Cycle Columbia County and NW Natural 4th annual Columbia Century Challenge is set for June 15.
This event includes two course options, the Century, at 98 miles, and the Metric Century, at 61 miles.
“For the past four years, Cycle Columbia County (who puts on the event) has worked very hard to organize a ride the residents of Columbia County could be proud of," Columbia Century Challenge Event Organizer Paul Barlow said. "Our goal has always been to bring awareness of what our beautiful Columbia County has to offer as far as cycling routes, shopping, dining, and various entertainment."
Cycle Columbia County, made up of a team of local cycling enthusiasts and community members, brought the idea of a century bicycle event to life in 2016, according to Barlow, who said the event is now a proven success, earning #2 Best Ride in Oregon in 2016 and #5 Best Ride in 2018 in the ORbike poll.
“We are humbled and proud to have competed with dozens of top cycling events on the calendar to earn that award,” Barlow said.
Barlow said that Columbia County features great, bicycle-friendly back roads, from rolling roads through the old timberlands to farm roads through the open fields and pastures along the Columbia River.
"It is the perfect backdrop for a fun and epic bike ride that has become an instant cycling classic, he said. "The routes are fun and challenging even for the toughest of cyclists."
This year’s ride will begin at Clatskanie Park.
Barlow said the event team is committed to ensuring a positive rider experience from start to finish. Riders can expect a well-marked route, stocked aid stations/rest stops approximately every 20 miles, free mechanical support, SAG wagon, and communications support, free off-street parking near the start/finish, with friendly volunteers.
Cost of registration is – June 14 $55 per rider; June 15 day of event $65 per rider.
Registration is open, and interested riders can visit www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com.