Over 400 cyclists have grabbed their bikes and sunglasses and along with hundreds of support staff have made their basecamp in Toledo, Oregon. There are riders from Canada and the U.S. Participants in the event are camping out at Toledo Waterfront park and Memorial Field. Day one of the ride will begin today (Saturday 5/21) and cover 39.6 miles following the Yaquina River and follow gravel roads through forests to the coastal marshlands at Ona Beach State Park then head back to camp.
Day 2 tomorrow (Sunday 5/22) bikers will travel over 50-miles and head to Summit Palmer Mountain along the C2C trail and come back along the Elk River through the old growth forests. Attendees will enjoy a beer and wine garden plus entertainment and fun throughout the weekend. Cycle Oregon has been holding these events throughout Oregon for the past 34-years offering attendees an opportunity to see amazing areas of Oregon.
In 1996 they started the cycle Oregon fund to help local communities that they hold events at. According to Steve Shultz executive director of Cycle Oregon they have awarded over 2.5 million in funds out in grants to local communities that have hosted them. According tp Toledo Mayor Rod Cross city staff and Toledo city council members volunteered to attend to parking and make the dinner and cycle Oregon will be giving a donation of $1100 to Toledo Food Pantry. Other organizations who are helping out for donations include Lincoln County Long-Term Recovery Group, Toledo Rotary, Newport HS Softball, Newport HS Volleyball, Pleasant Hill Boys Varsity, LCSO SAR Team, Toledo Active Group and Bright Horizons.