ROAD AND SINGLETRACK
“The Best of Both” is the first event to combine road and mountain bike racing within one event. The course navigates the beautiful Trans-Cascadian alpine terrain that surrounds Bend. Numerous snow-capped peaks and thousands of acres of dense, steeple-pine forestry becomes our race environment and panoramic backdrop. The full course includes paved roads and single-track mountain bike trails. A road bike and a mountain bike make life easier given the terrain, although a well spec’s gravel or cyclocross rig, with an experienced rider, would also go the distance.
The race is sanctioned by The Oregon Bike Racing Association who provide on-course race officials and vehicle caravans to the front and rear of the leading groups.
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. The riders will exit Wanoga and climb to the west. At mile 4, 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, 10-mile descent through low canopy forestry. At mile 14, it’s a westerly turn onto Forestry Road 40, the entrance to an ancient 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 aero, traversing one last banking climb before the 4-mile descent into transition.
On re-entry at Wanoga, a 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 the single-track course via the Tiddlywinks trail-head. Following a short descent, the trail flows into a tunnel of pine, with knots, roots, and tacky, bermed-out corners, 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 climbs 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, littered with berms, whoops and swoopy corridors of pine. This is where the race could genuinely be won or lost. Can the Enduro rider carve chunks out of the roadie on this rapid, fork-compressing, wrist-shattering, descent?
ROAD COURSE - 62 MILES
SINGLETRACK COURSE - 23 MILES