Aufderheide Highway

Distance: 58 miles one way Elevation gain: 4216 ft This is one of the Oregon rides that is expertly covered in Jim Moore’s 75 Classic Rides Oregon (see the “Oregon” section in Rides by Region). Oakridge is an amazing place to ride.  First, it’s a sweet little town with cheap and charming motels and nice restaurants that’s all […]

Brice Creek Road

Distance: 52 miles out and back Elevation gain: 6490 ft A longer version of this ride is expertly covered in Jim Moore’s 75 Classic Rides Oregon (see the “Oregon” section in Rides by Region). The Dorena Lake/Cottage Grove area is one of the richest troves of cycling roads in Oregon.  You could spend a couple of weeks here […]

McKenzie Pass

Distance: 44 miles out and back Elevation gain: 4100 ft (A Best of the Best ride) This is one of the Oregon rides that is expertly covered in Jim Moore’s 75 Classic Rides Oregon (see the “Oregon” section in Rides by Region). This ride is the greatest climb and descent in Oregon.  ‘Nuff said.  And in addition, you […]

Eagle’s Rest Road

Distance: 29-mile lollipop Elevation gain: 3160 ft 5/17 note: My Oregon friends tell me that this route is not what it once was.  It has undergone major logging activity and serious damage to the road surface from winter storms and other things, and as a result has lost a lot of its appeal.  At the moment […]

Rides By Region

Where’s Washington? Readers often ask me why Bestrides doesn’t cover Washington state.  The answer is, I don’t think the riding is good enough.   I’ve done a fair amount of riding there, and it’s often nice, but it can’t match the two states below it.  Sorry, Washingtonians. I know of five Washington rides that are worth […]

Best of the Best

OK.  All the rides in this blog are great.  But I know—you want to know which ones are the really great ones.   Here are Letterman lists of the best rides overall, the best descents, the steepest climbs, and so on: BEST RIDES OVERALL (roughly north to south) McKenzie Pass Crater Lake Tour de Fronds Dead […]