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Cycling events offer shorter and more advanced opportunities for biking through nature

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PHIL LINGELBACH - Cyclists ride along a stretch of the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, the site of several upcoming bike rides that begin in Estacada.

Cyclists will soon journey along the Clackamas River under the light of the stars.

The Faraday Moonlight Ride, the newest biking event coordinated by the Downtown Estacada Commission, will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Participants in the 12 mile trek are encouraged to come in costume. There will be a look-alike contest with the city's logger statue, and prizes will be awarded for other outfits, as well.

"It's going to be a different experience riding with a group in the moonlight," said Phil Lingelbach, one of the event's coordinators. He added that in particular, people will enjoy the scenery during the evening.

After cyclists return from the journey, there will be a gathering with photos and prizes for costumes.

Those interested in the Faraday Moonlight Ride should gather by 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Estacada City Hall Cycling Station Plaza, 475 S.E. Main St. Participation in the event is $10 per person.

Along with the new nighttime venture, the Downtown Estacada Commission will also continue its tradition of coordinating the Cascading Rivers Rides. The rides are named after the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, which spans 72 miles from Estacada to Detroit.

This year's events for cyclists will include the Little Riffles Ride, Raging Rapids Rides, Timothy Lake Gravel Rides and the Killer Fang Ride.

The Little Riffles Ride, scheduled for Sept. 30, offers participants a shorter option on a relatively flat terrain. They can begin their journey along Faraday Road at the Estacada City Hall Cycling Station Plaza or at the Faraday West Hydro parking area.

The Raging Rapids Rides, also scheduled for Sept. 30, takes cyclists further along the scenic bikeway. Participants can turn back after 35 or 52 miles and will pass North Fork Lake, Carter Bridge and other sights in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The Timothy Lake Gravel Rides are new additions to the Cascading Rivers Rides' collection of options. The day-long endeavors on Saturday, Sept. 29, give cyclists the option of riding 32 or 84 miles, passing the Ripplebrook Store, several scenic streams and Timothy Lake.

Named after a particularly treacherous stretch of the Clackamas River, the Killer Fang Ride utilizes the entirety of the bikeway's 72 miles and lasts two days. Cyclists begin their journey in Estacada on Saturday, Sept. 29, and enjoy the natural vistas of the Mt. Hood National Forest while reaching elevations as high as 3,125 feet. Once riders reach Detroit, they spend the night and venture back to Estacada the following day.

For more information about the Cascading Rivers Rides, including costs and registration instructions, visit www.bikereg.com/37998.

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Mark your calendar for upcoming bike rides.

Faraday Moonlight Ride: Saturday, Aug. 25.

Timothy Lake Gravel Rides: Saturdau, Sept. 29.

Killer Fang Ride: Saturday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 30.

Little Riffles Ride: Sunday, Sept. 30.

Raging Rapids Rides: Sunday, Sept. 30.

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