Racers treated to perfect conditions at annual Gorge Roubaix weekend


Racers string out as they make their way up the famous Rowena Loops en route to Mosier during Day 1 of the Gorge Roubaix.
(Photos: Leonard Johnson/Hot Foot Photo)

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association calendar took racers to The Dalles this past weekend for the Gorge Roubaix. Event promoters offered two days of racing (and one non-competitive “gravel grinder” ride) along some of the most beautiful roads in the state.

In keeping with tradition the routes both days had plenty of miles on unpaved dirt and gravel roads. On Saturday the course headed west of The Dalles along the Columbia River Gorge and up the famous Rowena Loops, then into Mosier before looping back. Then on Sunday racers headed into the hilly gravel farm roads east of town. The race drew a large field of competitors. Saturday’s action included 270 competitors including more than 80 in the Men’s Category 4/5 race and 51 people who competed in the two women’s categories.

We partnered with Leonard Johnson from Hot Foot Photo to bring you a few images from the action:











For another look at this event, check out Kenji Sugahara’s excellent drone footage:

If you love bike racing in Oregon and want to help us share more of it on BikePortland, please drop us a line! We’re looking for photographers and writers who can help us deliver more racing coverage.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

BikePortland can’t survive without subscribers. It’s just $10 per month and you can sign up in a few minutes.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

Thanks for reading.

BikePortland has served this community with independent community journalism since 2005. We rely on subscriptions from readers like you to survive. Your financial support is vital in keeping this valuable resource alive and well.

Please subscribe today to strengthen and expand our work.

Notify of

newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
8 years ago

Oregon Rally Group fielded three cars for the lead cars; it was a lot of fun, and us drivers were very impressed with the riders and their awesome skills!

Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
8 years ago

A truely incredible video! I have ridden those roads many times although not the rally. My wife never has been able to see what I see in cycling. The trip down from Crown point was exquisite. She agreed that it was fantastic!