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The Grand Tour of Gravel

5 days, 4 nights, 350 miles

Gravel adventure through

the heart of the Cascades

FAQs

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We will put any questions and answers we get below.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have also. 

  • How do I get to the race start?
    Oregon State University to use their Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon will be our official race start and finish location. Located on Bend’s westside the campus is a beautiful facility that will play host to the grand departure of this year’s Oregon Trail on Wednesday June 26th. We have secured parking for all participants who drive to the race starting Wednesday June 26th through Sunday June 30th. OSU Cascades parking has both security cameras and personnel onsite to help add extra protection of your vehicles. For those flying to the event we encourage you to book lodging at our official host hotel, the Best Western Peppertree. Not only will the host hotel be offering a significant discount on rooms they are also located just a quarter mile away from the race start at Oregon State University Bend Campus. If you are staying at the host hotel we will have our staff come and pick up your travel bins from the hotel so that you can simply pedal the quarter mile from your hotel room to the race start on Wednesday morning. The host hotel will also offer secure storage of your luggage and anything else you need to leave behind while you are on the trail. After you finish stage 5 on Sunday, your travel bin will be waiting at the hotel for you if you are staying at the Best Western Peppertree after the race as well as any stored luggage you left behind.
  • Where do I leave my car while I ride?
    Oregon State University to use their Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon will be our official race start and finish location. Located on Bend’s westside the campus is a beautiful facility that will play host to the grand departure of this year’s Oregon Trail on Wednesday June 26th. We have secured parking for all participants who drive to the race starting Wednesday June 26th through Sunday June 30th. OSU Cascades parking has both security cameras and personnel onsite to help add extra protection of your vehicles.
  • What is the refund and transfer policy?
    CANCELLATION POLICY - We highly recommend that you purchase event insurance, which may cover you for illness and other issues that may lead to you not being able to participate. OREGON TRAIL SPECIFIC CANCELLATION POLICY -80% cash refund + 20% 2024 or 2025 credit if canceled by January 1. -50% cash refund + 50% 2024 or 2025 credit if canceled after January 1 and before March 1. -100% BikeReg credit after March 1 and before May 1. Credit can be used on any Breakaway Promotions cycling event through 12/32/25 (but we'll open 2025 registrations during the summer so you can use it on a 2024 event!) -NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS AFTER MAY 1ST, transfers are available. -Transfers are allowed until June 1st. ALL OTHER SERIES EVENTS: Refunds are available up to January 1st. After January 1st, 100% credit up to 1 month prior to event. After 1 month prior to the event, only transfers are allowed through the transfer cut-off date (see below). Gorge Gravel Grinder- Credits stop on April 8th. Transfers stop on April 14th at 12:00 pm PST Cascade Gravel Grinder- Credits stop on May 1st. Transfers stop on May 26th at 12:00 pm PST TRANSFERS: See above bullet points for transfer deadlines. Riders can easily handle transfers on Bikereg through your account. We do not manage transfers or any exchange of money between participants. https://www.bikereg.com/knowledge-base/106/How-to-Change-the-Category-you-Registered-for-or-Transfer-your-Registration- CANCELLATIONS: Terms & Conditions I (we) the registrant(s) understand that in the event that the race is canceled or postponed as a result of (and not limited to) an act of God, Natural Disaster (including but not limited to forest fires however caused, earthquakes, storms, and floods) war, strike, revolution, lack or failure of roadway access, laws or interventions or actions of statutory bodies, major accidents during the race, or other such causes, the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder event organizers will make every effort to reschedule the race to a later date of their choosing. If the registrant cannot make the rescheduled date the registrant acknowledges that NO REFUND or CREDIT to future races will be granted. No refund or credit will be offered if a race stage(s) is (are) canceled or postponed or rerouted or shortened.
  • What is the race cancellation policy?
    Terms & Conditions I (we) the registrant(s) understand that in the event that the race is cancelled or postponed as a result of (and not limited to) an act of God, Natural Disaster (including but not limited to forest fires however caused, earthquakes, storms, and floods) war, strike, revolution, lack or failure of roadway access, laws or interventions or actions of statutory bodies, major accidents during the race, or other such causes, the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder event organizers will make every effort to reschedule the race to a later date of their choosing. If the registrant cannot make the rescheduled date the registrant acknowledges that NO REFUND or CREDIT to future races will be granted. No refund or credit will be offered if a race stage(s) is (are) cancelled or postponed or rerouted or shortened.
  • E-bike question- I'm doing the Ironhorse e-bike category for the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder. Can have extra battery drops at aid stations so that we can swap batteries out during the ride?
    Absolutely! We have a system set up to have you to hand off batteries either the night before or early in the morning to our On-Course Support Director to take them out on course.
  • Are aerobars allowed?
    NO AEROBARS are allowed on ANY stage of the Oregon Gravel Grinder series.
  • What tires and gearing do you recommend?
    Tires- a minimum of 40’s with a tubeless construction and a width that matches your skill level. ​ Gearing- 1 to 1 climbing gear and a 32/47 with a 34/11 rear cassette and bring a climbing gear or two extra.
  • How does my stuff get from the start to camp?
    You will receive your gear tote bin at packet pickup. All of your items for camp and the trail must fit in this bin and weight under 50 lbs. Your spare wheels if you ache them will be taken separately. You will have the opportunity to purchase an extra bin ahead of time or at pickup if you need. You will pack your bin and drop it off at the race start on Wednesday for us to pack in our trucks. If you stay at the host hotel, you can just bring your bin down to the front and we'll pack it for you so you can just roll to the race start at OSU Cascades. At the end of your ride, we'll have the bins organized and ready to pick up. Each morning you'll pack your bin and bring it to our drop-off area, we'll load them and move them to the next stop.
  • What type of food will there be at camp?
    Hot Breakfast, Filling Lunches, & Amazing Dinner Buffets Delicious meals mean you can get excited about fueling for your adventure! Spin Catering knows how to feed hungry athletes, offering vegan and gluten-free options as well! Check out the 2023 Menu here- https://www.oregontrailgravelgrinder.com/food
  • What if I can't finish five days of riding?
    We have you covered. We want you to have the experinece of a lifetime and the advetures you'll never forget however we do understand that the challenging courses could make you end your ride before your final pedal strokes of glory. We have nightly shuttle rides to Sisters and Bend from camp if you can't do all five days. Riders that DNF receive a complimentary “Died of Dysentery” t-shirt and ability to take the shuttle back to Sisters or Bend.
  • What if I need to change my distance?
    We always want to support you on your gravel adventure! If you begin as a Pioneer and if you find you need to change to Settler after a ride day, you can just let us know and we'll change your category. As a settler, we will also allow you to take Friday off if you wish. Additionally, if any day you are not feeling it, we can give you a ride in from course. You wont be scored on these days and if still a Pioneer, you’ll be removed from the final results however you can still saddle up the next day. If everything goes haywire, we have a nightly shuttle that brings riders back to Bend who want to abandon the ride all together. We call it the "Shuttle of Shame" but this way out is the ONLY way to get the "Died of Dysentery" shirt.
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