Transcascadia Race
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The Trans-Cascadia started as a blind-format, backcountry race in the backcountry and small towns of Cascadia, USA. It includes 4 days of racing and a curated backcountry experience of primitive single-track, gourmet food, and social activities provided by the hosts. We have evolved into an organization that advocates for backcountry trails reclamation and maintenance and a world class bike race that takes place in the fall.

Trans-Cascadia Inc was founded by a group of long-time, bike-industry professionals that hosted the first race in 2015. The event is part of the non-profit’s larger and evolving mission to reclaim, build and maintain sustainable trails in the Pacific Northwest. This work is made possible by the community of volunteers, sponsors and racers that come together at multiple work parties each year to put on the event as a celebration of our accomplishments and promote our region and sport for all to enjoy.

"Some of our international racers are finding it challenging to plan travel with uncertainty around pandemic-related travel restrictions," says Race Director Nick Gibson. "This has allowed us to open up 30 spots for this year's race unexpectedly."

This year, the blind-format race will occur in a brand new location in the Pacific Northwest Cascadia region. In honor of Trans-Cascadia's commitment to true blind racing, they will only hand out race maps and course details during the event.

Trans-Cascadia's primary goal at the 2021 race is to keep everyone healthy and safe. "And have a damn good time," adds Nick. The TC medical staff has helped the team develop a COVID protocol to implement for this year's event. Racers and crew will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test dated within three days of arrival or proof of vaccination. Mask requirements will be based on CDC guidelines at that time of the year.

Despite cancelling the 2020 event due to the pandemic, the Trans-Cascadia crew has still worked hard in the backcountry. They have continued to reclaim and maintain trails while actively advocating for their preservation and access to open up a whole new area for this year's racers.


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ckoont (Sep 21, 2021 at 12:47)
Right during prime larch traffic on fairly popular trails. I hope the Angel Staircase loop stages are on a weekday. Is this posted somewhere through the USFS as well so folks can change weekend plans? I know they try to keep the stages a secret but probably a lot of people were planning to go ride this area this weekend.
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jonburby (Sep 22, 2021 at 21:21)
This. I currently have plans to ride the angels staircase loop on Saturday. I intend to make the 4 hour drive under the assumption race organizers were thoughtful enough to avoid the weekend. If they don't want me and others showing up this weekend they should let folks know which specific day(s) they will be utilizing the loop. Grateful for the work of Trans Cascadia but you can still maintain the spirit of a "blind race" concept without keeping other trail users in the dark.
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