What makes the Trans-Cascadia special? Is it the blind racing format on reclaimed trails that have probably never seen tire tracks? Is it the four days spent sans technological connection deep in the backcountry? What about the gourmet meals and care-free camp party after the finish line?
Four years and running, the Trans-Cascadia takes a different approach to racing than most events. Instead of well-known, popular trails, the race organizers find and re-open forgotten singletrack deep in the mountains—over the four events 112 miles of trails have been reclaimed. Blind racing doesn’t get much blinder than that. During each event, racers spend four days in the mountains, disconnected from technology with no cell-service or WiFi.
As Tommy Magrath, one of the creators of Trans-Cascadia, said when he welcomed racers last year, "The only things racers need to pay attention to is when to eat, when to get on a shuttle [on days that have shuttles], and when to eat again."
"It’s super cool to see that they aren’t only focused on opening trails that they are using to race, but that they are interested in reclaiming trails that haven’t been maintained in a long time. Rather than only focusing on trails that they will need, they are simply using their time and energy to clear as many trails here as they can."
-Cody Olsen, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
For the 2019 race (September 24 – 30, 2019), out of respect for the preserving the pristine locations of the race, the event is limited to 100 participants.
Registration will open 9AM Friday, February 1st, and expect entries to sell out fast. For more information about the event, and to bookmark the registration page for Friday morning, visit it here.