Nick Legan’s new book, Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, shares everything you need to know to enjoy gravel cycling and bikepacking. From event profiles to dream bike set up, route planning to gear selection, Legan brings his experience as a ProTour bike mechanic and dedicated gravel junkie to this guide. Filled with beautiful photographs that will inspire you to ride unpaved, Gravel Cycling is your best resource for gravel grinders and multi-day adventures.
Enjoy Nick’s profile of the Oregon Outbook multi-day bikepacking route, one of 8 epic adventure rides covered in the book.
Klamath Falls, Oregon, to the Deschutes River, Oregon | Up to 364 miles
Although only run as an organized race for one year, the route of the Oregon Outback is still a bikepacker’s dream. Over 350 miles of rugged Oregon roads, gravel, and deteriorated double track test even seasoned cyclists.
More than 14,000 feet of climbing await, and 75 percent of the route is gravel. The route builders recommend six days to complete the south to north endeavor. Bisecting the state, the Outback begins in Klamath Falls and heads through the Fremont-Winema National Forest, crossing the windy Columbia River Gorge before making its way to its terminus near The Dalles.
It’s recommended that the Outback be ridden during spring and early summer months, after snow has melted and before the scorching heat of central Oregon hits. Fall is another good time to hit the route.
Two-inch-wide tires and low gearing are recommended, though it has been successfully completed on narrower tires.
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