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The High Cascades 100 is Bend’s local ultra-distance mountain bike race.
This route doesn’t utilize laps on the same loop to reach the 100-mile distance, because it doesn’t need to.
The trail system in Bend is so extensive that even this lengthy route doesn’t touch many of the most popular trails near Bend! Bend’s singletrack is generally smooth, fast, and sandy, providing the perfect terrain for an ultra-distance singletrack race.
In addition to hitting a few of the more popular trails close to town like Tiddlywinks and Upper Whoops, the route heads far to the west, looping all the way around Mount Bachelor on the Edison Lava and Metolius Windigo trails.
Few people head this far afield from the core of the Bend Trail system, so racers will enjoy a unique trail experience. While the trails in Bend are renowned for being relatively mellow, this race is still no joke.
The language on the High Cascades 100 is up front and meant to detract the unprepared from entering.
"This race/ride is for people who have ridden bikes for quite a long time and understand the need for proper training,” they write.
“[Dehydration] and Death can occur or serious injury.
Please consult your physician before entering any event and especially a 100-mile mountain bike race.” “In addition, due to the remoteness of the course it can and will take depending on where you go down 2-3 hrs to get to you in most situations, so take care of each other out on the course and no [sic] your limits,” they conclude. Did those warnings scare you off? Oh, you’re actually intrigued by the prospect? Then consider signing up for this epic mountain biking challenge!