Photos displayed here are courtesy of Muuqui Maxwell.
SAVE THE DATE July 22, 2017
A Successful First Event!
The inaugural Up & Down on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway on July 23 was a resounding success. Eighty riders from the Northwest departed early on a beautiful, cool morning for the not for the faint-hearted climb up the Greensprings. Water, cokes, energy bars and encouragement met everyone at milepost 8, with still about four miles left to the summit. Drop-dead gorgeous views both below and above, no rush, courteous drivers and a job well-done made the effort well worth the torture.
The cold spring water and shade at Tub Springs State Park was accompanied by a breakfast of eggs, potatoes, fruit, and pb&j which rejuvenated riders for the still-to-come climbing. The next rest stop at Howard Prairie Resort found a rest stop volunteer taking photos of cyclists with the lake as the backdrop. Oh, don’t forget the trail putty (recipe on our facebook page). And finally the seemingly unending (3-mile) 4% climb to the Dead Indian Memorial summit ended with relief and a water stop in anticipation of the incredible 13-mile descent back down the mountain.
Riders were welcomed back to Emigrant Lake with a beer and delicious pulled pork, chicken or jackfruit, bakes beans, cole slaw and carrot cake. The pavilion was full of happy Up & Downers for most of the afternoon, as they compared stories, plotted to redeem coupons included in their pick-up bags, and planned to return next year. “Don’t change a thing,” is the comment heard most often, as well as raves for scenery and the friendly volunteers.
We’re especially appreciative of the many local sponsors who supported the Up & Down, and donated items from coffee to discounted hotel rooms, groceries to web design, photography to cash. They made it possible to present a unique and first-class bicycle ride in Southern Oregon. Thank you!
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THE UP & DOWN is a new bike ride with lots to offer in the way of challenge, scenery, support and food. Come join us in our 2017 ride on The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, the first such designated route in Southern Oregon.
The ride is a total of 51 miles with 5100 feet of climbing on narrow, winding, low-traffic roads through spectacular oak savannah, across a shady plateau, and finally a dramatic, long descent with unparalleled views of the Bear Creek Valley and Ashland.
The start and finish is at EMIGRANT LAKE , a rambling, shady park overlooking a large recreational lake, even sporting a water slide for the playful among us. We will host a scrumptious bar-b-q lunch, locally crafted beer, music and the camaraderie of fellow riders.