2014 Cascade Traverse Pre-ride

We set out Saturday morning at 4:30a from Shevlin Park in Bend to pre-ride the Bend to Oakridge route.  It was a great start – nice and cool riding up Mrazek in the dark – getting to the top of Mrazek as the sun came up.  After Mrazek, we took Metolius-Windigo and after a short descent started climbing again to give us 4k’ of climbing just 20 miles into the ride.  The climbing was gentle enough and it was nice to get that much climbing out of the way while it was still cool.  The trails were in fantastic condition and 100% singletrack all the way past Lava Lake (38 miles).  The roughest part of the trail was the 5 miles on either side of Todd Lake Horse Camp that was a bit chewed up, but we didn’t see any horses on the trail at that time.

Creek Crossing on Metolius-Windigo

Creek Crossing on Metolius-Windigo

We crossed Cascade Lakes Highway and then had about 13 miles of gravel road to Little Cultis Lake that was actually a welcome break.  We hit the 50 mile mark at Little Cultus Lake right at 7 hours and refilled our water from the lake with some purification tablets.  After Little Cultus, the trail started climbing again towards Lemish Lake.  The 5 miles near Lemish Lake was definitely challenging – made more so by about a dozen trees down on the trail, but it cleared up again about half-way to Charlton Lake and then turned into sweet, sweet singletrack from Charlton to Waldo Lake, down the East shore of Waldo to Betty Lake and down to Gold Lake before starting the arduous 1500’ climb up Fuji Mountain.

Lava Lake

Lava Lake

Shawn Litson was right in his report about no mosquitoes at Waldo Lake.  Up to this point we had very few insects on the trail at all.  The trail up Mt Fuji was mostly rideable up to Betty Lake, but from Betty Lake to the “summit” (summit of the trail we were on – fortunately we didn’t have to go over the top), there was a lot of hike-a-bike and a lot of mosquitoes.  After Mt Fuji it was a 3 mile gravel road descent followed by a 1 mile climb to the start of the Bunchgrass Trail.  We got to the start of Bunchgrass at 5:00p – about 12.5 hours into our day knowing that the Bunchgrass was remote and very rugged and can take 4-6 hours when it’s clear, but to the best of our knowledge it hadn’t been cleared this year.

Unfortunately this is where I chose to pull my bone-headed move of the day and we made a wrong turn onto a foot trail that took us completely the wrong direction towards Waldo Lake.  I thought I was on a connector trail that took us to Bunchgrass and we spent the next hour scrambling over trees and pushing our bikes up steep hills and probably only covered a half mile until Shari finally convinced me to turn around.  I can only blame it on the fatigue that sets in after little sleep the night before and 12+ hours of being on the bike, but I’ve been in that state before so I should have realized what was happening.  I was still convinced it was the Bunchgrass and that the route wasn’t going to be do-able as we turned back and dropped down 9 miles of gravel road and 15 miles on Hwy 58 to get us into Oakridge by 8:30p – 16 hours after we had started that morning.

It’s tough finding a shower and food in Oakridge at that time of night, but we managed to find a shower and since the Brewers Local Union Pub stops serving food at 9p, by the time we got cleaned up we had to settle for burgers at A&W, but they still tasted pretty good.  The next morning we talked with Eugene and McKenzie at the Willamette Mountain Mercantile – a fantastic bike/outdoor shop for any location and definitely an oasis in the small town of Oakridge – to get the lowdown on the Bunchgrass trail.  They let us know how rugged and raw the trail was and that it hadn’t been cleared this year.  They had heard lots of talk of the Cascade Traverse, but wondered what the hell we were thinking.  They also made it pretty clear that what we experienced yesterday wasn’t the Bunchgrass.

Bunchgrass

Bunchgrass

We had to catch our arranged ride back to Bend that afternoon to pick up our van, but made arrangements for a friend down for Mountain Bike Oregon to shuttle us back out to the start of the Bunchgrass on Monday morning.  By 10:00a Monday morning we were back at the start of the Bunchgrass.  The first 2.5 miles were fantastic – slightly downhill, fun singletrack, clear trail, and took us about 30 minutes.  Then the trees started across the trail.  The next 2.5 miles took an hour.  Then we hit the bunchgrass – which also took an hour to go that 2.5 miles.  Then we hit Kelsey Creek Canyon – which also took an hour to go 2.5 miles.  It ended up taking 4 hours to go the first 11 miles on the bunchgrass.  Things got better on the west end of Bunchgrass as we got closer to Heckletooth Mtn and it only took 3 hours to ride the final 15 miles.

