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2017 Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour

Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour

August 12 2018
Albany, Oregon, USA

Join the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club (MVBC) for its 38th annual Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour starting from the Linn County Fairgrounds just off of I-5 in Albany, Oregon. Explore the rural roads and depending on the route, cross up to five historic covered bridges in the Mid-Willamette Valley. You'll experience scenic views, open fields, rolling hills and only a few traffic lights. You will be glad to know a large portion of your entry fee goes to support Albany and Corvallis Bicycle Education programs.

The Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour has a route for everyone; flatlanders wanting to relax with friends, mountain goats needing to hammer out every mile possible, and everybody in between:

The 40 mile Family Tour includes two covered bridges, is mostly flat and breezy, and snacks provided. (family tour map link)
The 68 mile Metric Century+ includes four covered bridges with one steep hill and plenty of rollers that add up to 1900 feet of climbing. (long routes map link)
The 85 mile Almost a Century includes five covered bridges with 2600 feet of climbing on steep hills and rollers. (long routes map link)
The 101 mile Full Century includes five covered bridges with 3500 feet of climbing over steep and sustained hills. (long routesmap link, Full Century elevation profile link)

The MVBC will spoil you with our hospitality, well stocked rest stops, and top shelf SAG support. Linn County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will provide continuous, on course communications. On the longer routes you wi’ll also get a real lunch to keep you fueled. And a root beer float at the finish until 5PM! Bring your friends and enjoy a fine August day on your bike in the Willamette Valley with the MVBC as your host.

Bring a CPSC, ANSI or Snell approved helmet, spare inner tube(s), patch kit, frame pump, and tools for minor repairs, two water bottles, rain clothes for showers, and sunscreen. But leave the music players and ear buds at home. Riders using these will be asked to remove them.

Per State of Oregon Vehicle Code cyclists must ride single file when motorists approach. This rule will be enforced. Riders refusing to comply will be asked to leave the event. Please obey all applicable laws, and ride in a safe and courteous manner. Watch for slower riders and warn others when passing. Do NOT pass on the right. A parent or guardian must accompany riders under the age of 18. Tour staff have the authority to disqualify any unsafe rider from the tour.

2017 Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour


Routes: 40, 68, 85, 101 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Course opens at 7:00AM, last bike out at 9:00AM. Course will be cleared by 5:00PM. If you are planning to ride the century please depart no later than 8:00AM.


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Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Feed / Aid Stations
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, Oregon
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Aug 12 2018 - EVENT: Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour