Bike the Rogue

Bandon resident, Janna James, participated in the last “Bike the Rogue.”

The 11th annual Rotary Bike the Rogue bicycling event will take place Saturday, September 11, in Gold Beach. This spectacularly scenic event offers cyclists low traffic routes, along with good weather, great food and SAG support.

Riders have their choice of two different routes through this wild and remote southwestern corner of Oregon: 23 miles/1,100 vertical feet ($30.00), and 38 miles/2,000 vertical feet ($40.00). Both rides follow the banks of the mighty Rogue River, and cross three bridges. The 38-mile ride finishes along the Pacific Ocean, with panoramic views of beaches, sea stacks and rugged coastline. A continental breakfast for all registered riders will be provided at the start to kick off the event. Well-stocked rest stations will be positioned every 7-15 miles along the route, and there will be a cold Arch Rock beer waiting for thirsty bikers at the end of their ride. Each paid rider will receive $5 voucher toward a wood-fired pizza from the Wandering Pizzaioli food truck in Buffington Park at the end of event. Riders will also receive a $5 voucher off the entry fee to the Turtle Rock Music Festival which will be taking place in Gold Beach the same afternoon/evening as Bike the Rogue.

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach hosts Bike the Rogue in collaboration with sponsors Century 21 Agate Realtor Mary Stansell, Umpqua Bank and the city of Gold Beach. First Chapter Coffee House of Gold Beach will provide coffee for the continental breakfast, and Bandon Bicycle Works of Bandon will provide SAG support.

Registration for Bike the Rogue will start at 7 a.m. September 11 in Buffington Park for those who have not pre-registered. The entrance to the park is four blocks east of Highway 101 on Gauntlet Street in Gold Beach. Anyone pre-registering with a postmark before September 1 will receive $5 off the entry fee, per rider.

Registration and waiver forms are available at the Bike the Rogue website: www.http://goldbeachrotary.com/bike-the-rogue/, or Google “Bike the Rogue Gold Beach.”

This is a “safety first” event, and bicycle helmets are required. For additional information about Bike the Rogue, visit the website or email biketherogue@gmail.com

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