Bunchgrass Vista

Bunchgrass Vista

Here’s a quick summary of the 2 days…

Saturday: 78 miles, 10,000’ climbing, 12.5 hours

Monday: 26 miles, 4,000’ climbing, 7 hours

Total: 104 miles, 14,000’ climbing, 19.5 hours

(plus 27 miles and 3.5 hours going off course and then getting to Oakridge on Saturday)

 

Special thanks to Eric, Clark, Eugene, Larry, McKenzie, and Pete for helping make this happen.

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2014 St Helens Epic

Lanny Gower’s Race Report for the 2014 St Helens Epic – August 2, 2014

Lanny Gower at the start of the 2014 St Helens Epic

Lanny Gower at the start of the 2014 St Helens Epic

Well… I’m finally recovered enough to do my race report 🙂

 We met at Swift Creek bright and early Saturday.  Luckily I was able to locate Mike, Shari and Eric in the crowd prior to the race start so we could start out together.  Looking around at the other racers… I noticed tons of carbon full suspension bikes and realized… Shari and I were the only two riders on hard tails.  Seemed like a bad sign.  But at least my bike was freshly tuned by the Farm and ready to go.  Unfortunately my shoe buckle broke off but a handy roll of duct tape fixed that problem.

 Next thing I know… we are saying good luck to the other riders and the gun goes off.  Shep goes off like a rocket and with the first 3 miles on the road… Shari, Eric and I jump on his wheel to get a free tow.  The rest of the field was caught off guard and I look around to see the 4 of us and one other guy in a front pack getting some easy miles of drafting off Shep.  The 5th guy in our group turned out to be Scott from Arizona (just moved here) and he was fast.

After a few miles of drafting we hit a gravel road and start climbing.  Shep tells us we have 14 miles of this so we all settle into a steady rhythm.  Scott starts pulling away and before you know it is off the front.  The four of us make up the lead chase group.  After a few miles our pleasant gravel road turns to railroad grade rock which is soft and bouncy.  We spend the next 5 miles on that stuff going back and forth between riding in the gravel or riding in the ditch next to the road trying to figure which is easier.  Neither was good.  But we are rewarded for the long slog when we hit Ape Canyon trail.

What a great trail.  Smooth, flowy and in the shade.  Now the miles are flying by and we have opened a sizeable lead over any possible chase groups from behind.  We come out of the trees to see the Plains of Abraham before us.  We can see Scott in the distance and he now has 6 minutes on us.  We start across the plains and it’s like riding on the moon…  The soft pumice makes climbing tough but it is cool to ride a different style of trail.  Up on Windy Ridge.. we are rewarded with the best views of the day.  We can see every landmark on our route from up there and it looks like a dang long way to ride a bikeJ  The view of Spirit Lake is outstanding.

After a nice stretch on the road to chew up some miles.. we hit the Boundary trail where the real work begins.  We say a glimpse of the race leader (Scott) as he started down the descent and the 1st Chase group was still Eric, Shep, Shari and me.  We had traded places off and on to this point.  The Boundary is very cool but challenging riding.  With Motor cycles allowed… it can get pretty rutted out.  Both climbing and descending require you to keep your focus so your front wheel doesn’t wander in the ruts.  Shari was a machine at climbing in these ruts.  While I was beating up my front tire bouncing off the sides of the ruts she calmly steered a smooth path over the climbs.   The trail alternates from great views on the climbs to cool mountain meadows.  We actually caught Scott again through this section as he was stopping for some food and to refill water bottles from the creek.  Shep stopped to top off his water but Shari, Eric and I rolled through with a quick “hi” as all had plenty of water and knew Scott and Shep would quickly run us down.  But… for that one stretch of the trail… Shari, Eric and I were off and on the “race leader”.  Of course as expected Scott flew by us on the next climb and as he started down the decent… Eric went with him.

