Brendan Yu
Curry Coastal Pilot

The eighth Annual “Bike the Rogue” road bicycling event, which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, Sept. 9, has been canceled by organizers Gold Beach Rotary, who cited “excessive smoke” from the Chetco Bar Fire south of Gold Beach.

The event offered riders three different courses of varying lengths (25 miles, 40 miles and 62.5 miles), but all routes would have taken riders into areas of heavy smoke.

According to Bryan Grummons, the chairman of the “Bike the Rogue Committee,” the decision to cancel the event was made last week.

“There’s a storm coming in Wednesday and Thursday, and it looked this entire weekend we’re going to have a south wind, and the smoke is just terrible,” said Grummons, who explained the south winds would have exacerbated the already terrible air quality. “There’s no sense in having bikers come out and physically exert themselves in such hazardous conditions.

Currently there are no plans to reschedule the event for a later date this year.

“We’re just going to have to do it again next year,” Grummons said. “It looks like it’s going to be Sept. 8. Because the fire’s not going to go out this weekend, and it might be until December until it gets put out.”