What are the Races of the Ring of Fire?
There are two different races in the time trials, both great for solo riders or two-person teams. Take a look at the route descriptions below before entering one of these Central Oregon bike races. How far do you think you can ride on these routes in the time allowed?
Starting at noon, that’s right, in the middle of the heat, is the 6-hour Ring of Fire Time Trial. It’s a short 27 mile loop on good roads, so it’s nice for bike racers just getting in to the sport. Racers will ride continuous 27 mile loops, routing through Maupin each time. This small loop starts at Imperial, climbs up out of the Deschutes, down to Tygh Valley, by White River Falls State Park, back down to the Deschutes and up the river to Maupin. The race finishes at 6pm, with live music and great beer. This is a great race for solo riders, but also makes a perfect two-person team race; each team member can alternate riding a loop. Route & Elevation Map for 27 Mile Loop
Double the 6-Hour race and enter the 12-Hour time trial for a longer and more challenging ride up Bakeoven Road, through Shaniko & Antelope to the turn-around at Clarno Summit. This out and back is only about 82 miles and has great aid stations, but remember, much of it will be during the heat of late summer. The 12-Hour race starts on Saturday September 12th at 6am, so you should be feeling the heat of the sun and the competition by 10am. Upon completing the 82-mile out & back, cyclists will ride continuous loops of the 6-hour race. Each loop will ride back through Maupin for a check at Imperial, the race timing station, start & finish. This race is also perfect for two-person teams as well as solo riders. SAG is encouraged on the 82-mile out & back, but not required. Route & Elevation Map for 82 Mile Out & Back
If you plan to enter the 6 or 12-hour races, be sure to register ahead of time on the OBRA site. Registration is $65 for each rider, per race. Check in is 5-8:30pm on Friday, and 10-11:30am on Saturday at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd. in Maupin, Oregon.
If you’re traveling to the event for more than a couple of hours, we recommend booking a room at the Imperial River Lodge the night before so you can rest up for the race. If you book early (hurry, rooms fill up fast during this event), you‘ll have comfy lodging, pre- and post-race day meals, and front-row access to the racing venue all in one place. It really makes for a fun biking event.