Bicyclists on scenic route

James and Frances Maunder of Eureka, Calif. plan to return and participate in next year's Bike the Rogue event.

Seventy-eight riders from all over Oregon and northern California gathered at Buffington Park in Gold Beach for the 10th annual Bike the Rogue event on Saturday, Sept. 7. Riders could choose from one of four scenic routes offered in the cycling event.

Thirty-eight riders completed the 25-mile route, heading east along the south bank of the Rogue River, crossing Lobster Creek Bridge, and returning to Gold Beach along the north bank of the river. Fourteen cyclists rode the 40-mile route, which also included an 8-mile stretch through ranch land, and 11 miles along the ocean with gorgeous views of sea stacks and sandy beaches. Twenty-one metric century (62.2 miles) cyclists rode an extended version of the 40-mile route, adding an additional 22.5 miles east along the Rogue River.

Four die-hard riders completed the challenging 100-mile route, including Charles Mahaffy of Coos Bay, Ore., who will turn 80 years old in January. The youngest rider this year was 14 years old, and the oldest was 95.

All riders were treated to a warm welcome across the finish line; free beer, provided at cost to the event by locally owned Arch Rock Brewing and a free wood-oven fired pizza, all of which was included as part of each cyclist’s entry fee.

While enjoying their personal pizzas, James and Frances Maunder of Eureka, Calif., said this was the first time they rode in the Gold Beach event. They have participated in many bike rides throughout the United States, and said Bike the Rogue’s metric century route along the Rogue River and the Pacific Ocean is now their favorite of all rides. They plan to return to Gold Beach on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 for the 11th annual Bike the Rogue.

The cycling event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Gold Beach.

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