After 488 miles and a loop around Southern Oregon, the 25th Cycle Oregon ride wraps up today in Bly, Oregon. Each year, more than 2,000 cyclists spend seven days biking through a different part of the state. The ride this year was designed to be especially challenging to commemorate the silver anniversary, and riders were faced with 70 plus miles of riding combined with 6% ascents and descents each day.
Cycle Oregon donates a portion of the funds generated from the ride to projects and grants in small communities across Oregon. On Friday night, Cycle Oregon founder Jonathan Nicholas announced the largest grant yet: $100,000 to jumpstart the "Salmonberry Project,"-- a paved trail that would connect Portland and the Oregon Coast through the Tillamook Forest.