Route and Tracking Files

Race Across Oregon 500

On July 18, 2015 the eighteenth annual Race Across Oregon begins in The Dalles, OR. Competitors climb over 40,000 in their 515 mile campaign to the finish line at the Columbia River in The Dalles approximately 30 – 48 hours later. Divisions included in the race are Male/Female Soloist; Tandem; 2, 4 and 8 Person Team. 


General Route Description:

The 2015 Route Book will be available @ May

The 2015 Race Across Oregon route travels 520 miles from The Shilo Inn (The Dalles, OR) through eastern Oregon and finishes at The Shilo Inn (The Dalles, OR). If you’d like to have a look at the route a downloadable version will be available late Spring of 2015. You will be provided with a route book at the pre-race meeting.

We will keep much of the previous route in tact – it’s a killer! The RAO route feels incredibly remote. In some ways we think the course is now more difficult for a solo racer than years past- there are more rolling hills, steeper grades and a greater sense of isolation throughout the route. After a flat warm up through town, riders will travel West on the Olde Gorge Highway. The climb to Rowena Crest should begin to separate the field prior to the left turn at Marsh Cut-off. Riders will then head East on Seven Mile Rd, pass through The Dalles and head South on 197. At the Hwy 216 flashing yellow light, riders turn left and roll through farm country toward the Deschutes River. Racers then cross the Deschutes at Sherar’s Falls and ascend a breathtakingly steep climb to Grass Valley. The route follows backroads to Moro and then heads east to Condon. The climbs are unrelenting and the scenery unchanging as the route travels through Ruggs and Heppner and then heads south down 395. The scenery through Battle Mountain is beautiful but you’ll most likely be traveling through this section during darkness. The course exits 395 near Long Creek and RT 402. Riders will follow 402 back toward Hamilton, Monument and Kimberly. After a lovely ride alongside the John Day River they’ll turn and head toward Spray. If you’ve ridden RAO in the past you’re now on familiar territory though going in a different direction then before as the course travels through Spray, Service Creek, Fossil, Clarno, Antelope, Shaniko, Bakeoven, Maupin, Dufur and Forest Road 44. A 25 mile descent on highway 35 will take riders to back to the start hotel on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River – the best the gorge has to offer!

Schedule of Events

Friday July 17, 2015

Noon – Racer Check-in and Vehicle Inspections

6PM – Pre Race Meeting

Saturday July 18, 2015

5 a.m. – Solo and tandem racers start. Please assemble at starting area by 4:45 a.m.

7 a.m. – Two Person Teams start. Please assemble at starting area by 6:45a.m.

9 a.m. – Four Person Relay racers start. Please assemble at starting area by 8:45 a.m.

Depending on skill level we may start some 2 person teams at 9AM and some 4 person teams at 7AM

Monday July 20, 2015

5 a.m. – Course closes

8 a.m. – Post race breakfast/party. Stick around for the best after party in ultra!