Colliding Rivers 200k
April 16, 2022

Little River
Little River near its collison with the North Umpqua (James Taylor 2022)

Contact for more information:

Register by Thursday evening at: Registration form

Henry's Bakery, 145 Myrtle Street, Sutherlin, Oregon.
$8 by Friday noon, 15 April.
by 8:30pm at Romulo's Mexican Grill (at the Chevron station), 1484 W Central Ave, Sutherlin OR
Route (with cues)
Colliding Rivers Brevet.


The colliding rivers route, designed by James Taylor, treats riders to beautiful scenery through the rolling verdant hills around the Umpqua River Basin. Most of the roads on this loop are peaceful and have little traffic. Early in the day you will follow the North Umpqua River to your first control at the Colliding Rivers View Point, where the North Umpqua River and Little River collide head on. It can be quite dramatic when the rains have been heavy.

About 50 miles into the ride you will encounter the South Umpqua River which you will cross twice before coming to state highway 42 where the shoulder is mostly wide with little debris at this time.

Leaving highway 42, after the control at Tenmile, you will begin a climb that will lead you to Reston Ridge, which you will ride parallel to for a number of miles. When you reach the control at Melrose, be sure to stock up on food and plenty of water as you have 46.5 miles left to go with no services.

Shortly after leaving Melrose you will have a view of the confluence of the North and South Umpqua Rivers, forming the main stem of the Umpqua River. Veering away from the river for a while, you will encounter vast acreages of vineyards before reaching Tyee Road, which follows the river for about twenty miles.

Leaving the Umpqua River at highway 138, you will meet the final climb of the ride, after which you will turn off onto Green Valley Road before coming to the Rochester Covered Bridge and the finish at Romulo’s Mexican Grill in Sutherlin, where the food is fast, hearty, and reasonably priced.


As a condition of participation, you will be asked to sign a release and waiver of liability at the ride start. Read it now so that you are familiar with it. Be sure you know what you're getting into and are prepared and comfortable with the risks.

This brevet is sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien and Randonneurs USA, and is subject to RUSA Rules for Riders. If you are not familiar with these rules, please read them well in advance so that you can be prepared. They are not the same as a club century ride.

RUSA membership is required to participate.

Your bicycle must be equipped with front and rear lights, even if you expect to finish in daylight. After dusk, you must use your lights. You must carry adequate reflective garments, preferably conforming to RUSA reflectivity guidelines. If you are observed riding in low light conditions with inadequate lights or reflectivity, you will be disqualified.

Familiarize yourself with procedures for riding a brevet, incuding collection of times and signatures on the control card. The card must be signed and turned in at the finish.

What to expect

This is a self-supported ride. There is no SAG. Food and drinks are available at markets along the route, but there are extensive sections without services, so be sure to provision well. I expect two bottles will be enough for most riders in spring weather. Randonneuring rules prohibit personal support vehicles or other personal support except at the controles, which are marked on the route.

This is an all-conditions ride. There will be some kind of weather. Maybe it will be wonderful, and maybe it won't. Come prepared. Unless you feel your life or health are at risk, ride through.

Expect this to be somewhat tougher than a typical club century ride. You need not be a fast rider, but it takes some discipline to move efficiently through the controles. Remember, the clock doesn't stop, even when you do! The slower you ride, the more important is your “controle discipline.”

Most important: Be safe, and enjoy the ride.

Robert's Creek Road between Glide and Dillard
Robert's Creek Road (James Taylor 2022)