Wilder Trails & Big Creek Trails, Newport, Oregon
Map to trails: Wilder Trails https://goo.gl/maps/Jkgd7gaE6ApETkQW6
Big Creek https://goo.gl/maps/V5vDYpFyqR51Ywnz7a
ABOUT Newport Trails:
Newport is fortunate to have two great trail systems to explore. We will spend one day with guided rides at Wilder Trails near the campus of Oregon Coast Community College. There are plenty of options for beginner to advanced riders. Our race day will take place at the brand new Big Creek Trails where we will have the Flow Duro Championship event. Something for everyone at the trails with a family ride, beginner ride, intermediate, and advanced ride options. This is a great opportunity to come out and get to know the trails in a fun and supportive environment.
Our celebration of the trails will continue with food, music & beverages on site. Food cart and locally brewed beer will be available for purchase.
Day One @ Wilder Trails
The Wilder trail network was constructed and is maintained through the joint efforts of the local bike club, NEWTS and the landholders. The system remains an ongoing project, steadily improving with each passing year. These trails present a classic coastal-style riding experience, featuring an abundance of roots and natural attributes that provide an enjoyable and challenging ride. Wilder boasts an XC flavor, owing to the technical aspects of the riding and the presence of various interconnected trail sections connected by forest roads.
Day Two @ Big Creek Trails
The Big Creek Trails are the newest trails in Newport. They are a joint effort between the local bike club, NEWTS, and the City of Newport. The trails are located on City land and the bike club has built and maintains the trails. It is a small system but perfect for the Flow Duro Challenge!
Two days of fun biking events on the Central Oregon Coast!
Saturday, Aug 12
9:00 AM Check-in & day of registration
10:30 AM Rides start
10:30 AM-1 PM Rides led by Local Riders (see below for options).
11:00 AM-3:00 PM Food & beverage garden open for purchase
12:00-12:45 PM Packet pick up & Registration for the Flow Duro Challenge
1:00 – 3:00 PM Trail celebration ~ Music, food & beverage garden
3:00 PM End of Day at trails
SATURDAY RIDE OPTIONS:
Saturday, August 12, 2023, ~
$20 + $2 OBRA fee (if not a member). Wilder Trails, Newport, Oregon
Map to trails: https://goo.gl/maps/AfUX73d3mLCfxqZm6
10:30 AM Advanced Cross Country Ride
Advanced Cross Country Ride – The ride is for advanced fast paced riders who don’t mind a bit of climbing to get to the awesome downhill. 10+/- miles. We have curated a 10+ mile ride that includes five of our favorite trails at Wilder. We love a couple so much, you may do them twice! The “advanced ride” caters to riders who feel at ease on extended journeys at a swifter pace. While it isn’t a competition, this ride is intended for those who possess the self-assurance to keep up and relish the finest sections of the trail network, ranging from beginner-level Green trails to more demanding Black trails. Accompanied by experienced riders from the local cycling club, NEWTS, you’ll traverse in and out of wooded areas, navigate inclines and descents, take in picturesque ocean vistas, and get a genuine sense of the exceptional experiences that Newport has in store.
11:00 AM Intermediate Ride
Our intermediate ride is a no-drop ride covering roughly 8+ miles along Green and Blue trails. This ride is designed for energetic and experienced trail riders who crave a faster pace but want to stay together as a group. We’ll maintain a decent speed while exploring sections of mostly intermediate-level Blue and some beginner-friendly Green trails. There will be plenty of breaks to rehydrate, socialize, and catch your breath. Local experts will be leading this ride, which is ideal for those possessing basic to intermediate mountain biking skills and who may not be prepared for the entire system but want to check out some awesome trails.
11:30 AM Beginner Ride
This easygoing no-drop ride is geared toward new riders who have basic skills and want to check out the trails. This ride is 3+ miles of beginner-level Green trails. The leisurely pace is perfect for novice mountain bikers who want to experience the trails without feeling pressured to keep up with others. Our knowledgeable guides, the Newport NICA team, will lead this ride on the beloved NICA race course at Wilder. The route involves minimal climbing and descending and is entirely composed of Green trails. Riders will get ample breaks to rest and refuel. This group ride is ideal for those new to mountain biking, who want a positive and supportive environment to develop their skills.
12:00 PM Family Ride
This family-friendly ride is perfect for parents and children on two-wheels or beginner youth. Covering less than a mile, the slow-paced ride takes in some fun and easy Green trails, offering a mix of short climbs and small descents on a wooded trail. The route is relatively flat with minimal elevation changes making it ideal for those new to trail riding. Our ride leaders also function as coaches, so be ready to learn some useful tricks and techniques to help you and your little ones develop your skills. It’s important to note that a parent or guardian must accompany children on this group ride.
Sunday, June 4, 2023
7:00 AM Check-in & day of registration
8:15 AM Check-in Closes
9:00 AM Race begins
9:00-1:00 PM Flow Duro Challenge – 2x’s down Race Course
11:00 AM-2:30 PM Food & beverage garden open for purchase
*1:30-2:30 PM Awards Ceremony *or within 45 minutes of the race finish
2:30 PM End of Day
“Flow Duro Challenge” – Sun. Aug. 13
$40 + $5 OBRA fee (if not a member)
A fun, fast pace, timed competition down a mix of blue & green trails. Racers will be placed in divisions by age and class and have two timed runs on the trail. The Flow Duro Challenge takes place on Norm + Dude Sweet + Learning Curves. Time will be best of 2 laps. This trail is fast, flows well, and will keep you on your toes. There is a mix of traditional loam tread, mixed flowing contour and steeper grades. Look for drops, roots, & steep fadeaways. 1-mile trail, 378 ft. descent, average time is approx. 4:00 minutes.
