In it’s 10th edition, the Tour des Chutes is broadening its appeal. As in years past, its a bike tour that allows a rider to pick a distance: 7, 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles. It is still a benefit for St. Charles Cancer Center survivorship programs, though they’ve expanded to include the Pediatric Foundation. It’s a newer non-profit in Bend that provides financial support to families who travel for treatments with a child.

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Via email, TdC Executive Director Leslie Cogswell said she was under guidance from her governing board to expand the event. “They want[ed] it to impact more people, the community of Central Oregon and cancer survivors. They want[ed] to raise more funds for our local programs.”

Cogswell goes on to say,

I didn’t want to expand the ride to include more riders. As we heard last week from the people that have been around TdC for years they like TdC for what it is….a pretty intimate group of participants who believe in the purpose of the ride.

Around that time, Johanna Olson, a friend of Gary Bonacker, TdC founder and brain tumor survivor, passed away from cancer at the age of 34. Up to that point, she was a cancer survivor of 15 years who all the while maintained her vitality by running, twice qualifying for the Olympic marathon trials. She’d meet Bonacker through his outreach with the DEFEAT Cancer program at St. Charles.

Cogswell writes,

“I knew Johanna and love her spirit. One day out running I thought why don’t we include a run in the spirit of Johanna…”

For the first time, TdC will include a 5k non-competitive run will all proceeds going to the Pediatric Foundation.

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The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks nominations for deserving individuals, businesses, and agencies to be recipients of its annual Big Chainring awards. Since 1996, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution towards the following:

  • Improving bicycling and walking conditions in Deschutes County
  • Encouraging children or adults to walk and ride their bikes
  • Making Deschutes County communities healthier and happier

Nomination categories include Public Agency, Nonprofit Organization, Individual, Special Project, Commercial Business, Advocacy/Group, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Peter Hanson Memorial Award.

The Committee includes the Peter Hanson Memorial Award for individuals in the community who have provided outstanding voluntary contributions. Peter was a Committee member that lost his battle with cancer in 2005. His volunteer contributions are in many trail building, environmental and outdoor enthusiast projects throughout our communities.

The awards will be presented during a Deschutes County Board of Commissioners business meeting on Monday, June 23.

2013 winners included Andy Barram – “Peter Hanson Memorial Award”, Rick Root (City of Bend) – “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Ken Cardwell, City of Sisters (Paul Bertagna), Bicycle Re-Source of Bend (Jeff Schuler), West Bend Property Company, and Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (Katie Hammer and Board of Directors).

Download the nomination form here and submit your nominee by April 28th to Cynthia Smidt.

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Lately, I have had my heart set on rigging up for distance rides and eventually overnighters. With this in mind, needing plenty of room to haul a light touring set up, I acquired a second saddle bag from Gear Fix. The first was purchased a while back from Gear Peddler. Utilizing second-hand gear is a favorite product testing tool of mine for three reasons. [click to continue…]

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Insulting injury, a lonely tire | photo from theatlanticcities.com

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04.17.2014

Here are a few bite sized stories: From the Oregonian a cycling news roundup. Bicycle retailers see sluggish sales trend. From Cyclelicious: Charles Dickens’ definition of bicycling. The next world epidemic: Bikepacking. Maybe no one wants to be cured. In Delaware “Share The Road” is gone. Read why. Spring is in the air. Student cyclists […]

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Here are a few bite sized stories: Videos: six new bike gadgets from the Oregonian. Here’s one of them. Exploratory study shows bike related kidney and genital injuries. Raleigh donates 50 bikes to Trips for Kids North American program. Article on seeing Paris by bike. A cinema powered by bicycle allows film to be seen […]

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It is that time of year again cycling comrades! Though the icy flakes crusting the pavement would suggest otherwise, its time to roll out your trusty two wheeled steed and start your fare weather bicycling. No more excuses, spring will be here tomorrow; NOAA says so. Due to a recent housing move 7 miles from […]

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04.01.2014

Here are a few bite sized stories: Gorgena Terry (founder of Terry Bikes) to be keynote speaker at Women Business Owners Network conference. In Taipei has the bicycle sharing program caused a shut down of local bike shops? Used bicycles contribute $2.4 Billion to U.S. economy. Win a Brompton in free online contest. Slide show […]

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