Oregon Challenge Tours (August and September)

July 28 - August 3rd  Best of Summer Tour, 2013  (Sunday through Saturday)

September 8th-14th   Fall Tour, 2013                 (Sunday through Saturday)

One Week Oregon Backroads Adventures

Join Rob and friends as he shares some of these secret paths that will challenge you with tough climbs but reward you with deserted, traffic-free riding; and scenery to take your breath away. We'll base the Oregon Backroads Adventures tours out of Eugene - you'll only need to unpack once after we pick you up at the airport since each day's ride starts/finishes in Eugene. Our "O.B.A." tours are held the first full week of each month starting in June. The Oregon Challenge tours travel to a new destination each day, featuring the best of the Oregon coast and local Cascades during the week of epic riding; the "O.C." tours are held in August and September.

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Our one week Oregon Backroads Adventures (O.B.A.) tours are offered from June through September; all tours are the first full week of each month, from Sunday to Saturday. These tours will feature the best of the Willamette Valley, and surrounding coastal ranges. Mileage will run approximately 350-400 miles for the week (includes one 'rest' day of non-cycling fun, and daily ride options). Each day's ride begins/finishes in Eugene, allowing for a more relaxed schedule of sight-seeing and riding.

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The Oregon Challenge (O.C.) tours are one week, point-to-point stages that feature more substantial climbing excursions to the coast and Cascades; as well as longer miles (approximately 400). These tours are designed with more experienced riders in mind; folks that are comfortable with completing their local 'fun' century in under 7 hours (or a 8 hour century solo).   Routes are modifed each year for variety.

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Of course, round-trip airport pick-up is included in the Oregon tour fees. Eugene is located in central Oregon (which has a major regional airport). Eugene is a blend of many styles and attitudes: everything from ex-hippies and loggers to college students at the U of O.

Oregon Tour Fees

$1,775.00 for Oregon Challenge Tours / $1,600 for our other one week, Eugene-based tours

With the financial meltdown of '09-'10, we've had a lot more folks asking for Oregon tours that would still offer plenty of cycling challenges but keep costs down with more economical lodging.   Our Oregon tours this year are designed for experienced riders looking for acycling vacation with lots of scenic riding miles as the main focus.   As an incentive to book early (before June 1st), we'll offer a $100 discount off the $1,775.00 fee for the week.   $450 single supplement charge; but we'll try our best to match up those that want to share a room to avoid the supplement charge. We strongly encourage riders to think about arriving a day or two early so they can visit the West's most famous 'Saturday Market' where you can people watch, check out the local crafts, or try dozens of specialty foods; as well as allow for a more relaxed start to some epic rides. We can assist with early arrivals or extra days after the tour week if interested.

Itinerary & More Information
for the Oregon Challenge Tours

The Oregon Challenge (O.C.) stage routes have been selected to offer the best of Oregon in one week's worth of riding: the coastal mountains, the Pacific coast, historic Willamette Valley, and the Cascade mountains. We will provide, of course, detailed route slips with the registration packet for the Oregon Challenge tour . Below is the itinerary for the Oregon Challenge Tour this year, which we occasionally modify for custom group/club tours throughout the summer months.

Tour fees include: lodging, team clothing (custom jersey and socks), rest/food stops on the longer days/isolated stretches (much of this tour is on secluded back roads where 'mini-markets' are few and far between), light/continental breakfasts (4) , group dinners (3), sag support, and more ...

Day One

We'll join the 'locals' for the annual bRamble century (with shorter options available) on one of Eugene's most popular cycling routes; fully supported.  (For the Fall tour, we substitute a climb up the classic Old McKenzine Pass while in Rainbow)

Day Two

Ride from Eugene to Florence (on the coast).    The 50 mile jaunt to the beach will feature scenic by-ways, and include only one very small climb - most of the miles are flat or downhill. 

Day Three

Florence to Reedsport - 30 miles of coast riding on the world-famous "PCH"; rolling terrain.

