Cycle Oregon to stay in Madras


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by: CYCLE OREGON LOGO - Cycle Oregon's 2014 trip in September will include two nights in Madras.
Come September, Jefferson County and Central Oregon will be a part of the Cycle Oregon's 2014 Week Ride.

The route for the seven-day excursion, which features a different region of the state every year, was announced Feb. 5, at a kickoff party at the Oregon Art Museum in Portland.

A maximum of 2,200 riders will start in The Dalles, take in the Columbia River Gorge, head from Glenwood to Dufur the second day, from Dufur to Tygh Valley the third day, and explore the Warm Springs Reservation and Jefferson County on the fourth day.

The 77 miles of that day's ride begin in Tygh Valley and head to Kah-Nee-Ta Resort for lunch. Along the way, riders will enjoy views of Pelton Dam and Lake Simtustus as they take on "one of the toughest climbs in (Cycle Oregon) history before hitting camp in Madras."

On the fifth day, riders have the option of riding from Madras west to take in views of Lake Billy Chinook, to Smith Rock, and then back to Madras by way of the Culver Highway

Day six starts at Madras, passes through Shaniko and Maupin, and then back to Tygh Valley, and day seven, riders return to The Dalles. With all the extra rides, the trip totals from 402-489 miles, depending on the rider's route, and hits a high elevation of 6,740 on the third day.

Registration for the event begins at noon Feb. 14, and runs through noon Feb. 15, online at The cost of $925 includes campsites, food, beverages, showers, entertainment and the support of vans that transport one bag per rider, as well as provide backup for medical or mechanical issues suffered by cyclists.

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Cycle Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bicycling enjoyment, safety and education. All proceeds from the ride go to the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, which helps preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and supports community development projects in the regions through which they ride.