Date: Jul 16, 2022
Location: Bend, Oregon
Region: Northwest - Oregon
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High Cascades 100
The 14th annual High Cascade 100 is a classic endurance mountain Bike race taking place in the mountain mecca of Bend Oregon. The race is produced by Mudslinger Events, known in the Northwest for their full roster of premiere mountain biking, gravel, and a mix service events. The Cascade 100 is Mudslinger’s pinnacle-MTB event at 100 miles and just under 10,000 feet elevation gain. The Cascade’s course design is very intelligent with the bulk of the work done in the first 60 miles, and once the final aid station is reached, riders are treated to 40-odd miles with mainly wonderful single track descent to finish off in Bend.
The Cascades is definitely not a bare-bones event but on the premium side when looking at the quality of aid stations, merch, and overall perks. There are 4 fully stocked aid stations kitted out with Hammer Nutrition which are located at the 24, 33, 48, and 64-mile markers respectively. Being such a well organized event, there are some excellent merchandise options to remember the sufferfest with everything ranging from race-designed jerseys, bibs, socks, button-down tops, and hats which are all purchasable on the Bike.reg link. There are multiple event categories that you can sign up for that revolve around the 100-mile main course. There are the Open Men, Veteran Men (40-49), 50+ masters men, 60+ masters Men, Single Speed, and the same for the woman with open and 40-49, 50+ masters categories respectively.
A wonderful addition is the race organizers offering a bike shipping service and acceptance of your shipped bike from your home to Bend (Sagebrush Cycles), who is an official sponsor, for just 150 dollars. This option is also bookable on bikereg. Importantly, the Cascade 100 is the 4th stop of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) Epic Series. The Epic Series is a world-class mountain bike endurance race series that is a calendar of 9, 100-mile endurance races, bringing the best riders in the country to compete for the overall title. But of course, you can do these events all individually like the Cascade 100. The High Cascades 100 is an excellent endurance mountain bike race utilizing some of the best single track in the Northwest and is a guaranteed physical challenge with top-level organization, aid stations, logistics, and perks. A peak event by all means, the Cascades 100 is very much approved by the Strambecco staff.
Mudslinger Events was formed by Michael Ripley, an enthusiastic mountain biker who grew up in Eugene, Oregon. The organization brings people together to explore the gorgeous outdoor areas of Oregon. Having been run since 1987, Mudslinger Events brings back a vintage atmosphere to Mountain Biking and cross country racing. They organize some of the best mountain bike and gravel race events in the entire United States all taking place in the Northwest. The full Oregon XC Series includes Mudslinger XC, Sisters Stampede, Oregon 24/12, High Cascades 100, and Ring of Fire.
Mudslinger also produces the The Oregon Triple Crown Series, a series of 5 premiere gravel and mixes surface events: Oregon Coast Gravel Epic, West Coast Gravel, Oregon Gran Fondo, Sasquatch Duro, and Takelma Gravel Grinder. People interesting in participating can register for each event separately or benefit from the OTC Series Pass that includes price discounts, bike accessories, and prizes associated with the timed-event awards.