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The Grand Tour of Gravel

5 days, 4 nights, 350 miles

Gravel adventure through

the heart of the Cascades

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 THE TRAIL

Oregon Trail is one of the most complex and challenging gravel events in North America to produce, covering 350 miles of Oregon’s scenic and wild backcountry gravel roads.  It is our mission at Team Breakaway, to make the logistics for each and every rider easy so that they can focus on nothing more than pedaling some of the most amazing gravel roads in North America for 5 days straight!

 

NO AERO BARS are allowed on ANY stage of the

Oregon Gravel Grinder series. 

The 2024 Oregon Trail Gravel starts later, June 26th to June 30th, 2024, and is the undisputed “Grand Tour of Gravel” in the world. It’s for racers AND adventure riders who want to test their limits and push personal boundaries. This is an all-inclusive Bike Vacation!

 

Your adventure will start and finish in the outdoor mecca of Bend, Oregon, and will pass through 360 miles of Oregon’s most scenic and breathtaking gravel roads, with fully-supported fireside campouts and entertainment to rest and refuel each night.

 

NEW for 2024, there is less elevation and smoother/faster courses next year allowing for more competitive racing and more energy to enjoy camp each night! Breakaway Promotions are also excited to be back at Camp Gilchrist next year!  In addition, they are going to introduce a couple of new zones further south to showcase brand-new regions that have not been explored. There will be major upgrades to the snack shack to keep everyone happy!

This five-day event starting in Bend will challenge and reward racers and adventure riders not only on the epic days in the saddle but also every night back at camp. Each stage has two distances, one for Settlers and Pioneers.

Route Information:  Two distances are offered, Pioneer and Settler.  The Pioneer category is for racers and has nightly and overall podiums.  The Settler category is a non-competitive, bike tour challenge ride.

 

  • Pioneer- approximately 350 miles, 30,000 feet climbing*.  Pioneers will ride approximately 50 to 80 miles per day with 4,500 to 7,000 feet of climbing. 

  • Settler- approximately 250 miles, 15,000 feet climbing*. Settlers will ride approximately 30 to 65 miles per day with 2,000 to 5,250 feet of climbing.

*Current route information is an estimation based on the previous year’s routes and current route plan. Distances and climbing may be altered slightly due to snow on the course and road conditions after the winter season.  

Surface:  75% - 100% gravel each day

Aid Stations:  We pride ourselves in the legitimate high-quality of the aid stations.  Well-stocked aid stations will be located roughly every 20 to 25 miles along the courses. There will be a variety of foods such as Granola Bars, Bananas, Apple Sauce, Bananas, Oranges, GU, Water, GU Hydration, Rice Krispie Treats, and some other tasty snacks.

 

In addition to food, we will also have extra tubes tire pumps, and tires.  Aid Stations will be staffed with experienced mechanics and aid station expert leads, as well as local volunteer youth groups,  who work hard to make sure your needs are met.  In addition to the assortment of fuel and snacks, the new Breakaway Revolutionary Water Wagon, a game-changer for super-speed water dispensing,  will ensure your hydration station time is minimal.

 

Schedule:  June 26-30th 2024

  • Tuesday, June 25- Packet Pickup at the host hotel in Bend, Oregon 

  • Wednesday, June 26th- RIDE DAY 1, Bend to Gilchrist

 

  •  Thursday, June 27- RIDE DAY 2, Gilchrist to Oakridge

  • Friday, June 28- RIDE DAY 3, Oakridge Time Trial (uphill and downhill course time trial)

  • Saturday, June 29- RIDE DAY 4, Oakridge to McKenzie

  • Sunday, June 30- RIDE DAY 5, McKenzie to Bend

Daily Schedule Specifics- 

  • Gear Tote Drop Off- 6:30 - 8:30 am- Riders are required to drop off their gear tote to our transportation team each morning.  The team will then move their gear to the day’s final camping spot.

  • Breakfast- For days 2 and 3, breakfast is served from 6:30 - 8:30 am.  For days 4 and 5, breakfast is served from 6:00 - 7:30 am. 

  • Ride Start- For days 1, 2, and 3 the ride start will be at 9 am.  For days 4 and 5, the ride start will be 8 am.

  • Snack Shack (lunch)- The Snack Shack will open at 12:00 pm each day.

