Alpine Epic 2021
The Alpine Epic 2021 has been CANCELLED - ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE TRANSFERABLE TO June 18, 2022.
Due to recent lightning strikes, wildfire, and now a hazardous AQI level and closed sections of trail and road access on our course, we have been forced to shut down our race this year. We are hoping an earlier race date will help us avoid the fire season, and what appears to be a new norm for late summer air quality issues. Please contact Race Director, Michelle Emmons, with any questions, comments or concerns.
Discover singletrack paradise at the Alpine Epic - an XC mountain bike endurance legacy race brought to you by Cascade Cream Puff and the Alpine Trail Crew Association - featuring world class, pristine singletrack on a 50, 25 or 15 mile course on the Alpine Trail network, also known as the “crown jewel” mountain bike destination in Oakridge! This race winds through open beargrass meadows, stunning vistas and old growth groves, showcasing unsurpassed wildflower displays and lush green carpets of PNW rainforests.
The course will feature the classic 50-Mile Cascade Cream Puff legacy loop, including the North Alpine, Tire Mountain and Cloverpatch trail segments. The 25-Mile "long course" Oregon XC Series option follows the same road climb up 1910, but will route participants down Alpine "proper" from the trail entry at Kate's Cut-in, on the main trail system. The 15-Mile "short course" Oregon XC Series option will cut in from the initial gravel road climb on 1910 at 683, and riders will jump on singletrack above Buckhead Shelter and dive into the lower Alpine trail to the finish.
All course maps and elevation can be viewed on Trailforks - click the link in the previous sentence and use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate each route.
Please note that the 50-Mile "legacy course" is a STAND ALONE race option and does NOT qualify as an event toward the Oregon XC Series! Categories will be different from those of the Oregon XC Series long (25) and short (15) courses. Although we will do our best to provide a heads-up, course routes and exact start times are subject to change without notice based on safety considerations and Covid restrictions. Exact mileage may vary depending on GPS and mapping software used to determine course routes.
WHERE DO MY REGISTRATION FEES GO?
Besides covering the overhead of running a great race in a backcountry wilderness setting, proceeds from the Alpine Epic will support thousands of volunteer hours on Middle Fork Willamette trails, including the construction of two new bridges on Tire Mountain, a 4.5 mile trail extension on Cloverpatch (eliminating a 3.5 mile gravel road climb), along with routine maintenance and future expansions on the North Fork Trail. Your proceeds also benefit educational programs, such as USFS beginner sawyer and trail design classes, and presentations at the Oregon Recreational and Trails Summits.
WHERE CAN I BUY A COMMEMORATIVE TEE? Right here! All t-shirt proceeds are going right back into the new 4.5 mile singletrack connection on Cloverpatch, which will effectively eliminate all road climbs in this segment! Help us raise money for this trail - buy an extra shirt or two today! Shipping available.
WHY SHOULD YOU RACE THE ALPINE EPIC?
So besides experiencing Oakridge's internationally-renowned #singletrackparadise and knowing your participation has the added benefit of contributing to improved access and experiences for all trail users in the Willamette National Forest - why should you race this event?
• Amazing Aid Station Support – well-stocked rest stops with energy drinks, gels and other Covid-safe race treats.
• World Class Mechanics - featuring some of the best fixer-uppers this side of the West Coast from Willamette Mountain Mercantile/Oakridge Bike Shop, Ding Ding Cycles, and Life Cycle Bike Shop!
• Professional Communications and Emergency Support – Provided by Lane County Amateur Radio Operators and Lane County Search & Rescue Special Vehicles Group.
• Free Alpine Epic 2021 race t-shirts for all registered participants! However, you still have the option to purchase a commemortive Alpine Trail t-shirt prior to the race - ORDER YOURS HERE. (Note: this is a custom 2020 trail supporter design. Race t-shirts will be available for sale after June 1, 2021.)
• BEER! Alpine Trail Pale Ale provided courtesy of Plank Town Brewing for the Alpine Trail Crew Association (21 and older only).
• The best singletrack endurance racing experience of your life!
Our staging area is at TransCascadia Excursions, located at 001 N. Fork Road, on the corner of Westoak and FS19, across the street from the Red Covered Bridge. We will bring groups over the bridge by category and stagger start riders from the North Fork Trailhead.
FRIDAY, June 17, 2022:
6-8PPM Earlybird Race Packet Pickup at TransCascadia Excursions in the covered seating area
8:00AM - 50-mile Rider Safety Meeting
8:30AM - 50-mile Staggered Race Starts
9AM - 25-mile Rider Safety Meeting
9:30AM - 25-mile Alpine Epic Staggered Race Starts (OR XC Series long course)
10:00AM - 15-mile Rider Safety Meeting
10:30AM - 15-mile Alpine Epic Staggered Race Starts (OR XC Series short course)
(Please note exact start times may vary based on safety considerations and Covid restrictions.)
1PM - 15-Mile Awards Ceremony
2PM - 25 Mile Awards Ceremony
4PM - 50 Mile Awards Ceremony
(Please note exact times for awards may vary based on start times and results.)
USAC / OBRA LICENSE NUMBERS ARE A MUST! Please include your OBRA membership number in your registration or bring your day license application with you on race day with $5 CASH. We encourage you to purchase an OBRA membership to help support bicycle racing across the state. Your membership is only $40, allows you to race all year in OBRA sanctioned events, and takes the place of a $10 day license. For more information, see: obra.org.
Elite categories may require an upgrade or prior approval from OBRA or a current USAC Pro License - please review which category to sign up for at https://oregonxcseries.org/series-categories/.
Other Covid Considerations MAY BE REQUIRED per Oregon Bicycle Racing Association - please be prepared should any of these rules be neccessary to meet CDC/State of Oregon guidelines.
As an OBRA sponsored event, all participants are encouraged to read and understand the following guidelines prior to signing up for and attending this event.
- This event complies with the state guidance for this jurisdiction(s)
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19. Do not travel and participate in this event if you have any of them listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- If you are at high risk for severe illness or have a compromised immune system, please consider your risk tolerance for attending this event.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Please wear a mask while not actively racing.
- No day of race registration; plan ahead
- Please, no spectators at this event
- No post-race gatherings such as podium presentations. Please cool down by yourself, thank the volunteers while wearing a mask and be on your way.
- Warming up is not considered “actively racing”. Warm up by yourself. Wear a mask if you are warming up near others.
- Come prepared with your own food and water.
- Be respectful of our community and please avoid unnecessary interactions with community members. If you must stop for food or gas, please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- We strongly encourage you to only race locally and limit your travel to other areas. If you do travel outside of your local area, please travel alone or with people from your household. Limit your interactions with others while traveling.
- Understand and comply with OBRA rule 21.2:
21.2 All persons present at an event must wear a face covering intended to stop disease transfer that covers the nose and mouth when within 6 feet of another person at all times, with the exception of actively racing participants. When actively racing, participants must follow mask rules set by the promoter; additionally, masks must be worn by participants any time a participant is interacting with or near a person not actively racing (including, but not limited to, at the start line, aid stations, feed zones, and after crossing the finishing line as quickly as is safe to do so).
Each individual participant is expected to fully understand the stated rules. Failure to comply with Rule 21 may result in disqualification, removal from venue and suspension for up to one year.