Saturday, January 30, 2010

Oregon Blue Mountains 1000k

Strawberry Mountain
Strawberry Mountain photo by Barbara Blacker

Oregon Randonneurs
Ride: Oregon Blue Mountains 1000k
Organizers: John Kramer and Dave Read
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Distance: 1000km (621 miles)
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
Registered Riders:
Brevet Results: Here
Pre-ride Report: Pre-ride reports by Vince Sikorski, John Pearch and Vincent Muoneke.
Rider Expectations: Here
Start Time: 07:00 Saturday June 12, 2010
Finish Time: 10:00 Tuesday June 15, 2010
Sunrise: 05:15 (twilight 04:37) Pacific Daylight Time
Sunset: 20:54 (twilight 21:52)
Moon Phase: New Moon on 12 June 2010 at 04:14

Registration: Update 5/10/2010 Registration is closed because we have reached the maximum number of riders.

The entry fee is US $225 and the registration deadline is June 5, 2010. The June 12th event is limited to 30 riders. We have room for additional riders for the preride on May 29th. You can register for the event or preride, by completing the Registration Form and Waiver and mailing them along with your entry free to the organizers address on the registration form. Here is a Word version of the Registration Form that you can save, fill out and email.

Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. If you are not currently a member, you can download a membership form and mail it along with your registration.

Paying using PayPal: You can pay the registration fee using the PayPal buttons on the right. Payment confirms your registration.

Update 3/2/2010: Changed total elevation gain from 41,000 feet to 33,600 feet.
Update 6/7/2010: Changed the total elevation gain to 36,440 feet based on Garmin edge 705 data gathered during the preride.

Route Description
This is a very challenging route starting and ending in north central Oregon at The Dalles. The elevation profile shows a total elevation gain of 36,400 feet. Overnight controls split the route into thirds using the elevation gain. Control locations are tentative and there will be adjustments based on the pre-ride and RUSA certification.

Day 1 - 400 kilometers and 13,300 ft elevation gain
The route follows the Columbia River east to Umatilla and continues east to Westin where it enters the Blue Mountains with a long hill climb. There is a staffed control near the summit at the Tamarack Inn. There are 24 hour services at La Grande and the overnight control is at the Powder River Motel in North Powder.

Day 2 - 350 kilometers and 10,900 ft elevation gain
The overnight control is at the Oregon Hotel in Mitchell Oregon with staffed controls before business hours at Austin House and a campground, possibly Parish Cabin on the south side of Strawberry Mountain. Staffed controls may also be located at John Day and Dayville. The route circles south around Strawberry Mountain between Prairie City and John Day before turning east into the Ochoco Mountains.

Day 3 - 250 kilometers and 12,300 ft elevation gain
From Mitchell, the route goes through the Oregon Painted Hills to Fossil, Antelope, Shaniko, Maupin and back to The Dalles. There will be staffed controls, to be determined, possibly at Fossil, Shaniko or Maupin. Between Mitchell and The Dalles, the route crosses the John Day river twice, The Deshcutes river and several smaller but notable climbs like the hill out of Antelope, the hill leaving Fossil and Tygh Ridge Summit.

The Starting Location
Motel 6 The Dalles (
2500 W 6th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Parking in old Save-More parking lot next to Motel 6.
Update 7-Jun-2010: Guests of Motel 6 can park in the back lot of Motel 6. Talk to the motel to make sure it is ok.

View The Dalles Motel 6 in a larger map

The OBM1000 Route

The Route Profile est. elevation gain 36,440 ft.
(Click on Profile for a larger image)
From obm1000

GPS route in

GPX format
Google Earth
Garmin Training Center (tcx) Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

The Final Route Sheet
spreadsheet, html, pdf, csv, rss

Photo Alblum (a work in progress)