At the beginning of 2019, we decided to put WEEKENDER on hold.
After 15 years of fantastic routes and communities, we want to try something a little different. We’ve collected a lot of feedback over those years, and we want to see how we can tweak this event to incorporate some of your great ideas and make a new and improved WEEKENDER just for you.
We realize that a lot of people love and look forward to the event every year, we do too, and because of that we want to do it even better.
So, we’re hitting the pause button. We’re taking the year to re-imagine the event; determined to bring it back as something so fun you’ll drive your friends and families nuts for talking so much about it.
And while we’re plotting out the course for the future of WEEKENDER, we’ll be honing in on making Joyride, Classic and GRAVEL as amazing as they can possibly be! Even if you’re a ride-or-die WEEKENDER fan, you can still find the camaraderie, amazing routes and all-around awesome time on any of our other events. So if you haven’t considered riding a Classic before, maybe this is your year. Or if you’re ready for a strictly dude-free riding experience with your fellow females, come on out to Joyride. Or, if going off the beaten path sounds like a hoot, then perhaps GRAVEL is in your future. In any case, keep on pedaling, and we’re looking forward to riding with you in 2019!
Below are the event details for the 2018 Weekender.
This summer, Cycle Oregon is taking our legendary two-day bike bash back to school! We will be bringing the festivities to one of Oregon’s most highly-enjoyable places to spend four years – the campus of the University of Oregon. We’ve got the whole weekend covered. The bands will be rockin’, good times will be flowing and the vibe will be permanently set to “chill”. Oh, and let us not forget all the spectacular cycling through the Willamette Valley’s best landscapes. This is going to be the best WEEKENDER ever! We’ll see you there!
Click here for the Ride Guide
GPS files for WEEKENDER routes for rider navigation devices are available HERE. Please see the “Read First – Key and Tutorials” PDF first for details and explanation of file names.
Ride Like a Duck
SATURDAY JULY 14
MILES: 17 // 41 // 76
Kicking off your WEEKENDER of freewheeling bike fun, choose from three routes that all start from the University of Oregon campus in Eugene before hopping on a bike path along the Willamette River. The short, most family-friendly route branches off at mile 3, travels through the edge of Springfield, and then uses a bike path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, before returning to campus. The medium and long routes venture through forested areas leading to the town of Mohawk. There, the medium route turns and follows the McKenzie River before joining up with the long route riders for lunch. After Mohawk, the long route rolls through small communities in Lane and Linn counties, giving riders great roads with a taste of small towns, forest, and agriculture. Medium and long route riders continue together after lunch for a flat 10 miles to the finish. When you get back to campus, prepare to switch from cycle-mode to party-mode, as the fun and festivities will be well underway.
Wine and Wings
SUNDAY JULY 15
MILES: 17 // 39 // 58
If you thought yesterday was a blast, check out what we have lined up for Day 2! Today’s routes offer great views of the Willamette River and small communities to the south and east of Eugene. The short option is a mellow, but enjoyable crowd-pleaser traveling almost entirely on bike paths from Eugene to Springfield and back. All three routes begin together, but after a rest stop at Clearwater Park, the medium and long routes let you Zen out on lightly traveled country roads, with great river views, covered bridges, forest and agricultural fields. Both long and medium routes have only a few rolling hills until near the end where riders hit the day’s biggest hill to climb. After that, it’s back to campus. Keep your ears peeled for the live music. When you hear it, you’ll know you’re getting close to the rocking party celebrating good times and a great WEEKENDER.
For the Cycle Oregon Weekend, you’ll have several options for accommodations. You can camp in a tent on campus, stay in a dorm room, sleep in your RV or arrange for other lodging.
The overnight site will have an area designated for camping – “Tent City,” as it’s affectionately known. Don’t forget to bring your tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag and pad. We can no longer offer tent service on the Weekend Ride. Sorry for any inconvenience.
- Only one person needs to sign up for the room.
- Prices include both Friday and Saturday nights.
- Bring a pillow, pillowcase, bottom sheet, sleeping bag or other linens, toiletries and towel.
- Check-in for dorm rooms begins at 3 p.m. on Friday. Check-out is 6 p.m. on Sunday.
- Residence halls are not air-conditioned, so if the forecast is for warmer weather bring a fan for your room.
Not finding what you’re looking for in lodging options? There are five hotels within a short walk/ride from Cycle Oregon’s overnight site. Click here to view a list.
Sleep in Your Vehicle
If you’d like to bring your RV or camp trailer, you must register your vehicle as we have a limited number of spots. The cost for bringing an RV is $40. There will be no hookups available. RV is defined as anything that cannot fit into a standard parking space.
If you are considering renting an RV, please contact Tracey Kays at Johnson RV by emailing [email protected].
You may also sleep in your non-RV vehicle if you prefer.
Directions to the campus will be emailed to you in the Ride Guide in June.
Overnight parking for Friday and Saturday nights is available for $10 (click here to get a pass). We will provide directions to the event in the Ride Guide (emailed in June).
About RV Parking:
- The RV Parking site will be based on campus. It’s not an RV park, and no hook-ups are provided.
- A registration fee of $40 is required for each vehicle. Click here for a pass. (Need help adding to your order, click here.)
- Guests can purchase meal tickets for breakfast ($15) and dinner ($20) at the Cycle Oregon Gift Shop.
- Guests are not registered riders; they should not be riding the route.
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.
Hot showers and any other amenities you might need will be provided at the overnight site. If you are camping, showers will be available on this event (generally in the campus Recreation Center). If you are staying in a dorm, showers will be down the hall. Please remember to bring a towel and soap, as we do not provide towels or toiletries.
Friday: 5–11 p.m.
