Cycle Oregon has added a third ride to its lineup of its annual bike tours, which were created to provide financial support for the state’s rural communities while highlighting some of the best roadways and scenery in the world. The new ride, called CO3 is a small upscale tour limited to 30 participants.
CO3 features more challenging routes and more luxurious amenities than other Cycle Oregon events, including farm-to-table meals and deluxe lodging. It also gives riders the ability to make deeper connections to the host communities. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a project that Cycle Oregon will help support via $30,000 generated by CO3 proceeds.
The route for the inaugural CO3 ride (June 19-24) includes the communities of Walla Walla and Waitsburg, Wash.; and Enterprise, Halfway and Baker City. It will cover 330 miles and 24,000 feet of climbing in five days. Highlights on the road include the daunting Rattlesnake Grade, the grueling up-and-over from Enterprise to Halfway, and the ascent to Anthony Lakes ski area. Participants will enjoy five delectable, fresh dinners and stay in the region’s best historic hotels and rustic lodges. It’s the next level of Cycle Oregon.
Registration for CO3 will take place on March 15. The cost for CO3 is $3,000, $1,000 of which goes directly to the Cycle Oregon Fund and will be earmarked for the project that will be chosen by participants.
About Cycle Oregon
Cycle Oregon was founded in 1988 to help preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and support community development projects in the regions through which we ride. Proceeds from the events go to the Cycle Oregon Fund, which now has more than $2 million in assets. It total, Cycle Oregon contributes approximately $250,000 annually to its chosen causes and host communities.