Big Creek Trails, Newport, Oregon
ABOUT Newport 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 to introduce people to our new trails and will be the fastest speed yet for the Flow Duro Challenge!
DAY ONE: Shuttled Ride Options (1 non-shuttled ride) from Bike Newport to Big Creek Trails.
On Saturday, we will be providing a shuttle service from Bike Newport to the Big Creek Trails and shuttle times will be according to the level of ride you have registered for (see below). It is small but mighty and we are excited to introduce you to the trails. The rides are short but fun and easily loopable. We have a small variety of green, blue, and our first black diamond trail to check out for the advanced riders.
DAY TWO @ Big Creek Trails: Race Day!
On Sunday, the race will be on Norm! + Dude Sweet + Learning Curves for a total distance of 1.3 miles w/ 9 feet of climbing and 474 feet of descent. Yes, you will have to climb to the top but it is a beautiful climb through the trees to the top. Allow yourself about 40 minutes from Big Creek Park to get to the top of race course. Our celebration of the trails & awards ceremony will continue with food, music & beverages @ Big Creek Park directly following the race. Food cart and beer will be available for purchase.
Two days of fun biking events on the Central Oregon Coast!
Saturday, Aug 12
Map to Bike Newport
9:00 AM Check-in & day of registration @ Bike Newport
10:00 AM Rides start
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Rides led by Local Riders (see below for options).
10:00 AM Advanced Cross Country/Enduro Ride: Non-shuttled
10:30 AM Advanced/Enduro Ride: Shuttled
11:30 AM Intermediate Ride – Shuttled
11:00 AM-3:00 PM Food & beverage garden open for purchase
12:15-2:00 PM Packet pick up & Registration for the Flow Duro Challenge (if you are able to pick up your packet during this time, you will not need to arrive early on Sunday morning and can go straight to the race course by 9 am)
1:00 – 3:00 PM Trail celebration ~ Music, food & beverage garden
3:00 PM End of Day at trails
5:00 – 9:00 PM Final Event Party @ Bier One Brewing
SATURDAY RIDE OPTIONS:
Saturday, August 12, 2023, ~
$20 + $2 OBRA fee (if not a member).
Big Creek Trails: Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/region/big-creek-trails-27942/
Shuttled Rides will be limited to space in shuttle vans so register early to guarantee your spot!
Advanced Ride: Longer distance no shuttle
10:00 AM Advanced Cross Country/Enduro Ride: Non-Shuttled
This ride is for advanced fast-paced riders who don’t mind a bit of climbing to get to the awesome downhill. “The Shop Loop” is our locals ride that the club & shop do every Tuesday. The ride will start at Bike Newport and be led by local riders through town, down the gravel road, up the trails system to the top of the race course, and down. Some fun turns in the new skills park at the end before heading back to the shop for some afternoon food & beverages. You will have a chance to ride all of the trails in the Big Creek system on this ride. This is approximately 8.5+ miles and consists of green, blue, & black level trails. This is not a shuttled ride. This ride gathers at 9:45 AM and leaves the shop promptly at 10:00 AM.
Advanced Ride: Shorter mileage with shuttle
10:30 AM Advanced/Enduro Ride: Shuttled
This ride is for Advanced fast-paced riders who want to ride at a faster pace and have less mileage than the non-shuttled ride. This will be a shuttled Ride to the bottom of the race course where local club riders will lead you to the top of The Dirt Wave Flow Duro Race Course so you can experience the entire race course + some fun extra trails. You will have a chance to ride all of the trails in the Big Creek system on this ride. This ride consists of green, blue, & black level trails. You can practice some fun turns in the new skills park at the bottom before heading back in the shuttle to the shop for some afternoon food & beverages. This ride gathers at 10:15 AM to load bikes on the shuttle and leaves promptly at 10:30 AM to head to the trails.
Children must be accompanied by an adult/parent on the shuttle & on the ride.
11:30 AM Intermediate Ride: Shuttled
Our intermediate ride is a no-drop ride covering Level Up + Top Level + Dude Sweet + Learning Curves which are a combination of 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 riders 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 our newest trails. This ride gathers at 11:15 AM to load bikes on the shuttle and leaves promptly at 11:30 AM to head to the trails.
