ASHLAND, Ore. — A new study says cycling is bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism money to the state of Oregon.
“Travel Oregon” announced that recreational cycling accounts for 400 million dollars of Oregon’s tourism industry.
The group says people who signed up for single-day rides or for competitions also spent their money at local restaurants and hotels.
Local cycling organizations say annual events in Southern Oregon, like the Spring Thaw and Super “D” races, continue to bring in people from outside the area.
“When you’ve got four, five hundred people here for an event, it’s not just their individuals, they’re bringing their families, their friends that are spectating and hanging around the venues,” said Bill Roussel with Ashland Mountain Adventures.
This year’s spring thaw race in Ashland is scheduled for May 18th and 19th.