2022 Ride Guide Vol III
There are a million little details that make every Cycle Oregon event unique. This volume will take you through the final details of planning – entertainment, community info, meals and more. If you’re new to Cycle Oregon, it’s a great investment of your time to go over these details. Even if you’re a veteran, peruse the guide as a reminder of the things you’ll need to make your journey a great one. If you missed the first two Ride Guides, take a look:
- Only registered Rider Guests can bring vehicles on the event. Do not plan on driving along the route or entering camp (regardless of the vehicle make and size).
- The deadline to receive a refund for registration has passed.
You will be traveling through rural Oregon. Cell towers are sparse on the route and WiFi is non-existent in camp.
This is not to say that you’ll be cut off from the rest of the world, just that you should have lower expectations. You may not be able to post that sweet video of your ride to the Painted Hills to Instagram right away.
Pro tip 1: If you’re trying to meet up with a group of people in camp, send texts. They tend to get through more reliably than phone calls. Or go analog and leave a note on the Rider Services message board.
Pro tip 2: If your Garmin, iPhone, Kindle, etc. is an absolute necessity, consider signing up for the charging service with the Community Cycling Center. There are very few places to plug in around camp.
Pro tip 3: Bring a book or a deck of cards! It is still possible to entertain yourself without the internet.
Directions to John Day
Long term Parking is located adjacent to the the overnight site. Please follow these directions when you arrive into John Day. Porters will move your bags to the overnight site (located at Grant County Fairgrounds), and you will be able to ride your bike.
If you would like to google driving directions, please set JOHN DAY COMMUNITY GARDENS as your destination.
From the Portland Area:
- From I-84 East, take Exit 97 to OR-206
- Follow OR-206 E to OR-19S/S Main St in Condon
- Continue on OR-19 S until it ends at US-26, then turn left on to US-26
- As you enter John Day, US-26 turns in to W Main Street
- Go through the main stretch of town, past the traffic light, then turn left onto NE 3rd Ext
- Follow signs to parking.
From Eugene Area:
- From Eugene, follow US-126 E which will join US-20 E
- Follow US-20 E to OR-126 in Sisters
- Follow OR-126 E to US-97 N in Redmond (from Bend join at US-97 N in Redmond)
- Follow OR-126 E to US-26 E/NW 3rd St in Prineville
- Merge on to US-26 E/NW 3rd Street
- As you enter John Day, US-26 turns in to W Main Street
- Go through the main stretch of town, past the traffic light, then turn left onto NE 3rd Ext
- Follow signs to parking.
If you are coming from the Salem, Corvallis, Eugene area and plan on taking US-20 to get to John Day, there will be a full road closure between Sweet Home and Santiam Junction. Click Here to view the details of the closure and detour information.
Accommodations in John Day
Planning to arrive early or stay late? We’ve got you covered. Book with one of the many local options in town, all located within about a half mile from the overnight site.
Dreamers Lodge: 144 N Canyon Blvd, John Day // (541) 575-0526
John Day Motel: 250 E Main St, John Day // (541) 575-9000
Sunset Inn: 390 W Main St, John Day // (541) 575-1462
Arriving and Departing
Check-In and Packet Pick-Up – After you arrive in John Day and have settled in, you’ll need to check in and pick up your rider packet. Each rider will sign the ride waiver when picking up their packet. The rider packet contains a wristband, bike number, baggage tag. (You will not be able to pick up a packet for someone else)
Bring a photo ID to show the volunteers in order to receive your packet.
Once we affix your wristband, it should not be removed unless you choose to leave the ride. Until you have checked in and are wearing a wristband, you will not be identified as a participant and will not have access to meals, course support, etc. If you leave the ride, it is important that you check out with Rider Services to let them know you are leaving.
Packet Pickup Hours
- Friday // Sep 9 // 7 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday // Sep 10 // 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday // Sep 11 // 6 to 8 a.m.
If you arrive on Sunday, you must have your bag in the baggage truck by 8:30 a.m., as the trucks leave by 8:45 a.m. You can pick up your rider packet that morning at Rider Services.
