Cycle Oregon's annual event

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Cycle Oregon riders will visit Madras for two nights Sept. 10 and 11, before starting their return trip to The Dalles on Sept. 12.Next week, as many as 2,200 bicyclists will spend two nights in Madras as part of Cycle Oregon's "Magnificent Seven" tour.

The cyclists begin the trip in The Dalles on Sept. 6, and travel to Glenwood, Dufur, and Tygh Valley, before hitting Madras on Sept. 10, the fourth of seven days, taking in seven peaks along the way: Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and the Three Sisters.

Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, is gearing up for the event, which will require an estimated 250 local volunteers.

Seven coordinators are in charge of recruiting volunteers for: food service, setup of reststops and lunch areas, music coordination with Cycle Oregon, bus transportation within the community, baggage handling, and setup and cleanup.

A tent city will be set up at Juniper Hills Park, with food preparation and dining areas, a main stage, beer garden, showers and toilets, and other areas to accommodate the huge influx of cyclists.

"Those seven coordinators are utilizing youth groups, local church organizations, a sorority, FFA groups and volunteers at large," said Krenowicz.

"Over $20,000 is being spent with all these organizations to make this happen," he said, noting that groups get paid from $500 to $1,500.

"When Cycle Oregon comes in, they supply all the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but typically, a fair amount of folks will come downtown as well," said Krenowicz, who has put together a bus route for the visitors with stops in and around Madras.

Specific stops will include the fairgrounds for a tour of the old homestead by the Jefferson County Historical Society on Thursday, from 1-3 p.m., an ice cream social and entertainment from 12-4 p.m. at the Yarrow Crescent Park, the Madras Aquatic Center, the Erickson Aircraft Collection facility, and Sahalee Park for the Fiesta Latina and special Madras Saturday Market.

"This is not a race," said Krenowicz. "It's a tour that occurs once a year, somewhere in Oregon."

The route will take the cyclists from The Dalles to Glenwood (63 miles) on day one; Glenwood to Dufur (61 or 86 miles) on day two; Dufur to Tygh Valley (73 miles) on day three; Tygh Valley to Madras, by way of Simnasho, with lunch at Kah-Nee-Ta (77 miles); an optional Madras to Lake Billy Chinook overlooks to Smith Rock segment (62 miles); Madras to Tygh Valley by way of Richardson's Ranch, Antelope and Shaniko (85 miles); and Tygh Valley to The Dalles (43 miles).

The local cycling route will include part of the Madras Mountain View Scenic Bikeway, which includes Metolius and Culver.

Departure will be Friday morning, Sept. 12. "When Friday afternoon rolls around, our cleanup crew, along with their cleanup crew, will have Juniper Hills Park back to normal," said Krenowicz, who anticipates tremendous benefit to the local community from the riders and their support crews.

For more information, contact the chamber at 541-475-2350.

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