News Briefs, Oakridge/Westfir, Outdoors

‘Alpine Epic’ mountain bike endurance race planned for Saturday, July 31

Cascade Cream Puff and the Alpine Trail Crew Association are planning a major XC mountain bike endurance legacy race for Saturday, July 31, in the woods of Oakridge-Westfir.

Called the Alpine Epic , the event features world-class, pristine singletrack on a 50-, 25- or 15-mile course on the Alpine Trail network, considered to be the crown-jewel mountain bike destination of the Upper Willamette.

This race will wind through open beargrass meadows, stunning vistas and old-growth groves, showcasing unsurpassed wildflower displays and lush green carpets of Pacific Northwest rainforests.

This year, Cascadia Dirt Cup will be providing chip timing and the race will begin at 8 a.m. with a neutral start by category from TransCascadia Excursions, over the Office Bridge, and to the North Fork Trail, using staggered entries every 15 seconds. All courses will end at the end of the Westfir-Tie trail before riders approach the gravel road back to the Westfir Portal and Office Bridge. All Oregon XC Series results will be calculated on-site in the staging area at TransCascadia Excursions.

The course will feature the classic 50-Mile Cascade Cream Puff “Fritter” legacy loop, including the North Alpine, Tire Mountain and Cloverpatch trail segments. The 25-mile “long course” Oregon XC Series option follows the same road climb up 1910, but will route participants down Alpine “proper” from the trail entry at Kate’s Cut-in, on the main trail system. The 15-mile “short course” Oregon XC Series option will cut in from the initial gravel road climb on 1910 at 683, and riders will jump on singletrack above Buckhead Shelter and dive into the lower Alpine trail to the finish.

Proceeds from the Alpine Epic will support thousands of volunteer hours on Middle Fork Willamette trails, including the construction of two new bridges on Tire Mountain, a 4.5 mile trail extension on Cloverpatch (eliminating a 3.5-mile gravel road climb), along with routine maintenance and future expansions on the North Fork Trail. Your proceeds also benefit educational programs, such as U.S. Forest Service beginner sawyer and trail design classes. Register at www.cascadecreampuff.com

Don’t want to race, but still want to help make a difference and be part of the party?  The event needs volunteer course marshals, parking attendants, aid station staff, registration and awards organizers, and more. Please contact Michelle Emmons McPharlin of the Alpine Trail Crew Association at [email protected] for more information.

The Alpine Epic is supported in part and brought to you by the Alpine Trail Crew Association, TransCascadia Excursions, Cascadia Dirt Cup and Mudslinger Events.

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