The Best of Both – The Ultimate Dual-Discipline Bike Race
Sat June 19 - Sun June 20
Born on the dirt trails, gravel roads, and paved grades to the west of Bend, Oregon, The Best of Both weekend presents the ultimate test of a bike rider’s skill, endurance, and sense of adventure. Redesigned for 2021, our courses traverse classic Northwestern terrain – remote gravel service roads, dirt dual-track passages, and bermed-out single-track carve lines through remote pine forests and into the abyss. Our road sections are also typical to the region, with undulating surfaces that rise and fall and ultimately summit our local icon, Mount Bachelor, at 6,500 feet above sea level. The Cascade Mountains’ snowcaps provide a stunning backdrop to an 87-mile course that navigates Bend’s unspoiled volcanic lake country.
Day 1 – is The Best of Both. Staging from Seventh Mountain Resort on Century Drive, Riders exit the venue onto a short passage of chip-sealed pavement before heading into the 16-mile stretch of dual-track and gravel leads to the first transition point, Edison Snow park. Single Steed riders pass by while transition racers change shoes, bikes, and refuel. Relay riders handover to teammates and set off to orbit a mountain on the road.
52-Miles later, riders return to Edison and prepare for the single-track segment that leads back to the finish and the venue.
We welcome riders of all ages, genders, and experience levels. We cater to those who wish to genuinely race in our dedicated “Open Solo” (Men’s and Women’s) categories. We encourage teamwork in our Relays, and for those who wish to challenge themselves to simply complete this unique and diverse course, we offer a fully supported and segment-timed “Challenge Ride.”
Our second day race, The Mixed Surface Showdown, is an unsophisticated affair. The 26-mile course may seem deceptively short, although riders will endure a mixture of unkept gravel, sandy dual-track, fast/firm single-track, and the inevitable bike-carry sections through rock gardens and “un-rideable” obstacles. The terrain will break up the flow for even the quickest and fittest riders. This course has plenty of diversity and reasons to dismount resembling a long-format CX race in the woods.