We are so excited to announce our 2016 Bicycle Rides – the Washington Bicycle Ride and the Oregon Bicycle Ride. Each of these weeklong, fully supported road bike tours explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest — mountain peaks, rivers, lakes, vineyards, hop fields, ocean views and more.
Washington Bicycle Ride
Grape Vines & Mountain Climbs
July 16 – 23, 2016
We will see more than just the big peaks on this year’s Washington Bicycle Ride. We start by crossing the high plains of sagebrush, juniper and scrub oak before descending into the Yakima River Valley and its verdant rows of vineyard and tall stands of hop bines. The area around Sunnyside is the heart of the hop growing region of Washington and has a burgeoning wine industry. From the valley, we climb up into the Cascade Mountains into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, passing by mountain lakes with fantastic views of the Cascade volcanoes. The layover day ride brings us up close to Mt. Saint Helens, with views well worth the hard effort, overlooking the crater that remains from the 1980 eruption. The ride continues down to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area before ascending back to the start in the wonderful little town of Goldendale.
Total Distance: 464 – 504 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 26,860′ – 32,090′
Average Temperature in July (Goldendale): 89° F
Average Temperature in July (Randle): 71.6° F
Oregon Bicycle Ride
Wine, Cheese, Salmon & Trees
July 30 – August 6, 2016
You asked. We delivered! For the first time in our history, we are embarking on a beautiful tour of northwest Oregon. The 2016 Oregon Bicycle Ride route developed as a result of voting by our riders during the 2011 and 2015 bicycle rides. This is a historic tour that crosses the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, visits sites used by famed explorers Lewis and Clark, includes a ferry back into Oregon, and rides through fabled Northwest forests and countryside. Along the way, cyclists will have time to tour world class Oregon wineries, play on beautiful Pacific beaches, learn about the area’s long, rich history and all while staying in several small, quiet communities whose economies are based on logging, fishing, farming and viticulture.
Total Distance: 440 – 489 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 23,685′ to 27,150′
Average Temperature in August (Astoria): 68.7° F
Average Temperature in August (Carlton): 76° F