A race across the highest roads of Oregon, in July.
The Steens Mazama 1000 is a fully self supported mixed terrain race around Oregon. Racers are expected to carry all of their own equipment and navigate the route completely under their own power. The rules are near identical to the Trans Am or Tour Divide. It’s a modern, back of the envelope, bikepacking ultra-marathon.
The race starts in the densely populated Portland, Oregon and fair amount of traffic can be expected in the first 25 miles. After that it’s smooth sailing until you hit Detroit Lake then it’s high traffic until just past Bend. After that though racers are in high desert range lands, dense Cascade mountains, or lush Willamette hill country until rolling back into Portland.. Wide open spaces, extremely low traffic roads, and views for miles and miles are a guarantee.
Racers are expected to take around five to ten days. A lot of the areas out in the desert are terrible for bush camping but there are a fair amount of good bivy spots to be found if the rider is covering plenty of mileage. The ride is not intended to be ridden as a tour of less than 100 miles a day. If you’d like to ride the route on your own time that’s fine but it was never designed to support a sight seeing tour. The sights of this route are meant to be seen from the seat of a bicycle, briskly.
For the Steens Mazama 1000, the rules are simple, race the entire route under your own power, self supported. This means no outside assistance, no support cars, and NO DRAFTING (see rules)..
This route is VERY REMOTE and VERY DRY and it’s JULY! It’s also mostly pavement with a few predictable but incredibly remote gravel stretches with zero cell phone service. There exists the possibility that fires could alter the route drastically and conditions could shift between now and the race start. The course could change but the goal will still be rides around Steens and Mazama. Fortunately the race is somewhat early in the year, only time will tell. Racers must purchase or rent a SPOT satellite tracker to be a part of this event. It is not recommended in any way to ride this route solo without a tracker.
The race will be tracked via spot satellite trackers at trackleaders.com. A SPOT satellite tracker is required. Course validation will be verified via SPOT data on Trackleaders. A limited number of SPOT’s will be available to rent for the event.