We live in an amazing place for bicycling. The geography and scenery are incredible, especially when accommodating a wide variety of riders. The flats of town and the long valleys make it fun and exhilarating for the new riders, but the hills in the distance add a great depth for super fit more experienced riders.
Our local bike rider’s organization, the Greater Eugene Area Riders, has developed a long list of rides that leave from town and are rated for difficulty, include maps and cue sheets and go off in every direction. Take a look at their site and then join the club if you like what they’re doing. Eugene Area Rides – Developed and managed by GEARs
Local Recreational Road Rides designed by Paul
Also, you are welcome to download the following local ride maps with directions developed by the Paul’s staff. We plan to add one for each month of the year. I began by putting one up for January. I will continue to post one ride maps for the next few months until I have a ride up for every month of the year. Of course, if you decide to do the January ride in July – we’ll never know. Feel free to print whichever map appeals to you in any month you please. The first map shows the riverfront trail and a couple of important important bike routes on streets (Alder St. and 15th Av). All future ride maps will begin and end on the Riverfront Bike Path or on Alder or 15th Av. bike routes. Also, the first map is very useful for newcomers to Eugene. Aside from showing these three critical bike facilities, some important practical destinations are marked on the map, e.g., nearby natural food stores, bicycle shops, urgent care, etc. And, after all, how many times have you suggested to a newcomer or visitor to Eugene that they take a ride on the Riverfront trail?
Riverfront Trail ….. Length of ride – Approx. 13 miles Altitude gain – approx zero ft. Rating - easy
McKenzie View Ride …. Length of ride – approx. 24 miles Altitude gain – approx 500 ft.
Rating – moderate
August Ride – Pancakes on August 12th
Lorraine Highway to Gimple Hill and back by Amazon bike path. Altitude gain about 900 feet.
Rating: a little difficult, but very difficult
Have visitors -send them off on the scenic Riverfront ride. This map shows shopping centers and bridge crossings so that they can tailor the length and purpose of the ride to suit. About 13 miles max, and easy.