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The Freedom Ride 2017 is a 15-day bike ride covering about 1500 miles from Bend, Oregon to Newport Beach, California from September 15 to October 1 2017.

The course winds through beautiful back roads and hills in Oregon, then follows the ocean along the Pacific Coast until Santa Barbara. From there, we climb up to and descend from Big Bear, summiting Mount Onyx, the longest and highest California climb, to finish in Newport Beach. Daily rides range from 50 to 125 miles, with rest days in Happy Camp, CA and San Francisco area. Awareness events and fun activities, such as white water rafting in Happy Camp and the Big Bear Festival are planned along the route.

Riders can register for the entire ride, for the Bend or Big Bear Weekend Rides or for individual days.

The Bend Weekend

September 15 to 17, 2017
$375
  • 140 miles over 2 days
  • 8700 feet of climbing
  • Food & accommodations included
  • Belknap hot springs
  • Jersey, t-shirt & 2 bottles
  • Extra jersey for every additional $200 raised*
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Big Bear Lakes Weekend

September 29 to October 1, 2017
$375
  • 120 miles in one day + resort / beach day
  • 5650 feet of climbing over Mount Onyx
  • Food and Big Bear and Newport Beach Resort included
  • Big Bear Festival and Newport Beach Finish Line Party
  • Jersey, t-shirt & 2 bottles
  • Extra jersey for every additional $200 raised
  • * RIde is on Saturday, September 30
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THE FULL CHALLENGE


The Full Challenge is a fifteen-day ride, departing Bend, OR on September 16 and arriving in Newport Beach on September 30.

The course winds through beautiful back roads and hills in Oregon, then follows the ocean along the Pacific Coast until Santa Barbara. From there, we climb up to and descend from Big Bear, summiting Mount Onyx, the longest and highest California climb, to finish in Newport Beach. Daily rides range from 50 to 125 miles, with rest days in Happy Camp, CA and San Francisco area. Awareness events and fun activities, such as white water rafting in Happy Camp and the Big Bear Festival are planned along the route.

While the ride is accompanied by support vehicles and a mechanic, participants must demonstrate the ability to complete the challenge and be equipped to fix their own minor mechanical issues, such as flats.

This Full Challenge is capped at 20 riders.

Transportation from Newport Beach to Bend is available first come first serve. Transport between towns, where the finish on one day is different than the start on the next day, is provided and included in the Full Challenge fee. This will likely be with one RV and one or two vans.

A deposit of $500 required by July 15 to sign up and save a spot.

The full balance of $5000 must be paid by August 1, 2017.

We encourage riders to fundraise as much of the total as possible. Special incentives and recognition will be given to riders to raise over $5000, depending on total amounts. Since the Freedom Ride Project is a 501C3, donations are 100% tax deductible.

Full Price of $5000 includes:

Accommodations from September 15 to 30
Sponsor supported food along ride
Entry to all Freedom Ride 2017 Events, including hosted meals
White water rafting on the Klamath Falls River at Happy Camp
2 full kit (jersey and shorts)
1 Freedom Ride Project t-shirt
Additional full fit for participants paid in full by July 15
Additional jersey for participants registered by April 30
50% discount off further top of line team clothing (vests, gloves, jackets…)
6 Freedom Ride Project water bottles

THE BEND WEEKEND


The Bend Weekend starts with a hosted kick off dinner in a local restaurant, featuring several local riders, sponsors volunteers. This is a great time to get to know other riders, hear about the route and weekend, and view footage from last year’s ride.

The two-day Bend Weekend covers 140 miles of breathtaking beauty from Bend to Oakridge, OR. Ride highlights include Mc Kenzie Pass, Cougar Reservoir, the deep pines of Southfork, and the lush carpet of the Auderheide.

Day one features a spectacular ride over McKenzie Pass, showcasing forests on both the east and west sides of the Cascades (they’re different) as well as a lava-rock moonscape at the top that’s unlike anything you’ll probably ever see on a bike ride again.

