Event Policies & FAQs
Rules of the Ride and Ride Waiver
All cyclists will be asked to sign a waiver when checking in. To review the waiver beforehand, click on the link above. You must show picture ID in order to receive your packet when you check in.
Rules of the Ride
The number one priority of Cycle Oregon is your safety. Therefore, here are a few rules we insist you follow:
1. Only bicycles propelled by human power are allowed to participate in a Cycle Oregon sponsored event. In 2023 we will have 15 e-bike spots available for folks who need to utilize our charging station for an additional fee.
2. Helmets and two water bottles (or equivalent) are required on Cycle Oregon. The use of rear-view mirrors is recommended as a safety measure.
3. Cycle Oregon uses a group of Safety Patrol volunteers on motorcycle who provide an on-course presence and are a good source of information or assistance during the ride. They enhance the overall safety of the ride by interacting with riders who may pose a hazard by unlawful or unsafe riding. Heed their advice.
4. By Oregon law, bicyclists are operators of vehicles and must comply with all traffic laws.Cycle Oregon reserves the right to expel any participant who demonstrates a reluctance to ride in a safe and lawful manner. Riders who violate safety laws in the Oregon motor vehicle code are also subject to citation by law enforcement officials.
5. The Cycle Oregon course is open for designated hours. Course support vehicles and other support services are available only during course hours. Any cyclist(s) still on the course after the designated closing time will be offered a ride to camp; if you choose not to take it you are on your own to get into camp and no course support services will be available for those who choose to stay out.
6. SAG support is to be used for mechanical and/or medical reasons only. Excessive use of SAG support (3 or more times) for any other reason may exclude participants from registering for future Cycle Oregon events.
7. The course will be clearly marked. If you leave the official course, you are not part of the ride and will not receive any services or support.
8. We try to direct as much vehicle traffic as possible off the route. Nevertheless, the tour travels on public highways. Therefore, ride no more than two abreast. Ride beside a pal only where it is safe to do so, and where you do not block traffic or force other riders to swing far out to pass.
9. Never draft behind a vehicle. Pace lines are prohibited in areas of high vehicle or cyclist traffic and are limited in size to a maximum of seven riders. Be especially careful at railroad tracks, cattle guards, and busy intersections. Course monitors and safety vehicles may be stationed in areas of special concern.
10. Call “ON YOUR LEFT” to alert a rider you intend to pass. The call “CAR BACK” passes the message forward when a vehicle is approaching from behind. Use arm signals to indicate turns. Point out potholes, broken glass and other hazards to those behind you. Signal your intention to stop, and pull off the roadway.
11. Use of headphones while riding on Cycle Oregon is highly discouraged. Safe group riding in an event such as Cycle Oregon depends on communication between cyclists. Headphones interfere with that process and make it difficult for people to hear instructions such as “CAR BACK” and “ON YOUR LEFT.” Headphones also make it difficult to hear approaching cars or trucks, negatively impacting the safety of cyclists and motorists.
12. Cycle Oregon enjoys a reputation for leaving our campsites, lunch spots, rest stops, and course spotless. Please dispose of all trash, recyclables, and compostables in the appropriate places.
13. Cyclists must keep the roadway clear when stopping at an event-designated stop or any other location. Please ensure that bicycles are parked off the road and that cyclists do not congregate on the roadways.
14. Cycle Oregon includes at least one roadside water stop each day, along with assorted drinks at meals and all rest stops. Still, the responsibility for carrying sufficient water and remaining properly hydrated is yours. Make sure you drink extra fluids before, during, and after the ride to reduce the risk of dehydration. While in the saddle, you should consume an average of one liter of fluid for each hour of riding. Drink before you become thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. Muscle cramping can also be a sign of dehydration. If at any time you run low on water, signal a SAG van with a “thumbs down” and ask for a fill-up. Do not be tempted by roadside rivers and streams, as the water may contain bacteria or parasites.
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 to our cancellation policy (including family, medical, or employment situations). We cannot offer credits or transfers. Trip insurance is available for purchase during registration. The Classic and Gravel event pages have cancellation details and deadlines specific to each event.
Click to view a PDF of the Release of liability and assumption of risk agreement and COVID-19 Policy, Acknowledgment, and Waiver.
In extreme emergencies, family members can contact a rider by calling the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. Please ask them to send an urgent message to Cycle Oregon officials. Bear in mind that it may take up to 12 hours to locate a rider and relay a message.
If you or someone near you is having an emergency, do not hesitate to dial 911. Often one of our medical team will pick up the call on their radio.
