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Cycle Oregon Riders, You’ve Got Friends

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Girlfriends connecting at Cycle Oregon

The unexpected. It shows up, uninvited, unprepared and unscheduled. As I write, ten named forest fires are wreaking havoc throughout our beloved state parks and national forests throughout the state of Oregon. Washington and Idaho are also engulfed; and newscasters dispense air quality alerts as regularly as mealtimes. The impacts will be assessed and recovery efforts worked for months and years to come. This post is an effort to reach out to our Cycle Oregon friends who have been impacted by the 2017 CO Classic Week ride that was canceled. Continue reading to learn of some Plan B options for you: lodging discounts at the Oregon Coast and group rides in Portland.

For our cycling friends, the impact hit especially hard when Cycle Oregon (CO) announced that the CO Classic Week ride, scheduled September 9th-16th is cancelled. Over two thousand riders from ten different countries, forty-eight states and Oregon are grappling with this first-ever cancelation in thirty years of Cycle Oregon history. Flights purchased. Hotels booked. Vacations scheduled. Carpools, buses and trains arranged. Ouch!

I experienced much of these events from a beachfront cottage in Pacific City, where the sky has been a beaming blue for most of the past week. I’ve been pedaling to my heart’s content in and around the Oregon Coast as everyone westward gets blanketed in air quality alerts, gray hazy skies and ash.

Girlfriends at the Coast

Girlfriends biking the Oregon Coast

As a five-time Cycle Oregon participant I grieved with my fellow CO riders and felt guilty as if I was rolling amidst a Pacific Northwest oasis of good roads, clear air, rolling hills and amazing vistas; and so I concluded, “We need a Plan B!”

In short, with a little collaboration with Kiwanda Hospitality Group and ride leaders from Ride Like A Girl Cycling, we have lined up a few options for our CO friends:

  1. Hang out in Portland and join Ride Like A Girl Cycling for some Cycle-Oregon type rides in the metro area (air quality permitting, of course). We are a women’s cycling group but for the week of September 9-16 we are welcoming guys to join us. There is no cost to participate, however, we ask that you join the club (just need an email) so you can RSVP. This allows us to communicate with riders and know who to expect. Details here: http://www.Meetup.com/RLAGcycling/events

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  2. Head to the Oregon Coast to bike in, around, north and south of Pacific City and receive a 10% discount on Pacific City lodging and a complimentary beer taster tray from the Pelican Brew Pub. Details here: http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.com/calling-all-cycle-oregon-riders.
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Got a question? Post it here! Or feel free to contact Carolyn Jen, Ride Like A Girl Cycling Founder and Girlfriend in Charge, at ridelikeapdxgirl@gmail.com or 503-913-3534.

Let’s hear it for Plan B!

 


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Pure Gold: Cycle Oregon 2016

15cyc019_5x5_postcard_fnlIt’s here! Cycle Oregon’s (CO) annual seven-day bicycle tour through rural Oregon. Today we gather and tomorrow we roll out from Myrtle Creek, westward to the Southern Oregon Coast. Bandon, Gold Beach and Brookings are just a few towns waiting for our arrival and ready to showcase their hospitality, uniqueness and gems in their little corner of the world.  It is my sixth consecutive year participating in this delightful and priceless experience called, “Cycle Oregon”.  Continue reading


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Bike Camp, Day Two: Descending, Baby!

Hoods versus Drops:

Coaches JoAnn, Cody and Bart demonstrate correct hand position for descending; the drops (lowest position on the handle bars). This gives you the most control, stability, best leverage for braking and all around safety.

It was a morning of descending, climbing, repeat …, and then one final Continue reading


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Road Bike Training Camp: Day -1

Everyone loves summer camp, right? Many women love the annual camp tradition for the freedom it brings when the kiddos are gone for a week. But in the case of Ride Like A Girl Cycling, this year it’s our turn. With the help of Bowen Sports Performance, we have our first-ever road bike training camp – and it starts tomorrow.

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Thinking of the fourteen women who are preparing and packing tonight for this grand adventure, I was inspired to write this poem. Continue reading


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Idaho Day 6: Daybreak Drama Inspires Haiku

When three hundred people embark on a seven-day bicycle tour, it is not surprising when they face some form of drama. Potential issues can arise from equipment failure, not eating enough or dehydration, relational tensions, extreme weather conditions, or the dreaded bicycle accident. Day 6, on the other hand, presented a threat that none of us Continue reading