2018 Types of Rides

The Pear Blossom Festival’s Pedals ‘n Pears Bike Ride features four (4) distances from the easy and flat Comice Family Ride mostly along the Bear Creek Greenway to the challenging Royal Riviera Metric Century that takes riders through the Applegate Valley and through the Pear Orchards of south Medford. Ample rest stops and support will be available during the rides. All rides finish using the Bear Creek Greenway from US Cellular Park to Bear Creek Park.

The 2018 rides will all start on the Bear Creek Greenway from Bear Creek Park near the Pavilion area.

Ride Check in: 7:30 am
Rides Start: 8:00 am
Family Ride Start: 8:30 am

 Parade Start: 11:00 am

Check in will be at the Pavilion in Medford’s Bear Creek Park. The longer distance rides will start from Bear Creek Park using the Bear Creek Greenway to Willamette St. where they will enter closed Medford City streets using a marked route. The Family ride will also start from Bear Creek Park using the Bear Creek Greenway both out and back.

The Comice-Family Ride (4 miles)

Following the Bear Creek Greenway from Bear Creek Park to Coyote Trails School of Nature near US Cellular Parks for a rest stop, educational games and turn around. This ride is specifically designed to be Family Friendly and to allow riders enough time to attend the 65th Annual Pear Blossom Parade.”

The Bosc, The Bartlett and The Royal Riviera Rides

Check in will be at the Pavilion in Medford’s Bear Creek Park. The longer distance rides will start from Bear Creek Park using the Bear Creek Greenway to Willamette St. where they will enter closed Medford City streets using a marked route. The Family ride will also start from Bear Creek Park using the Bear Creek Greenway both out and back.

The Bosc (14 miles)

Turns East (left) off Griffin Creek Rd. on to Pioneer Road. Here the ride enters the area where many of the original Pear Orchards began to appeared in the late 1800’s. From Pioneer Rd. this ride takes Carpenter Hill Rd. which features a spectacular cruise through the pear blossoms (see video). At the end of Carpenter Hill riders turn North on Voorhies Road past Eden Valley Orchards which is historically Medford’s first Pear Orchard. *(see article below) Heading to the finish, the ride crosses Hwy. 99 at S. Stage Rd. then joins the Bear Creek Greenway continues past US Cellular Park to Medford’s Bear Creek Park for the finish.

The Bartlett (30 miles)

Following the same route as The Bosc until the intersection of Carpenter Hill Road and Voorhies Road, this distance and the second half of The Royal Riviera follow the same route. From the end of Carpenter Hill Road this ride heads South (right) on Coleman Creek Road to Pioneer Road turning West (right) onto Pioneer Road. Riders will follow Pioneer Road and Dark Hollow Road looping back on Dark Hollow Road re-joining Pioneer Road. At the intersection of Pioneer Road and Carpenter Hill Road riders will turn South (right) on Pioneer Road continuing on Pioneer Road nearly to the City of Phoenix then returning to Coleman Creek Road turning North (right) on to Voorhies Road. On Voorhies Road riders will pass Eden Valley Orchards which is historically Medford’s first Pear Orchard. *(see article below) Heading to the finish, the ride crosses Hwy. 99 at So. Stage Rd. then joins the Bear Creek Greenway continues past US Cellular Park to Medford’s Bear Creek Park for the finish.

The Royal Riviera-Metric Century (approx. 62 mi.)

Following the same route as The Bosc and the Bartlett to Griffin Creek Road and Pioneer Road this ride continues past Pioneer road to West Griffin Creek Road. Using West Griffin Creek Road and Sterling Creek Road this ride joins Hwy 238. At Hwy 238 the riders turn West (left) to Hamilton Road North (left) past Cantrell-Buckley Park on the Applegate River and to Valley View Winery for a rest stop. From there riders take Little Applegate Road through the ghost town of Buncom. Riders will take Sterling Creek Road back the Griffin Creek area where they join the same route as The Bartlett at Griffin Creek Road and Pioneer Road to the finish.

Attention! Metric Century Riders. Included in your registration is hot catered food from Los Arcos Restaurant at the end of the ride

All rides use the Bear Creek Greenway near US Cellular Park to the finish in Medford’s Bear Creek Park.

All routes and distances are subject to change

* The father of the southern Oregon pear industry is Joseph H. Stewart, who founded Eden Valley Orchards in Medford. The railroad had come to southern Oregon in 1883, and Stewart, a nurseryman from Illinois, saw opportunity. He established his orchard in 1885 and sold it in 1899 to Colonel Gordon Voorhies, who expanded it to 700 acres. In 1910, hotelier Samuel Rosenberg bought 240 acres of pears to found Bear Creek Orchards, where his sons, Harry and David, developed the Royal Riviera brand of Comice pears. Today, Bear Creek Orchards, along with Naumes Fruit Gifts in Medford and Associated Fruit in Phoenix, are responsible for about 90 percent of the Rogue Valley pear industry.

ALL FOUR (4) RIDE DISTANCES ARE FULLY SUPPORTED AND FINISH ON THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY FROM US CELLULAR PARK TO MEDFORD’S BEAR CREEK PARK

After Ride Activities:  pearblossomparade.org

The 65th Annual Pear Blossom Festival will be in full swing when the riders complete their distance. The Pear Blossom Street Fair is open from 10 am – 5 pm, featuring a large selection of food and craft vendors for all ages. For those 21 and over the Harry & David Pear a Fare Tent features locally produced artisan wines, brews and foods.

Everybody Loves a Parade!

The 65th Annual Pear Blossom Parade sponsored by Lithia Auto Stores starts at 11 am and continues till around 1:30 pm.

Date

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Location

Bear Creek Park, Medford, Oregon

Registration and Ride Packet Pick Up

Registration opens January 10, 2018

**You cannot pick up someone else’s packet.  However, a family member may pick up another family member’s packet with photo ID verifying their last name is the same.

Official Start Times

The Royal Riviera: 8:00 am Bear Creek Park
The Bartlett: 8:00 am Bear Creek Park
The Bosc: 8:00 am Bear Creek Park
The Comice Family Ride: 8:30 am Bear Creek Park
Rest Stops on courses are scheduled to open based on above start times. See “Maps” page for details.

Release Form

One per rider required. Please fax, mail or bring to registration (click here for downloadable form).

Safety

An ANSI or SNELL certified helmet is required to be worn by every rider at all times while riding a bicycle in the Pedals N Pears event. Riders must obey all applicable traffic laws and ride in a courteous manner. Please use appropriate voice and hand signals and be considerate of slower riders. Event staff may remove unsafe riders from the course if necessary.