Once a rag-tag group
The Disciples of Dirt began 10 years ago as a rag-tag group of mt. bikers looking for a local place to ride near their homes in and around Eugene, Oregon. They began digging and modifying singletrack trails in the Bureau of Land Management logging woods near Lorane, Oregon – an hour South West of Eugene.
Legend has it that the very first group gathering they hosted – called the All Comers Meet – turned out just a handful of riders who came to enjoy the fruits of their labor of love. Every year the group has grown, the event gets bigger and the trails have improved with age. A few years back, DOD learned that if they became a legitimate trail advocacy group their good work might not be frowned upon or removed. They became an International Mountain Bike Association chapter. The BLM powers-that-be had turned a blind eye to the “renegade” trails because of the regular mt. bike rider traffic clearly enjoying it, the “shoot ’em up riff-raff” lingering in the woods had disappeared and the area had become safer for all.
Celebrating 10 Years
This past fall the BLM honored DOD’s decade of work by giving their blessing to the 18+ miles of the Carpenter Bypass Trail System. This was a great cause to celebrate and so the 10 year anniversary All Comers Meet in January was the largest in the history of the DOD. Over 300 riders, supporters and industry people came to make it an event to remember.
Time to Party
Event sponsors at the 2014 All Comers Meet provided impressive raffle swag including SRAM, Life Cycle Bikes, Endura, Web Cyclery, Oregon Adventures, REI, Hutch’s and Co-Motion, which raised funds to continue DOD’s extremely important trail work. Demo bikes were available from Titus / On-One Bikes from Portland and Niner Bikes from Colorado. Rolf Prima provided their amazing wheels and hot cocoa and Ninkasi provided refreshing brews for thirsty riders.
Hang with the DOD
Next year’s event is already on the calendar but if you don’t want to wait that long, check out the other events DOD hosts year-round. You don’t need to reside in the area to enjoy DOD events – this friendly, welcoming crew loves riders from all regions. And if you sign up for Mt. Bike Oregon (not to be missed!) you’ll be treated to some of the most experienced riders from DOD (and the Greater Oakridge Trail Stewards group) leading you along trails they know like the backs of their gloves – a totally awesome experience.