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Cycle Oregon is back this September with the special-edition Tygh Valley Rally— ‘built for the moment’ unique back-to-back weekend cycling events in the beautiful eastern Columbia River Gorge where the high prairie meets the White River Canyon and the foothills of Mount Hood.

The basecamp for both events is the Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley, where riders can camp under the stars far from any city lights. After a day of riding, cyclists can enjoy a warm shower, sip locally crafted beer and wine, participate in basecamp activities and share stories while listening to live music and enjoying a fully catered meal.

Participants can create a weeklong trip by registering for one or both weekend events to take advantage of all the area has to offer. The Wasco County Fairgrounds will be available to Cycle Oregon participants for camping between events, and we’ll offer suggestions for midweek activities ranging from road and gravel routes to rafting trips to day hikes.

COVID-19

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. When you arrive at Tygh Valley Rally, you will be required to show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results to enter camp and ride on course.

UPDATE 9/1/2021: Cycle Oregon continues to amend our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan as the situation evolves in Oregon. Our most recent update to the plan, issued today, addresses protocols for anyone associated with Tygh Valley Rally, including COVID-19 vaccination / negative test requirements, mask wearing requirements, and COVID-19 mitigation measures for both the event site and on the route. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these protocols prior to arriving at Tygh Valley Rally. You can view this update here. For more information please see the FAQ section below.

The Ride

  • Weekend #1 - Gravel Forward: Sept 10-12, 2021

  • Total Mileage: 71-101 miles

  • Total Climbing: 5,810-9,305 ft

  • Weekend #2 - Road Forward: Sept 17-19, 2021

  • Total Mileage: 84-125

  • Total Climbing: 6,025-11,067 ft

  • Cost: $350/weekend or $650 for both


Route

Event Jersey

The Tygh Valley Rally is a unique event custom made for the moment we are in. What better way to celebrate than to go with the flow and change up our jersey offering with a new style from our friends at Primal Wear. The 3/4 sleeve Ilex jersey is a relaxed fit made from sweat-wicking Q3 Lite fabric and plenty of technical details for the ride. But it looks and feels great off the bike, too, so you can fly your Rally colors any time you want!

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 September 10.

Tent camping midweek between events (September 13-16) will be available free of charge. Showers and bathrooms will be available on site during this time, however meals and other Cycle Oregon camp services will not be provided. Look for a list of recommended activities and places to eat in the Ride Guide, sent in August.

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. All spaces are equipped with hookups for power and water and available for $75 per weekend.

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 Slips are available for each weekend of the event, click here to reserve an RV Parking Slip.

RV Parking midweek between events (September 13-16) will be available for an additional $75. Showers and bathrooms will be available on site during this time, however meals and other Cycle Oregon camp services are not provided. Look for a list of recommended activities and places to eat in the Ride Guide, sent in August.

Getting There

Our overnight site is located at the Wasco County Fairgrounds. Overnight parking is free and located adjacent to the camping site for Friday and Saturday nights. There will be signage pointing you to standard parking or RV Parking 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.

Driving Directions

From the West/North via I-84 (Portland area or The Dalles):

  • Follow I-84 East
  • Take exit 87 in The Dalles and follow US-197 S towards Dufur/Bend
  • Follow US-197 S for about 30 miles
  • Just BEFORE milepost 33, turn right on to Shadybrook Road
  • In about a mile, turn left on to Fairgrounds Road
  • Continue following Fairgrounds road, you will see signs for long-term parking on your left.
  • RVs will enter the fairgrounds at the first entrance on the west end of the site, long term parking will be directed to enter the fairgrounds at Gate 3, on the far east side of the site.

From the South via US-97 (Bend Area):

  • Follow US-97 North
  • After milepost 68, take US-197 N
  • Follow signs through Maupin to stay on US-197 through town
  • Quickly after milepost 33, turn left on to Shadybrook Road
  • In about a mile, turn left on to Fairgrounds Road
  • Continue following Fairgrounds road, you will see signs for long-term parking on your left.
  • RVs will enter the fairgrounds at the first entrance on the west end of the site, long term parking will be directed to enter the fairgrounds at Gate 3, on the far east side of the site.

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. Our comprehensive Tygh Valley Ride Guide for registered riders is available here.

  • Camp Services

    Showers

    Hot showers will be provided at the overnight site on all days of the event. Please remember to bring a towel or two, as we do not provide towels or toiletries.

    Bike Repair

    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.

    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.

    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 is free of charge and 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. Sessions will be held at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Due to concerns with COVID-19, mats are NOT provided, so please bring your own mat.

    Physical Therapist

    Megan Moseley, PT, LMT, of Bodywise Physical Therapy, will be available everyday after the ride for free injury consultations including a brief evaluation, hands-on treatments including myofascial release, graston, cupping, mobilization, and kinesio-taping. Megan will educate you about the origin of your symptoms, instruct you in stretches, exercises, and self-care techniques to get you back on the road! Additionally, Megan will make recommendations for bike fit adjustments as needed.

