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The Best of Both MTB & Road

June 13 - June 14

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day second of June, repeating until June 14, 2025

For many, it’s already a tradition. Since our debut in the summer of 2018, the best of both dual-discipline bike race has brought a community of bike riders and racers together from across the nation to test their fitness, endurance, and desire, on some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in North America. The Best of Both course splits down to 62-road miles, and 23 off-road miles, combining a little under 6,000 feet of ascent. Riders may switch from a road bike to a trail-friendly bike at . at transition point, or take down the entire 85-miles on one bike in our challenging “single-steed” category.

We start on the road. The course navigates a loop around the ever-present panorama of the snow-capped Cascade mountains, ebbing and flowing, climbing and descending on fortified high altitude pavement and gritty, chip sealed rural forestry grades. Riders wind up through the network of lakes and dense steeple-pine forestry, entering the cascade lakes highway, and summiting Mount Bachelor on its highest paved surface at 6,400 feet. Our single-track course combines fast-flowing “bermed-out” trails, rock gardens, and swoopy tunnels of pine that go with and against gravity. The course environment evolves with each passing mile, with a climb back to Wanoga and the finish arch. Central Oregon offers some of the most eco-diverse terrains in the nation, and this course, both on the road and off, continually showcases the unrivaled natural beauty that Bend is known for. Our open men and women’s solo races put the most ambitious riders onto the road at 9 am, followed by the Single-Steeders, the Master’s Men and Women, the Team Relay, and Doubles riders. For those who don’t care to race, consider our “challenge ride,” a full course, Fondo-style event with feed stations, and mechanical support. Take in the wonder of the region with your head up and your crew.

Our team races open a world of opportunities to seasoned racers, as well as novices and first-time endurance riders. Our Open Team relay invites specialist teams of two to break this down into two pieces – A road rider loops the 62 miles on road, and hands off to a mountain biker to bring it home on the trails. go as fast as you can and find the best formula – who’s is your dream team partner? who’s the quickest guy or gal you know to supplement your own bike riding strengths and ambitions? the team relay is also an opportunity for those who wish to partner up with a friend, colleague, family member, or weekend riding partner to simply ride, enjoy, and finish the course. If you don’t feel confident over the entire 85-miles, bring your teamie, support and encourage each other, and make some great memories.

The doubles race format was born out of a request from a local husband and wife team in our debut year. They wanted to experience this incredible challenge together! The doubles format promotes team work in the extreme, as riders roll-out on both courses and work together “Cape Epic” style. Draft, encourage, dig-deep, learn, become the sum of your parts, prevail, and cross the line together on this unique, scenic, and diverse 85-mile course.

The team races are fun, competitive, and open to all levels of experience.

Going Back to Basics: In 2020, The Best of Both transitions to Become a full weekend event, and our second day is as equally unique as the first. Following on from the success of the “Single Steed – Quiver Killer” One-bike category in 2019, we introduce a new format that puts the ability and fitness of the rider above the tech.The mixed surface showdown is an uncomplicated bike racing challenge by design. For over 100-years, bike racers have saddled up and pedaled over the most challenging, remote, and diverse terrain in the cause of victory. It stands to reason that regardless of technology, weight advantages, aerodynamics, and geometries, that it’s ultimately the rider that dictates the winning margin. He or she is the unknown factor – legs vs. legs, heart against heart, mind over meltdown.

The Format: Reverse engineered from an idea that puts the skill and fitness of the rider before the benefits of technology, the Mixed Surface Showdown challenges bike racers to traverse a 32-mile course on rural roads, undulated Oregon gravel, and hard-pack forestry roads. To sweeten the deal, we have introduced a few sections of rapid and diverse single-track with some rocky (hike-a-bike) sections to break up the action. Although we will stage a strategically placed “Inflation Station” between the single-track and road – A place to gas up those tires and reduce rolling resistance on the road – there will be no bike changes or wheel swaps. Choose your weapon for this burly task – a full-on gravel rig? A stealthy CX bike? A hardtail or full suspension Mountain bike? Or maybe a road machine with 28’s and SPd’s…? the decision is all yours.

Start to Finish: From a 100-yard (ish) Le Mans-style dash on foot, the race kicks-off from the Wanoga snow park. We invite you to take down a 32-mile course that loops around some of the stellar on and off-road terrain that lies between Wanoga and Bend before racing to the finish line in the heart of the LOGE ENTRADA resort. Conveniently, The LOGE also serves as our race packet collection point on Friday, June 12th, our post-race after party’s and award ceremony’s on both days, and our weekend lodging partner with loyalty deals on rooms for participants. See the weekend schedule accommodations page for more details and start planning your assault on the moth authentic bike race you’ve never ridden.

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