Saturday: 6–10 a.m., noon–11 p.m.
Sunday: 6 a.m.–5 p.m.
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.
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 week. 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.
Massage prices are $50 for a half hour and $90 for a full hour. We accept VISA, MasterCard, check or cash. Massage appointments begin filling as soon as the routes are announced. To pre-book appointments, please visit the Cycle Oregon Massage Team’s Web site, choose a therapist and contact them directly or you can sign up at the massage tent during the ride.
Yoga instructor Jennifer Hanson will be along on the ride (she actually rides in addition to teaching) to teach two yoga classes Saturday and two on Sunday. Yoga is an excellent way to tame sore muscles, relax and stay flexible after a long day’s bicycle ride. Typically, we have two instructors – one leading the class from the front and another to roam the aisles and gently correct postures. Classes are free to all Cycle Oregon riders and mats are provided.
Megan Moseley, PT, LMT, of Bodywise will teach a stretching and injury prevention class from 4-5 p.m. on Friday. This class is geared toward balancing areas of the body that are stressed and stretching muscles that are overworked when cycling long distances.
On Saturday, Megan is available between 4 and 6 p.m. for free injury consultations including evaluation of your current complaint, education about the origin of your symptoms, instruction in stretches, exercises and self-care techniques, hands-on treatment, taping, bracing, insole adjustments and coordination with massage therapists, acupuncturists and bike-fitting experts. Sign up for these 15-minute slots at the medical tent.
Betsy Platt L.Ac of AcuOm is returning for her 13th year with Cycle Oregon. Acupuncture has many benefits including, but not limited to – joint and muscle pain, overuse injuries (chronic and acute), inflammation, recovery rate, digestive concerns, headaches and much more. In addition to acupuncture – electro-acu, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping, and topical herbs are also available as treatment modalities. If you haven’t had a chance to personally benefit from acupuncture, on the ride is a great place to try it. Betsy can bill your insurance and accepts cash/card. Appointments can be made prior to the ride, or at the acupuncture tent in camp. She welcomes questions and is always willing to do ‘introductory’ treatments. Book at acuomacupuncture.com
The Bike Gallery’s team of bicycle technicians provides mechanical support on the course and 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 from Bike Gallery! Are you flying in for Cycle Oregon and prefer not to transport your bike? Or do you just want to experience one of Trek’s best road bikes? Bike Gallery is now offering a bicycle rental program. Bicycle pick-up and return is on-site at the Cycle Oregon overnight location. Sizes are limited so call early for reservations. For more information, call 503-281-9800.
Look for the Rider Services trailer in a visible location near the entrance into camp. Here you can ask questions, 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 trailer is where you can buy extra meal tickets or shop for additional Cycle Oregon merchandise.
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
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, or in camp for short-route riders and Kids’ Camp participants.
Breakfast: 6–9 a.m.
Lunch on course: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lunch in camp: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dinner: 5–8 p.m.
Beer & Wine Garden
This year we’ll be featuring a variety of local beers and wines from the Eugene and Willamette Valley area.
Beer Garden Hours
Friday: 3–10 p.m.
Saturday: 12–10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 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, learn exciting information about the places we’re visiting and catch up on some local folklore. Best of all, it’s always followed by legendary Cycle Oregon entertainment.
Cycle Oregon showcases some of Oregon’s most talented performers, from country rockers to clog dancers, blues divas to jazz greats. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings on the Main Stage.
Bike Camp for Kids
The City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center is partnering with Cycle Oregon for a Bike Camp for Kids. This one or two day camp will follow the Willamette River along bike and dirt paths, explore the University of Oregon campus, test skills on a bike obstacle course and learn the basics of taking care of your bike. River House staff teach Bike Safety Education in 3 school districts as well as popular summer Adventure and Mountain Bike camps.
The Bike Camp for Kids rides are designed to develop new skills, inspire exploration, and be fun. Safety is paramount for each rider and we ask that your child is able and willing to ride a bicycle before camp starts. Bicycle and helmets are available for loan (Please contact at least a week before camp starts for sizing). Adaptive cycles may be available for participants with special needs (Please contact for more info).
All Bike Camp for Kids must have:
Well maintained bike and helmet (Contact if need a loaner)
Backpack for water, snacks, food, extra clothing
Comfortable clothing (not bike-specific, but appropriate for conditions)
Swimsuit (Possibility of finding a good place to swim)
Drop off: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Camp: 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Camp closed – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Price includes a sack lunch
One Day $60
Two Days $120
Recommend age for kids camp is 7-13 years old.
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.– 6 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 still on the course after 6 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 is provided on the course each day (except for short routes). 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 2 p.m.
At least one, usually two, rest stops will be 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 generally open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the Rest Stops, one or two water stops per day will provide water and restrooms.
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.
There will be multiple SAG vans 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 van with a “thumbs down” signal. If you do get into a SAG van, you may not be transported directly to camp. The SAG vans usually wait until they are full to go to camp.
The Bike Gallery will provide mechanics on the course, at rest stops and at lunch. They will make basic repairs in order to get you to an overnight campsite. Cyclists will incur any charges associated with parts or extensive repairs. Labor is available at a discount.
MetroWest provides three 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 van, ambulance or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
Motorcycle Patrol Officers
Motorcycle Patrol Officers accompany Cycle Oregon each day. They provide a moving network of safety patrol and communications between the tour and the communities through which we ride. These officers have full authority to enforce the vehicle code of Oregon – which, of course, includes bikes.
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
Friday, July 13, 3-9 p.m. and Saturday morning, July 14, 7-9 a.m.
Packet pick-up will not be available at the office prior to the WEEKENDER. 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, which includes a wristband, course maps and t-shirt. 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.
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