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GOLD BEACH — The seventh annual Bike the Rogue event will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at Buffington Park in Gold Beach. The event features three different rides through spectacular scenery on low-traffic roads: 25 miles/1,100 vertical feet ($30.00); 40 miles/2,000 vertical feet ($40.00); and 100 km/62.5 miles/4,000 vertical feet ($50.00). All three routes follow the banks of the Rogue River and cross two bridges in this wild and remote southwestern corner of Oregon. Both the 40 mile and the 100 km rides finish along the ocean, with panoramic views of beaches, sea stacks, and rugged coastline.

Each rider’s entrance fee includes a free ticket ($15 value) to the Gold Beach Brew Fest, which takes place the same day as BIKE THE ROGUE. The Brew Fest offers a wide selection of microbrews from all over Oregon, and musicians performing on two stages until 10:00 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach, assisted by community volunteers, provides a continental breakfast of toasted English muffins, bagels, peanut butter, cream cheese, fruit, and coffee at the start of the event for all registered riders, and generous, well-stocked rest stations every 7-15 miles along the route. At the end of the ride, each cyclist is treated to a root-beer float. Bathrooms (with flush toilets and sinks!) are available in Buffington Park at the start and finish of the event, as well as at the 11 mile point, 32 mile point, and 51 mile point.

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach sponsors Bike the Rogue, in collaboration with the Gold Beach Brew Fest, which waives 50 percent of the ticket price to Bike the Rogue. South Coast Bicycles in Bandon, Oregon, provides a sag wagon stocked with spare parts and a mechanic to assist with any mechanical problems, and the City of Gold Beach donates the reusable goody bags to the event. Bike the Rogue also welcomes a new sponsor this year, Century 21 Agate Realty.

Registration for Bike the Rogue starts at 7 a.m. in Buffington Park. The entrance to the park is 3 blocks east of Highway 101 on Gauntlet Street in Gold Beach. Anyone preregistering with a postmark before Sept. 1 receives $5 off the entry fee, per rider. Registration and waiver forms are available at the Bike the Rogue website: http://goldbeachrotary.com/service-projects/local-projects/bike-the-rogue, or Google “Bike the Rogue Gold Beach.”

This is a “safety first” event, and bicycle helmets are required.

For additional information about Bike the Rogue, visit the Bike the Rogue website or email biketherogue@gmail.com.

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