East Oregonian : E.O. (Pendleton, OR) 1888-current, March 19, 2016, WEEKEND EDITION, Page 32, Image 70

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Tandem bicyclists ride down Main Street during the Pendleton Fourth of July Parade.
Motorcyclists ride down Dorion Avenue for the start of the
inaugural Pendleton Bike Week in July 2015.
May 27-30 / A.B.A.T.E. Campout
Bear Hollow Campground, near Fossil
Rally includes bike rodeo and show, tattoo contest, scav-
enger hunt, poker run and live music.
June 17-19 / Chief Joseph Rally
Grant County Fairgrounds, John Day
The BMW Riders of Oregon host a weekend of riding
through gold and cattle country, mountain passes, painted
hills, river canyons and wide-open desert.
July 7-11 / Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally
Main Street, Baker City
Features ¿ve great courses plus ¿ve scenic byways — Blue
Mountain, Elkhorn, Hells Canyon, Journey Through Time and
Oregon Outback — as well as a motorcycle show and BBQ.
July 20-24 / Pendleton Bike Week
Convention Center, Pendleton
This large motorcycle rally in its second year includes a
.45 caliber poker run, bikini bike wash championship, tattoo
contest, motorcycle hill climb, Wounded Warrior bike show,
live music, Hardtail Saloon and Seattle Cossacks precision
motorcycle drill team.
Ditch the cowboy hat and boots
and grab a plastic helmet and
aluminum frames — Eastern Oregon
is becoming as much bicycle country
as anywhere else in the state.
One of the region’s biggest rides,
Pendleton’s Century Ride of the
Centuries, enters its 13th year this
28-30, and will
draw more than
300 riders and
their families to
¿rst day features
the longest ride, about 100 miles to
Hat Rock State Park in Hermiston.
The next two days have shorter rides
of 62 and 25 miles, much of that
along old highways and wheat farms.
Chuck Wood has been a bicycle
enthusiast his whole life and is a
founding member of the commu-
nity’s cycling club, Pendleton on
Wheels. He says the CROC appeals
to cyclists from all over.
³There isn’t a lot of traf¿c and
that time of the year isn’t too hot,”
he said, so the event’s popularity is
<ou can ¿nd more information
on Century Ride of the Centuries at
Eastern Oregon also is home to
three of the state’s scenic bikeways:
the Blue Mountain Century, the
Grand Tour and the Old West.
The Blue Mountain is about a
108-mile loop starting in Heppner
and features a 26-mile-long climb
to a peak of 5,300 feet through the
Umatilla National Forest and then a
swift decline to the hamlet of Ukiah.
The Old West in John Day runs for
174 miles through scenic forests,
high desert and countryside commu-
Pendleton on
Wheels this year
plans to take on
the Grand Tour,
Wood said. The
134-mile, ¿gure-
eight route starts
in La Grande and
offers views of the Elkhorn Range,
Blue Mountains and the alpine Eagle
Caps of the Wallowa Mountains.
Check out rideoregonride.com
for more on the scenic bikeways.
And Echo Red 2 Red is the area’s
cross-country mountain bike race,
which takes place in early March.
Wood said he gave it whirl.
“I succeeded in coming in dead
last,” he said. “I ¿nished.”
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Asso-
ciation sanctions the event that has
competitions of 15, 24 or 32 miles.
Visit www.echored2red.com to learn
Wood also said La Grande and
Echo have some ¿ne mountain bike
trails, and Pendleton soon could as
well. He is part of a group working
to establish multi-use trails on the
south side of Pendleton’s Airport
— Phil Wright
Wide open
spaces and a
variety of terrain