    Get your CO adventure rolling early by attending Megan’s stretching, and injury prevention class from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, your first night in camp. This a fun, interactive, and educational class geared toward teaching you core exercises and stretches to balance your body, prevent injuries, and relieve pain you may have due to the repetitive stresses and chronic positioning related to cycling long distances.

    Medical Services

    Medical services provided by Adventure Medics 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, and breakfast at the overnight site on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday on the course.

    Meal times

    • Breakfast: 6:00 – 8:30 a.m
    • Lunch on course: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 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. (11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on September 17)
    • 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. – 5 p.m. (Sunday 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 must be on the course by 10 a.m. Those still on the course after 5 p.m. (4 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 is provided on the course each day. Lunch sites will be complete with food, beverages, restrooms, water, bike mechanics, gear drop and a medical attendant. Lunch is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Rest Stops

    There will be one or 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. Rest Stops are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Water Stops

    In addition to the Rest Stops, one or two water stops per day will provide water and restrooms.

    Gear Drop

    Each day at the first rest stop or at lunch, you can drop off a limited amount of clothing to be taken back to the evening’s campsite. This service is for small items such as jackets, tights, leggings, gloves, etc. No half-eaten bananas, 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.

    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

    Trek Bicycle PDX (formerly Bike Gallery) will have mechanics in camp and on course. They will make basic repairs in order to get you through the weekend. Cyclists will incur any charges associated with parts or extensive repairs.

    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.

    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 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on September 17)
    • Saturday 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 other event materials. 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?

    GRAVEL FORWARD

    Our courses for the weekend are a mixture of farm and forest 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 providing 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 renowned rest stops.

     

    ROAD FORWARD

    Call it asphalt, tarmac, macadam, or pavement, this is a weekend for high-pressure, fast rolling tires. Sure, any bike can ride on the road but for road bike pursuits we’ve built a weekend around your fastest bike. 25c to 28c tires will be ideal across all routes though we do not recommend going smaller than 23c. There are sustained climbs on most routes and we recommend compact front chainrings such as 50-34 and/or low gearing, 34t or greater, on your cassette. 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 renowned rest stops.

  • Ship Your Bike

    If you’re flying or don’t want the hassle of dealing with your bike on the way to the event, ship your bike with BikeFlights.com to and from our event.

    Be sure to click the “Imperial River Company” link on their page to set the delivery address. Your bike will be shipped to secure location and delivered right to the starting line in advance of the event by Cycle Oregon Staff.

    Click the below link to get started:

     

    Trek Bicycle PDX (formerly Bike Gallery) will be available in camp to assemble and disassemble bikes at no charge.

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 COVID-19 related issues, family, medical, or employment situations). We cannot offer credits or transfers. Trip insurance is available for purchase for the Tygh Valley Rally during registration.

From June 10 to July 8

Cycle Oregon will monitor registration numbers and federal, state, and local safety guidelines in association with COVID-19. If either:

  • There are not enough registrants signed up for the event to make it fiscally feasible, or
  • There are new restrictions implemented as a result of COVID-19 that would restrict the execution of a Cycle Oregon event,

Cycle Oregon will cancel said event and refund 100% of the registration and any additional purchases to the registrant. (Processing fees paid at time of registration are not included)

  • If a registrant needs to cancel from June 10 through July 8, they will receive a full refund. (Processing fees paid at time of registration are not included)

From July 9 to August 5

  • A $125 administrative fee will be assessed to your refund for each rider registration, (including accompanying products – RV Parking Slips).
  • A $35 administrative fee will be assessed to your refund for cancelling only RV Parking Slip.
  • A $35 administrative fee will be assessed to your refund for cancelling an event jersey.

After August 5

There are no refunds for cancellations after August 5.

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.

Submitting Cancellations: Please submit cancellation requests to [email protected]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.

Click to view a PDF of the Cancellation Policy, Release of liability and assumption of risk agreement, and COVID-19 Policy, Acknowledgment, and Waiver.

FAQs

  • Why aren’t you holding the Classic this year?

    Our top priority is the safety of participants, volunteers and the community. While our hopes for holding the Classic in 2021 were high, in the end, we determined the risks and challenges of executing such a high-level event in the midst of COVID-19 uncertainties were too great. As we plan the Tygh Valley Rally, we are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for outdoor events, which were last updated May 20, 2021. The most recent update provided us with certainty that we could safely hold an outdoor event this September, but it needed to be smaller in scope and size than the Classic. Planning events—particularly large, traveling events—takes time and significant resources. We feel that by hosting back-to-back weekend events in the same location, we can provide Cycle Oregon participants with the high-quality experience they are used to without having to wait until 2022, and we can do it in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Do riders need to be vaccinated?

    When you arrive at Tygh Valley Rally, you will be required to show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results to enter camp and ride on course. 

    -Riders must be at least two weeks past receiving their second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Acceptable forms of proof are a CDC vaccination card, a photocopy of the card or a photo of the card on a mobile device.

    -Documentation of a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of arrival at the event.

  • What will Cycle Oregon be doing to make the events COVID-19-safe?

