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Mega-bicycle race runs cyclists right through Sweet Home


August 14, 2019

Scott Swanson

GRAYSON STRIANO, 13, chomps on a banana in Lebanon's Strawberry Park Saturday evening after completing the 100-mile Swift Summit Northwest race.

More than 100 cyclists rolled through Sweet Home off and on all day Saturday, Aug. 9, competing in the Swift Summit Northwest 200/100 cycling race.

The event, which started and finished at Conversion Brewing in downtown Lebanon, is a mixture of long-distance "brevet" cycling, gran fondo ("big ride") and self-supported endurance road race, according to organizers.

The 200-mile route included 11,000 feet of climbing and several sections of gravel roads, while the 100-mile route included over 5,000 feet of climbing.

Since scenery is a big part of the experience in these events, both courses...

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