Following an energizing break in the quaint town of Sisters, our route ascends 2,000 feet through ponderosa pine forests, emerging from the forest at Windy Point and revealing a view of Mt. Washington and a 2,000-year-old lava flow. The 25-mile, 4,000 feet descent to Highway 126 snakes down exhilarating switchbacks to the dense, verdant Cascadian forests and rushes out over the McKenzie River. If you can handle the hairpin turns, it may be tempting to try to beat the Strava record set by one our Freedom Riders in 2016.

Following the arduous climb and the adrenaline rush from our descent, enjoy a homemade barbecue and make sure to soak those aching legs in the Belknap Springs.

On day two, we head out on what has been called “the magic carpet ride.” From Highway 126, we’ll turn south near Rainbow on Forest Road 19 — the Aufderheide. This is a nearly symmetrical ride, halfway up and then halfway down. Following a fairly gradual climb up to Cougar Reservoir, a serene lake tucked between forested slopes, the ascent becomes more serious, following the South Fork of the McKenzie River up to the crest. Here’s where the magic-carpet effect begins: even though you’re climbing, for much of the way the smooth rolling pavement is so sublime that you don’t notice the effort. After peaking at the top of the pass, our reward is the roller-coaster descent for roughly 30 miles into Oakridge, a former logging town turned into mountain-biking mecca. Our hosts at the Westfir Lodge, known as a haven for mountain bike enthusiasts and professional teams, will welcome us like pros and family, with beer on tap, fresh homemade smoothies and a delicious dinner. Be sure to walk over to the famous covered bridge for some pictures and soak your legs in the refreshingly cold mountain river.

Rides back to Bend will not be provided by the Freedom Ride, but can be coordinated for a fee through our Bend Liaison.
A deposit of $75 is required to sign up and save a spot.
Total payment of $375 must be paid by August 1 to receive jersey. Registrations will be taken up to September 9, provided sufficient space. We encourage riders to fundraise as much of the total as possible.

Bend Weekend Price of $395 includes:

  • Bend dinner on Friday, September 15
  • Dinner and lodging in Camp Yale on September 16
  • Entry to Belknap Hot Springs
  • Westfir welcome dinner on September 17
  • Complimentary jersey to all riders who register by July 31
  • Freedom Ride t-shirt (provided size available)
  • 2 water bottles

THE BIG BEAR LAKES WEEKEND


With its’ beautiful mountains, lake, wildlife, and its’ quaint village, Big Bear Lake is the Cycling Capital of Southern California and a sought after destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, including cyclists, bikers, hikers, skiers and snowboarders. Big Bear Lake is also the home to Tour of Big Bear, named “Southern California’s Favorite Ride”, and has been a four time host city of the Amgen Tour of California. This year, the Freedom Ride Project is partnering with Big Bear Cycling, Big Bear Grizzly 100 and the Big Bear Gran Fondo, who will kick off their races with our event on Saturday, September 30, and come together for the pre-ride festivities.

Cyclists will be accompanied in and out of town by sheriff escort. Robinhood Resort will welcome riders with refreshments and host them for a special dinner event. Music, entertainment, vendor booths will all be part of the festivities on Friday, September 29.

On Saturday, we begin our 120-mile ride bright and early with a moment of joint silence for the victims of human trafficking, alongside our fellow mountain bikers and Big Bear locals. After a beautiful ride around the east side of the lake, we climb to the crest of Onyx Summit at 8445 feet. From there, we plunge down an epic descent through beautiful switchbacks and deep forests to Redlands. The course makes its’ way along bike trails towards the coast and finishes in the resort town of Newport Beach with a special finish line party. Included in the weekend is a night and relaxing day at a local four-star hotel. Last year, Marriott and the Island Hotels in Newport Beach hosted our riders and crew. This provides riders with the Sunday option of taking an easy spin, and / or having family or friends join them for a relaxing day at the pool or beach, before driving heading home, fully recovered from their monumental accomplishment.

Big Bear Lake Weekend Price of $325 includes:

  • Big Bear Lake dinner on Friday, September 29
  • Entry into the Big Bear event
  • Food and light support along ride
  • Newport Beach party and dinner on September 30
  • Hotel in Newport Beach on September 30 for first 20 riders registered by September 10
  • Complimentary jersey to all riders who register by July 31
  • Freedom Ride t-shirt (provided size available)
  • 2 water bottles