Race - Jul 20, 2019
Dogs No Dogs
Please do not ride the trails when wet or in early spring until appropriate. Also, more than 1000 trees fall annually and clearing the trail usually takes until July or the event week.
Staging from beautiful Bend Oregon, this western endurance event features a family friendly vacation wrapped into a race with 5 aid stations, 2 drop bag locations and full support along the way.
While not an incredible amount of climbing at 10,000 ft or so, what this course lacks in overall climbing, it makes up with constant singletrack that deserves your attention. The course features an 85% finisher rate and a high number of women riders making up the 350 person field limit.
Few other races feature 40+ breweries, world class singletrack and lodging at Mt Bachelor Village. Racers will enjoy the 90% singletrack loop race with some of the nicest riders you'll ever meet!
One of the main highlights included in this event (unless the snow fall is too heavy) is the trip around MT Bachelor from Dutchman Snow Park. This 25-mile loop features fast sections of trail combined with unique riding over old lava flows as you make your way to Lava Lake. From there, it's a tough climb out to Edison Snow Park for a well-deserved aid station.
Pointing out a highlight is tough as so many sections will keep you pushing your pace with alpine stream crossings, meadows of flowers and flowing sections on your way to the finish!
This course changes every year per the snow level and amount of accessibility do to storms late in the spring.
Fun, family and friends and great competition!
Need to Know
Make Reservations in Bend even before you think or commit to signing up as Bend Oregon is quite full in July! Bend has something for everyone so bring the family or rally your riding buddies for a great time!
Staying in Bend, especially at the Mt. Bachelor Village with access to the Athletic Club of Bend, the pool and many activities Bend has to offer makes the city a top family destination.
Staging from Bend Oregon and the Athletic Club of Bend this event rolls out at 5:30 am for 8 miles of road to warm up prior to doubletrack and then miles and miles of singletrack.
Starting at 3600 ft in Bend and traveling to close to 7000 ft at the High Point will leave you amazed at the variety of terrain and distinct challenge each trail brings. One significant fact about Bend, Oregon singletrack is the focus you need to stay in the center of the trail tread. Riders will have to negotiate old lava flows, roots, directional changes and the occasional loose corner.
Average finish times are 7:45 to 9 hrs for top placing riders to 11-14 Hrs for most. 85% of the riders that start finish in this amazing singletrack adventure.
A major moment occurs between Mile 70 and the finish with some decent climbs and frazzled bike skills as you make your way down tiddlywinks to either Storm King or Tyler's Traverse - Downhill
to the paved road prior to finishing at the Athletic Club of Bend for some Cold Deschutes Brewery beer with your friends.
History & Background
Shared By: Mike Ripley