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Cycle Oregon: Cross Training At The Coast

by Matt Zaffino

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Posted on August 4, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:36 PM

I know it's been a long time since I updated the ol' blog, but it's been a while since I've done anything blog and training worthy. There was the trip to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June. A totally fantastic and fun endeavor, but I wasn't exactly logging any miles as KINK FM 102s Music Director Dean Kattari and I produced radio reports. Then there was the American Meteorological Society Conference in Denver, also in June. I did some solid runs in that fair city, but pretty standard out of town stuff. After that, a family reunion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Some great beach runs, a few rounds of golf and some humbling but exciting kite-boarding lessons. But no supporting pics for the kite-boarding and I wouldn't bore you with pictures of me running, even if I had them. So, that brings us to this past weekend and the weekend version of Cycle Oregon.

The Tent City at Fort Stevens State Park, Home Sweet Home on 2008 Weekend Cycle Oregon. If you do the ride, and I HIGHLY recommend it, try to avoid getting a snoring neighbor. TentCity.jpg

The campground is adjacent to Young's Bay. It's fun watching the marine commerce ply the briny froth.

Some of the new friends I made at Cycle Oregon. From the left, it's Chris, Paul and Rebecca from Portland and Diane from North Carolina. We logged 55 miles Saturday and 65 miles Sunday. Now that's some solid cross-training for the Mt Baker climb next weekend!

This is what the tent city looks like at night. Riders crash early. It's a ghost town by 10 pm. NightTents.jpg

But a late night game of UNO broke out Saturday night. That's right, we rock hard before we roll on Cycle Oregon. Uno.JPG

Below you see Jay Graves, owner of Portland's Bike Gallery bike stores, Cycle Oregon Board Member, bike mechanic and all-around great guy. But that's not enough for the Cycle Oregon volunteers on the left. Jay, it turns out, did not have the official Cycle Oregon wrist band. No wrist band, no food. No exceptions. Jay was reduced to bartering cool bike pins, green in his right hand, orange in his left hand, for food. Cycle Oregon has terrific (and VERY thorough) volunteers!


The Leneve family takes a break from riding. Leneves.jpg

The band "Code 4" entertains riders at lunch. Cycle Oregon does a great job lining up musical entertainment at night and at lunch. The band "Brothers Jam" had riders dancing Saturday night. LunchBand.jpg

Yours truly at Cape Disappointment, WA, Sunday's turn around point on the 65 mile ride. Cycle Oregon was anything but a disappointment. Hopefully the Mt Baker climb next weekend will be the same. mz.jpg

I'll have a blog update for you next week on the Mt Baker climb, and thanks again to everyone who supported me in fund-raising for The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer.

Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino