Bikes will challenge the Rogue

Bike the Rogue, slated Sept. 7, is a “spectacularly scenic event” popular with many Lincoln County bike riders. (Courtesy photo)

GOLD BEACH — The 10th Annual Rotary “Bike the Rogue” bicycling event will kick off Saturday, Sept. 7, at Buffington Park in Gold Beach.

This spectacularly scenic event, popular with many Lincoln County bike riders, offers routes for varying abilities, along with good weather, great food and cyclist support.

Riders have a choice of four different routes through this wild and remote southwestern corner of Oregon: 25 miles with 1,100 vertical feet ($30); 40 miles of 2,000 vertical feet ($40); 100km, or 62.5 miles, with 4,000 vertical feet ($50); and a Century ride of 100 miles, with 5,200 feet to climb ($60). 

“All four rides follow the banks of the mighty Rogue River, and cross at least two bridges,” said Sandy Grummon of Rotary Bike the Rogue. “The 40-miler, 100K, and century rides finish along the Pacific Ocean, with panoramic views of beaches, sea stacks, and rugged coastline.”

The Gold Beach Rotary Club will provide a continental breakfast at the start of the event for all registered riders, and well-stocked rest stations every 7-17 miles along the route. At the end of the ride, cyclists will be treated to a root-beer float or an Arch Rock Beer and a wood-oven pizza. Bathrooms stops are located on the route.

The Rotary Club sponsors the event in collaboration with South Coast Bicycles in Bandon, which provides a wagon stocked with spare parts and a mechanic to assist with any difficulties.

Registration starts at 7 a.m., in Buffington Park. The entrance to the park is four blocks east of Highway 101 on Gauntlet Street in Gold Beach. Signing-up before Sep. 1 earns $5 off the entry fee, per rider.

Registration and waiver forms are available at the Bike the Rogue website, goldbeachrotary.com/bike-the-rogue/, or search “Bike the Rogue Gold Beach.” For more information, call 541-247-6356.

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