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Weekend Ride FAQ

We have assembled some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride below. Please contact Cycle Oregon If you have a question that’s not addressed below.

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    What does my registration fee include?

    Your registration fee includes six hearty meals (dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday; breakfast and lunch Sunday), ample beverages and snacks during each day’s ride, friendly course support that includes a signed route, SAG vans, mechanical and medical assistance if needed, and an idyllic event 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 (see next question).

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    What is Cycle Oregon’s purpose?

    Cycle Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bicycling enjoyment, safety and education. All proceeds from our rides go to the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, which helps preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and supports community development projects in the regions through which we ride.

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    Is the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride a good choice for new riders?

    Yes, it’s an excellent choice. While the Week Ride can be daunting to new riders, the Weekend Ride is designed specifically to be a good fit for any level of rider, from brand-new or just getting back into riding all the way to serious roadies who live for mileage and hills. That’s why we have multiple route options each day. This is a great event for families, too – there are routes kids can ride alongside or attached to their parents’ bikes.

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    How family-friendly is the Weekend Ride?

    We highly encourage families to do the Weekend Ride. Besides multiple route options of varying lengths, we also offer a Bike Camp for Kids each day for kids 6 and older who might not want to go out on the course – that way the parent(s) can ride while a child learns about bike safety and has some serious bike fun in our camp. We try to provide an overall atmosphere the whole family can enjoy, from the ice-cream vendor to space for dancing in front of the entertainment stage at night.

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    How difficult are the routes?

    We choose our multiple routes specifically so that there’s one for everyone. Our longest daily routes are appropriate for seasoned riders or those looking for a real challenge. The medium routes are great for more casual riders who are in riding shape and ready to spend several hours on the bike. The shorter routes are appropriate for just about anyone who can stay upright on a bike. And the course is open 10 hours each day, so riding speed is usually not a factor.

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    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 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.

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    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, or if they’re physically unable to finish the day’s ride. 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.

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    This is the first time I’ve done Cycle Oregon. What support do you have for first-time riders?

    We have information on our Web site about how to get your body ready for Cycle Oregon, what to pack and how to get your bike ready. In response to rider requests, we’ve expanded our training resources to give you more options as you get ready for the ride of your life. Whether it’s the Week Ride or the Weekend, proper training is a key to having a great experience out on the road, so take advantage of one or more of these options – there’s something for everyone, no matter where you live.

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    What do I need to bring?

    Of course, this depends on your style of traveling, but we’ve been able to come up with a list of suggestions based on input from other CO riders. There’s also a section on this site with tips from veteran riders on various subjects related to riding that you might want to check out.

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    Can a non-rider come with me?

    Yes. Many of our riders have family or friends who want to join the event but not ride. Guests can arrange for meals and overnight accommodations through Cycle Oregon, or on their own. Note: For the sake of road safety, guests and all others in vehicles are not to drive any of the rider routes. Guests are also asked to not ride the route each day on a bike – they are not registered riders.

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    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 and Bike Gallery retail tents, and services such as massage. And our host towns often have local crafts and foods available. So the amount will vary, but bring some spending money.

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    What if someone needs to reach me in an emergency?

    In extreme emergencies, family members can contact a rider by calling 503-381-4614 or 503-866-5168. Bear in mind that it may take up to 12 hours to locate a rider and relay a message. See the Emergency Information page for more on this.

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    What happens if I have to cancel my registration?