Enterprise, Joseph readying to host cyclists

<I>Chieftain file photo</I><BR>Cyclists enjoy Wallowa County scenery during Cycle Oregon's last visit to the county in 2008.

A rolling city of 2,200 bicyclists will arrive in town for an overnight stay Sunday, Sept. 12, and leave the next morning for Clarkston, Wash.

This is Cycle Oregon, 2010 edition.

Local volunteers are preparing to give the bicycle riders a memorable afternoon in Enterprise when they arrive from Elgin in mid-afternoon and set up camp on Alpine Meadows golf course. They will be greeted by an Enterprise Community Booth, which will be staffed by members of FCCLA and will provide information about Wallowa County and events planned for the day.

Shuttle buses running during the day will transport the bikers to downtown Enterprise and Terminal Gravity. To accommodate the visiting cyclists and because of the expected crowded conditions, plans are to close Golf Course Road to through traffic. Only people with business at the golf course and people living in the area will be allowed.

City administrator Michele Young said the city is looking into available parking so that the public can come down to the golf course to enjoy evening events, including entertainment being planned for the visiting cyclists.

In the meantime, Main Street in Enterprise will be closed for a variety of daytime activities, including vendors, belly dancing, caricature painting, music, food booths and much more.

Young said that Wallowa Lake Tramway is hoping to provide shuttle buses to Wallowa Lake for those who want to ride the tramway during their visit.

"The riders only have the afternoon in Enterprise and we are trying to make all opportunities available to them, without overwhelming their short stay in our town," Young said.

The Joseph Chamber Merchants Association plans a bus shuttle between the golf course and Joseph.

The Cycle Oregon organization committee includes Young as community manager and food manager; Steve Lear, hospitality/activity coordinator; Bill Ables, site coordinator; Lisa Courtney, baggage coordinator; and Janis Carper, in charge of entertainment.

Cycle Oregon, which arrives in Enterprise just as the last day of the 2010 Hells Canyon Mule Days is winding down, will ride out of town en route for Clarkston, Wash., as part of its "Round-Up Ride.

The 450-mile Sept. 11 through 18 route will follow a long loop that includes overnight stays in Elgin, Enterprise, Clarkston, Waitsburg, Pendleton and, on its last night, Elgin again. The cyclists will arrive in Pendleton in time for the 100th annual Pendleton Round-Up.

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