Bend Oregon Trees

Best of Both Plus Mixed Surface Showdown Bike Race

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For many, it’s already a tradition. Since our debut in the summer of 2018, the Best of Both dual-discipline bike race has brought a community of biker riders and racers together from across the nation to test their fitness, endurance, and skills, on some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in North America.

The Best of Both courses split down to 62 road miles, and 23 off-road miles, combining a little under 6,000 feet of ascent. Riders may switch from a road bike to a trail-friendly bike at the transition point or take down the entire 85-miles on one bike in our challenging “single-steed” category.

Going back to basics: in 2020, the Best of Both transitions to become a full weekend event, and our second day is as equally unique as the first. Following on from the success of the “single steed – quiver killer” one-bike category in 2019, we introduce a new format that puts the ability and fitness of the rider above the tech. The Mixed Surface Showdown is an uncomplicated bike racing challenge by design. For over 100-years, bike racers have saddled up and pedaled over the most challenging, remote, and diverse terrain in the cause of victory. It stands to reason that regardless of technology, weight advantages, aerodynamics, and geometries, that it’s ultimately the rider that dictates the winning margin. He or she is the unknown factor – legs vs. Legs, heart against heart, mind over meltdown. This is a one-bike race.

Head to the event website for more details of this unique cycling weekend.

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