Biking events are great. They pull together a community and celebrate one of the most efficient methods of transportation mankind has found. One of the bigger ones in the Pacific Northwest has folks excited because the Cycle Oregon route has just been announced:
Cycle Oregon announced at its annual Kickoff Party today the Week Ride and Weekend Ride routes for its annual bicycle tours of Oregon's back roads and small communities: the mythical "State of Jefferson" for the 22nd version of the longer tour, and the area surrounding Monmouth for the weekend event.
In a multimedia presentation before more than 1,000 people at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus outside Portland, ride founder Jonathan Nicholas announced the routes, along with the recipient of the Cycle Oregon Fund's $50,000 Signature Grant for 2009 - Oregon's Department of Parks and Recreation, for their continuing efforts to create an official network of State Scenic Bikeways.