If you don’t have all your transportation logistics set – bike shipping, parking pass, etc. – we recommend you have a good look at the Transportation Reminders section of Ride Guide Vol II. The deadline to purchase a parking pass in advance has passed, however you will be able to purchase one on site in John Day. Parking Passes are $30 and cash is preferred.
Ship Your Bike – Don’t wait, make arrangements now! Ship your bike with BikeFlights.com to and from our event. Click here to get started. Be sure to click the Cycle Oregon link on their page to set the delivery address. Your bike will be shipped to a nearby UPS location and delivered in advance of the event.
TrekPDX can assemble your bike after you arrive for $50. If you need your bike disassembled and boxed at ride’s end, the fee is $75. Sign up in advance here.
What to Pack
The gear bag you bring to store your belongings should be waterproof and made of sturdy material so that it holds up through the week. You can only bring one bag including your tent and all other items, and it must weigh 65 pounds or less. Click here for a printable list of what to bring and click here for some expert tips on packing.
Meals & Menu
Cycle Oregon provides hearty and well-balanced breakfasts and dinners at each overnight site. On the course, there are two to three Rest Stops with a variety of prepared and packaged foods and drinks to keep you fueled. We know that riding all those miles requires a lot of calories, and we don’t leave you short on that count.
Menu – Click here to view the menu. (We reserve the right to make changes as certain items may not be seasonally available.)
- Breakfast: 5:30 – 8:30 a.m.
- Dinner: 5 – 8 p.m.
Main Stage and Headliner Schedule
Join us each evening at the main stage for some amazing music. There will also be guest speakers each night, important announcements, and information about the next day’s ride. Take a look at Rider Services each day for a full schedule. One note, there will not be a bike rodeo this year.
- 4:45 p.m. – Opening band
- 6:00 p.m. – Guest speaker
- 7:00 p.m. – Short set from headliner band
- 7:30 p.m. – Nightly announcements
- 8:00 p.m. – Headliner band
Saturday - John Day
Rich Swanger and the Little Known Band
An Oregonian by way of Pennsylvania, Rich and his band are regular fixtures on stages across Oregon and the entire Pacific NW, sharing their rootsy, intelligent songs, drawn from an impressive body of work, including the recently released ‘These Hands’. www.richswanger.com
Sunday - Monument
Born and Raised in a small town in Eastern Oregon, Elwood draws inspiration for his music from the range of the Blue Mountains. Since 2007, he has been moving people through the power of his music, bringing them closer to nature. His inspiration comes from the trickle of a small stream, the roar of thunder, and the silent beauty of the Blue Mountains, as well as other aspects of Mother Nature. Elwood has had the honor of sharing the stage with bands such as Simone Tucker, Tim Snider, Michael Kirkpatrick, Kory Quinn, and Left Coast Country, and many more. https://www.elwood-music.com/
Monday - Fossil
Rattlesnake Organ Trio
Rattlesnake Organ Trio is a highly-danceable Hammond organ driven trio featuring guitarist Jimmy Russell (Quick & Easy Boys) , keyboardist Galen Clark (Outer Orbit, Sleater-Kinney) and drummer Tyrone Hendrix (Prince, Stevie Wonder). https://www.facebook.com/rattlesnakeorgantrio/
Tuesday - Fossil
Fossil Oregon’s own, Buffalo Kin is a Western Folk Noir duo. ‘Wild Open Country’ is their first album, available on all platforms, masterfully evokes the vistas, people and stories of the land. https://www.buffalokin.com/
Wednesday - Mitchell
The Silvertone Devils
These Bend OR based Devils stir up a mix of roots, rock and roll, and old country, with a fun and upbeat energy. If you like Gram Parsons, The Band, The Dead, Eric Clapton (Slow Hand and Backless era) The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Ronnie Lane, The Stones, New Riders or any rock and roll with a foot in country–you will love this band.
