Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 18th, 2015 at 4:36 pm
One significant yet often overlooked component of Oregon’s bicycle industry are the hundreds of annual rides, races and events that take place throughout the state.
Enduro racing — a mix between cross-country and downhill mountain biking that favors all-around riders — is something that has come on strong in recent years. Now there’s a new event out of Oakridge, the Trans-Cascadia Enduro Stage Race, that promises to bring even more attention to both this racing discipline and to Oakridge itself — a former logging town that continues to transform itself with mountain biking as its economic engine.
This new Trans-Cascadia race also caught my eye because organizers have combined a challenging race course (16 stages with 32,000 feet of descending) with four days of camping and gourmet food provided by Chris DiMinno, the event chef at Chris King Precision Components. And did I mention it’s organized through a non-profit and all proceeds (registration is $1,000 and its capped at 100 riders) go toward trail development in the Oakridge area? Awesome.
Learn more in the promo video and official press release below…
Trans-Cascadia – www.Trans-Cascadia.com
September 24 – 27, 2015
Would you like to race your mountain bike in the deep loam and backcountry of Oregon? Do you enjoy great food, beer and wine? Are you a fan of camping out under the stars? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you won’t want to miss the inaugural Trans-Cascadia this September 24-27th! Spend four days racing your way through Oregon’s best trails, near Oakridge and each night you camp, where your only job is to feast upon a healthy dose of gourmet food and drink before falling asleep to dreams of loamy trails. Trans-Cascadia takes the multi-day race/ride format pioneered and proven by the world renowned Trans-Provence and applies it to Oregon’s rugged, wooded, and down right wonderful terrain. The only Trans Style Race in the USA in 2015. We’re focused on culture, camaraderie and creating a great riding experience.
Over four days riders will be treated to roughly 32,000 feet of descending on trails scattered throughout the Oakridge area. Our route is a mix of this mountain bike meccas fan favorites and some little known gems that are sure to leave you with wide dusty grin! The racing will be a blind racing format,Trans-Cascadia will not have any practice runs, and maps of the race courses will not be published ahead of time. Riding will be accessed by a mix of uplift service and pedal powered climbing. While the race is focused on descending, in this kind of backcountry terrain climbing unavoidable, so come prepared to ride. Participation is limited to 100 riders, ensuring maximum riding pleasure while limiting impact on these beautiful trails.
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Feasting and Sleeping
Once the day’s riding is done, participants will return to camp where all you need to do is rest and recharge before feasting in preparation for the next day’s ride. Chris King Gourmet Century chef Chris DiMinno has created a daily gourmet menu that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner that seeks to highlight the farm-to-table taste that has made Pacific Northwest cuisine famous. He has taken steps to make sure that each meal has the right balance of flavor and nutrients to keep shredding day after day.
All proceeds from the Trans-Cascadia will go to supporting trail development in the Oakridge area, proceeds will specifically help fund the necessary environmental studies that need to be completed before any new trail can be developed. This is an important primary step for trail organizations and one that is critical for the development of new trails.
NOTE – Registration is limited to 100 riders. Please be sure to register early to secure your place in the race.
Riders will be divided into four different categories.
Elite Men and Women will be vying for over $16,000 dollars in cash prizes!
$5,000 for 1st place Man and Woman
$2,000 for 2nd place Man and Woman
$1,000 for 3rd place Man and Woman
Shimano, PRO, Chris King, Pearl Izumi, SMITH, Travel Oregon, Modus Sport Group, Clif Bar, Stiegl, Clif Family Winery, Defender, One-Left.com,The U.S. Forest Service, OBRA, KickStand Coffee & Kitchen, and Oregon Adventures.
About the Promoters
Modus Sport Group – Modus Sport Group understands that mountain biking is not just a sport, it’s a way to grow an appreciation for the world that we live in, we feel that this is critically important and we understand that it takes effort and work to insure this experience for the generations of riders to come. As Trails Stewards we hope our work will open up new areas of riding and contribute to maintaining current trials in order to create lasting and sustainable riding areas that will be ridden and enjoyed for years to come. For more information on the Modus Sport Group visit www.modussportgroup.com
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