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Osage Passage

October 6 - October 8

Riders on rocky trail in Osage Passage

Experience the thrill of gravel riding while immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Osage Hills at the Osage Passage gravel cycling event just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event draws participants from across the country as well as the region.  Osage Passage uniquely offers camping, music, bonfires, and five stellar gravel routes. Just 25 minutes from Downtown Tulsa, this weekend's celebration is about enjoying the community that springs up around the shared experiences of challenges on a bike. Strambecco rates the event as one of the Best Gravel Events in the South-Central region.

Route Options

One of the standout features of the Osage Passage event is its wide range of route options. From beginners to seasoned riders, there's something for everyone. Choose from routes ranging from 14, 40, 61, 101, and 300 miles, each catering to different difficulty levels and fitness abilities. The event's inclusivity encourages cyclists of all backgrounds to participate, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all.

Unique Route Names and Riding Conditions: Adding to the event's allure, the routes are named after gravel types for difficulty rather than indicating the type of gravel riders will encounter. Osage Passage gravel, mainly composed of crushed white chat, remains rideable even in rainy conditions. Unlike the notorious Flint Hills, which can cause tire damage, Osage gravel minimizes the risk of flat tires. While challenges may still arise on these gravel roads, riders can expect a smoother and more enjoyable ride.

Accomodations

Camping and Community: Beyond the epic ride, Osage Passage offers a camping experience that creates lasting memories. Set up your tent or RV in the picturesque venue and embrace the camping lifestyle. Gather around campfires, indulge in s'mores, and enjoy evening conversations with fellow participants. The community atmosphere is palpable, with live music, shared desserts, and a relaxed ambiance. Forge new friendships and reconnect with old ones while celebrating the spirit of camaraderie.

Post-Race Festivities: As the event progresses, post-race festivities add to the excitement. Witness the arrival of Osage Passage XL riders, marveling at their determination and accomplishments. Enjoy live music, request your favorite songs, and revel in the company of fellow cyclists. The Saturday evening atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back, providing the perfect opportunity to share stories, laughter, and a sense of achievement.

Sunday Recovery Ride: After a memorable weekend, Sunday morning marks the final day of camping. Wake up to the tranquility of nature and savor a leisurely breakfast. Consider joining the unofficial post-race recovery ride, where riders can reconnect and enjoy a refreshing pedal through the scenic surroundings. This recovery ride serves as a fitting conclusion to the Osage Passage experience, ensuring the final moments are cherished and enjoyed to the fullest.

Location

As an outdoor and cycling enthusiast, Osage County, Oklahoma, offers a diverse and picturesque landscape that caters to your adventurous spirit. Nestled in the heart of the state, Osage County combines the beauty of the Great Plains with rolling hills and sprawling prairies, providing a range of cycling opportunities and outdoor experiences.

First and foremost, the county boasts an extensive network of scenic roads and trails, making it a haven for cyclists of all levels. Whether you prefer road biking, gravel, or mountain biking, you'll find an array of routes to suit your preferences. The smooth and well-maintained roads offer fantastic opportunities for road cycling, while the rugged terrain of the Osage Hills and Tallgrass Prairie Preserve present great offroad options.

One highlight for outdoor enthusiasts in Osage County is the beautiful Keystone Ancient Forest. This protected area features over 1,300 acres of old-growth forest, complete with ancient trees, unique rock formations, and tranquil streams. Cycling through the forest trails gives you a sense of serenity as you marvel at the ancient beauty surrounding you.  Another notable attraction is the Osage Hills State Park, a haven for nature lovers. With over 1,100 acres of woodlands, rocky bluffs, and serene lakes, this park offers an abundance of outdoor activities. You can explore the park's trails by bike, discovering hidden waterfalls, wildlife habitats, and stunning vistas along the way.

As you venture through Osage County, you'll also have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and history. The county is home to numerous Native American sites and landmarks, offering insights into the rich heritage of the Osage Nation. Exploring these sites adds a unique layer to your outdoor adventures, connecting you with the land's historical significance.

 

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