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Mountain Bike Oregon event comes to Westfir over June 21 weekend

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A group of riders cheer as they board a shuttle for a ladies bike ride. Andrew Griffin photo

The 19th annual Mountain Bike Oregon event will be held at the covered bridge in Westfir, OR from June 20 to June 23. The event will provide attendees with 3 full days of camping, food and drink and riding across several of the area’s bike trails.

MBO tickets offer several packages

Mountain Biker Geert Kok, an international attendee of the MBO from Holland, poses for a photo at the campground. “Very nice people, really nice rides,” said Kok. Andrew Griffin photo

To participate, attendees must first purchase tickets for one of the six “ride packages”, which will determine the kinds of trails an attendee will ride. Some, such as the “Bootcamp” package, aim to offer a wide variety of trails, while others are more specific, such as the “Fun Junkie” package which aims to put riders on the fastest and steepest trails possible. A ride package ticket will cost $625 per person.

During the day, attendees will have access to shuttles to get them to and from trails, as well as local guides to help attendees get around the area.

Other types of tickets also available

Outside of normal ride packages, there are other kinds of tickets available to attendees, such as “Junior Camp” tickets, which are designed for children and cost $435 per person, and “Non-Riding Participant” tickets, which cost $225 for 21 and older attendees and $125 for under 21 attendees. 

Additionally, the event also hosts a “Women’s MTB Skills Camp” that helps teach women mountain biking at different skill levels. The camp offers beginner level tickets for $475 per person and intermediate-advanced tickets for $625 per person, with morning yoga being offered across all difficulty levels.

“I think it’s a great event out here,” said Daniella Crowder, the MBO director. “Getting more women into the sport, making them feel comfortable and empowered to ride, and then bringing the kids. We want this to be a really family friendly atmosphere. Fun for everyone.”

Chef Rudy Garcia, a vendor at the MBO, poses in his food truck Curbside Bistro at the campground. Andrew Griffin photo

After-ride evening events bring riders together for fun and relaxation

Outside of rides, guests will have access to vendors that will provide them with food and drink as well as free demos of top-end mountain bikes. In the evenings, nightly games and music will be performed for all attendees, with 21 and older guests being able to access a beverage garden offering Oregon beers, wines and kombucha for post-ride happy hour parties.

The event functions not only as a fun social gathering within Westfir, but as a financial boost for the community as well. “Mountain Bike Oregon was born here in this community,” said Takoma, a site coordinator. “We really love to encourage folks to come into town and spend their money there. Oakridge and Westfir have this rad community, [I] want to make sure that they know what they have.”

 

 

 

 

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