Women’s Supported Tour

GEARs 2017 Introduction to Women’s Bike Touring


The purpose of GEARs’ Intro to Women’s Bike Touring, is to encourage, educate and empower women to tour by bike. Every year we provide an exciting, low key, and very affordable cycling tour. The tours selected range from moderate to intermediate level, with distances of around 25-45 miles a day. The trip will have a SAG driver, who will carry all of your gear, plus provide road support.

Once you sign up, you will receive information on what to bring and what to expect. We will teach you everything you need to know about touring by bike with SAG. This is a shared experience so everyone will be expected to take turns in meal preparation and clean up. We will have meetings before we leave, in order to discuss details of the trip, including planning the menu.

This is also a shared cost trip, which is what makes it so inexpensive. We anticipate the cost will be around $350 per person. When you sign up you will be expected to make a $200 totally refundable deposit. This deposit can be made by credit card through our website (below) or can be mailed to GEARs at P.O. Box 10244, Eugene, Oregon 97440.

For this year’s ride we will tour the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, which begins at Champoeg Park, travels through beautiful back roads, and ends in Eugene. There will be a total of five days of riding, including the first day, where riders will take Amtrak from Eugene to Portland, and then bike an easy 15 miles along the Waterfront and Trolly Trails to the Oregon City Amtrak station. We will then shuttle you and your bike to Champoeg Park. Or, if you want more miles for the day, we can shuttle you just outside of Aurora to complete the ride to Champoeg Park. If you don’t wish to do the Amtrak part of the ride, you can have someone drop you off either at the Portland Amtrak Station (to meet up with us to ride the 15 miles) or at Champoeg Park. This entire five day ride is low key and an easy ride with lots of time to stop and see the sights, as well as socialize with each other.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Aug 27th – 15.0 plus miles – Amtrak to Portland. Bicycle to Oregon City Amtrak Station. Shuttle to Champoeg State Park or complete the ride from just outside Aurora to the state park.

Day 2: 35.1 miles – Bicycle from Champoeg Park to Premier RV Resort of Salem

Day 3: 42.1 miles – Bicycle from Premier RV Resort of Salem to Albany / Corvallis KOA

Day 4: 25.1 miles – Bicycle from Albany / Corvallis KOA to Brownsville with one hilly loop that can be bypassed if you desire.

Day 5: 29.3 miles – Bicycle from Brownsville to Eugene

If you are interested, you will want to sign up right away as this tour is limited to 10 riders.

Come and see what touring is all about. Any questions, please call Paula at 541-953-2894 or email paulaerickson68@gmail.com.

Fill out the application, sign the waiver and send with your payment to:
GEARs – Women’s Tour
PO Box 10244
Eugene, Or. 97440
Tour Application

If you prefer to pay with a credit card you can use the PayPal button. We will still need your application & waiver, which can be mailed to the above address or emailed to Paula Erickson.

Women’s Supported Tour