Cycle Oregon has lots of help on the road in case of an emergency. HAM radio operators provide emergency and logistical communication for Cycle Oregon. HAM radio operators ride in most Cycle Oregon vehicles so that event managers, medical services and staff are in touch at all times. If no one is around to assist in the event of an emergency, call 911.
Motorcycle Patrol Officers
Motorcycle Patrol Officers accompany Cycle Oregon each day. These officers have full authority to enforce the motor vehicle code. They can be contacted by Cycle Oregon staff for any emergency issues on the course.
Medical services will be available on the course, and at the overnight site. If you require medical attention on the course, you should notify a SAG van, ambulance or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
Please note: 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. You will not be transported to a medical facility unless it is a critical situation. If you require transport by a local ambulance or helicopter, you will be financially responsible for any resulting charges. You are also financially responsible for any services provided by local medical facilities.
You can help in an emergency
If you witness an accident on the course, please do the following:
- Do not move the injured rider, especially if you suspect a head or spinal injury.
- Notify a passing ambulance, SAG van or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal. If there is no one around to help, call 911.
- Take care of yourself. Do not step into the path of vehicle traffic.
- Keep the injured person calm.
- Once a Cycle Oregon official is on the scene and you have given a statement, please continue on the ride.
Go to the medical tent, as a medic will be on call at all times. If no one is in the tent, knock on the trailer door.
PA announcements throughout the campsite will alert the riders to prepare for evacuation. Please go immediately to the Main Stage for instructions.
Harsh weather may warrant the use of contingency facilities for shelter, if available. Details will be announced from the Main Stage. In the event of lightning, seek low ground and get away from metal.
The Classic - Frequently Asked Questions
What does my registration fee include?
Your registration fee includes hearty and well-balanced breakfasts and dinners at each overnight site. On the course, there are Rest Stops with a variety of prepared and packaged foods and drinks to keep you fueled. Also included; trusty baggage transport for one bag, friendly course support that includes a signed route, SAG vans, mechanical and medical assistance if needed, and an idyllic overnight site that includes a camping area, showers, restrooms, beer garden, daily entertainment, other food vendors, bike mechanics and medical tent. And part of your fee goes directly to help Oregon communities and parks.
What is the ‘processing fee’ included in my registration cost?
This is the fee charged by the credit card companies and registration provider to process your registration and payment. Cycle Oregon has negotiated a very competitive rate (nearly half the industry standard) being charged to our registrants. Historically, Cycle Oregon has covered this fee for our participants, but based on cost increases across all our events, we can no longer incur this expense without considerably raising our event registration and product fees. Processing fees incurred at the time of purchase are non-refundable.
What is Cycle Oregon's purpose?
Cycle Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bicycling enjoyment, safety and education. All proceeds from the ride go to the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, which helps preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and support community development projects in the regions through which we ride.
Does my registration fee include cancellation insurance?
No. The annual expense of event cancellation insurance has proven too cost prohibitive to also be able to contribute proceeds to the Cycle Oregon Fund and support rural Oregon through grants.
Are there any cancellation insurance options for riders?
Yes. Through an agreement with Allianz Global Assistance, riders will be able to purchase insurance for the event for a nominal fee during the registration process. The insurance from Allianz Global Assistance can cover, subject to certain restrictions, if the rider cancels.
The policy offered during the registration process cannot be purchased post registration.
For customer service, please call: 1-800-892-0130 (from U.S.) 1-804-281-5700 (outside U.S./collect)
To file a claim, please visit: https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/partner
If you purchase Insurance for your Registration Package, you can get reimbursed if you’re unable to attend due to testing positive for COVID-19 before or during the event. Read more about Allianz Global Assistance COVID-19 insurance coverage limitations and accommodations.
What if Cycle Oregon must cancel or reroute the Classic?
We have built two contingency plans to relocate the Classic in different areas of the state should the planned route result in a hazardous environment.
Is Classic a good place to meet new people?
One of the perceptions of Classic is that it’s the same group of people getting together for their annual ride. Actually, that’s not true. We consistently have hundreds and hundreds of new riders every year. While we cherish our repeat riders, we also love seeing new faces each year. So if you haven’t tasted the singular experience of Classic, come join us.
Do I have to finish riding each day by a specific time?
Course support services are available only during the course hours. If you leave 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 6:30 p.m. will be offered a ride to camp. If you choose to not take the ride you will be on your own to get back to camp.
What happens if I can’t finish the day’s ride?
There are SAG vans on the course each day. They’re available to transport cyclists as needed due to mechanical problems or medical injuries. The vans also have extra water and snacks, 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 might not be transported directly to camp; the SAG vans usually wait until they are full to go to camp.
What if I wake up one morning and don’t feel able to ride?
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.
