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The most scenic and diverse gravel in the country!
 

Second event of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series

May 12-14, 2023
Bend, OR

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SUNDAY THREE CREEKS
 

START/FINISH LOCATION:

Start at Sisters High School

Finish at Village Green Park

Small Grinder

Ride Distance 42.7 mi

Total Gravel 90%
Total Elevation 3051 ft

Medium Grinder

Ride Distance 62.7 mi

Total Gravel 94%
Total Elevation 4770 ft

Big Grinder

Ride Distance 86.4 mi 

Total Gravel 92%
Total Elevation 7059 ft

  Includes the infamous "4 Miles of Hell" section

CASCADE GRAVEL GRINDER

NO AERO BARS are allowed on ANY stage of the Oregon Gravel Grinder series. 

**Course distances and elevation are subject to change depending on the route conditions after the winter snow melt. 

 
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SUNDAY, MAY 14TH
Three Creeks

With over 6000 feet of climbing for the Big Grinder the ride is sure to send competitors home with sore legs. The course starts at Sisters High School in the quaint town of Sisters and first skirts along the Cascade foothills before getting real and heading straight up into the mountain range.

 

Huge, up close, breath-taking views of the Three Sisters Mountains are around every corner will help to numb the pain and suffering. Well-stocked aid stations along the route will help fuel riders on to the finish back at Village Green Park where music, great food, and a beer garden await. Bring your climbing legs and strong resolve for this final day. Big Grinders...be ready for the, "4 Miles of Hell" section.

EACH RIDE DISTANCE HAS TWO AID STATIONS.

Parking

Parking at Sisters High School

See the "Everything Else" page for full parking information.

STAGE RACE

Be part of the exclusive Cascade Stage Race- only 250 riders allowed.  Race three days on three unique courses. 

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NO AERO BARS are allowed on ANY stage of the Oregon Gravel Grinder series. 

FRIDAY
TIME TRIAL

 

START/FINISH LOCATION:

Virginia Meissner Sno-Park

Time Trial

Ride Distance 6.8 mi

Timed Distance:  4 mi

Total Gravel 100%
Total Elevation 745 ft

NO AERO BARS are allowed on ANY stage of the Oregon Gravel Grinder series. 

SATURDAY
BUST YOUR BUTTE

 

START/FINISH LOCATION:

Kapka Sno-Park

Big Grinder

Ride Distance 55.1 mi

Total Gravel 70%
Total Elevation 4020 ft

SUNDAY
THREE CREEKS

 

START/FINISH LOCATION:

Start at Sisters High School

Finish at Village Green Park

Big Grinder

Ride Distance 86.4 mi 

Total Gravel 92%
Total Elevation 7059 ft

  Includes the infamous "4 Miles of Hell" section

Award Categories for this event are,  

  • Juniors

  • Open Men

  • Open Women

  • Masters Men 45-54, 60+

  • Masters Women 45-54, 60+

Merchandise goes to the top three for each category in each distances for each day. Podium will be for top three from each category for each distance. *Masters category is defined as anyone 45 years of age or older on race day. 

SEE PAST RESULTS

STAGE RACE COURSES

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STAGE RACE
DAY 1- FRIDAY, MAY 12TH
Time Trial

New for 2022 is the Virginia Meissner Time Trial. This is a classic mountain course with technical roads on winding climbs through thick forests. All roads are closed to traffic so it will be just you, your bike, and your competition out on the course. The time trial will allow riders to see who came out of winter fit and ready to go.​

NO AID STATIONS ON THIS COURSE.

 

**No aero bars or equipment are allowed. This is Eddy Merckx-style racing.

 
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STAGE RACE
DAY 2- SATURDAY, MAY 13TH
Bust Your Butte

This fast-rolling course will take riders along the eastern edge of the mighty Cascade Mountain Range to the southwest of Bend. Stands of huge ponderosa pine forests and views of Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top will help distract you from the suffering.

 

Climbs are low angle and fast. Road surfaces will be smooth, firm, and fast as we utilize a number of well-established Forest Service roads. The early spring time frame helps assure minimal vehicular traffic along the route. There will be two aid stations on the course to help with refueling.

EACH RIDE DISTANCE HAS TWO AID STATIONS.

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STAGE RACE
DAY 3- SUNDAY, MAY 14TH
Three Creeks

Saving the toughest for last the Three Creeks Gravel Grinder is big on challenge and elevation. With over 6000 feet of climbing for the Big Grinder the ride is sure to send competitors home with sore legs. The course starts at Sisters High School in the quaint town of Sisters and first skirts along the Cascade foothills before getting real and heading straight up into the mountain range.

 

Huge, up close, breath-taking views of the Three Sisters Mountains are around every corner will help to numb the pain and suffering. Well-stocked aid stations along the route will help fuel riders on to the finish back at Village Green Park where music, great food, and a beer garden await. Bring your climbing legs and strong resolve for this final day. Big Grinders...be ready for the, "4 Miles of Hell" section.

EACH RIDE DISTANCE HAS TWO AID STATIONS.

RIDER PERKS

Breakaway Delivers:

  • Commemorative T-shirt

  • Commemorative Pint Glass

  • Cascade Gravel Grinder Badge

  • Well-Stocked Aid Stations

  • Mechanical Support

  • Sunday Ride Celebration Lunch & Beer

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