Thursday - Mitchell
The Colin Trio
Less of a trio and more of a triple-headed hydra roving through an alurring array of genre-blending styles, The Colin Trio is anything but typical. Named after lead singer, guitarist, keyboardist, Colin Hogan, listeners would be hard-pressed to name any specific member of the trio as Lead. Whether it’s Colin‘s knack for slipping in and out of musical eras with ease, or bassist Brian Link’s adeptness with any groove, or drummer Cheo Larcombe’s ability to start at the flick of a match, watching The Colin Trio perform live is akin to three improvisational masters besting one another at every turn between a cavalcade of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Funk, and the Blues https://www.reverbnation.com/colinhogan
Friday - Dayville
Holly Sorensen Band
First gracing Cycle Oregon’s stage in 2015, La Grande Oregon’s Holly Sorensen Band stirs up an infectious brew of high energy, danceable, musical fun. Drawing heavily from Motown greats for influences, they bring many other genres and sounds into the mix as well. Closing out the week’s MainStage live music, Holly and company will be a fitting send off for an amazing week of riding and music.
Cycle Oregon would not be as special as it is without the support and flavor of each local community. They have put in a lot of effort and creativity into making their community an inviting place for us.
This year on our layover days in Fossil and Mitchell, riders can take a little time off the bike and lend a direct hand to our host communities!
In Fossil, on Tuesday the 13th we’ll be getting dirty with a little creek clean up and walking trail maintenance, and on Thursday the 15th in Mitchell, we’ll be lending a hand in helping with some remodeling work at the Mitchell Community Hall, doing some painting and clean up.
So if you want to do some good off the bike, as well as on, bring some work clothes along and join us on these community projects! There will be more details on the event, so check in with the community booths in both Fossil and Mitchell.
- Dreamers Lodge: 144 N Canyon Blvd, John Day // (541) 575-0526
- John Day Motel: 250 E Main St, John Day // (541) 575-9000
- Sunset Inn: 390 W Main St, John Day // (541) 575-1462
Banks and ATM’s
- John Day Sinclair – Gas Station: 801 HWY 26 – West // Open 7 Days 5AM -9PM
- First Community Credit Union: 150 W. Main Street
- US Bank: 129 S. Canon Blvd., John Day
- Bank of Eastern Oregon: 200 W. Main Street, John Day
- Len’s Pharmacy: 120 E. Main Street, John Day // 541-575-0629 // www.lensdrug.com // Open Mon – Fr 8:30 AM – 6 PM // 8:30 AM – 4 PM on Saturday
- Blue Mountain Hospital: 541-575-1311 //170 Ford Road // https://bluemountainhospital.org/
- Java Jungle and Tropical Tan: 142 E. Main Street // Wifi // Open Mon – Fri 7:30 AM – 6PM, Saturday – 9AM – 4PM
- Bare Bones: 671 W. Main Street // Open 7 Days – 7AM – 10PM
- Timbers Bistro: 750 East Main Street // Open Mon – Fri – 5:30 AM – 3PM
- Station 62: 145 S. Canyon City Blvd, Canyon City //Mon – Wed – 7AM – 2PM, Thurs – Friday – 7AM – 4PM, Saturday 7Am – 2 PM
- Outpost Pizza, Pub & Grill: 201 W. Main Street // 541-575-0250 // 201 W. Main Street // Open Mon & Tues – 11AM – 9PM, Wed – Sat – 6AM – PM
- Squeeze In Restaurant & Deck: 423 W. Main Street // 541-575-1045 // Open Mon – Sat – 6AM – 8PM, Sunday – 6AM – 2PM
- The Ugly Truth Bar & Grill: 145 E. Main Street // 541-575-1310 // Open Mon – Sat 11AM – 11PM
- Grub Steak Mining Company: 149 E. Main Street // 541-575-1970 // Open Mon – Wed – 11AM – 8PM
- 1188 Brewing Company: 141 E. Main Street // 541-575-1188 // Open Mon – Wed 11AM – 8PM
- Figaro’s Pizza: 825 S. Canyon Blvd // 541-575-5500 // Open 7 Days – 11AM – 8PM
- The Snaffle Bit- Reservation Required: 101 S. Canyon Blvd // 541-575-2426 // Open Wed – Fri 4PM – 9PM
- Taco Company Food Cart: 234 S. Canyon Blvd // Friday – Sat 10:30AM – 3:30PM
- Chester’s Market: 631 W. Main Street // Open 7 Days – 7AM – 10PM
- Earthly Home Natural Market: 401 W. Main Street, Ste B. // Open Mon Fri – 10AM – 5PM
- 660 W. Main Street // Open 7 Days AM – 9PM
- Clyde Holliday State Park: US 26, 6 Miles west of John Day
- Depot Park: 425 S. Main Street Prairie City // 541-820-3300
- Bates State Park: Middlefork Lane off Highway 7 One mile north of its intersection with US 26 at Austin Junction // 541-932-4453
- RimRock Grill: (food truck by the school) Open Sunday & Monday 7:30 to 8pm
- North Fork Cook Shack: (out at the motel) Open Sunday, 11am to 4pm & closed Monday
- Boyers Cash Store: Open Sunday 10am to 4pm & Monday 8am to 6pm
ACTIVITIES IN TOWN
Cycle Oregon Fossil Invitational – Cornhole Tournament
Tuesday, September 13 4:00 – 7:00 pm
No experience required. Come for the fun! Music, snacks, beverages.
