Mt. Bachelor Bike Park
The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park is now open for the summer. Mountain bikers can explore trails from the top of Pine Marten, including Lava Flow, Cone Run and lower Rattle Snake. Chairlifts open daily at 11am, closing at 5pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends. Lift ticket prices vary based on times and ages; riders can also purchase multi-day tickets. New riders are encouraged to visit Mt. Bachelor's Gravity School for bike clinics and lessons. Additionally, Pine Marten Lodge will host Sunset Dinners every weekend, featuring a buffet with a rotating menu exploring different cuisines. For more information on Mt. Bachelor's summer activities, and to buy lift tickets, visit mtbachelor.com or call 800-829-2442.
The 13th Annual Deschutes Dash will kick-off at 6am on Saturday, July 16. The event will feature multiple races stretching across the Old Mill District. Competitors can challenge their land and sea skills with duathlons, triathlons, aquabikes and a good old-fashioned 10k. Olympic and sprint distances are both offered. Younger competitors can take on the Kid's Splash n Dash, a fun obstacle course open to 3-10-year-olds. Racers can win awards for fastest times, but all finishers will receive a medal, along with food and Deschutes Brewery beer (for those of age). The Dash is also perfect for spectators, who can cheer on their favorite athletes and check out the festival's other events. Volunteer spots are also open. For more information on Deschutes Dash, visit deschutesdash.com or call 541-389-1601.
Cascade Cycling Classic
The 4-day Cascade Cycling Classic is the longest running stage race in North America, and it takes place right here in Bend, starting Wednesday, July 20. The annual race has run consecutively since 1979, bringing in professional riders from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Spain. In fact, while the American women dominate their division, no American man has won this race since 2009. Bikers can compete in different categories depending on their skill level. There is even a kids race on Sunday, July 24. Bend's mix of challenging courses and breathtaking scenery makes the Cascade Cycling Classic a can't miss event. For more information, visit cascade-classic.org.