Trask River Gravel Overnight
Gladys Bikes and Veni Vidi Velo (V3) are teaming up to invite women, non-binary and trans folks of all genders on an overnight trip through the Coast Range and Tillamook State Forest. This gravel-laden route will be a fun challenge, done with supportive community of folks who like to ride bikes and eat snacks!
This will be a no-drop community ride, meaning no one gets left behind. The ride to and from our campsite is approximately 50 miles and the route features approx. 4000ft of climbing and 60% gravel. Upon registration, you'll receive all sorts of information, including: a packing list, menus, route info and more.
Your registration fee of $20* includes:
Guided rides to/from basecamp
Goodie bag from Gladys Bikes
1 nights of camping
Saturday night dinner
Sunday morning breakfast
Packing lists, group riding info, bikepacking tips and tricks and much more
*Owing to a generous donor, we have some full and partial scholarships available. QTBIPOC are encouraged to apply. Please get in touch via email@example.com if you’d be interested in learning more about these.
The Full Details:
When: Saturday June 8 - Sunday June 9
Hosts: Gladys Bikes and Veni Vidi Velo (V3), a Portland group that puts on community-based and volunteer led bike camping adventure weekends for women, non-binary and trans folks of all genders.
Participants: This ride is reserved for women, non-binary and trans folks of all genders.
We’ll be going at a comfortable pace and no one will be left behind, but you’ll enjoy this ride the most if you have some experience with bike camping/packing/touring and also some experience riding on gravel.
Gear: Please plan to ride a bike that you feel comfortable using with whatever bag/rack set-up you have for carrying overnight supplies. We’d recommend tires that are at least 38mm wide for comfort and traction on the gravel sections.
The Route: This is a beautiful off-road route towards the coast that winds along the Trask River, that is 60% on gravel and with 4000ft of climbing. It’s not the easiest ride of all time, but it’s fun, the scenes are great, the climbs are rewarding and the company couldn’t be better.
For more info on the route, along with some commentary from folks who have done it, check out these write-ups from our pal Madi Carlson and from the fine folks at Oregon Bikepacking.
Note: We’ll be starting in Hillsboro, where folks can easily get to the starting location via the Max. We will be wild camping along the way; there will not be a campsite with services (bathroom, water, electricity, structures of any kind).
About the Trip Leaders:
Nicole Villegas (she/her) is the lead organizer of V3 and an avid bikepacker who is passionate about getting folks out and exploring on their bikes. She loves the smell of trees and glorious gravel descents. She is an occupational therapist, coach and resilient soul, with exceptional skills in snacking and sleeping.
Mollie Futterman (she/her; they/them) is a bike builder and fitter at Gladys Bikes who loves all things bike, but her favorite ways to ride include carrying lots of heavy things, finding forgotten paths, and making it to the top of every hill.
Once you register your trip leaders will be in touch with even more details!