Corner of First Street & Washington Street (Pioneer School House Park)
Phone contact: 541-256-0551 // CLICK HERE for sign up details.
In the Sticks Juniper Mill – Open for Public Visits
Visit this unique sawmill and learn about local sustainable wood product production, watershed restoration project for Juniper reduction / sustainable wood products and expanding markets.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
1000 Stone Cabin Road ( Fossil Industrial Park) enter off Hwy 19
Contact: Kendall Derby // 541-620-2220
Walking Tour of Historic Homes & Buildings
Self-Guided – pick up a map at Community Booth
Fossil Heritage Trail – Bowerman Loop – Wheeler County Fairgrounds
1.5 mile walking trail above Fairgrounds with vistas of town and area. Great for daytime and stargazing.
Trail head near RV Park restrooms.
Oregon Paleo Lands Center (OPLI)
Visitors information and education center for regional geology, natural history, and special exhibits. *Bookstore Cycle Oregon discount 25% all books and gifts.
Monday Sept. 12 Noon – 6pm / Tuesday Sept. 13 9am – 4pm
333 W Fourth Street. Across from the Wheeler County Courthouse
Fossil Museum and Pioneer Schoolhouse Park
Local and regional historic artifacts, photos, documents, and special exhibits. One room school house and historic sheep herder wagon on display.
501 First Street
Fossil Digging – Wheeler High School
Unleash your inner paleontologist! 33 million years old fossil layers exposed for public exploration and limited collection. Suggested donation $5
600 B Street – access trail behind the high school.
Open daylight hours.
Contact: Anne Mitchell // Phone: 541-256-0551
Visit the Historic Wheeler County Courthouse & Park
701 Adams Street.
Shaded picnic tables and benches on the lawn. Historic courthouse with limited visitor access.
9 am – 5pm. Closed noon – 1pm.
Public Internet Access Points:
OPLI – Wi-Fi
Fossil Public Library – Computers, Wi-Fi
- Fossil Mercantile Company / 555 Main Street / 541-763-4617
Open 8am – 7pm // https:/m.facebook.com/fossilmerc
- Bank of Eastern Oregon/ 24Hr ATM / 555 First Street / 541-763-2910 / Open 9am – 5pm
- KC’s Country Value: Hardware, gifts, and Liquor store // 690 Main St. // 541-763-2233 // Monday and Tuesday 9am – 6pm // www.kcscountryvalue.com
- Fossil Post Office: 606 Main Street // 800-275-8777 // Open 8:30am – 12:30 pm. 1:30- 5pm
- Fossil Public Library: Visit our thriving and growing rural library featuring books, computer station, wi-fi // 401 Main Street // 541-763-2046 // Open 11:30 am – 5:30 pm // www.fossillibrary.org
- Fossil Fill-Up: 609 Main Street // 541-763-0988 // Open 7am – 6pm
- Brenda’s Blessings: Pizza, sandwiches, salads, bakery treats, Grab-n-Go, Espresso drinks. // 505 Main Street //541-763-3000
Monday and Tuesday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
- The Royal Stag: Casual and Fine Dining and Bar // 415 First Street (First & Washington St) // Phone Number: 760-932-4343 // Open Monday 11 am – 8 pm // https://m.facebook.com/royalstagfossil
- Fossil Mercantile Company / 555 Main Street / 541-763-4617
- The remodel of Mitchell Community Hall
- Thursday, September 15 // 108 S. Nelson St.
