We are proud to have achieved recognition in Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business program! We’ve demonstrated our commitment to serving visitors who ride bikes and to providing specific amenities they may need. If you are a cyclist you will love riding in and around Ashland. There is a large selection of bike shops for new and used bikes, rentals and supplies near the hotel. Ashland’s passionate cycling culture welcomes you with a dynamic variety of trails and resources for mountain bikers, trail riders, road riders, families and adventure cyclists. From the paved Bear Creek Greenway to the newly designated Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway that climbs over 5,000’ in elevation and the trails in the Ashland Watershed, Ashland welcomes riders of all ages. There are many cycling events to take part in. The Spring Thaw is one of Oregon’s largest mountain bike events that takes place every May here in Ashland. In addition, the Up and Down Ashland bike ride is an annual event that showcases the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway each July.
The Bear Creek Greenway begins very near the hotel and offers twenty-six miles of continuous paved trail path between Ashland and Central Point. For the serious cyclist, there’s the famous “Lakes Loop” (that can be started from the hotel), 50 miles and 5000 feet of cumulative climbing up Hwy 66 and the descent down Dead Indian Memorial Road. Obviously, the loop can be done in either direction but the most popular direction is counter-clockwise.
There are also a wealth of low traffic roads that wind in (and out and up and down) throughout the Ashland area, making Ashland a great place to start and end your road rides. The Siskiyou Velo Club is the largest and most active bicycling club in Southern Oregon. Club activities include year-round organized group rides for road riders at various speeds and distances. Ashland is also home to the United Bicycle Institute, the biking industry’s leading technical school in bicycle mechanics, certification and frame building. (information via www.ashlandchamber.com)