For those of us who may not know the term, road cycling refers to the same familiar form of recreational bicycling that we all know and love, riding on the road as you explore city streets, tree-lined trails, and beyond. Bend Oregon cycling has earned its reputation as “Bike Town, U.S.A.” a thousand times over because of its abundance of biking opportunities, from mountain biking to road cycling. Learn more for yourself down below!
Hit the Open Roads of Bend on a Bike
Road cycling is one of the most popular forms of recreation in Bend, especially during the warmer summer months of the year. And of all the incredible bikeways and biking trails that Bend has to offer, the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway is the most renowned. Parts of this fantastic bikeway have been officially labeled as Oregon Scenic Bikeways by the state, meaning that these sections of trail have been identified as some of the most scenic routes in the entire Central Oregon region.
In the midst of downtown Bend, Drake Park is home to the picturesque Twin Bridges Loop. This thirty-six mile (round trip) loop of trails is an Oregon Scenic Bikeway that takes riders on a breathtaking journey with sweeping views of high desert terrain, swathes of lush forest, rolling hills, and the mighty Cascade Mountains.
Bachelor Party Out and Back Scenic Bikeway is another invigorating trail that guides riders from Drake Park in Bend to Mt. Bachelor and back again for a total of nearly fort-five miles round trip. It’s a tough ride, but if you have the endurance for it, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Deschutes National Forest, the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway, the Cascade Mountains, and panoramic stretches of buttes.
If you’re interested in planning a day trip to the nearby towns of Sisters or Sunriver, there are two trails that will serve your needs. However, they are long trails, so make sure that you only attempt them if you are healthy, have the endurance for them, and are properly outfitted with gear and supplies. You can take the Twin Bridges trail to Sisters, which is over forty-miles one way with an elevation gain just shy of 3,600 feet, or the Bend to Sunriver Scenic Bikeway, which is thirty-five and a half miles one way with a nearly 2,700 foot elevation gain.
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