2020 Tour des Chutes | Bend

Tour des Chutes

Tour des Chutes
Date Jul 11, 2020
Saturday
Distance Gran Fondo, Century, 25mi, 50mi, 75mi, 100mi
Course Type Road

Ride Information

Tour des Chutes Century/100-Miler:

This route uses 18 miles of the Sisters-Smith Rock State Scenic Bikeway. The course winds its way from Bend to Lower Bridge Road and the Scenic Bikeway using mostly low traffic country roads passing large farm and ranch land with some beautiful views of several Cascade Peaks. Once on the Lower Bridge Road, the ride offers some great high desert scenery, a few climbs, lots of rolling terrain, and some possible sidebar entertainment as it stops at the large Alpaca ranch. At Redmond, you will head out on a loop with breath taking views to Smith Rock Park. Turning south, the route traverses the agricultural area west of Redmond, and zig-zags its way back to the town of Tumalo using low traffic rural roads with more sweeping views of the Cascade mountains to the West. From Tumalo, the route gently climbs back to Bend and the well earned Post Ride Party at the venue.

75-Miler:

This route uses 18 miles of the Sisters-Smith Rock State Scenic Bikeway.  The course winds its way from Bend to Lower Bridge Road and the Scenic Bikeway, passing farm areas with some beautiful views of several Cascade Peaks.  Once on Lower Bridge Road, the ride offers some great high desert scenery, a few climbs, rolling terrain, and some possible sidebar entertainment as it stops at a a large Alpaca ranch.  Turning south, the route traverses the agricultural area west of Redmond, and zig-zags its way back to the town of Tumalo, using low-traffic rural roads.  More amazing Cascade views.  From Tumalo, the route gently climbs back to Bend, and the Post Ride Party.

50-Miler:

This route uses a majority of the State Scenic Bikeway Twin Bridges Loop.  Fast rolling terrain, great mountain views, lots of farm and ranch land on mostly low-traffic roads highlight this ride.  A pleasant pause on the Deschutes River at the Cline Falls State Park rest stop marks the halfway point.  A quick climb back out of the canyon, and its more rolling terrain and great views as the route winds its way back to the town of Tumalo.  From here, its a gentle climb back to Bend and the Post Ride Party.

25-Miler:

The route heads out towards Shevlin Park on wide-shouldered Shevlin Park Road.  After a quick climb out of the canyon, the route passes through Juniper and Pine forests along Johnson Road.  The next 11 miles are enjoyable, as the gentle rolling terrain of low-traffic country roads take you past agricultural land and great Cascade views.  After a refreshing pause at the Tumalo rest stop, its a climb back to Bend and the Post Ride Party.

7-Miler:

This is a family-friendly loop through the Broken Top neighborhood in Bend, suitable for almost anyone!  The route travels to Broken Top using Mt. Washington Drive, and loops through BT on paved paths, then retraces its way back to the venue.  Safety riders follow to ensure no rider is left behind.

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