BANDON TO GOLD BEACH
88 miles + 5,000 feet
With the trade winds at our backs, we rolled along the rugged southern coastline, passing through wildlife refuges, Cape Blanco lighthouse, and Port Orford before arriving at our seaside resort in Gold Beach.
Bandon Beach has been on my list for a little over a year now. Shortly after I was introduced to Kevin Russ, I remember following along as he spent few days at this haunting coastline and I knew I needed to experience it for myself. I decided to start leaving 2 hours before the rest of the crew in order to give myself the time and freedom to shoot during the good light of morning, meet up at lunch, mash through the harsh light of midday, and then split off and shoot in the evening.
That gave me time to walk my bike down to the beach and ride for a mile or two on the hardened low-tide sand, where I also found some great driftwood homes.
By the time I made it to Cape Blanco lighthouse, I could see the team in the distance. We all dismounted and took in the stunning coastline. The boulders protruding from the surf reminded me of the landscape from The Planet of the Apes. The Oregon coast is a truly magical place.
The ride continued inland to gain some elevation. As the elevation increased, so did the temperature. I had taken so long photographing in the afternoon that I was a solid half hour behind the peloton, which made keeping a pace difficult. As we cycled around the Rogue River I took a break, stripped down, and took a refreshing swim. A little later, sitting with my feet submerged in the water, I realized that if I was driving to Gold Beach I would have never driven this direction. Never got hot enough to jump in the river and cool down. Never got so hungry that I couldn't wait for pickles, chocolate milk and beer at the finish line. So many people miss out on life because they are trying to get somewhere, they miss the journey. — Jesse Lenz
Classic routes and inspiring journeys.
Inspired by the classic brevets of Europe, Randonnées are point-to-point rides run over seven days. This season, Rapha's journeys pass through Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Averaging 130km of mountainous riding per day, Randonnées are fully supported by soigneurs, mechanics, guides and drivers. Rapha Randonneurs will explore the landscape and culture of their host region, ride challenging terrain and experience the camaraderie of these exceptional adventures.
Find out more »