bigquotesWatching the video I was thinking about how incredible it is, what we have done over the last three days is amazing. Today in particular, we almost had three different riding conditions in that one, same day. We went from rainy and greasy gnarly to loose and sketchy to loam, fast and just crazy. It was quite the day.
- Brian Valverde Regional Sales Manager, Shimano America

Start of stage 11 was misty and wet conditions while the other half of the day was dry and dusty.
Start of stage 11 was misty and wet conditions while the other half of the day was dry and dusty.

Stage 11
Stage 11

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore
Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

Day 3 took racers to a new network of trails closer to Oakridge, Oregon. Not only were the trails a progression from the rather untouched trails of the first two days, but the stages progressed from rainy and cold to dry and loose throughout the day. “Today’s trails were incredible; I think the best day so far of all three, mainly because there was a huge diversity in what we rode.” John ‘Fuzzy’ Mylne describes Day 3, “we rode everything from super dank, wet loamy trails on the west side of town to the dry, loose, and driftin’ trails on the east side, and everything in the middle. There were steeps, off-camber, exposure – everything was there today, we got a little mix of everything.

Misty mountain top
Misty mountain top

Krunk Shox
Krunk Shox

Barry Wicks
Barry Wicks
Allan Cooke
Allan Cooke

Craig Harvey echoed Fuzzy’s take on the day, “the conditions were a little bit different on Stage 1 and 2, they were a little bit wetter and then we moved over to a different mountain for the rest of the day and it was a little bit dryer. [The trails] were a little bit more developed than in the previous two days, but they were still challenging. It was nice to have a mix of conditions and the wetter stuff was great. The dryer stuff today was a little bit more similar to where I come from down in California. It was all phenomenal.

Mark Weir
Mark Weir

Rachel Walker
Rachel Walker

Scott
Scott Chapin

Rosara Joseph
Rosara Joseph

bigquotesI'm loving [the event], it's a great time, everyone gets along great, and the meals are great. The organizers are putting together a great event.
- Craig Harvey

Geoff Kabush
Geoff Kabush

Allan Cooke
Allan Cooke

Barry Wicks
Barry Wicks

Stage 13 finish
Stage 13 finish

Short Bus
Short Bus

Even though the volunteers were out in the varying weather conditions all day, it would seem that nothing could dampen their excitement for the race or their ingenuity. “Today was really cold but it went really fast. It’s pretty crazy to be sitting in the middle of the woods with nobody around you in the freezing cold. I made myself a tent shelter, I made it out of my clothes and my bike.” Jessica Crump, who has been on timing for the event, describes her less than comfortable morning in the woods, “the times were still good though, everyone was stoked and screaming at the end of the finish, they were sticking around to ride out with their friends.”

Shuttle up
Shuttle up

Aaron Bradford
Aaron Bradford

Scott
Scott Chapin
Mark Weir
Mark Weir

While racers shuttled to Stage 1, the event team set up the new base camp at Tire Dog Ranch – a beautiful expanse of land surrounded by a thick forest and rustically decorated with everything from tailgates to wandering chickens. After Stage 15 racers made a stop at Brewer's Union Local 180 pub before pedalling to their new ‘home’ for the next two nights. “It was such a nice little touch to be able to hang out there with everyone sitting in chairs, talking about the day,” said Brian. “Everyone had their challenges and their victories and it was great, we all had a big beer in our hands and it’s some of the best times of mountain biking is that time right there – coming fresh off the trail and just being able to talk about your experience and everyone has a different take on it.

bigquotesComradery, morale, everything is on an all-time high right now - a lot of laughs, a lot of high-fives, people sharing transfers and stories. It's really social. It's really fun!
- Alex 'Krunk' McGuinnis

DJ Seeds for Merica
DJ Seeds for 'Merica

Lars Sternberg
Lars Sternberg

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore
Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

The intimate size of the race, at sixty-six racers, has lead to a unique, fun, and friendly event. Alex ‘Krunk' McGuinnis is enjoying the camp vibes, “I think that with [blind] racing it’s really fun at the finish line because everybody gets to share stories about the goofy stuff they got themselves into and most people aren’t surprised that everyone behind them and in front of them did the same thing so it’s great to share that with the people you are trying to beat down the hill. Comradery, morale, everything is on an all-time high right now – a lot of laughs, a lot of high-fives, people sharing transfers and stories. It’s really social. It’s really fun!

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore
Tired Dog Ranch
Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

Trans-Cascadia Day 3 2015 images by Paris Gore

Fuzzy
Fuzzy helped to clean the trails.

Kabush
Geoff Kabush

William ‘Wild Bill’ Roussel knew that he wanted to be involved with the race when he started talking to Race Organizer, Nick Gibson, about this event over a year ago, “it really intrigued me that we would have potentially the opportunity to do something this big in Oregon. I mean really, a four-day event, the logistics of that are amazingly challenging and the fact that they pulled a group of people together to get this done in an area like this, in Oakridge, is incredible.

bigquotesIt was Oakridge, it was his event, and the people who are behind this. . . I had to be a part of that.
- William 'Wild Bill' Roussel

Fireball
Getting the base camp party started.

Lars sacked out.
Lars Sternberg sacked out.

With all the love in the air it is hard to believe there is an actual race going on, especially one with $16000 worth of prize money on the line ($5000 for 1st, $2000 for 2nd, and $1000 for 3rd in both Pro Men and Pro Women’s categories). Rosara Joseph nearly doubled her lead on Rachel Walker after yesterday’s stages, and is going into the final day with a nearly a 5 minute cushion. Aaron Bradford also widened his lead over Geoff Kabush to maintain the top step in Pro Men. Alex McGuinnis had fell back to 5th place opening up the 3rd step for Nick Hardin.

Women s podium
Women's podium

Mens podium
Men's podium

The 4th, and final day on Sunday will include a morning shuttle to Stage 16 followed by 6000 feet of descending with only 3000 feet of climbing.

Fire side
Fireside



Trans-Cascadia Day 3 Results by Danielle


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.


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21 Comments

  • + 10
 Absolutely stunning coverage Paris and Tom. Definitely convinced me to race next year, can't wait!
  • + 1
 Likewise!
  • + 6
 @MaxBerkowitz - ahem? Do you even read my writing? Miss you too.
  • + 1
 How about some coverage for the amateurs?
  • + 2
 @dbaker you killed it!!! Nice work!
  • + 3
 Brewer's Union pours a legit Imperial Pint- 20 oz. - nothing "gourmet" about it- it's just "good".
  • + 2
 I can't help but imagine how bad that bus smelled inside. Those do look like crazy fun though.
  • + 2
 Good to see Bradford on top.
  • + 1
 I've been wanting to do a road trip. Any idea how I can find some of these trails? They look like a blast.
  • + 1
 I'd love to see pics of more of the riders!
  • + 1
 Oakridge has some of the best trails around. That place rips.
  • + 1
 Great photos and videos and write up guys!!!
  • + 1
 that forest pics are breathtaking!!
  • - 1
 Off topic: Does anyone know if pibobike will do a review or anything further with the Intense Uzzi? I'd love to see a full review on it.
Great photos and coverage also
  • + 0
 *pinkbike
Sorry bout that I'm on mobile
  • + 1
 @natemeyer - Not at this time as we're going to be doing the M16 next and then into trail bikes for the winter.
  • + 1
 looks sweet
  • + 1
 Looks awesome
  • + 1
 America or something?
  • + 1
 something yeah
  • + 5
 Something made in China

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