South State Cycling promotes the sport of cycling as a lifelong activity by supporting competitive racing, developing a youth cycling program, encouraging new racers of all ages, and sponsoring organized rides and community events in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
SOUTH STATE CYCLING is a registered IRC 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any donations made to SSC (beyond the yearly membership fee) are tax deductible.
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Get your skills on with a new clinic series for youth and adults, every Monday and Thursday at Bear Creek Park in Medford. Starting at 5:30pm for youth (parents welcome), and opening to adults at 6:30, these sessions will help you learn skills such as dismounts and remounts, jumping barriers, shouldering your bike, cornering, starts…everything you need to become a confident CX racer.
Lead by Tim Turk, Dave Reitz, and other South State Cycling members, the first clinic is on Thursday, August 4, and will continue every Monday and Thursday thereafter. All clinics take place at Bear Creek Park in Medford, near the amphitheater.
Although CX bikes are best, it’s fine to use a mountain bike. Helmets are required. If a youth participant needs a bike, please contact us — we may have bikes available.
Each year on Mother’s Day weekend, intrepid cyclists risk the anger of their moms to ride the beautiful and challenging Tour of the Unknown Coast in Ferndale, California. The century ride, at 97 miles and 9400 feet of elevation gain, has some of the most incredible scenery of any century out there: fern-covered mountains, towering redwoods (the route includes the Avenue of the Giants), and steep bluffs along the “unknown coast” of the ocean. It also has some of the worst pavement of any road, ever. Potholes, surprise gravel stretches on steep descents, and nearly constant broken pavement are a challenge, but the epic nature of this ride makes it all worth it.
Eighteen cyclists from Southern Oregon took on this year’s ride on May 9, braving the 20% pitches of The Wall and the long, LONG climb called The Endless Hills (are we there yet?), all of which take place in the last 20 miles of the century. Ouch. There was blood. A broken bike. Bonking. Evasive maneuvers. Teeth grinding. Will we do it again next year? You betcha.
TUC galleries: Dominic Barth’s photos
Eric Frye’s photos
The third and final TT on the series takes place Saturday, March 21 with a start at the Sams Valley Elementary School. At 20 miles and with some steep little kickers, this TT will be the longest and toughest. Come out to participate or cheer the riders on — they’re gonna need it!
In case you weren’t aware, you don’t need a TT bike, special helmet, skinsuit, aero bars, or any TT gear at all. Come as you are and race for fun! There is a “Merckx” category for people riding regular road bikes, so everyone is welcome to participate, no matter what your level or experience.
Here’s the link to the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597297767173713/
Some great photos here from the first Southern Oregon Time Trial Series on March 7, 2015, by Andy Atkinson of the Medford Mail Tribune. Check them out here.
A big thanks to Marc DiTommaso and all the volunteers for your hard work to make this happen. We’ll see you at the next race on March 14!
Sign-ups for South State Cycling officially open at the first Southern Oregon Time Trial Series race this Saturday, March 7. Join SSC to be a part of a great group of cyclists — besides the many benefits you’ll receive, your membership helps support local racing and a high school cycling team! More on that soon.
See the Events page for details on the Southern Oregon Time Trials, which take place on the next three Saturdays at 9am and start at the Sams Valley Elementary School. This Saturday’s event includes a category for teams, which will be exciting to watch, so if you aren’t racing, come cheer us on! (Or to laugh at the funny helmets.)
Rumor has it that you may be able to buy a first generation South State Cycling t-shirt at the race… You know you want one.