Trans-Cascadia Announces 2018 Race Dates

Jan 16, 2018
by Nick Gibson  
Trans-Cascadia – a five-day all-inclusive backcountry blind enduro race – returns to the Pacific North West from September 26 to October 1, 2018. The race uses existing and reclaimed, mostly primitive, singletrack to allow participants to experience the most incredible wilderness this area of the world has to offer. Accessed by both shuttles and pedalling, racers will tackle a mix of local favourites and lesser – sometimes unknown – gems. From steep loam tracks to rocky tech and from high mountain ridges and alpine meadows to the shade of old-growth canopies, as racers drift off to sleep in their tents each night they will be dreaming of what tomorrow will bring.

Trans-Cascadia 2017 - Day Three

Earth Wind Angel Boners and Fire Trans-Cascadia 2017 - Day Four
Photo Dylan VanWeelden

Registration will open on February 1, 2018 at 9am PST. Out of respect for the pristine environment that hosts the event, only 100 spots are available. This race has sold out every year since it began three years ago, so don’t miss out! Visit the website for more details on how to register.

Mark Weir finshin for some cuts.

bigquotesIt [was] refreshing to see a course, and all these courses, that no one has ridden, so the whole vibe of the event is different because no one knows where they are going. It makes everyone friendlier and all the transfers more friendly, they talk about the riding more.Mark Weir


IMages from the 2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 3 blog
IMages from the 2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 3 blog

Geoff Kabush on his way to winning the second Trans Cascadia.

Each participant will be provided with their own solo tent and sleeping pad – set up for them at each basecamp, a reusable camp plate, utensils, and cup to lessen the impact on the environment, and more – new for 2018 – swag! Gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily by a hand-selected team of top chefs from Portland – each showcasing their own specialty nightly. The bar will be open and serving beer and cocktails nightly as racers from around the world socialize around the campfire like long lost friends sharing the highs and often comical lows of the day. And, once again, the men and women’s pro fields will equally share a prize purse of $16,000.


2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 1

bigquotesLove! Capital L–O–V–E. It was just pure fun.Spencer Paxson


In honour of their commitment to true blind-racing, race maps and course details are handed out nightly – so there are no opportunities for practice runs or scouting. Organizers also plan to add some new Pacific Northwest locations to the program for 2018 – details to come. This year racers can expect 100 miles over 16 stages – don’t forget, it’s not all descending.

Trans Cascadia Day One

2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 1

Aaron Bradford shortly after tomahawked through some rocks but managed to pull it out and take the overall lead.
Climbing up for the first stage

Trans Cascadia Day One

Each year the Trans-Cascadia team goes to work uncovering long forgotten or neglected sections of trail that open up access to backcountry riding and link existing trail networks together in the areas they visit. The trails are used in the event, but are also left as a legacy for the locals and visitors to continue enjoying. In order to make this happen the team works both in advocacy and trails building – working with local authorities and builders. Since 2015 the team has opened up 52 miles of trails and contributed over $60,000 dollars and over 6000 labor hours to make it all happen.

2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 1
Images from 2016 Trans-Cascadia Day 4

Earth Wind Angel Boners and Fire Trans-Cascadia 2017 - Day Four
The Grasshopper Story Trans-Cascadia 2017 - Day Two

bigquotesThe only thing I’m upset about is that I didn’t come here sooner because that was so unbelievable.Joe Lawwill


Trans-Cascadia Day 4 images by Paris Gore

As a part of this program, in 2016, they introduced the Trans-Cascadia Work Parties. During these 4-day work events – three formal parties held each summer – the team, along with volunteers and sponsors, got together to contribute hard work and long hours to uncovering some of these long-forgotten sections of trail.

One example – of many – is the first stage of Day 2 during last year’s event when racers tackled Grasshopper. It was an eight-mile traverse through alpine meadows and along a ridgeline that included 3,907 feet of descending. It took the team two years (In collaboration with some really strong locals and the USFS lead by Kevin Rowell) to uncover trails that had been mostly unused since the 1950’s.

“It started with a major log-out effort; there were hundreds of trees down across that trail. The trail kind of needed to be moved around some trees that couldn’t be cut out of the way, but for the most part the tread was intact and the trail was pretty healthy, it just needed to be uncovered,” explained Adam Craig.

After clearing the logs, the first year, the crew went back in and had to find their way through the meadows to the next trail entrance because it had been completely obscured. “We recut tread in a couple of meadows to address some erosion issues, but for the most part you’re just riding through the meadows following flagging tape – and it’s amazing, it’s beautiful up there!”

