Oregon is known for its active cycling community, and Mt. Hood Territory is at the forefront of that movement with events like the annual Pioneer Century Ride.
The popular event, taking place Saturday, June 2 this year, brings cyclists from around the state and beyond to ride through the rural areas of Mt. Hood Territory and honor the cultural heritage of the region that was among the first areas settled by pioneers who traveled here on the Oregon Trail.
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Don't let the "century" in the name dissuade you if you're a newer rider as there's actually six different course options that make this event perfect for cyclists of all skill levels. The 8-mile Frontier Family route is designed with groups including kids in mind. The 34-mile Elliott Prairie ride boasts all the rural beauty without the tough elevation climbs of some of the longer routes. The 100-mile Heritage route is the classic ride granting more than 4,300 feet of elevation gain on a course that rises and falls with the land. True power riders may want to tackle the 104-mile Heritage Plus that includes an additional 500 feet of climbing by including the Sawtell Pass Loop. All courses start at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby, and include the communities of Champoeg and Molalla as well. Happening that same weekend at the Event Center is the annual Canby Wine Food and Brew event. Once you've completed your amazing ride, head on over there to enjoy some of the best wine, beers and food area vendors have to offer. Admission is only $5.
For a full schedule of the courses and registration for the Pioneer Century ride, visit the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club website. If you want to come ahead of time and practice, or stay the night, checkout some nearby lodging options.