The Tour des Chutes, scheduled for July 13, is celebrating 15 years in 2019. The event features road cycling routes of 7, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. The routes showcase some of the most idyllic scenery that Central Oregon offers with volcanic rock faces at Smith Rock and plenty of breathtaking views of the high desert landscape. Each route features safety riders, aid stations, rest stops, and mobile bike mechanics. All routes begin and end at the main event venue, Pacific Crest Middle School in Bend, OR.
There is also a 5K run and walk, which was added in 2014 to honor local Bend runner Johanna Olson, who died of cancer in 2013. The course features mixed terrain of well maintained gravel roads and paved walkways through the Tree Farm neighborhood. Expect very little traffic along the course.
The Tour des Chutes was founded in 2004 by Gary Bonacker, co-owner of Sunnyside Sports in Bend, OR. Gary founded the event after he himself was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in 2003. The annual ride has since raised more than $1 million.
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