Accommodation, food, and good times are included in these weekends – so if you’re interested in receiving more information about participating, please visit our website where you can sign up. For a more detailed account of a Work Party weekend, check this article by Allan Cooke.

Uncovering Oregon Gold

The 2016 Trans-Cascadia

The Grasshopper Story Trans-Cascadia 2017 - Day Two

bigquotesUnreal! Grasshopper was a pretty amazing trail. I didn’t really know what to expect, it was just an incredible piece of singletrack. Super fast, stunning fall colours, amazing forests – sort of a mind-blowing trail actually.Dylan Wolsky


Image from the Trans-Cascadia Enduro by Paris Gore.

Andrew Knot

If you’re looking for more information on the race, please visit the website or check out some of the 2017 race reports listed below. Mark your calendars – it’s going to be a good one!

2017 Race Reports:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Lars sacked out.

Trans-Cascadia is proudly sponsored by Shimano, Santa Cruz, Oakley, Modus Sport Group, Chris King, Clif Bar, Pearl Izumi, PUSH, and DAKINE.


22 Comments

  • + 35
 With a free punch from Brian Lopes!
  • + 9
 You have to win to get that.
  • + 5
 @SpruceRipper Scrolled to the bottom before reading and I'm too late... gonna have to punch you for beating me to the punch with a post about the punch.
  • + 10
 For 2200 bucks, I could go to Finale Ligure for a couple weeks....
  • + 6
 Still $2200 for 4 days of racing. Wish they could get this more in line with the costs of other trans enduro races around the globe.
  • + 2
 Seriously. I think it was only $1500 in the inaugural race a couple years ago.
  • + 7
 @bvd453: Not sure on the inaugural cost but I went and looked up the cost of other major trans races around the world and this was not only the shortest but also the most expensive.

Trans BC: $2000, 6 days of racing
Trans NZ: $1400, 5 days of racing
Trans Provence: $2200, 6 days of racing
Andes Pacifico: $1900, 5 days of racing
Trans Costa Rica: $1300, 4 days racing, 2 days guided riding
  • + 3
 But last year the racers got a pre-roll and a beer as part of their swag kit. Haha
  • + 1
 For $2200, This year I'll have to wait on those super fancy carbon wheels with a 10/50 cassette and 2.6 tires for my bike build. But hey, I can party in the woods, full Broduro status, drink craft beer, and compare my Strava times to race results. Sign me up!
  • + 1
 From experience in various events organisation from Rally racing to Dirt jump jamp and comp. Pro entre fee's do get paid..and often are more expensiv then regular Joe entries because event organiser know that the pros will pay to race and score points or get exposer. Organisers also know that pros usualy get refound by there sponsors.
Usualy freebee entries are for media and volonteres...but those people usualy cant score points.
Im not part of Trans-cascadia i have no confirmation about this...but im confident pros do pay to play Wink
  • + 1
 Warren Miller's recent passing had me thinking about one of his famous lines. "If you don't do it this year, you'll just be one year older when you do."

I just made it happen and took the plunge registering for this event. It's been in my radar since the inaugural year and I have to say my stoke levels are super high right now......
  • + 1
 You won't be disappointed! I did it for the first time last year and had a blast. I'll be back in '18.
  • + 3
 hahaha! Whats this a golf trip @ $2,200?
  • + 1
 Looks like fantastic riding, hope the event goes well! Little pricey for my income bracket, and the CAD dollar conversion, but the volunteer opportunities look interesting...
  • + 2
 Last pic looks super fun, i’m In.
  • + 1
 Is this a "Pro" only event? Or are mortals able to register as well?
  • + 4
 Mostly pro's because who else wants to pay $2200 on four days of racing. With that kind of money you could take a month long road trim in BC and have WAAAAAAAAAY more fun.
  • + 4
 @Deep-Friar: BC road trim?

I'm IN
  • + 3
 Mortals can register. Just remember you are the one funding the pro party and all the comps.
  • + 2
 @Deep-Friar: If the any of the Pro's actually paid for it wouldn't cost $2200....who wants to go on a road trip when you can fund a bunch of comped entries.
  • + 1
 @jmrbauer: From experience in various events organisation from Rally racing to Dirt jump jamp and comp. Pro entre fee's do get paid..and often are more expensiv then "regular Joe" entries because event organiser know that the pros will pay to race and score points or get exposer. Organisers also know that pros usualy get refound by there sponsors.
Usualy freebee entries are for media and volonteres...but those people usualy cant score points.
Im not part of Trans-cascadia i have no confirmation about this...but im confident pros do pay to play Wink
  • + 1
 @jmrbauer: Pros have to pay too.

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