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Bikes and Brews hosted its first run through downtown Medford

Bikes and Brews hosted its first run through downtown Medford

Once the riders are finished they tell the clerks which race they were a part of. The process is to make sure each person comes…

Sunday, Oct 16

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Once the riders are finished they tell the clerks which race they were a part of. The process is to make sure each person comes back safely. (Malik Patterson/ KTVL) MEDFORD — Downtown Medford Association hosted the ‘Heart of the Rogue Festival’ and included a ‘Bikes and Brews’ ride during the second weekend of October to display what the Rogue Valley has to offer.

“This ride was put on in memory of Marty Hammond, who owned Marty’s cycles and was a local Medford cyclist,” said Richard Barney, chairman of the Bikes and Brews Committee. “He was very well known and he, unfortunately, took his life in 2020, so these rides are in his memory.”

There were a total of 5 routes that could be participated in, The Root Beer Cruiser (4.3 miles), The Pilsner (20.1 miles), The Amber (33.1 miles), The I.P.A (47.8 miles), and The Stout (62.2 miles).

“We were fortunate enough to have good weather and we did not have any incidents happen while the riders went along whichever path they chose,” Barney said.

Once the course was finished each rider could participate in the beer garden if they were above the age limit.

“The only thing that we would change for next year is how the courses were run, we want to avoid as much traffic as possible and keep everyone safe,” Barney said.

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