We are now about 7 hours into the race and as hot as it was…. Everyone is starting to suffer a bit.  But… we hit the Craggy Peak junction and now all the major climbing is behind us and we have about a 8 mile downhill in front of us.  Normally I’d be excited but Shep had warned us about this downhill and I remembered it fondly from 25 years ago.  Unfortunately the ruts and root drops have gotten worse in the last 25 years and this downhill was 7 miles of sheer terror and a physical beating for Shari and I on our hard tails.  It seemed as if every root drop or rutted slide was on the verge of what I would attempt to ride and it just kept coming mile after mile.  By the bottom I was praying for an uphill.  The only good thing is by the end… we were all much better at riding rutted chutes and root drops.  Stuff that early in the ride would have seemed sketchy was just another obstacle to enjoyJ

We came off Wright Meadow to the top of the Lewis River trail to find smooth, flowy single track and… we met back up with Eric so we started the Lewis River section with the 4 of us in a chase group behind the leader (Scott from AZ).  Eric drops us on the first descent and we never see him again.  He must have been flying as I thought Shep, Shari and I killed the Lewis River.  It seems like a paved bike path compared to Craggy Peak so we are letting our speed run and chewing up the miles.  I thought for sure we would catch Eric back.  But not a chance.

Too soon the Lewis River trail ended and we were faced with the last climb of the day up a gravel road.. then a little paved climb before a 5 mile downhill/flat run to the finish line.  Shep, Shari and I all realize the final spot on the podium is on the line and we know if anyone can break the group on the climb.. they can pretty much coast to a spot on the podium.  So… we all three climb like maniacs trying to get a small break.  But… it’s to no avail as each of us was unwilling to drop off the pace.  We crest the hill as one and start down to the finish line.  Shep is a machine at this point.  Shari and I are on his wheel and killing ourselves not to get dropped.  He pulls us for 5 miles and we are set up perfect to slingshot around him at the finish.  Just as I think I should start my finishing sprint… Shari comes around me in a blur and Shep stands and starts his sprint.  Even from the draft I can’t match him now and they both start pulling away.  I think Shep just got her at the line for 3rd place.

 I found out later Eric had actually caught Scott on the Lewis River section and they had a similar race to the finish line with Scott holding Eric off by a wheel.

I was so tired at the finish I didn’t even see any of the other racers come in.  I’m sure they all had as good a day as we did.

 Shep… thanks for putting this on and shaming me into riding.  Eric and Shari… thanks for riding with me most of the day helping to keep me going when I really wanted to pull over and take a napJ

 For the final results… Scott of course won the overall and Shari won the woman’s race.  But… Shep, Eric and I each won our age groups so I’m feeling pretty good about our effort.  Can’t wait for the next oneJ  And best of all….  No real crashes for me.  Sure I tipped over in my pedals a few times on climbs when I just couldn’t get over the last root… but those don’t really count.

 

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Siouxon with a view

Siouxon Creek Trail is one of the best trails for mountain biking in the northwest.  It has incredible flowy singletrack, ripping descents, challenging rocky areas, creek crossings, and some of the most beautiful waterfalls and clear pools around – period.

Bridge over Horseshoe Creek falls at mile 4.9

Bridge over Horseshoe Creek falls at mile 4.9

Falls on Siouxon Creek - Mile 5.5

Falls on Siouxon Creek – Mile 5.5

The only thing missing from this ride has been scenic views.  Thanks to a fellow named Bran, that has all changed.  Bran and some buddies cleared the Huffman Peak trail that allows us to now turn Siouxon into a 22 mile loop.  It’s not an easy loop.  It adds a 2500′ climb from Siouxon Creek up to Siouxon Peak.  The climb is brutally hard and there are sections you will have to walk and sections you will choose to walk.  But what goes up must come down and you are rewarded with a 7 mile thrilling descent that takes you past Huffman Peak and back down to Siouxon Creek.  Unfortunately once there you are immediately slammed again with the hardest climbing on Siouxon Trail as you climb back up to the start, but it’s all worth it.  The total loop is 22 miles, has 5,500′ of climbing and will take between about 4-6 hours to complete.

The Route:

Park at the hairpin corner on the road into Siouxon.  The trail goes off to the left 100 feet after the hairpin.  At 1.2 miles you’ll see the Huffman Peak trail come in from the left that you will return on, but continue straight on Siouxon Trail.  At 3.2 miles you will come to the official Siouxon Trailhead where all the hikers start from.  Soon after that you will drop down to Siouxon Creek that you will follow along for the next 4 miles and be treated to incredible views of stunning waterfalls and beautiful clear pools.

