There’s not a better time to ride bikes in Central Oregon than the start of fall.
The air’s crisp, the trails are clear and there’s usually a delicious harvest beer (or two) waiting for you after your ride. Here’s some of our favorite area bike events we look forward to this time of year:
MBSEF Thrilla Cyclocross Series
September 27 & October 4; Bend
It’s cyclocross season! Thursday night races at the Athletic Club of Bend serve as pre-season ‘cross training for diehards and a great season unto itself for newbies and less hardcore riders. The Athletic Club of Bend’s course offers a great mix of singletrack, obstacles, off-camber corners and even a bit of pavement to catch your breath.
Oregon 24 Mountain Bike Relay
September 29-30, Bend
Ride mountain bikes for 24 or 12 hours with a team of your buddies on the trails at Wanoga Sno-Park. Bring your RV or tent set up as team members race throughout the night! Teams of four or five riders are most common, but corporate teams can have as many as 10 riders. And yes, you can do the race solo!
Bend Fat Tire Tour
October 5-7, Bend
Three days of epic mountain bike rides around Bend and Mount Bachelor totaling 30 to 60 miles of trails each day. Local guides help set the pace and provide mechanical and navigational help. Just as important, 10 Barrel hosts refueling bashes Friday and Saturday night after the rides.
October 5-8, Prineville
Riders will spend three days exploring the Ochoco National Forest, traversing 220 miles over 18,000 feet of elevation. You’ll haul your own gear, but Good Bike Co. will provide fully catered dinners and breakfasts each day. Riders will also enjoy lunch and aid stops, full sag support and fishing opportunities at each campsite along the route.