What it is: An all-inclusive, non-competitive festival of riding on Oakridge, OR’s 350-miles of singletrack.
The Dirt: Nine years ago, when this event first debuted, 34 people showed up. The next year, 400 showed up, and for the last few years the event has been split into two weekends it’s so popular. Board the school buses, which bear the John Hancock of nearly a decade of fat tire fiends, and unless you’re on an epic all day ride, you can hop the “turn and burn” buses all day to hit different trails. There are a dozen guided rides each day, and rides start all day—at 7AM, 9AM, 10AM, and noon as well as in the afternoon. MTB Oregon is also a miniature microbrew and wine fest, with all meals included—including DIY lunches, all hosted in a 10-acre city park on the banks of the sparkling Willamette River. While it’s not a family affair, the fest does have a relaxed vibe, and it is a huge supporter of the local community. Proceeds from the festival have resurfaced the Oakridge school track, they’ve provided school supplies for local homeless kids.
Details: 45 min from Eugene, 2.5-3 hours from Portland. Registration is caped at 350 riders/weekend. $429, July 19—21, 2013, August 16—18, 2013.