    Cycle Oregon continues to amend our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan as the situation evolves in Oregon. Our most recent update to the plan, issued today, addresses protocols for anyone associated with Tygh Valley Rally, including COVID-19 vaccination / negative test requirements, mask wearing requirements, and COVID-19 mitigation measures for both the event site and on the route. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these protocols prior to arriving at Tygh Valley Rally. You can view this update here.

    Precautions include but are not limited to:

    – Limiting the number of riders at each weekend event to 500 to maintain social distancing at aid stations/rest stops and at the Wasco County Fairgrounds (event headquarters).

    – Increasing the number of portable toilets, showers, hand-washing stations and sanitizers available.

    When registered riders arrive at Tygh Valley Rally, they will be required to show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results to participate in the event.

    – Given updated requirements for outdoor masking at public events in the state of Oregon, mask wearing will be required for all individuals participating as riders or supporting in any way the Tygh Valley Rally.

    – There will be instances where individuals involved with Tygh Valley Rally may not have been verified with either a COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test; they will be required to follow masking protocols as set forth in this document

    – If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below prior to the event, please stay home and ride with us virtually through our online ride challenge. Sign up here.

    Note: Cycle Oregon’s safety plan and protocols are subject to change based on Oregon Health Authority recommendations.

  • What will happen if someone (a volunteer or participant) is not adhering to your COVID-19 safety plan and protocols?

    As always, our safety protocols will be strictly enforced in order to maintain rider and volunteer safety. If someone is not following the protocols, that person will be asked to leave.

  • What happens if there is proven COVID-19 exposure at the events?

    We will work under the direction of the Oregon Health Authority to manage the situation.

  • How many people can register for each of the two weekend events?

    We are capping each event at 500 riders. If precaution levels change and we feel we can safely increase the number of attendees, we could decide to open up registration to an additional, limited number of participants.

  • How difficult are the two weekend rides? What are the ride options and stats?

    On the gravel-forward weekend, we’ll have routes ranging in distance from 35 miles to 53 miles, with elevation gains of 2,830 to 4,600 feet. On the road-forward weekend, there will be routes ranging in distance from 37 miles to 69 miles, with elevation gains of 1,934 to 6,690 feet. For most riders, the routes would be rated moderate to difficult. See above for full route descriptions.

  • Is there a discount if you register for both weekends?

    Yes. If you sign up for both events you save $50!

  • Are e-bikes allowed at the Tygh Valley Rally?

    We welcome e-bikes on all routes. There is no limit to the number of e-bikes permitted at this event. Cycle Oregon cannot guarantee electrical outlet access to all areas of camp, though we will work in the time leading up to the event to map best availability. You must bring your own charging cord and/or charging dock for your bicycle to the event. Visit our e-bikes page for more information.

  • Which e-bikes are allowed at the Tygh Valley Rally?

    Class 1 and Class 3 pedal-assist e-bikes are welcome on all courses at the Tygh Valley Rally.

    Class 2 e-bikes with a purely throttle-powered mode are not allowed.

  • What activities are available for the week between the two events, and are they being organized by Cycle Oregon?

    Cycle Oregon will be providing information about midweek activities, which will not be formally organized or run by Cycle Oregon. The area has a lot to offer, including road and gravel riding (of course!), whitewater rafting, day hiking, wine tasting and more.

  • Will there be transportation to and from the fairgrounds for the midweek activities, or will participants need to arrange it on their own?

    Individuals will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from non-Cycle Oregon events. There is free parking at the Wasco County Fairgrounds for those that drive there, and all of the rides depart from and return to the fairgrounds.

  • What is the cancellation policy for the events?

    Please refer to our cancellation policy above for complete details.

  • What happens if there is a wildfire in the area? Is there a plan B, or will the events be canceled?

    As always, Cycle Oregon has determined an alternative location for our 2021 events. However, weather events or natural disasters could impact our alternative locations, posing a risk to Cycle Oregon participants. If Cycle Oregon cancels an event, it falls under the terms of our cancellation policy.

  • Will the Tygh Valley Rally be a permanent Cycle Oregon event?

    The Tygh Valley Rally is a special-edition event for 2021. It’s not a replacement for other popular events such as GRAVEL or WEEKENDER, which we have all intentions to resume in 2022.

  • Will you be awarding grants through the Cycle Oregon Fund in 2021?

    At this time, we plan on opening our 2021 grant program at the end of September 2021.

  • I purchased insurance through Allianz Global Assistance. How do I contact them if I need to cancel?

    For customer service with Allianz Global Assistance, please call 1-800-892-0130 (from U.S.) or 1-804-281-5700 (outside U.S./collect).

    To file a claim, please visit: https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/file-a-claim.

  • Can I volunteer for the event?

    There’s a group of people who are every bit as important to Cycle Oregon as the riders. They also have just as much fun (and probably sweat a lot less). They are the event volunteers.

    For more information about volunteering for this event and to apply click here.

Ride Archive

Relive rides of yore with our handy ride archive: