High Desert Gravel Grinder

Ride 2 - Oregon Gravel Grinder Series

Course Description

Central Oregon is a mecca for road cycling for a reason. The amazing roads and cool local vibe coupled with unmatched hospitality provide cyclist with a winning cycling destination. Bend, Oregon is the center of the cycling scene and is proud to support the longest running professional cycling events in the country the Cascade Cycling Classic. The diversity of scenery will keep even those with the shortest attention spans completely mesmerized. The ride starts at the Bendistilery one of Oregon’s top makers of vodka and spirits. From there the ride will head north along the foothills of the Cascades. Riders will enjoy a mix of flat gravel and asphalt roads while viewing the massive mountains up close. The ride will head to Sisters, Oregon were participants will be split into two groups. Those hardy enough for the Big Grind will start the big grind up to the top of McKenzie Pass. In early June the upper portion of the McKenzie Pass Highway is still closed to motorist. It will have just been plowed out creating a unique experience as you ride between steep walls of snow cut by a massive snow blower. After reaching the top and taking a quick minute to enjoy breathtaking views you will have a fun decent back down to Sisters to rejoin the course with your fellow Medium Grinder riders. You will continue on with a variety of flat to rolling paved and gravel roads passing alfalfa fields, sage brush, and juniper forests and every once in a while the meandering Deschutes River.

Registration Fees

Category Small Grinder Medium Grinder Big Grinder
Before May 20th $55 $65 $75
After May 20th $65 $75 $85
  • Prizes will be given only for the Big Grind rides
  • Categories: men, women, masters men, masters women, and juniors.
  • Prizes include merchandise to the top 3 at each event, plus $1000 total in cash prizes for top 3 men and women for the overall series.
  • Overall series winner jersey awarded to top rider in each category.

Our Sponsors

Small Gravel Grind

There is no Small Grind offered for this ride.

Medium Gravel Grind

Big Gravel Grind

Post Ride Refuel

Upon finishing this epic ride you will be treated to music, amazing craft beers from local breweries and an opportunity to test some of our gracious hosts fine products at Bendistilery. Catered lunch will help you refuel and be ready for your next challenge.    

Packet Pick Up

Saturday, June 3

5 till 7pm

Sunday, June 4 (Race Day)

7 till 9am