Date: Jul 16, 2022
Location: Prineville, OR
Region: Northwest - Oregon
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Ochoco Gravel Grinder
July 16 @ 8:00 am - July 17 @ 5:00 pm$250
A multi-day gravel experience in the stunning Ochoco National Forest, The Ochoco Gravel Grinder offers two days of gravel roads in Oregon during an incredible time of the year with ideal riding conditions. Over Saturday and Sunday, riders will travel up to 140 miles and climb over 8968 feet of elevation. Registrants can select one or two day rides but are able to celebrate with all riders by camping and joining the festival nestled deep in Ochoco National Forest. Each day has challenging and moderate rides labeled as Big Grinder or Small Grinder. Day One loops around Big Summit Prairie with a climb up Mount Pisgah. Big Grinders complete over 80 miles with more than 6,000 feet of climbing. Small Grinders race 58 miles and only 4,800 feet of climbing. The scenery is stunning with high prairies, mountain streams, and lots of wild life. Day Two takes riders through many unique features of the Ochoco National Forests’ northwestern section with long stretches of Fir and Ponderosa pines. Those in Big Grinder travel a little more than 70 miles and climb almost 8,000 feet. Small Grinder riders is a little shorter at 50 miles and slightly more than 6,000 feet. Both days have open gravel roads used by public but there is minimal traffic.
Registration for the event includes chip timing, mechanical support, aid stations, commemorative t-shirt and pint glass. All riders also receive post-race meal and celebration both Saturday and Sunday. There are add-ons that offer camping and additional meals. Camping package is the Ochoco Gravel Festival with an on-site campsite with restrooms that is near the beautiful Walton Lake. You are invited to camp-out with tent for RV and join fellow riders to play games, enjoy music, and celebrate with food and bar. Meal package add-on includes two dinners, Friday and Saturday, and breakfast for race days, Saturday and Sunday. For competitive racers, the days are timed and awards, there are five categories where merchandise and prize money goes to top three riders of Big Grinder and Small Grinder for each category.
Those who are not interested in the add-ons, not to worry, Pineville, Oregon has many lodging and dining options available. For hotels or camping, Five Pine Lodge and Spa, Best Western Pineville Inn, and Ochoco Lake County Campgrounds. Dining in Pineville has a variety spread across town. These diverse restaurants are open for lunch and dinner at Barney Prine’s Steakhouse & Saloon or all three meals available at Crossroads BBQ Pit and Pub and The Apple Peddler.
The Oregon Trail Stage Race is part of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series produced by Breakaway Promotions which operates several other top multi-day gravel events. The full event line-up includes: Gorge; Cascade; Oregon Trail; and Ochoco. There are discounts when riders register for three or four at a time. For all multi-day riders, this is your chance to experience some of the best gravel rides Cascade Mountain Range and national parks of Oregon has to offer in the spring and summer.