SATURDAY’S FINAL EVENT PARTY
Saturday, August 12, 2023,
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Ride the Dirt Wave Final Event Party at
Location: 255 SW 9th St, Newport, OR 97365
Bier One Brewing MAP
Our friends at Bier One are throwing a party for the final Dirt Wave event in Newport! BBQ, beer, music, outdoor seating, fun & games for whole family.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
7:00 AM Check-in & day of registration (only for those that did not pick up packet on Saturday)
8:00 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) through August 10th
$50 + $5 OBRA fee (if not a member) through August 10-12
Day of Race Registration is $60 + $5 OBRA fee (if not a member) August 13th and closes at 8AM
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. 1.3-mile trail, 474 ft. descent, average time is approx. 4:30 minutes.
We will have packet pick up and registration on Saturday, August 12th from 12:15-2 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
9:00 AM Check-in & Registration at Bike Newport
Saturday, August 12, 2023
12:15-2:00 PM Packet pick-up & Registration for the Flow Duro Challenge at Bike Newport. (If you are able to pick up your packet during this time, you will not need to arrive early on Sunday morning and can go straight to the race course by 9 am).
Sunday, August 13, 2023
7:00-8:15 AM Check-in & day of registration for Flow Duro Challenge at Big Creek Park. (This is only for those that did not pick up your packet on Saturday)
CAN I REGISTER ON RACE DAY?
Yes, but we prefer you register earlier. If you must register on race day you will pay a higher price. Please see the 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?
The Advanced Rides on Saturday will both be riding the race course and guided by the local club. You will need to sign up for the Saturday rides on the registration page if you want to join in on the guided or shuttled rides. There will not be an official Pre-Ride of the race course separate from the Saturday guided rides. However, 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.
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: Big Creek Trails, Newport, Oregon
Big Creek https://goo.gl/maps/V5vDYpFyqR51Ywnz7
Parking is limited so please see below for directions on where to park for Sunday’s race. For Saturday, rides will be meeting and leaving from Bike Newport.
WHERE DO I PARK AT THE TRAILS?
On Saturday, August 12, 2023, rides will meet and leave from Bike Newport. Parking is available on the street and next door on the corner of 6th Street & HWY 101 at the empty building.
On Sunday, August 13, 2023. Parking is very limited at Big Creek Park and the dirt road to the race course will be closed for the race on Sunday. You will need to park at Agate Beach Wayside and ride your bike or walk the “Ocean to Bay Trail.”
Please park at Agate Beach Wayside from here you will need to bike or walk the .09 mile “Ocean to Bay Path” to Big Creek Park. If you still need to pick up your race packet, you will need to check in at Big Creek Park between 7-8:00 AM and then ride the 3 miles to the top of the race course. If you picked up your race packet on Saturday, arrive w/ enough time to park and ride in to the race course. Please allow yourself plenty of time (at least 40 minutes) as the race will start promptly at 9 am. There will be water and a porta-potty at the bottom of the race course.
WHAT IF MY FAMILY WANTS TO WATCH?
Access to this race course is a bit limited (similar to Klootchy Creek) unless you are on a bike. We will have limited vans shuttling people from Big Creek Park to the bottom of the race course. Shuttles are not for racers, only spectators. The shuttles to the race course for spectators are for Sunday only. They will begin running in the morning from Big Creek Park at 7:45 AM. Only event vehicles are allowed on the dirt road during the event as the road will be closed to through traffic. Family members are welcome to ride their bikes the 1.5 miles on the closed gravel road to the bottom of the race course and then find a safe place along the course to watch. The finish line is close to the gravel road and will be a fun place to watch them come in.
There will be water and a porta-potty at the bottom of the race course.
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.
A bit off the beaten path is a great HipCamp option that can accommodate a lot of campers. BeaverCreek Artfarm/ Heart Barn is a 22 acre farm just 20 or so minutes from Newport (not far off 101) and in a world of it’s own! @heartbarn https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/land/oregon-beavercreek-artfarm-heart-barn-4nelh026?shareid=p4oxxiqrkk
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: Our new trail system at Big Creek is small and growing but at this time there isn’t a lot of mileage for beginners. Next year we hope to have enough trails to accommodate a beginner ride but this year we just don’t have enough to make it worthwhile.
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, black diamond area at 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