Cycle Oregon

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Some parked bicycles, part of Cycle Oregon 2012

Cycle Oregon is a week-long recreational bicycle ride held annually in different parts of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is also the name of a non-profit corporation established in 1991 to manage the event. More than a thousand riders participate every year and are supported by vans, meals and facilities.


The first Cycle Oregon event took place in September 1988, covering 320 miles (515 kilometers) between the Oregon cities of Salem and Brookings. More than 1,000 cyclists participated. By 1994, there were more than 2,000 participants.[1]

Participants typically set up camp along the route. Photo from 2012.

Yearly destinations[edit]

Year Title Route Distance Elevation Riders Notes References
1988 Salem to Brookings 320 miles 1006 Initial year [2][3]
1989 Portland to Ashland [4]
2003 First time leaving Oregon (visited Idaho) [5]
2015 Hell on Wheels Hells Canyon and the Wallowas 450 miles 22,397 feet


The number of participants has been as high as 2,200,[6] and Cycle Oregon currently limits the number to 2,200 participants. The route varies from year to year. In 2008, Cycle Oregon began in Elgin on September 6, and finished at Wallowa Lake on September 12, covering more than 420 miles (676 kilometers). Cycle Oregon is a supported ride; participants are provided with meals, camping facilities, shower and restroom facilities, and sag wagon support. The cost in 2015 is $975 per rider.[7] Proceeds from Cycle Oregon are donated to charitable projects in the communities that host the event.[7]


  1. ^ "Cycle Oregon rolls to an end for 2,039 hardy participants". The Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 19, 1994. p. 3C. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "History of Cycle Oregon". 
  3. ^ "Cycle Oregon I". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Cycle Oregon XVI". 
  6. ^ Achen, Paris (September 14, 2009). "Riders pump it up, conquer hills: Cycle Oregon participants make their way up and over the grueling Siskiyou Summit on Day 1". Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon). Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Robinson, Laurie (September 11, 2010). "Inside Cycle Oregon 2010: some choice tidbits about the ride and its past". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 

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