Day Four

Reedsport to Cottage Grove - 100 miles of backroads with little or no car traffic!    No major climbs but a 100 miles is still a challenge for most - however, the scenic by-way we use is a favorite 'secret' of the local cycling community, and is guaranteed to make the miles a bit easier to roll under.

Day Five

Cottage Grove to Oakridge - 65 hilly miles on one lane roads with little or no traffic.   The epic views of the Cascade mountains comes as no extra charge ...

Day Six

Oakridge to Rainbow (McKenzie River) - 65 miles on another scenic by-way; but we promise you won't be bored with the Oregon backcountry along the foothills of the Cascade mountains.

Day Seven

Back to Eugene ... 45 miles of mostly flat riding along the McKenzie river; and a great conclusion to a week of two-wheel fun.   If you're interested in spending a few extra days in Eugene after the tour (visiting a local winery or two?), please let us know, and we'll assist with making plans or offering suggestions.

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Local Flavor

In 1846, New Yorker Eugene Skinner settled along the Willamette River. He built a small log cabin on a low hill, made peace with the Kalapuya Indians, raised a family and started a ferry service.

Today, the hill is called Skinner Butte, and the town that grew up to surround it bears the settler's first name.

While Skinner would look with wonder at the sprawling University of Oregon campus, the modern downtown and the many bicycles, much remains that he would recognize. The trout-filled Willamette and McKenzie river wend their way down from the Cascades; 19th-century houses peer out from behind massive fir trees; rich farmlands rolls out to the north; and on the proverbial clear day the view extends to the snow-covered Three Sisters rising about 60 miles to the East.

Fifth Street Market

Once a warehouse and granary district. Now some great crafts shops, and top-notch restaurants

Full City Coffee Roasters

The real deal; and some great eats: chocolate latte or a pumpkin muffin

Saturday Market (8th and Oak)

In its 36th year, it is thought to be the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States. More than 300 local artisans and 17 food vendors sell their wares. A MUST VISIT!!

U of O 'DuckLand'

500 kinds of trees on 280 acres; also visit the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Avenue, 541 346-3024) don't miss the10,000 year old pair of sagebrush bark sandals, thought to be the Earth's oldest pair of shoes (take that Nike). A special exhibit shows artifacts from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Animal House

Sigma Nu fraternity house (763 E. 11th Avenue) used in the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House". If they're hanging out on a Saturday afternoon, the friendly Sigma Nus may be happy to show you the stairs that D-Day climbed on his motorcycle and the dingy basement room that held the legendary toga party.

Entertainment

McDonald Theater (1010 Willamette St., 541 345-4442); and Bijou Art Cinemas (492 E. 13th Avenue, 541 686-2458), in a Spanish-style former church. It plays first-run indie and art films on its two small screens.

Glenwood Restaurant

1340 Alder St. 541 343-8303

Cozy and some of the best waffles this side of the Mississippi (try the berry!); the huevos rancheros is impressive as well ($6.00 for either). Be prepared to wait outside in the rain for a table.

Alton Baker Park

The bark-covered Pres Trail runs through the nature preserve and was inspired by the legendary Eugene track star Steve Prefontaine. Some great cycling loops as well.

THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT EUGENE

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce receives hundreds of interesting questions - in person, via e-mail, and phone - every year from folks planning on visiting Lane County area. Here are some actual queries thrown at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Association of Lane County, and the University of Oregon - with some, mostly, tongue-in-cheek answers:

-Where's the Animal House? In toga heaven.
-Do you have any toxic waste dumps? We have middle schoolers, and they have bedrooms.
-How many days of sunshine do you get? 12
-Can you see the ocean from Eugene? No, but we can visualize it, along with world peace, and whirled peas.
-What is the elevation at the coast? Sea level
-Do you have any campgrounds in Eugene? Sort of
-How many dogs are there in Eugene? 12
-Is it true they've cut down all the trees out there? Only the ones with people in them.
-How many earthquakes do you get? 12
-What day do the leaves change color? On the 12th
-What's cool about downtown? What downtown?
-Are people really depressed here all the time? Man, that question bums me out