Cycle Oregon bike race canceled because of wildfires
Cycle Oregon canceled what was to be their 30th annual 2017 Classic bike ride because of raging wildfires in central and southern Oregon.
This is the first time the organization has ever had to cancel any Cycle Oregon event.
The path was a 430 to 490-mile loop around the Cascade range, including Crater Lake National Park from Sept. 9-16.
The decision was made by Cycle Oregon's board and staff, based on recommendations they had received from state and local agencies including the Oregon Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and others.
"Several factors went into this decision including the health and safety of the riders, the welfare of the communities, the desire to not be a burden to fire fighting efforts and rider experience. Air quality is extremely poor throughout the region and other parts of the state. In some places visibility is measured in feet rather than miles," their website reads.
The ride had sold out by July 3. Two-thousand riders paid about $1,000 a ticket and according to the organization's website, they won't be fully reimbursed.
The organization states that many of the costs to put on the event were already incurred or simply aren't refundable. They're not sure yet how people will be compensated.
"Our goal is to be as fair and generous as possible while also honoring financial commitments that have already been made. We will communicate our next steps by next Wednesday, September 7th," the website reads.
Read the full FAQ about their decision to cancel here: www.cycleoregon.com/2017-classic-cancelled/