Southern Oregon is rapidly becoming cycling country. 

It’s no surprise that experienced riders travel here to pedal up to Crater Lake and ride around the lake’s undulating 33-mile Rim Drive. But down in the valley, both beginning riders and the veterans find a variety of rides with inviting scenery and sunny skies.

The annual Cycle Oregon event chose Southern Oregon for its five-day ride in 2012, and organizers say it was an obvious choice.

“There are plenty of variations in geography, a lot of hills in (Southern Oregon),” says Ken Chichester, Cycle Oregon’s longtime route planner. “And there are quite a few roads in the area that have low traffic volume. The Looking Glass area near Roseburg is a good example.  So is the Applegate Valley. You have varying scenery throughout Southern Oregon to go along with the varying types of roads. You can find flat and you can find hilly.”

Rider Zach Gilmour says he enjoys riding in Klamath County because it’s easy to find quiet roads in the Klamath Basin.

“It’s so open, there’s almost nobody on the road here,” Gilmour says.  “We have a huge variety of roads, long climbs and long flats, and no matter where you go there’s very little traffic. We have gorgeous scenery.”