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PORTLAND -- Cycle Oregon has released its Week and Weekend ride route plans for 2012.

The 25th Anniversary edition of the Week Ride will celebrate the event s heritage, showcasing small and medium-sized towns as well as stunning scenery. It will go from Sept. 8-14, starting and ending in the tiny outpost of Bly, in south-central Oregon.

Along the way riders will experience a wide variety of wide-open spaces, the majestic beauty of Crater Lake and the sophisticated small city of Ashland, site of the ride s layover day. Besides Bly, the route includes overnight stays in Silver Lake, Fort Klamath, Prospect, Ashland and Klamath Falls.

The 2012 Weekend Ride will feature multiple route options and lengths. Day One s route heads west, with loops of different lengths encompassing Philomath, the Coast Range foothills, Alsea Falls and the tiny towns of Alsea and Bellfountain. Day Two ventures east into the broad valley, along the Willamette River and with a stop in historic Brownsville.

Cycle Oregon was founded in 1988 to boost bicycle tourism and provide financial support for Oregon s small rural communities. Each year the Cycle Oregon Fund supplies grants to support bicycling in Oregon as well as the communities through which it rides. The fund, with more than $1 million in assets, typically donates more than $100,000 annually to projects around the state.

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