At 7.4 miles you’ll come to an area where a small creek flows across the trail on a wide rocky bed.  Be careful here – this crossing is generally really slick in the spring, but not so slick in the fall for some reason.  There is a bridge crossing Siouxon Creek to the left immediately after crossing the side creek.  Take the bridge/trail (Trail 130A) to the left.  After a half mile, the trail drops down to that creek at beautiful Chinook Falls.  Go directly across the creek (about calf deep in Sept) to the trail on the other side.

Chinook Falls - at mile 7.7

Chinook Falls – at mile 7.7

Continue past the falls a quarter mile to a trail intersection at mile 7.9.  Make a sharp right at the trail intersection to stay on Trail 130A.  This is where the climbing begins in earnest and is especially steep for the first mile.  At mile 11 you come to the end of NFR 6403.  Take a left on the road and it almost immediately turns back into trail.  This is where the incredible views begin as you’re treated to views of Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, and Mt Adams as you continue to climb up to the 4,000′ Siouxon Peak.  From Siouxon Peak you can climb up the trail a bit for a unique view of Mt Hood.

Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier at mile 13.3

Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier at mile 13.3

Mt Adams at mile 13.3

Mt Adams at mile 13.3

Once you’ve reached Siouxon Peak, the trail is mostly downhill until you get to Siouxon Creek. It drops 3,000′ over the next 7 miles. The first trail you get to is Wildcat Trail that goes to the left at around mile 14.5. This will take you back down close to Chinook falls, but don’t take this trail – I don’t think it’s cleared. Continue on Huffman Peak trail past Huffman Peak. The next trail intersection you get to is at mile 16.1 and you want to go left to stay on the Huffman Peak Trail. Take that about 4 miles downhill until you get to Siouxon Creek. The creek is about knee deep and doable in September, but could be pretty challenging in the spring or late fall when the water is higher. You’re in a bit of a tough spot here though because you NEED to get across the creek here to get back to your car.

Looking back across the Siouxon Creek crossing at mile 20.

Looking back across the Siouxon Creek crossing at mile 20.

The first third of a mile after crossing the creek is a bear of a climb, but once you get back up to Siouxon Creek trail take a right and it’s just a hard 1.2 miles back to your car.

Here are a couple of maps of the route and a click-able Ride With GPS link.

Sioxon Huffman Route Map Sioxon Huffman Map

How to get there:

Here’s the link with a Google Map to the start of Siouxon:

 Travel-time to the start is 75 minutes from downtown Portland.  Direction-wise, here are the instructions.  You won’t have cell coverage at the end so it’s probably best to make sure you have these with you.

  • Take I-5 North from Portland into Washington to the Battleground Exit (exit 11).
  • Take a RIGHT at the exit and go East on 502 (also called 219th Street and turns into Main Street).
  • Go East for 5.5 miles and take a LEFT on 503 (also SW 10th Ave).  Note that this is the first “big” intersection/light you come to with 2 turn lanes to the left.
  • Follow signs to Amboy and stay on this road for about 13 miles until after you pass through Amboy.
  • When you come to a stop sign at a T intersection, take a RIGHT on Cedar Creek Lane.
  • Follow this a few miles until you go past a Mt. St Helens visitor center on your left and see a store/gas station on your right.
  • This is the town/area of Chelatchie.  Take a RIGHT on NE Healy Rd – which is the street immediately before the store/gas station.
  • You’ll stay on this road until you get to the FIRST paved road that splits off to the left – which is about 10 miles after you turned onto Healy Rd.
  • Take this LEFT on NF road 57 (also called Calamity Peak Rd on the map, but there is no sign for it. I think there is a “57” sign)
  • Go about 1 mile up this road to the first paved road on your left.
  • Take a LEFT on this road (5701 on the map, don’t remember there being a sign)
  • Go about a half mile down this road until you get to a hairpin turn to the right.  Park in the gravel area at the outside of the hairpin and get ready here.  This is the destination point on the Google Map link above.
  •  The start of the trail is just 100 yards further down the road on your left.
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St. Helens Epic Scouting

Friday, August 30, 2013… I took the day off to scout a new route up on Mt St. Helens

St. Helens Epic Route 1

The route was about 90 miles up on Mt. St. Helens with around 15,000’ of climbing. It started at the East end of the Swift Reservoir and climbed 2000’ on gravel roads before taking Ape Canyon trail up across the Plains of Abraham to Windy Ridge above Spirit Lake then taking the road 12 miles to Bear Meadow where I would get on the Boundary Trail and take it half way to Mt. Adams before dropping down Quartz Creek Trail to the Lewis River Trail and back to the start. I estimated the route would take me 10-12 hours, but there were lots of unknowns so I packed plenty of food and lights to be prepared for the worst. But when I started out at 7:50a on Friday, I didn’t actually expect the worst.