- Max 15 people per shift
- 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. // Transportation back to camp to be coordinated by Cycle Oregon
- For more information, visit the community booth in camp near Rider Services.
- If you have questions about the project itself, please contact the city office 541-462-3121 or email city of email@example.com
- Painted Hills Vacation- Cottages & Retreat: 208-213 SE Rosenbaum St.
- Little Pine Lodge: 100 E Main St
- The Skyhook Motel: 101 US-26
- In the Wheeler County Trading Company
- Wheeler County Trading Company: 100 W Main St // (541) 462-3585 // Sun.- Sat. 8AM-7PM // We are open to serve you, the weary traveler. ATM, groceries, ice, fishing supplies, propane, fresh produce, meats, sporting goods, automotive, hardware, lumber, paint, feed, stockman supplies and more!
- Judy’s Place: 115 W Main St. // (541) 462-3000 // Antiques, Collectibles, Curios.
- Tiger Town Brewing Co.: 108 W Main St // (541) 462-3663 // Sun.-Thurs. 11AM-9PM, Fri.-Sat. 11AM-10PM // Opened in 2016 Tiger Town offers full service family dining featuring a unique and varied menu including vegan and gluten free options. European inspired draft beers crafted on site and a well curated cocktail menu. Children welcome all hours. Live music events or movies in our outdoor theater from June through September. See web site for list of events.
- Bridge Creek Café: 218 US-26 // (541) 777-7132 // Sun./Mon. 9AM-4PM, Tues./Wednesday. Closed, Thurs./Sat. 9AM-4PM // Burgers, Fries, Shakes. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, we also have homemade pies and milkshakes.
- Route 26 Espresso: 601 US-26 // (541) 462-3026 // Mon.-Thurs. 7AM-2PM, Fri.-Sun. 7AM-2PM // Espresso and Coffee drinks made with Oregonian roasted Coffee, famous Maple bar, Pulled Pork sandwich.
Places of Special Interest
- Lucky Strike Mine and Gift Shop Museum: 8AM-5PM
- Mitchell Market (Farmers Market): September 15th, 3PM-6PM
Painted Hills Unit
The Painted Hills Unit is located about 10 miles northwest of the town of Mitchell, Oregon. Distinguished by varied stripes of red, tan, orange, and black, this area preserves a sequence of past climate change. The Painted Hills Unit also contains a diverse assemblage of leaf fossils aging 39-30 million years old called the Bridge Creek Flora, and a small outcropping of rock containing animal fossils from 30-27 million years ago.
- Dayville Café: Home of the famous Dayville Café Pie! // 212 W Franklin Avenue // 541-987-2122 // Thursday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 16th, the Dayville Café will be serving PIE only from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Dayville Mercantile: Built in 1896; one of Oregon’s oldest continuously running general stores. // 207 W Franklin Avenue // 541-970-4073 // Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. // ATM available outside of the Merc
- Dayville Mini Mart: 100 E Franklin Avenue // 541-987-2411 // Monday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Twisted Treasures and Gnarly Goods: Coffee, Ice Cream, Sandwiches, and fun consignment items // 150 E Franklin Avenue // 541-987-2443 // Open every day except Thursday’s, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Twisted Treasures and Gnarly Goods will be staying open and serving dinner on Friday, 9/16 and Saturday, 9/17.
- Dayville South Fork RV Park: 5 Park Lane // 541-987-2454 // Open every day, all day
Route Information, Maps, and GPS Files
With a focus on sustainability and an appreciation for what Ride with GPS offers our community we will NOT be handing out printed maps at the event. All daily routes will be thoroughly signed by Cycle Oregon so, if you choose, you don’t need to have maps in any form for navigation. If you would like a hard copy of the route maps, you can download and print the files below.
GPS Files & Downloadable Maps
Route files are available on RideWithGPS for your GPS device, click here to get started.
