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6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

By January 6, 2017Events, News

6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop's 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop’s 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Join us for an adventure motorcycle rally weekend at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, our basecamp for exploring the wonders of eastern Oregon’s high desert backcountry. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends. All bike types and riders are welcome! SPACE IS LIMITED – YOUR DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!

PLEASE USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU CHECK, SO YOU RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE RIDE, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR EMAIL LIST WITH THE ADDRESS YOU CHECK MOST FREQUENTLY!

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Register now to reserve your spot by paying a $100 refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel by April 30 (we have to provide a headcount for camping and food, and we get charged even if you don’t show).

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The second payment of $200 will be due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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Non-Riders Half Price

$50 refundable depsosit secures the space.

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$100 second payment – due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $150 non-rider reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you can ride your own route or choose from a variety of routes and form your own groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level.

This is not a guided trip, your fees cover:
* Two nights of no-hookups camping and hot springs access (if you want RV hookups or cabins, please contact Crystal Crane Hot Springs directly to make reservations)
* Silipint drinkware
* Two catered dinners, two catered breakfasts, snacks and beverages (more details below)
* GPS tracks
* Medical support provided by Adventure Medics

Watch your email for more details and updates!

Here’s the TENTATIVE the schedule:

Friday, June 2
* Dirt First clinic (details TBD)
* Adventure Medics will offer a free 1-hour first aid clinic (details TBD)
* Brief GPS and navigation clinic specific to Saturday’s riding (details TBD – volunteer navigation/GPS coordinator needed!)
* As riders arrive they will get signed in and receive SiliPints, set up camp, etc. No-hookups camping is included for Friday and Saturday night – other accommodations and additional nights must be arranged with Crystal Crane Hot Springs
* Route maps will be available for review, and there will be a computer set up to load in GPS tracks. Riders should form a group of three or more, and decide on routes on Friday.
* We’ll tap the keg and have some wine and snacks available before dinner
* First scheduled event will be catered Dinner. We’ve hired the same Burns-based caterer who does food for the BMWRO’s Chief Joseph Rally
* Prep bikes and riders for Saturday – best to have a FULL tank of gas ready for ride out Saturday morning

Saturday, June 3
* Coffee will be on early
* Breakfast at 7
* Ride! This BIG country, so you’ll want all of the daylight available – everyone is on their own for lunch
* Return to camp for snacks and beverages
* Catered dinner
* Campfire and prizes/awards
* Hot springs soaking and stories of the day’s sights and adventures

Sunday, June 4
* Coffee, breakfast
* