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Free fly-casting lessons in Medford
Mondays: The Rogue FlyFishers Association offers free fly-casting lessons at Hedrick Middle School in Medford. The classes, held at the school’s athletic field, run from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays when it doesn’t rain, through Aug. 7. The club has rods and reels to loan out, but casters are encouraged to bring their own gear if they have it. The lessons are led by John MacDiarmid, a certified casting instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and include assistance from other seasoned casters in the association.
Ashland Hill Climb
Saturday, Aug. 12: The 40th annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Run starts in Lithia Park in downtown Ashland and climbs 13.3 miles on tree-canopied dirt roads and trails to finish on the Mt. Ashland summit for more than 5,600 feet of climbing — more than a vertical mile. For details, see www.mtashlandrun.com
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26: Pyrodiversity Begets Biodiversity: Hiking Grizzly Peak with ecologist Dennis Odion. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Caminata Bilingue: Bilingual hike at Mount Ashland Meadows
Saturday Sept. 2: All are welcome to join Unite Oregon and KS Wild for a collaboration hike. Learn about Mount Ashland’s plants, pollinators and birds on this family-friendly hike. The group will have discussions in Spanish and English. Bring comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, water and snacks. A carpool will leave at 9 a.m. from the Rogue Action Center, 3932 S. Pacific Highway, and at 9:30 a.m. from Get N’ Gear, 340 A St., Ashland. For more information and to sign up, see kswild.org.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at email@example.com.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.