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Blackberry Jamboree & bRamble Weekend

Blackberry Bike Jamboree, Saturday, July 31st, 2010 and Blackberry bRamble, SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2010
This year we’re tying the Blackberry Jamboree ride and the sixth annual Bike Day into one extravaganza- The Blackberry Bike Jamboree


The Blackberry bRamble is a premier ride in the Northwest. Each year more cyclists enjoy a beautiful ride with lots of good food.

The rides go South through the University of Oregon campus. You climb slowly out of the Willamette Valley with a scenic view of Eugene below and then pass into the farms and vineyards of the Lorane Valley. Sixteen miles into the ride, the Wolf Creek Century riders will leave the metric riders and head to the small town of Lorane for their first rest stop. From Lorane they follow lightly traveled roads along the Siuslaw River under a full forest canopy. Wolf creek is a strenuous climb followed by an exciting descent.

Near the rest stop in Crow the 100 mile riders rejoin the metric and Coyote riders who have been enjoying rolling countryside and not the strains of Wolf Creek. After the Crow food stop, the two centuries join to travel up Vaughn Road and Poodle Creek Road. The ride continues through forest and hills to the third rest stop at Fern Ridge Reservoir. The last 23 miles is a flat ride in the Willamette Valley, usually with a tail wind to help the tired. The third ride returns to Eugene along Coyote Creek. The rides end at EWEB’s Plaza with a delicious Blackberry pie and ice cream treat while you socialize with other riders. If you want to get cleaned up after your ride, go to the Eugene YMCA at 2055 Patterson St. in south Eugene; just $3 for hot showers and a towel.

The ride starts at 11 a.m. and is a 10-15 mile family-friendly loop through the neighborhoods of Eugene with stops planned at parks along the route. Cost is $5 for an individual or $10 for the whole family. Everyone who rides get blackberry pie and ice cream!

The Jamboree celebration will take place from Noon to 6 p.m. and will include music, entertainment, demos, vendor booths, local bike builders, food, community group booths, bike rodeo, competitions, bike safety checks from local shops, and all types of celebration of Eugene’s Bikulturalism! Stay tuned for more information!

A big ride with 3 distance options – a full century, a metric century or the 43-mile route in the beautiful coastal range southwest of Eugene. Rest stops with food, water, mechanics on site, SAG wagon support on all routes, and more. A special blackberry pie & ice cream treat at the end of the ride. Registration is $25 for early registrants, $30 until pre-registration closes and $35 for day-of-event registrants for each of these rides. GEARs Members get a $10 discount on these rides. Click here, Join the club, get the discounted entry here and enjoy all the Rewards Programdiscounts that are available to GEARs members.

Full 100-mi. Century Starts 7-9 AM, Metric Century and 43 Miler Starts 8-10 AM. All routes will close at 4:00 PM.

Presented by GEARs Education and sponsored by many community businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the rides will be used for the bicycle education program in local schools conducted by GEARs Education and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

For more information, check out their official ink at:

disclosure: I'm not affiliated with GEARS, except as a regular mostly-absent member, but their annual ride is pretty stellar. Touring the wine country in this region is fantastic (and it's my backyard riding playground!).
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