The Best Bike Ride in America

2011 Weekend RIde

July 15-17, 2011 – Willamette University – “Cyclecentennial”

Rider Handbook
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Day 1:  “Gold and Silver” (Mileage options: 28/43/77) Map
From the gold atop the State Capitol to the splendid city of Silverton, today’s route is a tour of Oregon treasures. The route zigzags east through orchards, berry farms and wheat fields, crossing a 1913 covered bridge before rolling into authentically quaint Silverton and the magnificent Oregon Garden. From here the long route rises and falls dramatically, with 3,000 feet of ascents as it loops through Silver Falls State Park and back to Silverton, ending with a thrilling 7-mile downhill to rejoin the short route. The way back to Salem features lush, curving rollers – quintessential country roads that remind you of the agricultural bounty Oregon enjoys.

Day 2:   “Ride Through Time” (Mileage options: 24/35/75) Map
Pedal back into Oregon’s history on today’s route, which heads toward the state’s birthplace. Roll out past generations-old family farms growing a variety of crops, as you wind through the valley with thickets of trees on the horizon. As the long route approaches historic Champoeg Park, the terrain changes to rolling hills beneath a canopy of trees. After a stop in the park, it’s a pastoral ride over contoured land and quiet roads into St. Paul. Pass orchards, cornfields and vineyards, skirting the Wheatland Ferry on the way into Willamette Mission Park, another spot rich with history. Return to Salem via a section of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.