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    Trans Cascadia anyone?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=d-qxwpepJqA

    I see registration opens tomorrow.
    Anyone here going?

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    Thoughts about it...(beyond cost)?

    Just wondering.

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    It seems like a great time, but I don’t race. I’m seriously considering their excursions (guided rides / weekends) when they reopen.

    Some of the stages from 2018 would have wrecked me, based on the numbers (elevation, miles).

    Overall the organization has done a lot for reopening old / lost / forgotten trails around Oregon, and that makes me happy, even if I haven’t gotten to ride many or most of them.

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    tbmaddux~

    Yeah I was wondering that, where did you find the daily mileage and elevation totals?
    And yeah not much of a racer anymore myself, never have even done an "Enduro race" even,
    but damn as far as an experience goes I would love to "try" and survive 5 days of rad riding.
    We'll see though.

    Have you done Pyramids yet? I wanna get that done this next year.

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    Find one of the pro's that was in last year's race and check their strava for Sep 27-30. Most days appear to be 6-8k footies of climbing. 4 days in a row. Pretty serious vert.

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    They'd post the numbers in the ride videos and on daily reports. For example, day 1, they say: "Racers began heading out on course at 7 am. Following a flowy section of trail along the river, they pedaled through a stunning old growth forest before beginning a 30-mile climb with a 7,000-foot elevation gain. Roughly an hour-and-a-half up racers hit the peak and the start of Stage 1."

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/2018-t...ever-been.html

    Here's a link to the overall route. Close to 30mi and 10,000ft of climbing.
    https://www.trailforks.com/route/201...ascadia-day-1/

    EDIT - I haven't done Pyramids / Old Cascade Crest and it's definitely on my radar. So is the O'Leary / Castle Rock / King-Castle shuttle, which I've been shut out of two years running due to fires.

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    Damn. That's some BIG days. Consecutive also. Ouch.
    Sheesh.
    Combined that w/ the sleeping on the ground, late nights, booze, and being over 40years old.
    Seems like that event could be tougher than it sounds, and it sounds TOUGH.

    tbmaddux: I did the whole O'learly/kings castle Loop last year.
    Couldn't get the Horse Creek to shuttle me due to it being mid week and no other riders.
    So I did it solo.
    It was HOT, and smoky.
    Bring a water filter. I ran out.
    A bit spooky out there solo though. No Cell and no help should anything go wrong.
    Wife and kiddo were back at camp and starting to worry. Don't do what I did.
    Great ride though.

    Hummmm Trans-Cascadia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veeco View Post
    Damn. That's some BIG days. Consecutive also. Ouch.
    Sheesh.
    Combined that w/ the sleeping on the ground, late nights, booze, and being over 40years old.
    Seems like that event could be tougher than it sounds, and it sounds TOUGH.

    tbmaddux: I did the whole O'learly/kings castle Loop last year.
    Couldn't get the Horse Creek to shuttle me due to it being mid week and no other riders.
    So I did it solo.
    It was HOT, and smoky.
    Bring a water filter. I ran out.
    A bit spooky out there solo though. No Cell and no help should anything go wrong.
    Wife and kiddo were back at camp and starting to worry. Do do what I did.
    Great ride though.

    Hummmm Trans-Cascadia?
    I did Oleary loop solo once back before it started going bonkers and getting all the work done. Went CCW which was terrible. I almost died. I chose poorly.

    I volunteer with Trans Cascadia mostly on trail stuff and it's a blast for me. Long hard days, and fun time around the fire. Good group of people. I didn't make this last race (as a volunteer) but that is even more of a hoot.

    There are all KINDS of people in the race and I would not worry about being over 40. It's all super chill.

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    Get a map and go camping!!! I've been riding the trails that were included in the 2018 race for 20 years, they are amazing, and I'm sure they're even better now with the work that was done.

    While you're at it, check out the trails to the south in the Dark Divide.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Registration sold out (100 riders) in 2 days.

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    anybody have any clues if it's going to be in Wa. again or Oregon this year?

    i know that they like to keep that tight to themselves
    breezy shade

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post

    Overall the organization has done a lot for reopening old / lost / forgotten trails around Oregon, and that makes me happy,
    Ditto that.
    I'vd ridden most of the courses they've used. Goat Creek/Tumwater was my favorite with the Pyramid stuff probably my least favorite. With that I'd like to do the Pyramid shuttle day they put on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    anybody have any clues if it's going to be in Wa. again or Oregon this year?

    i know that they like to keep that tight to themselves
    My guess is the trails to the south in the Dark Divide. They're rowdy and could definitely use some attention.

    There is easily a 100+ miles of trail in the Dark Divide, some trails are still maintained by the moto groups, but there are some that have been forgotten. Seems perfect for the Trans Cascadia format.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    My guess is the trails to the south in the Dark Divide. They're rowdy and could definitely use some attention.

