Editor's note: Look for the full story and route map this afternoon in The Dalles Chronicle and online at www.thedalleschronicle.com.
Wasco County communities have been chosen to host Cycle Oregon’s 2014 week-long ride as its starting and finishing location. The route was unveiled by Cycle Oregon last night at the Portland Art Museum.
The Dalles, Dufur and Tygh Valley will all host overnight stays.
This popular annual event, which includes more than 2,000 participants from around the country, kicks off on September 6, 2014. This is The Dalles’ second time to be included in Cycle Oregon, which is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. It was an overnight stop during the 2005 tour, which followed of the Lewis and Clark expedition’s route through the Columbia Gorge.
“We are thrilled beyond belief to be this year’s host for Cycle Oregon and its fantastic participants,” said Lisa Farquharson, President/CEO of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. "This is great news to our community and businesses, and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and making sure all Cycle Oregon riders have a ‘sunsational’ experience.”
“Cycle Oregon recognized that The Dalles and the surrounding area are a road rider’s dream, with miles of quiet, beautiful roads, sunshine and spectacular views of The Gorge, Mount Hood and more. We’re excited to introduce everyone to all that The Dalles has to offer,” said Mayor Steve Lawrence.
“The Dalles is the perfect home base for this year’s exploration on two wheels of north-central Oregon. It’s an iconic and authentic Oregon town with an incredible history and great community spirit, and we know they’ll be a great launch pad for our 2014 ride,” said Tara Corbin, Community Relations, Cycle Oregon. “We had a very positive experience during our 2005 stay in The Dalles and are looking forward to our return to this great Gorge city.”
Each year, Cycle Oregon explores a different Oregon region. The 2014 ride will depart from The Dalles and continue through north-central Oregon before finally circling back to The Dalles seven days and almost 500 miles later. A complete route description can be found at www.cycleoregon.com.
Cycle Oregon’s selection of The Dalles as home base for 2014 is the latest indication of how the area is being recognized as a cycling destination, and with good reason. With breathtaking rides that wend along the cliffs of the Columbia River, through the lush Hood River Valley, along the Historic Columbia River Highway, into the high desert in the south or to the heights of Mount Hood (the unofficial ‘Dufur Century’ ride is legendary), the The Dalles area has something for all levels of cyclists.
In addition to their varied terrain, the cycling routes surrounding The Dalles offer a veritable tour of Oregon history, leading cyclists past the camp of Lewis and Clark, turn-of-the-20th-century schoolhouses and by a monument to the Pioneer Woman as they pedal through history on paved portions of the old Oregon Trail.