Please note that you may find small variances on mileages and elevations from Cycle Oregon information posted on routes. Our mileage is computed using a GPS and may vary from your GPS due to variances between devices. Click here for general info and help from RideWithGPS on how to download these files to your bike device. For help with Garmin devices click here.
Official Cycle Oregon maps with cues can be viewed/printed as PDFs here:
Route Descriptions and Geology Rocks!
Cycle Oregon Classic XXXII traverses one of the most geologically diverse and colorful parts of Oregon, and although the valleys, hills and cliffs we will pass seem endlessly varied, there are mainly just two geologic landscapes.
Ian Madin worked as a geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries for 32 years and has ridden with Cycle Oregon for over a decade now. His nightly presentations at Classic reveal the cool and sometimes hidden geology of the regions through which we ride. Stay tuned to the blog for this series as Ian takes us day by day through this wonderous region.
Read about each day of the route on our blog here
Rider health and safety is paramount on Cycle Oregon events. Working within the guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority, we have developed COVID-19 safety plans and protocols which we will amend as new updates and guidelines are announced leading up to an event.
Updated 8/26/2022 – As of March 11, 2022 masks are no longer required for indoor settings or group activities in Oregon. There are exceptions, masks are required in healthcare settings, and we ask that you are mindful of additional requests you may encounter while in Eastern Oregon as we visit communities during Classic.
Masks are not required at Classic, but we support those who choose to wear them for any reason they may have. We recognize members of the Cycle Oregon community and those associated with support of this event hold varying views on face covering. Out of respect for one another and in the spirit of the Cycle Oregon mission we ask that you honor our mask-friendly policy at Classic – Do what’s best for you.
Teasing, mocking, harassment, or intimidation from any position towards others will not be tolerated.
Attending events with people outside of your household carries risk of COVID-19 transmission, so it is important to know how to protect yourself & others.
Please note we are passed the deadline to receive a refund for cancelling your participation in Classic. We do not make exceptions to our cancellation policy (including COVID-19 related issues, family, medical, or employment situations). We cannot offer credits or transfers.
Before the Event
- Consider testing with a rapid COVID-19 test on the day of the event. It is particularly important to test if you will be interacting with people at high risk. If you choose to test, know where you can test or get an over-the-counter test if the event runs multiple days or on a weekend.
- Travel safer. If you must travel to an event, follow CDC’s domestic travel or international travel recommendations at CDC: Travel.
- Lay low before you go. Avoid high-risk activities for at least two weeks before the event (e.g., crowded indoor public gatherings).
- Please don’t come if you have a respiratory illness – even spreading a cold will create problems for everyone who gets as the symptoms are similar to COVID symptoms.
- Consider bringing additional test kits for yourself in case you develop any symptoms.
During the Event
2022 Cycle Oregon Classic – On event COVID mitigation
If someone is showing signs and symptoms of COVID, they will be tested by Adventure Medics.
If the rider tests positive on the event – they will need to leave the event.
- Cycle Oregon will arrange a support vehicle to transport the positive patient
- Both the patient and the driver will be required to wear an Adventure Medic supplied N95 mask, and if suitable, the vehicle will increase ventilation by driving with the windows open to reduce the risk of transmission.
- If the COVID-19 positive rider was sharing a tent with another rider, that rider will also be asked to leave the event.
Quarantine requirements are lifted for most populations
This means most people do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19. You still must stay away from others if you test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms after exposure.
Wear a well-fitting mask when recommended or required. You may also choose to wear a mask at any time, based on personal preference.
- People who are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe illness and those who are around them should consider wearing a mask even when the community level is medium or low.
- You may always choose to wear a mask when it makes you feel safer, regardless of your individual risk or the CDC COVID-19 community level.
- Wear the most protective mask that is available to you, that fits well, and that you will wear consistently.
- To learn more about recommendations for when to wear a mask and for types of masks for better protection, visit Masks: COVID-19.
- Avoid crowded indoor areas and spend as much time as possible outdoors if the community level is high. Avoid activities that increase aerosol transmission (e.g., singing, shouting, dancing) or require people to remove their masks (e.g., eating, drinking).
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Learn more at Hand Hygiene.
