Tour Des Chutes (Bend)
July 9, 2016
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Tour des Chutes Century/100-Miler:
Tour des Chutes is a fundraiser for St. Charles Cancer Survivorship Programs and Pediatric Foundation. 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 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 passes the large alpaca ranch. At Redmond, you will head out on a loop with breathtaking 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.
Total Gain: 3,873 feet. Follow the WHITE arrows on the road.
6:00 am start! Are we kidding? NO, we want you back for the great food and music at the Post-Ride Party before it closes @ 3:00 pm.
This is a challenging Century, and may take longer than you anticipate.
If you can’t average 15 mph on the flats, we recommend the 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 passes 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.
Special note: This route contains an unavoidable 2.5-mile section of heavily traveled Hwy. 20. Use caution and ride single file!
Total Gain: 3,230 feet. Follow the WHITE arrows on the road.
7:00 AM start. Now that’s more like it!
No cell phone coverage on Lower Bridge Rd.
NEW ROUTE CHANGE eliminates 3.6 miles of the Old Bend-Redmond Hwy. The new route has MUCH less traffic, and definitely MORE scenic. Enjoy!
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.
Total gain: 2,340 feet. Follow the BLUE arrows on the road.
8:00 AM start. Perfect.
A NEW ROUTE CHANGE eliminates 3.6 miles of the Old Bend-Redmond Hwy. The new route has MUCH less traffic and is definitely MORE scenic. Enjoy!
The route heads out toward 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 seem effortless, 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, it’s a gentle climb back to Bend and the Post-Ride Party.
Total gain: 1343 feet. Follow the ORANGE arrows on the road.
9:00 AM start
Other than the climb out of Shevlin canyon, the first 16 miles to Tumalo rest stop are a piece o’ cake.
Use caution when crossing Hwy. 20!
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 Broken Top on paved paths, then retraces its way back to the venue. Safety riders follow to ensure no rider is left behind.
Total gain: 130 feet
9:30 AM start
Records: Youngest solo rider: 4 years old! Oldest rider: 92 years young!
You’ll be the first ones back to the Post-Ride Party!