider registration (including accompanying products – Tent & Porter, Bus Tickets, Parking).
- A $50 fee for cancelling only these services: Tent & Porter, Rider Guest Registration.
- A $75 fee for cancelling only Bus Tickets. There is no refund for cancelling only Parking.
After July 29, 2024
- There are no refunds for cancellations.
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.
As of March 11, 2022 masks are no longer required for indoor settings or group activities in Oregon. There are exceptions, masks are required in healthcare settings, and we ask that you are mindful of additional requests you may encounter during Rally.
Masks are not required at Rally but we support those who choose to wear them for any reason they may have. We recognize members of the Cycle Oregon community and those associated with support of this event hold varying views on face covering. Out of respect for one another and in the spirit of the Cycle Oregon mission we ask that you honor our mask-friendly policy at Rally – Do what’s best for you.
Teasing, mocking, harassment or intimidation from any position towards others will not be tolerated.
Please check back for refund dates. Processing fees incurred at the time of purchase are non refundable.
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