2013 Route Information Below. We anticipate the routes will be similar to these. Please check back closer to the event for the exact routes.
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4,503’ of elevation gain - CLIMBING
This is the route that has it all: rolling hills, stirring vistas, serene country lanes and the breathtaking waterfall views of Silver Falls. Hills divide the farmland on this rich course that is brimming with incredible views.
Due to one large climb, this course is not for the faint at heart, but overall it is not too intense, either. Rather subtle hills will roll all along this course. It's a slow, mellow incline the entire way out of Momouth until you reach the end of the main climbing, just beyond Silver Falls State Park. You'll be treated to a rest stop in the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and plenty of scenic Marion County beauty.
The true climbing comes in as your earn the Silver Falls experience. At mile 34, and for the next 20 miles, you'll be working you way upward. The most intense climbing comes in at mile 40 and lasts about six miles as you work your way to Silver Falls.
After Silver Falls a few more miles of climbing continue, but then it's a delightful downhill slope right through the heart of Silverton, the friendliest town in Oregon. This quaint town, home to The Oregon Garden, is surrounded by quiet roads and expansive beauty. You'll also pass through Pratum, a tiny unincorporated town that was once called Switzerland as it was originally settled by Swiss Mennonites in the late 19th century.
Along the way you'll cross the 62-mile Pudding River, meander along sprawling floral fields, pass century-old farms, contented cows, curious horses and hillsides covered in vineyards.
83mi, 2,939’ of elevation gain - MEDIUM
63mi, 1,936' of elevation gain - MEDIUM
These lovely routes through the heart of the Willamette Valley are a perfect option for riders looking for solid mileage but not a lot of climbing. We call the hills along this course rolling because they undulate constantly but never at too much of a steep rate. With only 2,900 or 1900 feet in elevation gain, you won't be doing much climbing on either of these routes.
What little climbing there is on these routes occur primarily between miles 15 to 20 and again between miles 34 and 42. Just north of Aumsville, the longer route turns east in the direction of Silver Falls State Park, while the 63-mile route continues north.
Along the way you'll be treated to some of Oregon's most expansive quiet rural lanes, past century farms, alongside rushing creeks and streams and through fields that are bursting with vibrant flowers. Views of Waldo Hills and Cascade Range mountains frame the horizon for a scenic ride the entire way.
There are six generous rest stops on the 83-mile route and and four on the 63-mile route.
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50.4mi, 2325’ of elevation gain - MEDIUM
No doubt you earned your riding stripes on Saturday, so Sunday is all about relaxing in the saddle and taking in the calming scenery, without worrying about intense climbs. Today is your day to fully immerse yourself in the Bike MS experience, reflect on the weekend and fall in love with Oregon all over again.
From Willamette University, you'll head south on quiet roads in opens areas with few cars in sight. After a quick rest stop, you'll pass through Sarah Helmick State Park, along the floodplain of the Luckiamute River in an area forested in ancient Douglas fir, grand fir, maple, and ash trees. Your first full rest stop is in the Wilson Wildlife Management area where you might catch sight of mule deer, pheasants and quail. An out-and-back section takes you to Adair Village for a rest stop in the heart of town. Rolling hills and a short climb highlight miles 17 through 21. You’ll then travel along Independence Highway, a flat, shaded route that's perfect for pedaling along at any pace and the home to your second full rest stop. Your third full rest stop at mile 39 is in the unincorporated town of Buena Vista, one of the earliest settlements in Oregon. Buena Vista originally thrived on successful pottery factory that shipped wares all over the country and on abundant hops production, but now the area is considered by some to be a ghost town...though many locals tend to disagree. Enjoy the flat route back to Western Oregon University for the conclusion of your Bike MS experience and a very rewarding weekend.
36.1mi, 1230’ of elevation gain - VERY FLAT
This gorgeous route takes you through rolling farmland on an extremely flat course with only 709 feet of elevation gain. This is a perfect route if you're feeling tired from day one. The flat routes will give you a chance to stretch your legs and gently recover from Saturday's riding. Today is your day to fully immerse yourself in the Bike MS experience, reflect on the weekend and fall in love with Oregon all over again.
amette University for the conclusion of your Bike MS experience and a very rewarding weekend.The route mirrors the 50-mile route with the exception of a southern route. From the rest stop at Adair Village, you’ll continue eastward, bisecting the Independence Highway and joining 50-mile riders as you head back to Monmouth and the finish line.