Courtesy of photoRide the Rim, events are planned at Crater Lake National Park on September 10 and 17.

The unusually warm weather can be lousy for cross-country and downhill skiing, but it’s a boon for mountain bikers and road cyclists.

Despite two years of uncertainty, plans are underway for rides that appeal to local and regional cyclists and mountain bikers – Ride the Rim Weekends at Crater Lake National Park in September and the Art of Survival Century in May which takes participants to Malin, Tulelake and the Lava Beds National Monument.

The Art of Survival is a series of rides held over a two-day period on May 28-29, with a range of distances. Events on May 28 will kick off at Malin Community Park in Malin, while day two rides will depart from the Butte Valley Community Center in Dorris. The Art of Survival, a preparatory evening, kicks off on Friday, May 27 at the Malin Broadway Theatre.

“What is unique about this event, which is a ride, not a race, is that each stop offers educational elements and/or discussions led by rangers or historians highlighting the cultural history , geography, environmental issues and geology of the area,” race organizers said. “In addition to providing fluids and nutritious snacks at rest stops, cyclists will have the opportunity to learn more about the areas they pass through.”

Last year Saturday hikes were re-routed to include sections of the historic Applegate Trail which was used by settlers heading west in the 1800s into what was then uncharted territory and home ancestral to the Modoc Indians.

The Saturday rides, which all start and end in Malin, have four distances. They pass through parts of the Lava Beds National Monument, as well as the farming and ranching communities of Malin, Merrill, and Tulelake.

The Century, or 100-mile route, winds along side roads. Other shorter routes include the Metric Century, a distance of 59 miles; a 38 mile trip; 22-mile mountain bike course; and a family 14-miler.

On May 29, attention turns to the Butte Valley community of Dorris for the Gravel Grinder. Mountain bikers have a choice of 74 to 54 miles on mostly unpaved roads, but there’s also a 13 mile for families. All rides pass through the Butte Valley Nature Preserve, with frequent views of Mount Shasta.

For more information and to register, visit the website at survivalcentury.com. Directions, maps and other information are provided. Entry fees range from $25-$85 for Saturday events to $25-$75 for gravel breakers before May 20, with higher fees thereafter. Family/group and two-day fees are also available.

Hoping to make a return in September, Ride the Rims events at Crater Lake National Park. Last year’s event was canceled due to concerns over COVID. While it primarily attracts cyclists, the event is also open to walkers and runners. On both days, September 10 and 17, Rim Drive from the North Junction to Park Headquarters will be closed to motorized vehicles.

This is a tough hike due to the many ups and downs and the elevation. The elevation at the north junction, the starting area, is 7,050 feet. The route travels 4.6 miles to a rest area at Cleetwood Cove, then steepens the next 6.8 miles to an elevation of 7,630 feet for a rest area near the trailhead of the Mount Scott. From there it is 6.1 miles to a third rest station at Dutton Ridge.

Most participants end the tour in another six miles at park headquarters. But it is also possible to continue from the head office for 11.1 hilly miles and return to North Junction. All rest areas provide snacks and water as well as restrooms, basic bike repair tools and first aid kits. In all, the course includes approximately 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

There is no set start time, but people are encouraged to start early enough to complete the chosen distance. East Rim Drive will close to motor vehicles from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Currently, there is no scheduled shuttle service, so people will have to travel the full 33-mile distance, take a round-trip route, or make arrangements to be self-sufficient. – transported from the Park Headquarters parking area to the North Entrance parking area.

Due to the altitude and hills, it is recommended that riders be at least intermediate level riders. Most e-bikes are allowed. No collapsed vehicles are provided.

There is no registration fee, but attendees are encouraged to make $10 donations at the boxes at North Junction or Park Headquarters or through the event’s Facebook page, https://ridetherimoregon.com, to cover the cost of snacks, water and other supplies. Registration opens April 1.

Contact freelance writer Lee Juillerat at [email protected] or 541-880-4139.