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Tour de Fronds Rides
June 15, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 6:00 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 6:30 am on day third of June, repeating until June 17, 2023
The Tour de Fronds is one of the most beautiful cycling events in Oregon. The Tour is your choice of scenic rides on low-traffic roads in Southern Oregon’s beautiful Coast Range. From your saddle enjoy views of old-growth forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, rivers, streams, and mountain vistas.
The Tour is well-supported with many and varied snacks and beverages available at each Check-In area. A large meal after the tour is included in your registration.
The Tour de Fronds transverses Oregon’s premier Glendale/Powers Bicycle Recreation Area, a project of USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Seven rides are available. Asphalt rides include 30, 45, 63, 77, and 117 mile long rides with different climbing and grade challenges (see tire recommendations below). Two rides are asphalt/gravel rides including a metric century to the Rogue River/Old Agness Store as well the 55-mile Big Tree/Flannagan Prairie ride.
Asphalt/Gravel Ride: Big Tree-Flannagan Prairie: 55 Miles
Route: Powers – Big Tree (Largest Port Orford Cedar in the World) – Flannagan Prairie – Powers
Twenty-seven miles of two-track gravel, 15 of single-lane asphalt with turn outs, and 13 miles of two-lane asphalt (55 miles in all) will give you a fair measure of your physical condition. The gravel and single-lane asphalt portions usually have minimal traffic. There is approximately 5500 feet of elevation gain. The circular route begins and ends in Powers. The largest Port Orford Cedar in the world is located at mile 10.8 on this route.
Asphalt/Gravel Ride: The Rogue River-Singing Springs Metric Century Adventure: 71 miles – Metric Century
Route: Powers – Agness Pass – Rogue River – Singing Springs Resort (turn around point) – Powers
This loop-ride, with 58 miles of asphalt and 18 miles of gravel, will allow you to work out a 5400 foot elevation gain. A six mile, 2000 foot decent on two-track gravel through old growth mixed hardwood/conifer forest and you will be looking for Robin Hood before you reach the Rogue River Access at Foster Bar (sorry, it’s a massive gravel bar). Pedal 6.4 miles on single-lane asphalt with pullouts and you arrive at the turn around point, the Old Agness Store (the ambiance center of the Rogue River). Digest your milkshake before your 11 mile climb up to Agness Pass. It’s just a trip to the store.
Agness Pass: 45 Miles
Route: Powers – Agness Pass – Powers
A 45 mile out and back ride with 2,800 feet of climbing including a 4.5 mile challenge climb as part of a Category 2 climb. Also includes a Category 3 climb. Elevation of Agness Pass is 2,353 feet. The return is a fun and intense descent.
Mahaffy/Cruiser: 103 Miles
Route: Powers – Arrastra Saddle – Anatuvak Saddle – Cow Creek Loop – Anatuvak Saddle – Arrastra Saddle – Powers
This 103-mile loop claims an elevation gain of 10,000 feet while winding through old-growth forest. The route follows the South Fork of the Coquille to near its source in Eden Valley. The climb to Arrastra Saddle is still on route. Upon reaching Anatuvak Saddle, riders will descend to Cow Creek for a rest stop before tackling a Category 1 climb back to Anatuvak Saddle. Besides a Category 1 climb, the route also includes Categories 2, 3, and 5 climbs to test and challenge. The ride back to Powers follows the South Fork or the Coquille River, but this time as mostly a descent. This is a very difficult ride.
Important Tire and Route Information
The Tour de Fronds is a back-country route, beautiful, but remote. The Forest Service and BLM roads are mostly paved and fine for road bikes, but some of the route is chip-seal. We also recommend that you cycle with a partner and limit speed on the descents.
Daphne Grove, Eden Valley Metric Century, Arrastra Saddle, Cruiser-Dutch Henry Century and Agness Pass
We recommend 25C to 32C tires as a minimum for comfort.
Big Tree – Flannagan Prairie and Rogue River – Old Agness Store Rides
We recommend 26 x 1.5 or 700 x 32 tires for those riding these asphalt/gravel rides.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.