Lane County is situated at the south end of the Willamette Valley, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the beautiful Cascades mountain range to the east.
A network of rural roads spreads across this paradise, providing a level, almost traffic-free playground for cyclists. On the slopes of the valley’s sides, some of America’s finest pinot grapes are grown in dozens of vineyards, and those slopes provide bicycle riders with exhilarating climbs and descents.
We have designed a collection of routes to suit every fancy; Easy or challenging; scenic or steep – sometimes both.
Contact us at 1-800-637-3110 to book any of these tours for your group of 6 or more.
Tour de Lane Signature “Bike Builders’ Tour (30 miles)
Tour de Lane’s signature ride offers the chance to see the manufacturing facilities and processes of Bike Friday, Co-Motion Cycles and Rolf Prima. We start out through low traffic back roads from our beautiful camp on Fern Lake and travel to Eugene’s extensive Bike Path system, which can be followed through Eugene and Springfield. From the path, we access our area bicycle industry partners, where we are given guided tours of their manufacturing facilities.
Covered Bridge Ride (36 miles)
Oregon’s Covered Bridge Scenic Bikeway is a 36-mile loop with spectacular scenery which begins and ends near Main Street in nearby Cottage Grove. Pedal past six historic covered bridges, including a ride through Mosby Creek Bridge and the Chambers Covered Bridge. Enjoy an added bonus of a view of Wildwood Falls. Riders and guides will be shuttled to/from Cottage Grove from Rally Central at Richardson Park. This ride has limited capacity.
Bike Path Showcase (60 or 70 miles)
The moderate 70-mile Bike Path Showcase starts from our beautiful camp on Fern Lake through low-traffic back roads, on past lightly rolling hills, through farmlands featuring a bison herd, llamas, cows, sheep, horses and many wild birds. At mile 9, we arrive at the Bike Route for Eugene and Springfield. Eugene/Springfield bike paths follow local rivers for roughly 15 miles. When we reach the outskirts of Springfield, we travel north into the foothills, through forest and riverside. Our group rolls back to camp through North Eugene and peaceful farm country, arriving in time for a swim, shower, and refreshing beverage.
Smyth Deep (33 miles)
This ride starts out with a climb, but evens out to allow riders to enjoy the scenery while passing through the peaceful countryside. This ride passes near several of the areas many wineries. Take note and plan to return after your ride to sample some of the country’s finest pinots and award winning wines.
Around the Fern (49.4 miles)
Rally Central is located on Fern Ridge Reservoir, a 12,000 acre reservoir located on the Long Tom River. It is a popular site for boating, fishing and birdwatching, with portions surrounded by the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, a wildlife management area providing a unique habitat for a variety of species including interring waterfowl populations.
Experience rolling hills as well as few steep climbs while travelling around the reservoir and the surrounding area.
Clear to the Coast (96.4 miles)
This ambitious route over lightly traveled roads takes us to the tiny town of Gardiner, just north of Reedsport. The ride actually ends at a location where support vans ferry riders to Winchester Bay to enjoy a taste of the Pacific before heading back to camp.
The ride begins with a jaunt through the town of Elmira, and skirts Veneta on rolling roads. Vaughn Road is flat-but-scenic and a 10 mile warm-up to some solid climbing and screaming descents on Wolf Creek Road. You have a lush forest all to yourself, as few cars travel to the coast via Wolf Creek/South Sister/Smith River Roads. After Wolf Creek, the last big climb is up to Oxbow Pass, starting at about mile 40. From there it is mostly flat-to-downhill as you leisurely make your way west. Great photo ops abound, including Smith River Falls, and 500-year-old, 265-foot Carpenter Fir. There is some chip seal to note, so this ride is for the stout of butt as well as the stout of heart.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a $20 surcharge for the Clear to the Coast ride, in addition to the event registration. This is to help cover the cost of the additional support and shuttle necessary for this route.
Please note, adjustments to the routes may be made due to road work or other factors.
WHAT TO BRING
- Bike shoes
- Bike clothing
- Hydration pack or water bottles
- Weather appropriate clothing for biking