OAKRIDGE, Oregon — Mountain Bike Oregon kicked off its ninth year on Friday.
Cyclists come from all over the world for the three-day premiere biking event and local businesses prepare in advance. About 350 cyclists are camping out in Oakridge this weekend, some from as far away as England.
Randy Dreiling, one of the event’s promoters and the executive director of the Oakridge Chamber of Commerce, says the event generates about a million dollars for local businesses. He also says that while most attendees are here to bike, they learn more about what the town has to offer and that its trails and recreation are its best-kept secret. Local business manager Rebecca Chamberlain agrees.
“This is the best fishing spots, the high lakes, I mean, there’s so many,” says Chamberlain. “This is amazing hunting grounds. If you ride a bike or ride a motorized bike, you can do absolutely anything.”
Chamberlain says her business, Brewers Union Kitchen, prepares in advance for the influx of riders and vendors who come to the area. The event is catered, so she says the pub doesn’t see many cyclists until Sunday.
Mountain Bike Oregon will be held again on the third weekend of August.