Lakeview served as the halfway point for the Steens Mazama 1000 mile ride.
Beginning in Portland on Friday, July 6, 12 cyclists biked throughout the state on a route that took them through cities such as Sisters, Bend and Redmond, before embarking on a difficult route going up and across the Steens Mountain, a 50 mile long fault block that sits over the Alvord Desert. Riders climbed 6,000 feet, before coming back down. The riders stayed on paved roads throughout the race.
While it is a race, riders can ride, stop and rest at their own pace. Lakeview served as the southern most point on the route and was at mile marker 551. Cyclists came from all over, as one cyclist made the trip from Canada and a few others from Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The first rider; Benjamin Colwill of Hood River passed through Lakeview at approximately 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 6. Colwill stopped for about an hour along the route and passed through Lakeview, without stopping. Last year, Colwill finished in second place, completing the 1000 mile ride in five days, eight hours and 32 minutes.
Tall Town Bike and Camp owner Thom Batty opened up his shop around 4 a.m. Sunday morning and had fresh coffee awaiting, in case any of the cyclists wanted to stop in for an extended break.
The second rider, Seth Dubois, from Portland came through Lakeview at approximately 8 a.m. for a brief break in the Dollar General parking lot, stocking up on snacks and Gatorade, before getting back on the road and traveling through the Sprague Rivcer, Chiloquin, Crater Lake, Eugene, Corvallis and back to Portland.
This was Dubois’s first year on the ride and he was excited to be able to take part, learning a lot about himself along the way.
“I took about a 10 minute break over the first 40 hours and that really caught up to me,” Dubois said. “I pulled over on the side of the road to take a power nap and felt really woozy after waking up, so I decided it was in my best interest to take a little bit longer break.”
Dubois was in first place for a lot of the ride, until the climb up Steens Mountain, where Colwill passed him. Dubois said Colwill is a beast when it comes to climbing hills.
“If I never have to do that climb up the Steens Mountain, I’ll be totally fine with that.” Dubois said with a laugh.
For more information visit steensmazama1000.com.