THE COURSE - ROAD AND MOUNTAIN
The event course navigates the beautiful Trans-Cascadian terrain that surrounds Bend. Numerous snow-capped peaks and thousands of acres of dense, steeple-pine forestry become our race environment and panoramic backdrop. The 62-mile road loop navigates Bends stunning volcanic lake-country, before orbiting the iconic Mount Bachelor at over 6,400 feet above sea level. At the transition point, the racers look forward to 23 miles of fast, tacky, single-track that dives deep into the abyss of the Deschutes National Forest.
Road course - 65 Miles - 3,500 ft of ascent
Singletrack course - 23 Miles - 2,200 ft of ascent
Combined Course distance - Solo Racers - 85 Miles
PLEASE READ - EQUIPMENT - The rules of the race allows for a bike change between the road and singletrack routes - this will take place in a dedicated transition area at the event village - The Wanoga Snow Park. The transition point will be managed and secured by staff members and access will be limited to event participants only. Regarding your choice of equipment, each rider may use up to two individual bikes on this course although due to the balance of numbers growing in the solo categories, and the safety of the individual riders, we are excluding the use of TT bikes. If you have registered and intend to ride a TT bike on the road course, please contact us to discuss alternative options. Although we offer transition, riders who wish to ride one bike on the entire course may do so, although please be aware that the single track course includes stretches of diverse and technical terrain.
Venue opens - 8AM
START - Pro Mens & Women's Solo - 10 AM
START- Challenger (Amateur) Race 10:10 AM
Brewery Relay and Team Relay - 10:20 AM
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GLORY ON THE ROAD
The riders will exit Wanoga and climb to the west. At mile 2, as the summit of Mount Bachelor slides out of right view, the first change of direction takes the riders south and onto a rapier-like descent through low canopy forestry, and stunning panoramic scenery. At mile 14, it’s a westerly turn onto Road 40, and entry to a barren, dead forest - roughly paved, and eventually thickening up into to sheer banked walls of pine and low-light rolling climbs. As Road 40 concludes, the course heads north towards the mountains - Mount Bachelor, South Sister, and Broken Top, rise out of the volcanic landscape like granite gods. This 16-mile stretch leads to our King, and Queen of Mountains segments, peaking at 6,400 feet above sea level. Then, its time to get on the gas and gather momentum, traversing one last banking climb before the 4 mile, barrel- straight descent into transition.
RAILS ON THE TRAILS
On re-entry at Wanoga, a pale gray ribbon of chip-sealed tarmac delivers the riders directly into the heart of the event village. Here, the spectators and supporters line the roped off transition areas where the riders hastily switch bikes and shoes and refuel, before escaping onto single-track via the Tiddlywinks trail-head. Following a short descent, the trail flows into a tunnel of pine, with knots, roots, and tacky, banked, berms pushing the heart rate back up. Then within a mile, the first technical test; several rugged rock gardens disrupt momentum as the course banks up to the right and climb's into Kiwa Butte. During the next 5 miles, the route leads into the most remote and diverse forestry on the course, with several steep climbs followed by short, sharp descents. And then the reward. Tyler’s Traverse - a dark, earthy roller coaster of a trail that seems endless and this is where the race could genuinely be won or lost. Can the Enduro rider carve chunks out of the time deficit, on this rapid, fork-compressing, wrist-shattering, shock-loading, descent? If the answer is yes, he/she will likely win our King or Queen of the Trails award.