The 15th annual High Cascade 100 is a classic endurance mountain Bike race in the mountain mecca of Bend, Oregon. The race is produced by Mudslinger Events and is part of the Oregon XC Series, six premier Oregon MTB events spanning April to September. 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 not a bare-bones event but on the premium side when looking at the quality of aid stations, merch, and overall perks. Four fully stocked aid stations are kitted out with Hammer Nutrition at 24, 33, 48, and 64-mile markers. Being such a well-organized event, there are some excellent merchandise options to remember the suffer-fest, ranging from race-designed jerseys, bibs, socks, button-down tops, and hats. You can sign up for multiple event categories 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.
High Cascades is also a stop of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) Epic Series. The Epic Series is a world-class mountain bike endurance race series with a calendar of 9+ 100-mile endurance races, bringing the best riders in the country to compete for the overall title. NUE comprises an Epic Series, 100-mile events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events. Strambecco rates all of the events here: True Grit 100/50, Cohutta 100 – Big Frog 65, Mohican MTB 100, Wilderness 101k, Telluride 100/50, Shenandoah 100, Marji Gesick 100/50, Ring of Fire 100, Big Grizzly 100/75, Carrabassett 100.
The High Cascades 100 is an excellent endurance mountain bike race utilizing some of the best single tracks in the Northwest. It 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 United States in the Northwest. The Oregon XC Series includes Mudslinger XC, Sisters Stampede, Oregon 24/12, High Cascades 100, and Ring of Fire.
Mudslinger also produces 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 interested in participating can register for each event separately or benefit from the OTC Series Pass, which includes price discounts, bike accessories, and prizes associated with the timed-event awards.
This route was used in 2022, but you can expect some changes in 2023.