We have “successfully” completed two days as participants in the Cycle Oregon 2022 Classic and though we have by know means figured things out, we have a grasp of the routine. I figured it might be interesting for you to spend “ a day in the life” of a Cycle Oregon rider. Besides, I need material so what the heck and if you don’t like it, I’ll give you your money back.
Prepping for the day….
For me the day starts at about 4 am. Why 4 am? Because that’s when I wake up and can not get back to sleep. May be because we go to bed early or maybe thinking of the day that lies ahead but regardless, its a looong hour or so until people start moving around and the support vehicle generators start up, then it’s go time!
To start the morning, most people just grab their tooth brush and head to the community sinks but for me I need to grab my entire toilets bag. Toothbrush, contacts and solution and my medicines. It’s a thing. We come back and get the gear on and head to breakfast. Today was a special day as we all wore our Aloha Bike Club jerseys. Spoiler Alert!! You might see a picture of us in them later.
Next we pack up camp. Though it’s not a race, no one wants to be the person holding everyone up so packing up goes fast. Though I’m improving, I’m usually last. Last when we ride, last when we pack, but I’m first at the beer line.
Haul the gear to the truck (you can pay a local kid do it), fill your water bottle, pump up your tires and visit the porta potty one more time and we are FINALLY on the road.
There are a few different choices of rides each day depending on skill level. How hard you want to work is probably more accurate. Some say it’s the easy or hard route. I like to think of it as “primary” or “extended” because I take the primary and nothing is easy for me. Todays ride was 60 miles with 3000 feet of climb much of it along the John Day River. Absolutely gorgeous.