“The Grand Tour of Gravel” – https://www.oregontrailgravelgrinder.com
- 5 Days of Gravel
- 4 Nights of Camping
- 350 Unbelievable Miles (Pioneer experience)
- Gravel adventure through the heart of the Cascades in Oregon
2022 OTGG Day 3 Video Experience
In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew takes on the Pioneer route option, ridden at shooting video / survival pace 🙂 and knocks out the third of five stages. Training for this experience in North Florida wasn’t an option, so JOM toted along reasonably low gears to get over most of the climbs. It is important to note that a good level of fitness and skills, particularly for descending, are recommended to tackle each day of the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder.
Continued from Above:
“This five-day event will challenge and reward racers and adventure riders not only on the epic days in the saddle but the celebration of the gravel tribe each night at camp. We take care of all of the details and support you on your journey – from tents to gourmet food to professional massage and nightly entertainment – you’ll come away sore, accomplished, and with unmatched tales and friendship from the trail. This Grand Tour of Gravel will be the adventure of your life time!”
Two Ride Options
Ready to race the Oregon Trial? Do you want to test your limits and push yourself in the most challenging and beautiful scenery? Then you are a PIONEER! 362 Total miles, 33,560 feet of elevation (adjusted slightly for 2022 due to weather leading into the event).
Looking for a true ride experience on the Oregon Trail? If you want the adventure but not the pressure of a race? Then you are a SETTLER! 312 Total miles, 24,867 (adjusted slightly for 2022 due to weather leading into the event).
More about Stage 3 from the OTGG Website
“For the Pioneers, we have something interesting this year…an enduro-style day set up. Riders will start the day touring around the reservoir before hitting Aid Station #1, where we will have the start of an uphill race. Competitors will race this uphill segment, have a 2-mile, neutral ride, and then hit Aid Station #2, where lunch will be offered, music, beverages, and an opportunity to regroup with your friends.”
“After refreshing, riders will then take on the second segment of the day- the downhill leg- descending on the tight, technical logging roads back to the Hill’s Reservoir. This segment will be the second timed segment of the day. Overall stage results will be based on the combined timed of both the uphill and downhill segments. Both timed segments will apply to the overall GC and time bonuses will be offered for both.”
“Riders will then descend to the South Fork of the Willamette River before climbing once again up and over the Huckleberry Mountain and into the old logging town of Oakridge. Oakridge is an interesting community that has gone from being a depressed logging town to recently finding its footing in recreation and tourism, boasting some of the most spectacular mountain bike trails and riding in the country.”
Links of Interest:
- Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder – https://www.oregontrailgravelgrinder.com
- T-Lab X3.22 (JOM’s bike for the OTGG)
- Gravel Cyclist’s Route Library