Trans-Cascadia Registration Opens Today

Feb 1, 2016
by Trans Cascadia  
Presented by Shimano, the Trans-Cascadia race is back for 2016 and will once again include four days of blind-format racing, upwards of 20 stages, and will be held in the lush Pacific North West backwoods. Registration opens on Monday, February 1 at 9 am (pst). Out of respect for the beautiful environment that hosts this event, it is once again limited to 100 racers with the pro categories competing for $16000 in prize money – including equal purses for both the men and women’s fields.

bigquotesIn todays world of enduro, there are many great events out there, but none of them can really tap into the experiences you get at the Trans-Cascadia. Aside from having amazing trails and gourmet food, the true blind racing format and a limited field creates a unique vibe and feel that very few events out there can touch. The Trans-Cascadia is a true backcountry enduro event that Shimano is very proud to be a part of.
- Joe Lawwill, MTB Marketing Specialist at Shimano American Corp.

Rachel Walker

bigquotesThese are the events I like to support, I do the EWS and I love those events, they are amazing and each event is totally unreal. But when you come to a place that people are really passionate about, like a certain region and they love it and they want to show it off to the best of their ability and they do that and they succeed - this is one of the best ran events that I've been to. It's crazy; there [were] no glitches. Someone asked me if there was anything that I would change and I honestly thought about it for a good amount of time and the only thing I could come up with was maybe more Nutella for the desert aisle. The trails were rad, the people are rad, there are bonfires every night, it was good!
- Aaron Bradford, Racer

Trans Cascadia Day One

Last year the community of athletes, volunteers, and staff came together to make the event an overwhelming success. Racers covered approximately 32,000 feet of descending on deep loam through Oakridge, Oregon’s backcountry on a carefully crafted course that weaved a mix of fan favorites and little-known gems. The Trans-Cascadia organizers have been busy scouting new trails, “I like clearing trail from the winter months and helping in the efforts to get trails open, we are building a sustainable event,” says one of the organizers, Nick Gibson. “The final result is that we get to show everyone the nooks of Cascadia and have a damn good time with friends – old and new, over four days of exploring the limits on and off the bike.” True to the blind-racing, you will have to wait to see what the organizers have in store for this year – but the riding is sure to leave you with a smile as you fall asleep in your tent each night.

Trans Cascadia Day One

Aaron Bradford

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, Racer

Mark Weir finshin for some cuts.

Trans-Cascadia 2015 Day 2 images by Paris Gore

bigquotesWhen it comes to the 2015 race, I am most proud of the Volunteers and community. We had never put on a race before and no one knew what plans we had, yet they all came out and supported us, helped the racers, and made it all happen. We all poured our hearts and souls into it and we were able to show 65 racers this experience, I think more people need to experience just how good this event is; trails, food, atmosphere, all of it.
- Tommy Magrath, Organizer

Image from the Trans-Cascadia Enduro by Paris Gore.

Image from the Trans-Cascadia Enduro by Paris Gore.

Racers will arrive in Oregon on the morning of September 28th and will be shuttled to the first of three basecamps in time for their first gourmet meal together and the rider meeting - the meeting location will be released two weeks before the event. The four days of racing will commence on September 29th and end on October 2nd. Riders are welcome to leave on the night of October 2nd, but are invited to stay for breakfast on the morning of October 3rd.

Lars Sternberg

bigquotesAs far as the infrastructure, everyone was pretty blown away by what these guys were able to pull off out there in such a remote location. It was a fully set-up, dialled little community out in the woods an hour drive from anywhere - it was pretty awesome. They had the trailer showers, they had gourmet food for everybody and epic trails!
- Lars Sternberg, Racer

Lars and friends

We have more to offer and share with our mountain bike community and industry of friends and family.” Alex Gardner explains their impetus to hold the event again. “We want to bring new experiences to those adventurous souls who want to race and revel on two wheels in Cascadia. And we want to continue our advocacy efforts, to improve and evolve the trails we ride in our great Pacific North West region for years to come.” In 2015 the event raised $2800 for trail development in the Oakridge, Oregon area, this year the race organizers will continue with their fundraising efforts to support the development and creation of trail networks in this area.

Allan Cooke

bigquotesNot only was the Trans-Cascadia the best event I attended last year it was the best event I have ever attended - period. From the tracks we raced, camping, food, beer, great people to every other little logistic, the event was flawless. So when the opportunity arose to get Santa Cruz Bicycles involved in the event it was an easy decision.
- Alan Cooke, Sports Marketing and Events Manager at Santa Cruz Bicycle

Craig Harvey Allan Cooke Krunk

The Trans-Cascadia organizers are proud to introduce a new bike sponsor committed to helping them achieve their trail advocacy goals - Santa Cruz. “[We are] looking forward to being a part of the process in making the event happen, to getting a van full of the production guys and girls from our factory here in Santa Cruz and heading up to the hills for build parties,” says Alan Cooke, the Sports Marketing/Events Manager at Santa Cruz Bicycles. “Those are going to be some fun times up in the woods, building trails with some cool people. The race will just be the icing on the Trans-Cascadia cake for us here at Santa Cruz Bicycles, we really want to leverage our partnership to help create big scale trail advocacy by helping generate the dollars and manpower it takes to create new trails as well as protecting and preserving existing ones.”

