The Ochoco Gravel Roubaix is a Gran Fondo style gravel race featuring 120, 80 and 45 mile loops through the Ochoco National Forest as well as a 10 mile road ride. 100% of proceeds help support our Crook County High School Athletic Trainer. In 2015 this event raised $3,000 for this cause and in 2016 hopes to raise over $10,000.
PRINEVILLE, OR (August 20, 2016) -- The Ochoco Gravel Roubaix is a Gran Fondo style gravel bicycle race through the Ochoco National Forest. The 120 mile loop has just under 9,000ft of elevation and is known as the “toughest gravel race in Oregon.” For 2016, the event will also feature a new 80 mile loop with almost 6,000ft of elevation and will continue to offer a 45 mile race with just over 2,000ft of climb. There are 4 racing categories and gender purse equality on all loops. Additionally there is a 10 mile road fun-ride for participants of all ages. Swag bags and t-shirts are included for all participants and all proceeds from this event help support the Crook County High School Athletic Trainer.
In 2015 the Ochoco Gravel Roubaix raised $3,000 in addition to community awareness which led to the hire of Michael Estes, Crook County High School’s new Certified Athletic Trainer. For 2016, this event is looking to help keep Michael in Crook County with a goal of raising $10,000.
Gravel bicycle racing is one of the fastest growing niches in cycling for many reasons – peaceful open roads, fresh air, and incredible challenges. And what better place to race than the Ochoco National Forest with thousands of miles of little travelled gravel roads once used for harvesting timber?! The Ochoco Gravel Roubaix will traverse across the western slope of the forest through old-growth ponderosa pine. The 120 and 80 mile loops will experience Big Summit Prairie, a high-country meadow that is home to a wide variety of stunning grasses, flowers, and butterflies while the 45 mile loop passes Steins Pillar a 350ft volcanic dome. There is no better way to enjoy this natural wonder than by bicycle!
The 2016 Ochoco Gravel Roubaix is scheduled for Saturday, August 20. All race loops will start and finish at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, OR where camping will be available for $5 per person per night. And beginning around noon on the day of the race there will be live music, food, a beer garden and more.
Race registration is available at www.ochocogravelroubaix.com.
Here are the highlights of the laws affecting cyclists on the road in the state of Oregon..
- Motor vehicles can cross the center lane in a non-passing zone but should be aware that if doing so causes harm or death to the cyclist, the motor vehicle operator is 100% at fault.
- Cyclists are required to be as close as is practicable to the right curb or road edge in almost all circumstances. They can, however, occupy the center of a lane if going the normal speed of traffic, making a left turn, or passing another cyclist.
- Cyclists can ride side by side (no more than 2 wide) if not impeding traffic
- Cyclists are not required to yield to cars behind them if keeping to the right or going the usual speed of traffic. Motor vehicles are required to follow at a safe distance and pass only when clear and safe
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After a great first year we are so excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Ochoco Gravel Roubaix has been scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016!
The first year was more successful than we could have imagined. There were 128 racers from 4 states and 1 Canadian territory, several professional cyclists, around 50 volunteers, and $3,000 raised to support the Athletic Trainer Program at Crook County High School. We received a lot of great feedback from 2015 participants and will be using this feedback to help create an even better event for 2016. Here are some of the changes you can look forward to:
1. The 2016 event will be a Gran Fondo style OBRA race with cash prizes awarded
2. We are adding a 3rd gravel loop, 80 miles, to serve as a happy medium between the 120 and 45 mile loops
3. Though no one got lost on the 2015 course, we are planning to improve navigational systems through the forest for added assurance
4. We have set our fundraising goals at $10,000 to help keep our new Athletic Trainer at Crook County High School!
Registration is now available at www.ochocogravelroubaix.com! Get excited and share this with a friend to help us meet our goals for 2016!
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