This summer new non-motorized trail is rapidly forming at Mt. Emily Recreation Area (MERA). La Grande Ride has tracked the trails as they are opening, with The MERA Map now reflecting new trail that is rough but rideable. New trails include: Read more
^ The Caffeine Trail puts you up there with a view of La Grande
^ The culprit.
^ The trail is rough, as would be expected for starters.
LA GRANDE, OR—Local business La Grande Weather Service, Inc. (LGDWS) has made the official move to merge with La Grande Ride, Inc. located on 1501 Madison Avenue in La Grande. Since 2009, the weather service has been providing reliable and accurate forecasting for Northeastern Oregon, becoming a corporation in Oregon in 2012. Both businesses have provided complimentary services during recent years which spawned merger talks that became more serious in recent months in an effort to become more efficient. Read more
TOLLGATE, OR-- Kevin Thonney (Bicycle Barn) of Walla Walla charged up the ski hill to take the KOM prime and never looked back for a decisive win at the Roundabout Spout XC Mountain Bike Race July 12, 2014. Jonathan Myers (Team S&M) of Portland moved into 2nd place on the difficult climbs at the far end of the course as Dominic Clay (Oregon Trail) of La Grande held steady to round out the podium. Barbara Kreisle of Boise took the win despite double flatting out on the course. Read more
^ Thonney for the win. Photo E. Mills
^ Myers finished second. Photo L. Sather
^ Myers (left) and Clay finished 2nd and 3rd overall. Photo E. Mills.
^ Life flight was well positioned on the sledding hill of Spout Springs.
^ Kreisle celebrates her QOM with a drink. Picture B. Welch.
^ Union County Search & Rescue ambitiously leads out the Sport Category
^ Javin Berg of Dixie, WA won the Sport Category
^ It was a 3 man race at the bottom of the ski hill climb for the KOM prize.
^ The Life Flight helicopter with an impressive take-off and landing.
The birthing of mountain biking in the 1970s spread throughout the western states, La Grande included. The existing motorcycle and horseback riding trails were compatible with the new sport, and many of these users adopted mountain biking also. In the 1980s, locals began racing mountain bikes in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, first at Spout Springs Ski Resort on the cross-country ski trails. Read more
^ Bill Gerst in 2014 leading the way on a trail in the Blue Mountains near Spout Springs. Picture by Z. Heath.