What began as an idea for a long bike ride has turned into much more over the years. 30 years, in fact.
That's how old Cycle Oregon will be this year, and it celebrates with a multiple-day ride through the South Cascades, including Crater Lake, in September.
Former Oregonian columnist Jonathan Nicholas and Jim Beaver of Ashland were part of the original ride and the growth of Cycle Oregon.
The race doesn't just collect money from riders, it also hands out plenty through its foundation.