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Cycle Oregon adds 'upscale' five-day bike tour

Cycle Oregon has added a third ride to its lineup of annual bike tours, according to a press release issued today.

The new ride, called CO3, is a small, "upscale" tour that will be limited to 30 riders.

CO3 will feature "more luxurious amenities than other Cycle Oregon events, including farm-to-table meals and deluxe lodging," the release said.

Participants will choose a project that Cycle Oregon will help support via $30,000 generated by CO3 proceeds.

The inaugural CO3 ride will be June 19-24, through Enterprise, Halfway and Baker City, as well as Walla Walla and Waitsburg, Wash. It will cover 330 miles and 24,000 feet of climbing. Highlights will include the Rattlesnake Grade, the grueling up-and-over from Enterprise to Halfway, and the ascent to Anthony Lakes ski area.

The 27th edition of the Cycle Oregon Week Ride from Sept.6-13 will begin and end in The Dalles and go through Glenwood, Wash., Dufur, Tygh Valley and Madras. Mileage options range from 402 to 489 for the week, with 30,000 and 35,000 of climbing.

The Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride, from July 11-13, is geared toward riders of all ages and skill levels. It will take place at Linfield College in McMinnville. Routes on each of the two riding days range from just over 10 miles to as many as 83 miles.

The cost for the Week Ride is $925, which includes support, camping and meals. The Weekend Ride costs $180 for adults or $80 for children younger than 18. There is no charge for participants age 6 or younger.

The CO3 event will cost $3,000, the release said.

For details, see https://register.cycleoregon.com or www.cycleoregon.com