01 - Start

7:50a – The start at Swift Creek Reservoir

The route normally has some fantastic views, but things were completely socked in as I started so I knew I was going to be missing out on them.  I headed up the road a few miles to the gravel forest service road I would take up to Ape Canyon.  What looked to be a maze of roads and turns on the map to get from Swift Forest Camp to the Ape Canyon turned out to be a single gravel road that was very easy to follow. I saw a herd of about a dozen Elk on the way up and it started raining just before I got to the Ape Canyon Trailhead.  Ape Canyon Trail was fantastic…smooth flowy singlegtrack 

03 - Ape Canyon

Ape Canyon Trail

I rode up Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham which has incredible views of St. Helens  (RIGHT THERE), Rainier, Adams, and Hood. Unfortunately I was IN the clouds and couldn’t see any of the views.

07 - Plains of Abraham

Plains of Abraham

Still, the riding was fantastic and I could at least tell how massive the mountain and features were around me. I knew this was the start of an EPIC course.  The rain stopped on the way up and it was dry as I made my way across the Plains of Abraham to Windy Ridge at 11:30a with 21 miles behind me.

Windy Ridge

Windy Ridge

The next 12 miles on the road went quickly and was actually really nice. On a clear day, it must be a pretty incredible ride because there were around 8-10 scenic viewpoints on that section. I got to Bear Meadow – where I would get on the Boundary Trail – at 1:00p with 33 miles behind me.

11 - Boundary

Boundary Trail – Bridge out

The Boundary Trail was a huge unknown.  A friend had ridden parts of it and said it was totally rutted out due to motorcycles, but that was over 20 years ago and he’d never ridden the section I was doing.

12 - Boundary

The Boundary Trail had lots of hike-a-bike sections

The first part of it was pretty cool – the trail was plenty wide and clear, but the trail was definitely not a modern trail… it wasn’t designed to shed water. The trail clearly became a river during the Spring snow melt as all of the climbs were completely rutted and you could see the top layer of silt that had been moved around by the water.

15 - St Helens

Looking back at where I started from Shark Rock

I had to walk most of the uphills that would normally be rideable… and I even ended up walking some of the downhills that I would normally ride – although it was probably just me being careful since I was by myself. I probably walked a quarter of the 25 miles on the boundary trail. It made for really slow going and put me behind schedule.

17 - Mt Adams

Mt. Adams – Heading East on the Boundary Trail.

Still… it was more confirmation that I was onto an EPIC course… incredible trails with mountain views at the beginning, tons of climbing, incredibly hard mountain trails in the middle and finishing with a big singletrack downhill followed by the fantastic Lewis River Trail.

18 - Quartz Top

Top of Quartz Creek Trail. No signs so  double checking the map.

I finally got to Quartz Creek Trail – the trail I would take down from the Boundary Trail to the Lewis River trail – at 6:30p. The trail intersection wasn’t marked, but I was pretty confident I was in the right spot. I was out of water, but I started down Quartz Creek Trail thinking it was mostly downhill and that I would be able to cover the 10 miles to the Lewis River Trail before it got dark. I figured I’d just stop and get water when I got to the Lewis River. The first part was sweet… super steep downhill where I was off the back of my saddle… only having to stop for downed trees ever so often. But then the trees started coming more often and I was having to get off my bike a lot and the going got slower. It took me an hour to go the first 2 miles while descending 1300’.   That was the fastest I would go for awhile.

The trail I was on split and I ended up making a wrong turn. I stopped to get some water on a side creek just as it started to get dark. It felt like I was climbing more than I should and the creek I was following turned out to be going the wrong direction. I realized I had made a wrong turn and decided to try going down the creek bed until I found Quartz Creek and the trail I was supposed to be on.

This turned out to be a VERY DUMB idea that fortunately I realized before I got myself into trouble. I realized that I was off my planned route and that if something happened to me here, nobody would find me for a long time. I turned off my phone to save any power I had for later and scrambled up the hillside until I found the trail and I went back to the split where I made the wrong turn. Now it was dark. I got out 2 of my lights – a Petzl headlamp and a Niterider MiNewt, and I got out a different map and figured out exactly where I was.  I also got out my knife with a 3” blade… just in case.