What do I need to bring?
Of course, this depends on your style of traveling, but we have several resources for you to tap into. Some of our long-time repeat riders have compiled a packing list. Remember that this list is just a guideline, and also remember the 65-pound limit for your one bag.
If I have the Tent + Porter service, what does that include?
The Tent + Porter service includes a tent and two chairs. But the best part is that you’ll never have to carry your bag on the event. It will be picked up and dropped off at your tent each day. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and pad.
If you are staying with someone in a tent, only one rider needs to sign up for T+P. Signing up alone? We will NOT pair you with another rider.
Can I bring two bags instead of one? And how serious is the 65-pound weight limit for bags?
No. Serious. Each rider may bring only one bag (duffle bags are ideal). Your bag must not weigh more than 65 pounds. This weight limit includes your tent and sleeping bag.
We ask you to be considerate of the baggage people and volunteers who will be handling your bags each day by honoring this weight limit (this includes Tent & Porter – same weight limit). If honor is not enough to keep you under 65 pounds, well, you might end up carrying some extra poundage in your jersey pockets if your bag gets weighed.
Can a non-rider come with me?
Only if they are a registered Rider Guest. We have very limited space for non-riders. Please do not attempt to “tag along” on your own. In recent years we’ve experienced an uptick in bad behavior from a few people trying to “poach” the event.
Rider Guests and Support Vehicles are not to drive the route the riders take each day; they must drive a different way to each night’s site. Alternate driving directions will be sent to registered Rider Guests and Support Vehicles in August. Guests are also asked to not ride the route each day on a bike – they are not registered riders.
How much should I expect to spend while I’m on the ride?
Cycle Oregon supplies plenty of food and beverages each day, but there are extras you may want to buy along the way. That includes the beer garden, wine, pizza, coffee, ice cream and other food vendors, the Cycle Oregon retail tent, and services such as massage (all of whom take cards). In addition, you should plan to tip local residents who help with your bags ($2 a bag is the suggested minimum). And most host towns have local crafts and foods available. So the amount will vary, but bring some spending money.
Will I have cell/wifi during the ride? Will there be a way for me to charge electronic devices?
You shouldn’t expect to have uninterrupted cell phone and/or Internet access. In fact, we often overload networks in the smaller overnight communities, yielding spotty connections at best. Text messages work best in these situations.
For information on charging, refer to the Community Cycling Center under Ride Logistics > Services.
How do I get a bus ticket, parking pass, jersey, etc, after I’ve already registered for the ride?
You can purchase a bus ticket or parking pass by logging in to your events.com account and adding them to your order. Follow this link for instructions.
Can I ship my 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 directly to the starting location. We are proud to work with Bike Flights for shipping all bikes to and from our event. Look for the link on the event page under Getting There.
Can I bring my e-bike?
We’re excited about the experience e-bikes offer riders and while we welcome e-bikes on all courses, we are limited by the access to power outlets in many of the small communities and remote locations where we will be making camp for each event.
Visit our e-bikes page for up to date information. We will be updating our terms of support as we learn more and increase capacity as we develop improved systems. This is a complicated challenge with numerous variables but it is a challenge we are excited to take on!
Tire recommendations for Classic
No one knows Oregon riding and Cycle Oregon like Trek Bicycle Portland, (formerly known as The Bike Gallery). They’ve supported Cycle Oregon since our first mile in 1988 and have all the up-to-date bicycle products and information to have you rolling smoothly no matter what style of bike you bring this year.
Classic’s routes were designed with road bikes in mind: 25c to 28c tires will be ideal each day. For comfort, we’d recommend up to 32c if your bike has the clearance, while strongly recommending against tires under 23c.
Just as with gravel, every rider has their own preferences based on their own needs and experience. The best tires are the ones you are familiar with, but if you’re looking to make a change to the rubber hitting the road, the experts at Trek Bicycle Portland are a great resource.
Wider, low-pressure – The new age of road cycling tire
A lot has changed with bicycle technology since our first Classic in 1988 and though it may not be as obvious as the flashy frame and components, a lot of development has gone into tires and accounts for the majority of how your bike feels and performs. Please consider a wider, lower-pressure tire as a great upgrade for Classic this year.
Rene Herse Cycles “Myths Debunked: Higher Pressure is NOT Faster” – This PNW brand is run by local legend Jan Heine who has been advocating for wider tires with lower pressure for quite a long time.
Cyclist Magazine UK “Can Wider Tires and Lower Pressure Make You Faster?” – tl;dr: YES!
Trek Bicycles Road Tire Selector – Trek has a fantastic online overview of road bike tires and technology. Give this a read and then head into one of their Portland stores to see more.