Countdown to the Inaugural Trans-Cascadia Race

Sep 4, 2015
by Nick Gibson  
Photo Paris Gore

Photo: Paris Gore


September 24th marks the start of the inaugural Trans-Cascadia; a four-day, twenty-one stage enduro race in Oakridge. With approximately 32,000 feet of descending on deep loam in Oregon’s backcountry, the course has been carefully designed to weave a mix of fan favourites and little known gems that will leave the riders at the end of each stage dreaming about the next day of racing. The race will follow a blind racing format with maps released only during the event and no allowances for practice runs. Trails will be accessed by uplift service and pedalling.

Countdown to the Inaugural Trans-Cascadia Race

Photo: Paris Gore


The focus of this multiday event is to highlight the special and unique terrain that Oakridge has to offer and bring awareness to it as a mountain biking destination. All proceeds will go to supporting trail development in the area, specifically to fund necessary environmental studies required for new trail development. Limited to only 100 racers to ensure maximum riding enjoyment while limiting the impact on the beautiful and rugged terrain of these Oregon woods, the Pro Fields are shaping up to be an exceptionally competitive and colourful group.

Photo Paris Gore

Photo: Paris Gore


Among those vying for, not only their spot on the podium, but also the $8000 in prize money is a near all American Pro men’s field; Mark Weir, Barry Wicks, Logan Wetzel, Craig Harvey, Luke Strobel, Kyle Warner, Cody Kelly, Allan Cooke, Scott Chapin, Darrin Seeds, Nick Hardin, Matt Blake, and Lars Sternberg. Trying to prevent an all American podium will be our northern friends, Canadians; Kris Sneddon and Geoff Kabush. From the experienced mountain man Mark Weir, to the youthful character that is Luke Strobel, and from the lanky and seasoned stage racer, Barry Wicks, to his teammate from the true north strong and free, Kris Sneddon – who will take the top step on the podium is really anyone’s guess.

Luke Strobel of Evil Bikes putting the pedal down on Heckler s Rock.

Luke Strobel at the 2014 Canadian Open.


Mark Weir back racing

Mark Weir at the 2015 EWS in Whistler.


Barry Wicks charges hard in the chase group.

Barry Wick at the 2015 BC Bike Race


The Pro Women’s field is up for grabs with another potential $8000 for the top three podium spots available. Currently the competition lies between the United Kingdom’s, Rachel Walker, and a stacked field of Smith athletes; Liz Cunningham, Sarah Rawley, and Pip Hunt. With ten female entrants the race is committed to offer equal prizing money between the Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s categories.

Custom jerseys have been designed to commemorate the race and are available for purchase here.

Countdown to the Inaugural Trans-Cascadia Race

With a camaraderie driven basecamp experience, camping under the stars, and gourmet meals, the racers are guaranteed an amazing experience on and off the bike. Registration is limited so don’t miss out! Sign up by Wednesday, September 16th for a true Pacific Northwest race experience.

Photo Paris Gore

Photo: Paris Gore


Sponsors

Shimano, PRO, Chris King, Pearl Izumi, SMITH, Travel Oregon, Modus Sport Group, Clif Bar, Spot, Stiegl, Clif Family Winery, Defender, One-Left.com, The U.S. Forest Service, OBRA, 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 visit Modus Sport Group.


MENTIONS: @shimano / @SmithOptics




8 Comments

  • + 1
 oh man wish I'd heard of this earlier - gonna be riding a 3 day trip in the Chilcotins. Will keep my eyes open for next year. (when everyone knows about it and it sells out in march !)
  • + 2
 Love your comment. Only in BC could somebody get away with compalining about a 3 day Chilcotin ride! We're up there next weekend. I emailed the Tyax pilot today about the snow line and he said it was above Spruce and Warner. He figured there was some snow in the passes but it would melt soon enough. When I booked I figured fires would be the problem - crazy year. This is my 3rd time there. Going to grind up to Camel Pass this time as well as the fly in. Have a good one.
  • + 2
 Are you kidding, this race is a bargain at a thousand bucks and I get to race Barry Wicks!
  • + 2
 I would love to do something like that if it didn't cost 1000$
  • + 8
 You both realize it costs 1,500 Euros to race Trans Provence right? Races like that aren't cheap to run and the quality comes with a cost.
  • + 0
 Just means your average mountain biker isn't going to be racing it, at least this year
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