Rides

Come ride with us!

The Mid-Valley Bicycle Club hosts a wide variety of rides throughout the year. We ride rain or shine, and everyone is welcome to join! Below, you will find our weekly ride schedule and descriptions of our weekly rides, our Gravel and Remote Start ride series, and annual rides, as well as links to our Route library and regional bicycle maps. You may subscribe to MVBC-Announce to receive updates on our rides. Everyone should review our Ride Policies. If you are not a club member and  want to try one of our rides, please complete the Liability Waiver Agreement

Weekly ride schedule

Upcoming rides are listed below. You may also view a version optimized for smartphones. All past and future rides are listed on the Complete Weekly Ride Schedule

Weekly rides

Saturday - Moderate/Fast Ride

When:               Saturdays, year-round (extreme weather cancels)

Where:              Osborn Aquatic Center, or otherwise noted in the ride announcement

Time(s):           8:00 AM – June 1 through September 30

                             9:00 AM – October 1 through May 31

Pace:                  15-18 mph average speed (as high as 22 mph)

Distance:          35 – 70 miles 

Mandatory:     A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:                  Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone and the downloaded route.

E-bikes:            See MVBC Ride Policies

Questions?       Contact ride-info@mvbc.com

 

Join us for a friendly, moderate- to fast-paced ride on paved roads exploring scenic club routes surrounding Corvallis in the Willamette Valley. The group makes infrequent, brief stops and will stop/assist as needed for mechanical issues. Riders should possess good group riding skills and have confidence with hill climbing. Ride participants should download the route from the club’s route library or the link in the ride announcement.


For up-to-date information on the weekly Moderate/Fast Ride, kindly join MVBC and subscribe to the MVBC-Announce email list.  


Hope to see you on our next ride!

Saturday - The Tenners Social Ride

When:         Saturdays, year-round (extreme weather cancels)

Where:        Osborn Aquatic Center, or otherwise noted in the ride announcement

Time(s):      9:00 AM – June 1 through September 30

10:00 AM – October 1 through May 31

Pace: 12-15 mph average speed (as high as 18 mph)

Distance:   30 – 60 miles

Mandatory: A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:           Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone and the downloaded route.

E-bikes: See MVBC Ride Policies

Questions? Contact ride-info@mvbc.com


If you’re looking for a fun group ride to meet new people and gain fitness, look no further! This is a no-drop, social ride on paved roads exploring favorite club routes in the beautiful Willamette Valley. The group incorporates several regroups to keep everyone together and will stop/assist as needed for mechanical woes. Riders should possess good group riding skills and download the route from the club’s route library or the link in the ride announcement.


For up-to-date information on the weekly Tenner’s Ride, kindly join MVBC and subscribe to the MVBC-Announce email list.  


Come give us a test ride!

Sunday Gravel Ride

For 2024, we are scheduling gravel rides on selected Sundays from April through October (see Ride Schedule). These rides are part of our Gravel Ride Series, most of which are scheduled on Sundays.

When:................Selected Sundays from April through October (see Ride Schedule)

Where:...............Varies – generally, within 20 to 40 minutes from Corvallis

Time:..................10:00 AM 

Pace:...................10-14 mph average speed

Distance:...........20 – 40 miles, +1000-2500’ of climbing

Mandatory:.......A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:...................Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone, navigational tools and the downloaded route.

E-bikes:.............See the MVBC Ride Policies

.............................OSU Research Forests and Starker Forests prohibit e-bikes.

.............................The Siuslaw National Forest prohibits e-bikes on non-motorized trails.

Questions?.........Contact ride-info@mvbc.com


Each ride features two different speed groups, “party pace” (for riders who enjoy taking their time) and “all business” (for riders with a need for speed). Each group will have a dedicated ride leader. 


All gravel rides are no-drop. Riders should have good hill climbing ability and navigation skills. Participants should download the route from the Ride Schedule or the announcement from the MVBC-Announce email list.  For up-to-date information on the monthly Sunday Gravel Ride, kindly join MVBC and subscribe to the MVBC-Announce email list.  


Don’t you think it’s time to get your gravel bike dirty? Join the fun!

Wednesday Road Ride

When:         Wednesdays, year-round (extreme weather cancels)

Where:        Osborn Aquatic Center, or otherwise noted in the ride announcement

Time(s): 8:00 AM – June 1 through September 30

9:00 AM – October 1 through May 31

Pace: 12-15 mph average speed (as high as 18 mph)

Distance:     45 – 60 miles

Mandatory: A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:           Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone and the downloaded route.

E-bikes: See MVBC Ride Policies

Questions? Contact ride-info@mvbc.com

 

Our Wednesday club gathering is a casual, moderate-paced ride on paved roads, highlighting favorite club routes. This friendly group often makes a mid-ride stop at a predetermined location for coffee, a snack (pastries!) or lunch. The group will stop to assist as needed for mechanical issues. Riders should possess good group riding skills and a general comfort level for hill climbing. Ride participants should download the route from the club’s route library or the link in the ride announcement.


For up-to-date information on the weekly Wednesday Road Ride, kindly join MVBC and subscribe to the MVBC-Announce email list.  


Join us for spin, and a pastry!

Wednesday Night Gravel Ride

When:         Wednesday Evenings, year-round (extreme weather cancels)

Where:        Osborn Aquatic Center

Time:          6:00 PM

Pace:           10-12 mph average speed

Distance: 20 miles, +2000’ climbing, 2 hours

Sample route: McDonald Forest Loop

Mandatory: A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:           Lights, flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone and the downloaded route.