I started down what I decided was the correct trail. It was very difficult going with tons of trees down across the trail, sometimes every 20 feet, and sometimes they were 6 feet high,  Nobody had been on the trail in so long so sometimes it was difficult to follow the trail and to figure out where the trail went on the other side.  It was especially difficult around creek crossings because the vegetation was always grown up more. I started hearing noises around me. Once after making a creek crossing and going up the trail on the other side I heard something knock a big rock over in the creek below me.  I spent a lot of my time walking with my knife open in my hand.  I spent over an hour at one creek crossing just trying to figure out where the trail went down to the creek.  At one point I even started collecting wood to make a fire – thinking I would make a fire and hunker down for the night until I could find the trail again in the light, but the thought of people worrying about me kept me pushing on. I left my bike on a number of locations while I walked around searching for the trail. Sometimes once I found the trail again it was difficult to find my bike again. But I kept finding a trail, and kept pressing on.

I finally made it out at the Quartz Creek Trailhead at 2:30a. It had taken me 8 hours to go 8-10 miles. I was relieved to make it out, but still had 20 miles on the road to get back to the van. (yes, I was going to skip the Lewis River Trail) I saw some people camped nearby and there were actually some people still up sitting around a campfire. I rode over to them and asked them if they had a cell phone with coverage. They were shocked to see me show up on my bike and asked what my story was. I told them and then headed on my way.

I was getting cold as I started to descend a mile later so I stopped to put on some more clothes. While I was changing a car came down the road behind me. It was the people I had talked to at the camp.  They offered me a ride to my car. You can bet I jumped at the chance.  They got me to my car at 3:15a.  It would have taken me at least until 4:30a to get there myself.

In all I covered about 70 miles in 18.5 hours.  I had ridden about 60 miles and hiked about 10 miles with a total elevation gain of around 14,000’ feet.  I’m going to estimate I lugged my bike over about 80 trees – all on the Quartz Creek “Trail”.

Here’s the Strava track of my ride… up until I turned my phone off in the creek bed: http://www.strava.com/activities/78949481

Now I’m stuck with half of an EPIC course mapped out and I need to figure out a better way down from the Boundary Trail to the Lewis River Trail. I’m looking at Craggy Peak Trail down to Wright Meadow that will take me directly to the Middle Falls on the Lewis River.  Unfortunately I’m grounded from these type of adventures for awhile… 😉

…unless maybe I get one of these:  Spot

Seems like a GREAT idea!

Here are some pics of the first half of the ride taken on a clear day 2 weeks later

St Helens from the bottom of Ape Canyon

St Helens from the bottom of Ape Canyon

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Near the top of Ape Canyon

Plains of Abraham

Plains of Abraham

Windy Ridge

Windy Ridge

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Introducing Oregon Endurance Mountain Biking

The ORMTB Series plans to be a series of endurance mountain bike rides. It is starting in 2013 with a single event, but plans to expand in 2014. The rides are free and very loosely organized. Our rides are legal and in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.

There are no fees, no prizes, but all attempts will be made to record your finish time in comparison to others. In addition your mileage will need to be kept and reported by you as a way to make sure you followed the route as much as reasonably possible. Using a GPS/Strava to track your ride is preferred, but not required. The goal is to finish these challenges and you set your own pace. A start time and route is provided here and it is up to the participant to understand the route and also have full responsibility for their navigation and well being. These are not group rides, although some people might do these as rides with friends or even other riders they meet at the start, along the route, or even before hand through the use of the ORMTB Email list.

Since these rides are grassroots and will take participants to very rugged and remote places around the state of Oregon and southern Washington, it should be understood that these are for experienced backcountry cyclists only. If you question your ability to complete such an ride, it is best that you consider another option before trying one of these. Also, maps, gps devices, water filtration units, and other back country tools are a must. Failure to bring along any of these might very well get you into trouble. Therefore it is up to you – and you alone – to ensure your safety!!

The goal of the ORMTB is to promote responsible grassroots endurance riding in Oregon, and to provide a competitive outlet for the state’s endurance riders.

So if you have interest, come on out and join us, and do your part to contribute to this grassroots effort. If you wish to improve upon the events or series, please step forward and do so. If you wish to host a new ORMTB ride or volunteer for an existing event, please contact us using our Contact page. We are always looking for new and exciting routes to add to our existing rides.

Look for more information to come, and feel free to comment and provide constructive feedback.

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