After the Event
- Consider testing 5 days after attending a high-risk event, such as a large indoor event (Cycle Oregon events are predominantly outdoor, so are not considered a high-risk event) where people are not masked, not vaccinated, or cannot physically distance. Test immediately if you develop symptoms.
- Have a plan for rapid testing if you develop symptoms, for example, using an at-home test. It is important to test right away after symptoms start, even if they are mild symptoms.
If you test positive and are at high risk, contact your health care provider right away.
Do not attend events if you are sick or quarantined after exposure
- If you are sick with symptoms common for COVID-19, get tested If you are sick or test positive, do not attend events and follow the isolation guidance at If you are sick or test positive: COVID-19.
- If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested to see if you are positive.
COVID-19 Policy, Directives, Waiver and Release of Liability, Defense, Indemnity, and Hold Harmless
When registering, participants acknowledged and agreed to the following:
COVID-19 Policy, Directives, Waiver and Release of Liability, Defense, Indemnity, and Hold Harmless
Participant understands the hazards of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and is familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidelines regarding COVID-19. Participant acknowledges and understands that the circumstances regarding COVID-19 are changing from day to day and that, accordingly, the CDC guidelines are regularly modified and updated, and Participant accepts full responsibility for familiarizing themselves with the most recent updates.
Without limiting Participant’s assumption of the general risks described above, Participant specifically understands and acknowledges the following with regard to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19:
- COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.
- COVID-19 is an infectious virus that is extremely contagious and spreads easily through person-to person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air.
- Those infected with COVID-19 may show no symptoms and still spread the disease, including through interpersonal communications, and sharing spaces with others.
- COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.
- Based on guidance from public health authorities, Cycle Oregon, Inc. has issued, and the Released Parties are implementing, regulations and protocols to be followed by those who attend the event held by the Released Parties, and these include but are not necessarily limited to: maintaining a safe personal distance of at least six feet between other people, wearing face coverings when this distance cannot be maintained, and frequently washing hands and surfaces.
- Released Parties in no way warrant that the foregoing regulations and protocols or any other protective measures prescribed as a condition to my engaging in Activity will completely prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
- Participation in Cycle Oregon events, or accessing the property or facilities owned or managed by Released Parties could increase my risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Participant agrees to follow all event regulations and protocols and all public health and safety guidelines, fully recognizing that Released Parties cannot protect Participant from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in a Cycle Oregon event.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing, Participant hereby chooses to accept, and freely and voluntarily assumes, the risk of being exposed to, contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to participate in the Activity.
- Notwithstanding the risks associated with COVID-19, which Participant readily acknowledges, Participant hereby willingly chooses to participate in Cycle Oregon events.
- Participant acknowledges and fully assumes the risk of illness or death related to COVID-19 arising from being on the premises and participating in Cycle Oregon events.
- Participant acknowledges and agrees that in order to participate in Cycle Oregon events, they may be required to present either a valid COVID-19 vaccination card, or a recent negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival to the event.
Rules of the Ride
The number one priority of Cycle Oregon is your safety. Therefore, here are a few rules we insist you follow:
1. Only bicycles propelled by human power are allowed to participate in a Cycle Oregon sponsored event. (In 2022, up to ten e-bikes will be allowed to participate in a pilot program in Classic. These bikes must be approved prior to registering for the event.)
2. Helmets and two water bottles (or equivalent) are required on Cycle Oregon. The use of rear-view mirrors is recommended as a safety measure.
3. Cycle Oregon uses a group of Safety Patrol volunteers on motorcycle who provide an on-course presence and are a good source of information or assistance during the ride. They enhance the overall safety of the ride by interacting with riders who may pose a hazard by unlawful or unsafe riding. Heed their advice.
4. By Oregon law, bicyclists are operators of vehicles and must comply with all traffic laws. Cycle Oregon reserves the right to expel any participant who demonstrates a reluctance to ride in a safe and lawful manner. Riders who violate safety laws in the Oregon motor vehicle code are also subject to citation by law enforcement officials.
5. The Cycle Oregon course is open for designated hours. Course support vehicles and other support services are available only during course hours. Any cyclist(s) still on the course after the designated closing time will be offered a ride to camp; if you choose not to take it you are on your own to get into camp and no course support services will be available for those who choose to stay out.