E-bikes: OSU Research Forests prohibits e-bikes. Also see the MVBC Ride Policies

Questions? Contact ride-info@mvbc.com

 

Saddle up for a no-drop, mixed surface ride on Wednesday nights to venture with friends into the McDonald Forest. Take in the evening view from Dimple Hill before returning to town via Oak Creek and the Midge Cramer bike path.


The pace of this group is moderate to fast, ideally for a confident off road / gravel rider. Lights are highly encouraged for visibility. Riders should have good hill climbing ability, comfortable with steep grades (>10%), and navigation skills - electronic and map. McDonald Forest maps are available online and at most of the public kiosks at entrance gates.


Add a little adventure to your ride schedule. Come ride with us.

Gravel Ride Series

Gravel Ride Series for 2024

This year’s gravel season features periodic rides scheduled from April through October, mostly scheduled on Sundays. Each ride will have two different speed groups, “party pace” (for riders who enjoy taking their time) and “all business” (for riders with a need for speed), and each group will have a dedicated ride leader. We will be selecting from our best routes, and we hope to make each ride special. The dates and routes for this series are:

 

(1) April 7 (Sunday): Introduction to Gravel: Gathering and shake-out ride to Dimple Hill (GN103)*

(2) April 21 (Sunday): Sauerkraut from Adair Village (GN202)

(3) May 19 (Sunday): Alsea Falls from Bellfountain Park (GS101)

(4) June 9 (Sunday): Blodgett to Goat Knob via Summit (GW009)*

(5) June 30 (Sunday): Burnt Woods to Big Elk (GW050)*

(6) July 14 (Sunday): Tentative (route TBD)

(7) August 17 (Saturday) (Summit Summer Festival Gravel Ride from Fort Hoskins)*

(8) September 15 (Sunday): Harlan Road (GW151

(9) October 6 (Sunday): Tentative (route TBD)

(10) October 27 (Sunday): Tentative (route TBD)


When:................Selected dates from April through October (see Ride Schedule)

Where:...............Varies – generally, within 20 to 40 minutes from Corvallis; carpooling encouraged

Time:..................10:00 AM 

Pace:...................10-14 mph average speed

Distance:...........20 – 40 miles, +1000-2500’ of climbing

Mandatory:.......A helmet and a submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:...................Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone, navigational tools and the downloaded route.

*E-bikes:...........See MVBC Ride Policies

.............................OSU Research Forests and Starker Forests prohibit e-bikes.

.............................The Siuslaw National Forest prohibits e-bikes on non-motorized trails.

Questions?.........Contact ride-info@mvbc.com


All gravel rides are no-drop. Riders should have good hill climbing ability and navigation skills. Participants should download the route from the Ride Schedule or the announcement from the MVBC-Announce email list.  


In addition to the Gravel Series, MVBC's other gravel rides include: the Wednesday Night Gravel Ride, the gravel route on the Midge Cramer Ride (on the third Saturday in May), and the gravel routes on our Mary's Peak Rides (4th of July ride to the top). All of the Sunday gravel rides are included in the Gravel Ride Series.

Remote Start Ride Series

Remote Start Ride Series for 2024

These are monthly paved rides that start at a location other than Corvallis and are mostly scheduled on Saturdays. The dates and routes for this series are:


May 25 (Saturday): Luckiamute Landing to Turner (46 miles, +1594) 

June 15 (Saturday): Lebanon Loop (44 miles, +1570)

July 13 (Saturday): Sweethome to Yellowbottom Campground (54 miles, +3177)

August 24 (Saturday): Brownsville to Coburg (62 miles, +2152)

September 21 (Saturday): Thompson Mill to Mountain Home Drive (50 miles, +1742)

October 17 (Thursday): Newport to Philomath (59 miles +2945)

When:         Selected dates from May through October (see Ride Schedule)

Where:        Varies – generally, within 40 minutes from Corvallis; carpooling encouraged

Time:          Typically 9:00 AM (see Ride Schedule)

Pace:           15-18 mph average speed (as high as 22 mph)

Distance:     35 – 70 miles, +1500-3000’ of climbing 

Mandatory: A helmet. A submitted liability waiver if not a current club member.

Gear:           Flat repair supplies, water, snack, phone, and the downloaded route.

E-bikes: See MVBC Ride Policies

Questions? Contact ride-info@mvbc.com


The group makes infrequent, brief stops and will stop/assist as needed for mechanical issues. Riders should possess good group riding skills and have confidence with hill climbing. Ride participants should download the route from the club’s route library or the link in the ride announcement. 


For up-to-date information, kindly join MVBC and subscribe to the MVBC-Announce email list.  

Annual rides

Midge Cramer Ride: This ride on the third Saturday in May celebrates the life and legacy of one of the founders of the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club. It has been held annually since 2001 and features traditions and stories associated with Midge Cramer, including a downhill coasting contest.

Mary's Peak Rides: On the 4th of July ride to the top of Marys Peak on pavement or gravel.

Summit Summer Festival Gravel Ride: On the third Saturday of August, ride from Fort Hoskins to Summit for a colorful festival that has been held since the 1970s. 

Ride of Silence: Join cyclists worldwide on the third Wednesday in May in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour: A one day cycling event  on the second Sunday in August featuring covered bridges in the mid-Willamette Valley offering a variety of route options, rest stops, and SAG support.

Route library

About the MVBC Route Library

The route library is organized based on the general direction of the route from Corvallis (as depicted on the map), starting location, and destination. There is a set of entirely paved routes as well as a set of routes that include gravel. If you would like to propose a new route or a modification to an existing route, please contact our Route Librarian.

Our route maps and cue sheets have been created using Ride with GPS which can be accessed for free on the web and within smartphone apps for iPhone and Android

Optionally, you can open the Route Table in a new window (recommended when viewing on a phone).

Regional bicycle maps