Rosara Joseph

bigquotesThe event was amazing, definitely the coolest multi-day, or really any event, I've done, just really the whole package was incredible, the racing, the trails, just this amazing crescendo of different styles and everything building up from a backcountry kind of feel to the classic mountain bike trails of Oakridge. And then with the camping and hanging out afterwards, the camaraderie and the good social and making so many new friends, hanging out and really have a good time. It was incredible!
- Logan Wetzel, Racer

Image from the Trans-Cascadia Enduro by Paris Gore.

Register for the Trans-Cascadia here.

Shimano, Santa Cruz Bicycles, PRO, Chris King, Pearl Izumi, SMITH, Travel Oregon, Modus Sport Group, Clif Bar, Spot, Stiegl, Clif Family Winery, Defender,, 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 ensure 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 / @TransCascadia / @chriskingbuzz / @CLIF


  • 18 5
 "$1300 USD per person " on their registration page.

Sorry I can't afford, I'm not sponsored (yet)

I understand this may be the bomb, one of the craziest race on Earth, but once again the participation price is f*cked up.. non sens , it doesn t worth that much ... for that price you can go to a sick destination in a 3+star-hotel ... lets be serious
  • 6 0
 Get two people and you have yourself a helicopter drop for hours of downhill.
  • 3 1
 That's a pretty nice wheelset too.
  • 3 0
 sold out in a few hours so i guess the price wasn't as crazy as it seems....
  • 5 0
 but you get to tell everybody that you placed in the top 100.
  • 1 0
 say you're willing to dish out the $$$, you still gotta know the pass-phrase required to register.......
  • 1 0
 for real though, they just made 130,000 dollars, thats enough start your own small time enduro park. or buy a few new cars... or live in whistler for 2 years, or buy all your friends new bikes...
  • 7 0
 I really wanted to sign up but that cost... I can just go ride lifts in Whistler for a week and pay half that much (including awesome meals and camping)! Considering they raise $130000 (less overhead and payouts), I'm kind of shocked that only $2800 bucks went back into the trails.
  • 1 0
 They only sold ~60 spots at $1000 per head last year.
  • 6 0
 For those talking about price; think about this. You have really good food (and beer) provided for all meals and in between. You have someone lugging your gear about and helping take care of you and your bike. You have a guided/curated ride experience. You have accommodations sorted out. All of the above for 5 days. So that breaks down to $260/day-ish. So, you want to go to Whistler. Your lift ticket costs $200 for 5 days. If you and a group go in on accommodations you will pay $50/night-ish, so $250. Food is gonna set you back somewhere between $30-$50 (could be more if you go luxe, or less if you really go budget) so lets call that $200. If you want to drink a few beers a night, that is gonna cost you at least a $100. So we are at $750ish. And we haven't talked about mechanical support, snacks, bonfires with the homies, being in the wilderness instead of a resort, and all the other 'experience' based calculations. Bottom line? It ain't cheap, but it's not the crazy expense everyone seems to think.
  • 1 0
 I'd be curious to know the percentage of non sponsored riders Smile
  • 4 0
 I'm curious about what you mean by sponsored? I'm guessing that most have some form of support from shops, and grassroots sponsorship but I would guess the vast majority are paying their entry fee out of pocket. (I know I am)
  • 5 0
 Same weekend as Cascadia MTB Championship in Port Angeles?
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 I just checked and it is SOLD OUT!! I wonder if the volunteers get to ride the trails also, I'm down to schlep gear just to experience this event. I was looking forward to this since hearing about last year's race. Guess I need to be faster next time.
  • 3 0
 Since you can't race but you sound like you just want to be able to ride the trails...

All of the trails that they rode last year are accessible to the public.

Nearly all of the trails that they rode last year are ridden during MBO in July and August, which is a really fun event but not a race. Guided rides, different camping site (Greenwaters Park), different food (non-gourmet), and probably less riding depending on how hard you hammer the afternoon shuttles.

Many of the trails that they rode last year can be ridden any time via Oregon Adventures or Cog Wild shuttles; prices vary some with guides some without.
  • 2 0
 That looks great. Thanks for the heads up. MBO is more in line with what I was looking for, even without the race aspect.
  • 4 0
 I wonder if there is a prize for DFL. Will soon find out...
  • 1 1
 I've never understood why you would volunteer for an event that is making loads of money for someone else. It's not like this is a non profit group. I've also never understood why anyone would pay money to go ride trails while lots of other people will be there trying to ride the same trails. I'll go on a weekday.
  • 2 0
 I really, really want to sign up for this, but with only 100 spots I feel like I should leave it to the locals.
  • 3 1
 If you're interested, you should sign up. Last year there were riders from all over. Including several locals.
  • 7 0
 Most of the locals can't afford it and they can ride those trails for free. I wouldn't worry about it. I used to live near Oakridge and I doubt anyone gives a shit.
  • 3 1
 School or or or this...hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • 3 0
 I have the same problem, and I'm a teacher!
  • 3 2
 I wanna know what they do with the other $100k+ they raise in fees
  • 1 3
 I purchased 4 spots. I'll be auctioning off the other 3 soon. Bidding starts at 1500.
  • 1 0
 Can't tell if you're serious. But if so that's genius.
  • 1 0
 Until it doesn't sell out Frown
  • 4 0
 not genius. not at all. really shitty in actuality.
  • 1 0
 Ha, yeah I meant like diabolically genius.
  • 1 0
 Holy shit, those went fast... I can afford that new SC Hightower now! Thanks suckas!
  • 1 4
 Thanks alot Trans-Cascadia, now all the dirt bags that enter this race every year discover all the good trails in Oakridge. F this over priced race. and F this organization!

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