From when until when, exactly, is the event?
This is a 6-day event starting on Wednesday, Sept 26th and ending the morning of Monday, Oct 1st.
We are racing on Thursday, Sept 27th - Sunday, Sept 30th.
We will be meeting at a Shuttle Pickup location (TBD) on Wed, Sept 26th. You will be notified of this location leading up to the event.
Which airport should I fly to and from?
Arrival - We recommend you fly into Portland, OR. (PDX) on Tuesday, Sept 25th.
Departure - Fly out on the evening of Monday, October 1st, or if you must, the latest flight available on Sunday, September 30th. ( If you choose to Depart on the 30th, depending on your flight time, this may cause you to miss the day of riding. )
If I am driving, what should I plan for?
Arrival - Please be in Portland no later than 9AM on Wed. Sept 26th.
Departure - There is potential to leave the evening of the Sunday, Sept 30th, but recommend leaving on Monday, October 1st.
When does each day begin? end?
Competitors are divided into two separate shuttle groups prior to the event, Wave 1 and Wave 2. This grouping is roughly based on your day-long speed. Generally, fast-paced riders will be placed in the later wave. Most days, the morning shuttles or ride start will depart at 08:00 and 09:00. The day’s riding will end between 3PM and 5 PM.
How much food will I get?
Equally as good as the primitive singletrack, will be our gourmet menu. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in the Shimano Trans-Cascadia entrance price:
- Breakfast is buffet-style which will include a hot and cold option and of course fresh coffee and tea
- Lunch is packed and to be taken on the trails, options will include a sandwich and energy bars provide by CLIF Bar
- Dinner is going to be a gourmet experience provided by Chef Chris Diminno of Gourmet Century and Chris King. Please be sure to bring your known and trusty energy supplies with you (e.g. energy bars, gels, etc.). There won’t be too many food shops along the way.
How fit do I need to be to complete the Trans-Cascadia?
Each day averages 6-8 hours on bike. The average amount of vertical ascent per day is around 4,000ft. Each day is designed to have the most amount of descending fun, and not every stage is shuttle-able. The most important thing you need to have is a passion for long, singletrack descents and no issues with pedaling to get to them.
How much Gear Can I bring?
One gear bag and one extra wheel set
What bike should I bring?
We recommend a bike with no less than 120MM and no more than 160MM of rear travel.
What do I need to bring with me?
The four absolutely essential items that you need to bring are:
- riding kit, enough for 4 days . This should Include base layers, warm socks, arm, knee leg warmers, Multiple pairs of gloves and rain gear (Rain proof Jacket, Shorts/Pants/Gloves). Light windproof jacket.
- a trail/day-pack to carry your essentials for the day’s riding (tubes, mini-pump, tools etc.)
- Sleeping bag rated for below freezing
- Sleeping pad.
You also definitely need to bring:
- casual clothes for the evenings, including some cold weather gear including a puffy jacket and hoodies to keep you warm. Stocking Cap or warm hat. It has snowed on us, and it has rained on us. Please bring a full waterproff kit, top to bottom - Glove to Shoes.
- Swim Gear/Bathing Suit
- a towel and toiletries. Biodegradable Soap will be provided and is essential in the areas we are bathing in natural bodies of water.
Other items that we recommend you to consider bringing along:
- spares specific to your bike or specific to a particular component of your bike which we are unlikely to be able to stock (e.g. spare derailleur hanger, brake pads)
What if my bike breaks and is unrideable? Is there a mechanic? Do you stock any spares?
Trans-Cascadia will have technical assistance from Shimano and we will have the ability to run basic service on suspension. Both of these services are included in your entry fee. Both of these teams carry some spare parts and consumables but please be aware that there is a limit to the range of components and parts that they are able to stock. We recommend you come with your bike completely tuned and ready to race. In the case your bike is completely unrideable, we will do out best to get you up and running!
Can I bring my non-biking spouse/ girlfriend/ boyfriend?
Very sorry, but we are not able to accommodate non racing individuals at camp. However if they would like to volunteer, please contact us. They can of course pay an entry fee and race, we welcome them.
Can I have a day off?
If you require a day or multiple days off the bike in order for an injury to heal, it is no problem for you to rejoin the riding once you are fit to ride, but you will be removed from the competition standings.
Do I need insurance?
We recommend insurance for all racers that covers injuries occurring out of country (if applicable) and during a race. It should cover all potential medical expenses you may incur, including any additional non-medical costs incurred during treatment. In the event that you need to be transported to hospital, you should have coverage for these costs (including the costs of extraction in the event you need to be pulled off trail). If you need to return to your home immediately, your insurance should also cover any repatriation costs. Any future rehabilitation costs should also be covered. If you do not have ample insurance coverage, Trans-Cascadia will not be responsible for covering anything not covered by your insurance.
We highly recommend you purchase life flight insurance for the event. The annual fee is 60$ and it will cover the cost of a Life Flight in the case of an emergency. https://www.lifeflight.org/membership/lfn-membership
How is the event marshaled?
Due to the nature of this style of event, we do not station marshals at regular intervals along the route. We employ a sweeper system for each wave of riders. The sweepers are highly competent riders with an in-depth knowledge of bike repair and first aid. As such we can be confident that they will be able to help with any problems that they come across. We also employ a system of mutual trail support whereby riders are encouraged to help each other with difficult situations while out on the trails.
What are the pre-race logistics?
More Information to Come
How will bikes be transported and loaded/unloaded, stored and protected at night?
The security and protection of your bike is of the utmost importance to us at Trans-Cascadia. We will transport your bike on four occasions. In all instances, the bikes will be moved in transport trucks and will be packed tightly to limit any movement during transportation. Our packers are sensitive to the challenges of clustering expensive bicycles and all precautions will be taken to ensure no damage is done to the bikes. After each ride, you will be able to store your bike in our bike security area or a transport trailer until you need it the next day.
It is understood that unforeseen circumstances may arise between the payment date and Trans-Cascadia 2018, barring your ability to participate in the event. Trans-Cascadia entries can be transferred or refunded before 25/08/2018. Refund is available at 50% of the entry fee.
AFTER 25/08/2018, NO REFUNDS (OR TRANSFERS) WILL BE ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS. Note: certain travel insurance policies cover the refund of entry fees in the event of inability to participate – we strongly suggest that you purchase such a policy.