Unpaved paradise, gravel grinding… call it what you will, off road riding opportunities abound here in Oregon and ORbike is ready to help you get off the pavement and into the wilds all year long. We’ll be rolling out a series of article to help you find the best events and resources. Let’s start here: early season local and regional events to stoke the fire, the fury.
March 1 : Echo Red2Red XC – Echo, Oregon
The Echo Red2Red is quite possibly the largest cross country mtn bike race in the Pacific Northwest, drawing competitors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah and Canada.
The race courses cover 15, 24 or 32 miles; begining and ending in Echo, Oregon.
Dalles Mountain 60 – March 8, 2014
This is the event that started VeloDirt’s enthusiasm for putting off-pavement routes together. This is a great early season ride and a good introduction to those interested in trying their hand at grinding some gravel. Portions of this route go through private land and riders pedal at their own risk. This ride is super low key, no timing, no official competition, just a slap-on-the-back good time.
“Just show up and ride.”
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April 10-13 : Subaru Sea Otter Classic – Laguna Seca, California
The Sea Otter Classic is the season opener for the US National and International mt. bike race season. Drawing 10,000 competitors in roughly nine disciplines of off road and road bicycle racing, the 24th annual event is slated to be one of the biggest and most successful. In addition to the racing, the gigantic bicycle expo area – the largest in North America – is a hotspot for the latest and greatest. If you’ve got the time to travel, this Classic really is just that, and it’s so worth a visit.
May 23 : Oregon Outback – a 360 mile Odyssey Across the Beaver State
Klamath Falls to The Deschutes. This event is closed for registration, but there is still time to begin training for next year’s event! Why doesn’t 360 miles of unsupported/self supported gravel grinding sound crazy?? Yes, it certainly does. And in fact that is exactly why I’ll be participating. Expect to hear more from us about this wild event, which we believe is the canary in the coal mine, as it draws near.
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