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.
|In 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.|
|These 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 |
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.
|It [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 |
|When 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 |
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.
|As 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 |
“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.
|Not 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 |
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
Register for the Trans-Cascadia here.SponsorsShimano
|The 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 |
, Santa Cruz Bicycles
, Chris King
, Pearl Izumi
, Travel Oregon
, Modus Sport Group
, Clif Bar
, Clif Family Winery
, The U.S. Forest Service
, 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