We will have packet pick up and registration on Saturday, August 12th from 12-3 PM @ Wilder for the Flow Duro Challenge. There will not be an official Pre-Ride of the race course. The trails are open to the public and you are welcome to pre-ride on your own before the race. Parking is limited at the trailhead so we suggest you park at the gravel lot next to Big Creek Park and take a warm-up ride to the trailhead.
Here is link to the Big Creek Park where Sunday check in and awards ceremony will take place: https://goo.gl/maps/HvqRGFtP6XzwS5WX8
Expert: Men & Women: 19-31, 32-44, 45+ & Junior 9-13 & 14-18
Sport: Men & Women: 19-31, 32-44, 45+ & Junior 9-13 & 14-18
E-Bikes: Class 1, pedal assist, no throttles allowed.
For this first year, e-bikes will be in their own class. You can choose Expert or Sport.
Class will not be split by age or gender.
*Categories may be combined if fewer than 5 people sign up for a given group.
EVENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Oregon Coast Visitors Association
Oregon Rides & Events
Newport Trail Stewards (NEWTs)
City of Newport
Daniella Crowder, Director
Oregon Rides & Events
WHEN IS THE PACKET PICKED UP?
We will have several options for packet pick-up and registration.
Saturday, August 12, 2023
9:00AM Check-in & Registration at Wilder Trails
Saturday, August 12, 2023
12:00-3:00PM Packet pick up & Registration for the Flow Duro Challenge at Wilder Trails.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
7:00-8:15 AM Check in & day of registration for Flow Duro Challenge at Big Creek Park.
CAN I REGISTER ON RACE DAY?
Yes, please see above schedule for packet pick up.
ARE HELMETS REQUIRED?
Yes, helmets will be required for both events.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO RACE THE FLOW-DURO CHALLENGE?
The minimum age is 9 years old based on the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association guidelines. This is not a race for beginners as the courses are fast & technical and have steep climbs to reach the top where the race begins.
WILL THERE BE A PRE-RIDE OF THE FLOW-DURO COURSE?
No, there will not be an official Pre-Ride of the race course. The trails are open to the public and you are welcome to pre-ride on your own before the race. Parking is limited at the trail head so we suggest you park at the gravel lot next to Big Creek Park and take a warm-up ride to the trail head.
DO I HAVE TO DO ALL 3 FLOW DURO CHALLENGE RACES? OR CAN I JUST SIGN UP FOR ONE?
You can sign up for one or all of the Flow Duro Challenges races. You can only be considered for the “Champion of the Dirt Wave Series” if you attend all 3 races.
WHY ARE THERE ONLY 100 SPOTS AVAILABLE IN THE FLOW DURO CHALLENGE RACE?
We are only allowing 100 people to register for the race so we have plenty of time to do 2 timed laps down the race course and need to allow time for climbing back to the top in between.
HOW DO I GET TO THE TRAILS?
LOCATION: Wilder Trails & Big Creek Trails, Newport, Oregon
Map to trails: Wilder Trails https://goo.gl/maps/Jkgd7gaE6ApETkQW6
Big Creek https://goo.gl/maps/V5vDYpFyqR51Ywnz7
WHERE DO I PARK AT THE TRAILS?
On Saturday, parking will be available along the side of the road on SE Harborton Street and at the Oregon Coast Community College parking lot. Please do not park in the parking lot for the local businesses or apartments. On Sunday, we will have parking available in designated lots near check-in. We will have more information soon on the exact locations for Sunday parking.
WHERE DO WE STAY?
The Newport Chamber site has links to lodgings options in the area:
Camping: Newport is home to two fantastic State Parks; South Beach State Park & Beverly Beach State Park.
There are also camping options at the Port of Newport.
WILL THERE BE FOOD OR DRINKS AVAILABLE?
We will have extra water available for riders at the trailhead. Come prepared with your own water, power bars, snacks, etc. We will have a food cart on site from 11-3pm on Saturday and 11-2:30 on Sunday for you to purchase food on your own. We will have local beer on tap for purchase as well.
I AM A BEGINNER RIDER, WHAT SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR?
Our Saturday event is perfect for beginner riders. If you have been interested in coming to check out the trails but weren’t sure where to ride, this is the perfect event to have a fun & supportive ¨Guide¨ show you the trails. Here are a couple of great options for beginner riders:
Beginner Ride: This easygoing no-drop ride is geared towards new riders who have basic skills and want to check out the trails. This ride is 3 miles of beginner-level Green trails. 11:30 AM Beginner Ride
Family Ride: This family-friendly ride is perfect for parents and children on two-wheels or beginner youth. Covering less than a mile, the slow-paced ride takes in some fun and easy Green trails, offering a mix of short climbs and small descents on a wooded trail. 12:00 PM Family Ride
Our Sunday Race is not really recommended for beginner riders. The course demands that riders have some technical skills as the course is fast and there is a steep climb to the top.
HOW DO I SUPPORT THE LOCAL TRAILS?:
You may donate directly to the Newport Trail Stewards (NEWTS), the local bike club that builds and maintains all of the trails in Newport.
WILL THIS EVENT TAKE PLACE AGAIN NEXT YEAR?
Yes, we have a three-year commitment from the Oregon Coast Visitors Association to grow this event on the Oregon Coast. This first year we wanted to start small with three venues but would like to include more venues in the coming years to showcase the awesome trails we have to offer on the Oregon Coast! If you have a trails system in your area that we should consider for the 2024 “Ride the Dirt Wave Series,” please reach out to: Director@OregonRides.com