6. SAG support is to be used for mechanical and/or medical reasons only. Excessive use of SAG support (3 or more times) for any other reason may exclude participants from registering for future Cycle Oregon events.
7. The course will be clearly marked. If you leave the official course, you are not part of the ride and will not receive any services or support.
8. We try to direct as much vehicle traffic as possible off the route. Nevertheless, the tour travels on public highways. Therefore, ride no more than two abreast. Ride beside a pal only where it is safe to do so, and where you do not block traffic or force other riders to swing far out to pass.
9. Never draft behind a vehicle. Pace lines are prohibited in areas of high vehicle or cyclist traffic and are limited in size to a maximum of seven riders. Be especially careful at railroad tracks, cattle guards, and busy intersections. Course monitors and safety vehicles may be stationed in areas of special concern.
10. Call “ON YOUR LEFT” to alert a rider you intend to pass. The call “CAR BACK” passes the message forward when a vehicle is approaching from behind. Use arm signals to indicate turns. Point out potholes, broken glass and other hazards to those behind you. Signal your intention to stop, and pull off the roadway.
11. Use of headphones while riding on Cycle Oregon is highly discouraged. Safe group riding in an event such as Cycle Oregon depends on communication between cyclists. Headphones interfere with that process and make it difficult for people to hear instructions such as “CAR BACK” and “ON YOUR LEFT.” Headphones also make it difficult to hear approaching cars or trucks, negatively impacting the safety of cyclists and motorists.
12. Cycle Oregon enjoys a reputation for leaving our campsites, lunch spots, rest stops, and course spotless. Please dispose of all trash, recyclables, and compostables in the appropriate places.
13. Cyclists must keep the roadway clear when stopping at an event-designated stop or any other location. Please ensure that bicycles are parked off the road and that cyclists do not congregate on the roadways.
14. Cycle Oregon includes at least one roadside water stop each day, along with assorted drinks at meals and all rest stops. Still, the responsibility for carrying sufficient water and remaining properly hydrated is yours. Make sure you drink extra fluids before, during, and after the ride to reduce the risk of dehydration. While in the saddle, you should consume an average of one liter of fluid for each hour of riding. Drink before you become thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. Muscle cramping can also be a sign of dehydration. If at any time you run low on water, signal a SAG van with a “thumbs down” and ask for a fill-up. Do not be tempted by roadside rivers and streams, as the water may contain bacteria or parasites.
In extreme emergencies, family members can contact a rider by calling the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. Please ask them to send an urgent message to Cycle Oregon officials. Bear in mind that it may take up to 12 hours to locate a rider and relay a message.
Extensive Communications – HAM radio operators provide emergency and logistical communication for Cycle Oregon. HAM radio operators ride in most Cycle Oregon vehicles so that event managers, medical services, and all staff are in touch at all times.
Medical Service – Adventure Medics provides around-the-clock medical support on the course and in camp. If you require medical attention on the course, you should notify a SAG, ambulance, or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
There is no charge for medical services rendered by Adventure Medics on the course or at the campsite. Adventure Medics will not transport you to a medical facility unless it is a critical situation. If you require transport using Adventure Medics, a local ambulance or helicopter, you will be financially responsible for any resulting charges. You are also financially responsible for any services provided by local medical facilities.
You can help in an emergency. If you witness an accident on the course, please do the following:
- Do not hesitate to call 911 on route. Often this will be the fastest way to get help.
- Do not move the injured rider, especially if you suspect a head or spinal injury.
- Notify a passing ambulance, SAG wagon or staff vehicle with the “thumbs down” signal.
- Take care of yourself. Do not step into the path of vehicle traffic.
- Keep the injured person calm.
- Once a Cycle Oregon official is on the scene and you have given a statement, please continue on the ride.
Medical Emergency in camp: Go to the medical tent, as a medic will be on call at all times.
Evacuation: PA announcements throughout the campsite will alert the riders to prepare for evacuation. Please go immediately to the Main Stage for instructions.
Severe Weather: Harsh weather may warrant the use of contingency facilities for shelter, if available. Details will be announced from the Main Stage.