Month: October 2015

Trans-Cascadia Part 2

Now for part two of Trevor’s Trans-Cascadia race.

Day 3 Ranch Camp

Day 3 Ranch Camp

Day three was our moving day, after breakfast everybody packed up their camp and laid it out to be transported to the second location for the weekend, a huge ranch much closer to town.  Stages 11-15 had several shuttles in between, and included some of the most diverse conditions of the whole weekend.  The first two stages of the day were up in a cloud, with air so moist it rendered glasses and goggles useless and a hindrance.  The soil was dank, and in some spots even muddy, with greenery growing over the trail making it hard to see very far ahead on the trail.  After the second stage we took a shuttle to a different facing slope, and ended up on the completely opposite type of bone dry, ball bearing, rocky dirt.  After a rough second day, day three’s stages treated me great with a little more conservative riding, and a few more high speed stages, the last topping out at 36 mph, it was a great day on the bike that finished at the local pub.  Back at camp we built a fire ten feet tall, and the entire camp mingled over beers and another amazing dinner, and by the end of the night a ramp was built and the fire was jumped just as it should have been.

Sunday start

Sunday start

The fourth and final day of racing had finally come, and the trails were those that Oakridge is most known for.  Six stages for the day, and it was easily my favorite, and hardest day of the weekend.  Almost 26 miles and 3k of climbing that started with a shuttle to our first stage that began in a picturesque meadow of grass and flowers.  The final day of racing had everybody hooting and hollering on the ripping descents of alpine trail, and only minutes later grunting and grumpy as we climbed almost 2k in one transition to finish off the wild weekend in the final two stages.

The finish was a bitter sweet feeling of having survived 4 solid days of racing on blind trails, but at the same time having the best time out of cell service riding singletrack that some people only dream of.  We had lucked out on the weather and missed all of the rain, even had a lunar eclipse to cheers to on Sunday, the last night in Oakridge.  Overall it was the best four day’s I have ever spent on my mountain bike, racing and burning things with my friends.

Sunday view

Sunday view

Nick, Alex, Tommy, and all of Modus and Shimano really outdid themselves at this event and I can only imagine how amazing it will be next year with the unlimited amount of terrain out in the hills of Oakridge.  Thank you to all my friends and family that donated and helped me get there, Marin Bikes for putting me on a dialed Mt Vision for the race,  Wittler for really connecting the dots and getting this dirtbag out to a great event, and most of all Team Lost Coast Brewery for the support throughout the seasons.

Pinkbike also has great some writeups and photos from the last two days: day 3, day 4

Trevor

 



Trans-Cascadia Part 1

Thusday Transfer

Thusday Transfer

Last weekend was the inaugural Trans-Cascadia race up here in Oakridge, Oregon.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Trans-Cascadia, it was a four day long, fully supported enduro stage race.  The event was aimed to be the answer to the European multi-day enduro stage races much like the infamous Trans-Provence.

The race began Thursday the 24th, so in order to make it to the campsite at the undisclosed location outside of Oakridge, shuttles were arranged on Wednesday, where dinner would be served at 7pm.  This was a problem for me as I could only get enough time off of work for the four days of racing, so I had to leave town after work, which put me into Oakridge at about 11pm the night before the race.  Luckily my longtime friend Wittler was running errands and was able to wait around and give me a ride back to camp.  An hour and a half of gravel roads later and we were in the middle of nowhere at lake Timpanogas, setting up my tent in the dark, trying not to wake the hundred or so surrounding tents.

Don't miss breakfast!

Don’t miss breakfast!

Breakfast was served at 6am, with the first riders leaving the camp at 9.  All the meals were provided by Chris King, and there wasn’t a single complaint the entire weekend.  The first day of racing consisted of five stages ranging from 1 to 12 minutes in length, on trails that the average Oakridge bike tourist would never even hear of.  Amazing deep wooded loam, insane views, and brutal hike-a-bike transfers was a great first day of racing that left everybody with huge smiles and am amazing start to a long weekend.  The day totaled only 16 miles of riding, but at over 4000 feet of climbing it was a steep day that left me ready for bed early after only 5 hours of sleep.  After the riders meeting at dinner, we got an idea of the next day’s stages, drank a few beers around the campfire, and it was time for bed.

 

Day 1-2 campsite Lake Timpanogas

Day 1-2 campsite Lake Timpanogas

After breakfast the next morning we started our transfer straight up the steep descent of stage three from the previous day.  From the top of stage six, called SawTooth Mountain, you could see for miles, and was one of the very few places anybody could find a sliver of service.  The entire second day of racing consisted of some of the tightest switchbacks and loosest scree fields I have ever ridden.  The stages were a true test of everybody’s bike handling abilities, and also their abilities to ride with enough heads up to see the tight corners ahead of time.  I had a tough time staying on the bike, much less blowing the switchbacks.  The blind racing format really kicked my ass, and I had to really try and tone it down after making one out of five stages clean that day and losing a lot of time I didn’t want to give up.

Stay tuned for part 2!

In the meantime, Pinkbike has great writeups and photos from the first two days:

Day 1Day 2

-Trevor