Sisters Stampede is a traditional event over Memorial Day weekend presented by Mudslinger Events and the second leg in the Oregon XC Series, six premier Oregon MTB events spanning April to September. It is available for 500 registrants to ride the Peterson Ridge Trail System. There is a Long Course option that is 27 miles (1500 feet elevation gain) and a Short Course option that covers 14 miles (500 feet elevation gain). These courses have 33 categories and Top 3 awards for each in addition to an overall $1000 cash prize. Both courses are mainly single-track, including a rolling single-track scattered with Central Oregon lava rock. They are challenging rides with stunning views of the Three Sisters Mountains. Kids under nine years old have their course to register for that has one to two laps, depending on age. All participants are invited to the after-race party at Three Creeks Brewing. Blazing Saddles Cycle and Supply Bike Shop hosts an annual block party that welcomes all riders.
In addition to the event celebration gatherings, Sisters, Oregon, has a quaint downtown with many retail shops and restaurants, including Sisters Depot, The Kitchen Table, and Sisters Saloon. For lodging, there are various options, from a resort and spa, affordable hotels, and motels to conveniently located campgrounds: Five Pine Lodge & Cabins, Sisters Inn & Suites, and Creekside Campground.
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 Northwest’s best mountain bike and gravel race events. The full 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.