    There is easily a 100+ miles of trail in the Dark Divide, some trails are still maintained by the moto groups, but there are some that have been forgotten. Seems perfect for the Trans Cascadia format.
    probably a good guess. Washington most definitely has a whole lot more backcountry to qualify for Trans Cascadia to do their thing with.

    in your twenty years of being in the Goat Mtn. trail system, did you ever ride Tumwater? both ways? that's the one trail in that complex i haven't seen any of. on the list for this summer
    breezy shade

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    probably a good guess. Washington most definitely has a whole lot more backcountry to qualify for Trans Cascadia to do their thing with.
    I wonder how much lost or unmaintained trails are out there to sustain the Trans Cascadia format? With the exception of a failed attempt to ride the Old Cascade Crest Trail years ago, some of what they used in the Oregon races was new to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    in your twenty years of being in the Goat Mtn. trail system, did you ever ride Tumwater? both ways? that's the one trail in that complex i haven't seen any of. on the list for this summer
    I've done this as a lolliloop. If I remember correct...Up Goat Mt - Down and around on Tumwater Mt - Up to Vanson Peak - Return on Goat Mt. Something like 30ish miles and 7000' of climbing. I'd need to look at a map to confirm this.
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    Oregon was mostly existing trails that were already adopted and being ridden and maintained. Grasshopper/Chucksney was reopened and scratched back into existence pretty much from nothing. The O’Leary grand reopening was kicked off by a big push to get it ready to race – work on that trail network goes way back into early days of this forum. The third one was reopening the Old Cascade Crest system. The rest of it was a lot of things on and around the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette NF.

    There’s still hundreds of miles of “trail” out there on maps that could get opened back up, and Oregon Timber Trail for example is working on fundraising for new connectors.

    So... where will they race... If you watch their videos you can see they talk about starting around Oakridge so they could figure out how to run the race and logistics and all that, before moving north to where they’d always wanted to do something. Assuming that was the truth then my bet is they’ll stay north of the Columbia. Or maybe they’ll get mobile enough to move all over OR / WA?

    If you watch their build days and photos you can usually figure out the region. St. Helens was featured rather prominently in pictures last year...
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    My intel tells me it's back to the Gifford Pinchot for round #2.
    So much good stuff up there yet still to explore.

    So I guess I gotta start "training" my legs, lungs, and my liver now.
    I suspect it's gonna hurt,
    hurt real good.
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    Grasshopper went back to bunchgrass pretty quick. Maybe they can hold another stage there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Grasshopper went back to bunchgrass pretty quick. Maybe they can hold another stage there.
    I was wondering if this would be the case. I did hear there is a new Evergreen chapter working in the Goat Mt/White Pass area.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    . I did hear there is a new Evergreen chapter working in the Goat Mt/White Pass area.
    Read the same on the WA forums and that's really cool. That's becoming my favorite zone. Found myself heading up there for wknds rather than points south from town all last summer/fall. Wonder how hard it is for a tradesman to eek out a living in Morton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Read the same on the WA forums and that's really cool. That's becoming my favorite zone. Found myself heading up there for wknds rather than points south from town all last summer/fall. Wonder how hard it is for a tradesman to eek out a living in Morton.
    Morton has 2 lumber mills, a medical waste disposal company and a Ford dealership. There is another lumber mill up the road in Randell. I'm usually at the mills in Morton and Randell every 2-3 weeks. Doesn't seem like there is much else in town, unless you work in a dinner or bar, or the school system. Morton doesn't seem like a bad little town though.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    I raced it last year and had a amazing time!! It was mindblowing. Big days for sure, but I didn't find any of too bad, but I do train consistently year around. I think just time on the bike is key....that and not rallying to hard at night, which is easy to do.

    Look after yourself in the evenings, get hydrated before you plow into the kegs and relax a bit. I rode at the front of the group, I was first back to camp most the days so rode the virgin trails a number of times which is good and bad...but I did get back early so got a shower and settled in a bit.

    The cost is nothing, trust me, when your done it will be $$ well spent, I have not heard a single person say otherwise....

    Ride conservative, 140/160 bike minimum, tough aggressive tires and big brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizRider View Post
    I raced it last year and had a amazing time!! It was mindblowing. Big days for sure, but I didn't find any of too bad, but I do train consistently year around. I think just time on the bike is key....that and not rallying to hard at night, which is easy to do.

    Look after yourself in the evenings, get hydrated before you plow into the kegs and relax a bit. I rode at the front of the group, I was first back to camp most the days so rode the virgin trails a number of times which is good and bad...but I did get back early so got a shower and settled in a bit.

    The cost is nothing, trust me, when your done it will be $$ well spent, I have not heard a single person say otherwise....

    Ride conservative, 140/160 bike minimum, tough aggressive tires and big brakes.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom ArizRider, I appreciate it.
    It's been a tough winter for me, so I partially signed up for this "experience" for something to look forward to...something to focus on, to work towards.
    Luckily I live in an area that allows me to pedal out the back door and get some "training" rides in so that's a huge motivator and plus.
    I have no illusions of grandeur, just want to finish the experience as a better rider, and enjoy some trails and laughs w/ friends.
    But damn last year's day 1 looked tough.....32miles, 6.5hrs in the saddle, 8400ft gain.
    I got's some work to do.
    Still amazed my wife supported this quest of mine. its a huge ask on my part, esp seeing as we have a 3 year old.
    I am a lucky lucky man. and I know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veeco View Post
    I got's some work to do.
    CPR might be a good training ride for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    CPR might be a good training ride for you.
    Is that that Mac ride when they try and ride ALL the trails in a day?
    or another one.

    maybe PM me the details if you can. Thanks man.

    We should pedal soon.

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    At first, I read that as, "CPR might be good training for you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BraapTastic View Post
    At first, I read that as, "CPR might be good training for you."
    yeah, no doubt I'll be needing some CPR at some point during race week.

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