Update 25-MAR-2009: Rooms have been reserved for the overnight control, Saturday night May 30 at the Executive Inn in
Update 27-MAY-2009: There will be an overnight bag drop at the Overnight control. Drop bags should be no larger than 20x10-inches in size. Bring your drop bags to the registration in the Comfort Inn hotel parking lot in the morning.
Ride: The Oregon 600 XTR
Organizers: John Kramer
Date: Saturday, May 30-31, 2009
Pre-Ride Report: Here
Sunrise: 04:21 Sunset: 19:45
Moon Phase: half moon Moonrise: 11:28 Moonset: 00:15
Who's Riding?: Registered Riders
Start Time: 4:30 AM Satruday May 30, 2009
Overnight Control: Executive Inn,
Finish Time: 08:30 PM Sunday May 31, 2009
Registration Time: 4:00-5:30AM
Entry Fee: $80 Checks should be payable to "Oregon Randonneurs", also, Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you. Register Now!
Start Location: Comfort Inn
Address: 351 Lone Pine Drive, The Dalles OR
Hotel Phone: (541) 298-2800
Starting Location Map:
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Thomas Condon Paleontology Slide Show
The Oregon 600k-XTR (elevation gain 21,269 ft)
This is a spectacular and hilly route. There are few services outside of the control locations listed on the XTR profile and the route sheet. This is hill country shared by the Race Across Oregon and somewhat occasionally by Cycle Oregon.
Stage One The Dalles-Spray (elevation gain 8,725 ft)
RUSA Permanent Description The Dalles-Spray
The first 200k stage begins in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and goes east along the Columbia River to Rufus Oregon where the route turns south to Wasco passing through the wind ranches and wheat fields of Central Oregon. The route crosses the John Day River and climbs to Condon. The route climbs again to Fossil and then climbs again before a long downhill run to Service Creek where the route joins the John Day River and passes through the small city of Spray.
Stage Two Spray-Madras (elevation gain 6,317 ft)
RUSA Permanent DescriptionMadras Spray
The second stage leaves Spray and continues South along the John Day River through the John Day Fossil Beds, past the Cant Ranch, Cathedral Rock, the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and Picture Gorge. The route turns west and follows US26, the Ochoco Highway past Mitchel, over Ochoco pass, through Prineville and ends with an overnight stop in Madras.
Stage Three Madras-The Dalles (elevation gain 6,227 ft)
RUSA Permanent DescriptionThe Dalles-Madras
The final stage leaves Madras and continues on US26 crossing the Deschutes River to just east of the small city of Warm Springs where the route turns north on the agency hot springs road. The route climbs through the Warm Springs Reservation through Shimnasho and Wapanita and the turns east on OR-216 to Maupin and the Deschutes River National Recreation Area. From Maupin the route follows the Deschutes River north to Sherars Bridge. At Sherars Bridge the route turns west and climbs out of the Deschutes River to Tygh Valley where US-197 provides most of the roadway back to The Dalles. Tygh Ridge is a challenging climb but after the summit, most of the route trends downhill to The Dalles. The route leaves US-197 eight miles south of The Dalles and follows eight-mile road along a quiet creek and wheat farms to the starting location at the Dalles Bridge.
Links to route sheets
Route at BikeRouteToaster