Newport to Bandon
125 miles + 8,296 feet
From Newport, home of the iconic Oregon brewery, Rogue Ales, we continued south along the rugged coast, with scenic breaks at Cape Perpetua, Heceta Head, Cape Arago and on to our final destination, Bandon Oregon, known for the Bandon Dunes.
Dramatic Coastline, rural farmlands, blackberry lined roads—this was the Oregon I had hoped to exprience on this trip. I was pulling up to take a picture every 10 minutes it seemed, having realized early that morning that I would not be able to keep up with the pack.
On rides like this, it's normal to see different teams forming: The Mashers, The Stragglers, and the Hedonists. As a competitive person, it's hard not to get sucked into the first two groups. You want to ride hard and fast, but when you do that you miss everything happening around you. If you're not taking time to smell the salt in the air, whats the point of it? Even when I was all alone, the support team was fantastic: checking in with me, making sure I had all the water, food, and camera gear I needed. I should have brought a tandem bike...would have been easier to photograph without getting really far behind! — 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.
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