  • Dinner Buffet- 5:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Oregon Trail Castelli Saloon, Beer & Whiskey Bar- 5:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Awards, Games, Celebrations, & Entertainment- each evening at camp

The team at Breakaway Promotions will take care of all of the details and support you on your journey- from tents to gourmet food to professional massage and nightly entertainment - you'll come away sore, accomplished, and with unmatched tales and friendship from the trail.  

There is a HUGE range of additional options to suit everyone’s needs including VIP tent service, Shuttle, RV Parking, Bike Ship Service, Post Ride Massages, and Meal packages for all your friends and family!

This “Grand Tour of Gravel” will be the adventure of your lifetime! Registration will sell out so please register early!

RACE START - OSU CASCADES

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. 

Trail Day 1 - Wednesday

2024 NEW COURSE!

Start:  Bend

Finish:  Gilchrist

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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.

STAGE #1

Pioneer & Settler Route

Total Miles – 66.3 Miles

Elevation – 3336 Feet

Total Racing Miles – 64.8 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 39.8 miles

Road Surface – 60% Gravel 40% Paved 

Start Location – Oregon State University Bend Campus

Finish Location – Gilchrist School

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458419

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Trail Day 2 - Thursday

2024 NEW COURSE!

Start:  Gilchrist

Finish:  Oakridge

STAGE #2

Pioneer

Total Miles – 92.0 miles

Elevation – 4761 feet

Total Racing Miles – 84.5 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 71.6 miles

Road Surface – 78% Gravel 22% Paved

Start Location – Gilchrist School

Finish Location – Greenwaters Park, Oakridge

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458442

STAGE #2

Settler

Total Miles – 81.2 miles

Elevation – 3838 feet

Total Racing Miles – 76.6 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 61.4 miles

Road Surface – 76% Gravel 24% paved

Start Location – Gilchrist School

Finish Location – Greenwaters Park, Oakridge

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458444

Trail Day 3 - Friday

2024 NEW COURSE!

Start:  Oakridge

Finish:  Oakridge

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STAGE #3

Pioneer

Pioneer

Total Miles – 30.5 miles

Elevation – 2998 feet 

Total Racing Miles – 13.8 miles in 3 segments

Total Gravel Miles – 17.3 miles

Road Surface – 54% gravel 40% paved 6% singletrack 

Start Location – Greenwaters Park Oakridge

Finish Location – Greenwaters Park Oakridge

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45471672

Setter riders have optional rest day or non-supported easy ride around lake.  Optional route here

Trail Day 4 - Saturday

2024 NEW COURSE!

Start:  Oakridge

Finish:  McKenzie

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STAGE #4

Pioneer

Total Miles – 83.1 miles

Elevation – 9059 feet

Total Racing Miles – 77.4 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 58.2 miles

Road Surface – 70% gravel 30% paved 

Start Location – Greenwaters Park, Oakridge

Finish Location – McKenzie Community Track

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458484

STAGE #4

Settler

Total Miles – 67.6 miles

Elevation – 6994 feet

Total Racing Miles – 61.9 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 34.7 miles

Road Surface – 51% gravel 49% paved

Start Location – Greenwaters Park Oakridge

Finish Location – McKenzie Community Track

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458499

Trail Day 5 - Sunday

2024 NEW COURSE!

Start:  McKenzie

Finish:  Bend

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MCKENZIE CAMP TO RACE START- We will be providing shuttle buses and trucks to transport riders and bikes from McKenzie to the start at Ray Benson Sno-Park, the top of Santiam Pass.  There will be two shuttle starts for Sunday, with Settlers and Pioneers under 12mph required to take the first shuttle to the early start. 

STAGE #5

Pioneer

Pioneer

Total Miles – 71.1 miles

Elevation – 6520 feet

Total Racing Miles – 62.3 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 51,7 miles

Road Surface – 73% Gravel 27% Paved

Start Location – Ray Benson Sno-Park

Finish Location – Oregon State University Bend 

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458551

STAGE #5

Settler

Total Miles – 64.7 miles

Elevation – 5798 feet

Total Racing Miles – 51.6 miles

Total Gravel Miles – 42.6 miles

Road Surface – 66% Gravel 34% paved

Start Location – Ray Benson Sno-Park

Finish Location – Oregon State University Bend

Ride with GPS Map - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45458569

RACE FINISH - OSU CASCADES

Oregon State University’s incredible chefs will be preparing this year’s final meal after stage 5 saving the best for last.  In addition, we have secured dorm rooms that will be converted to changing and shower facilities for any athlete needing to clean up before the final party or rinsing the dust off before driving or flying home.  

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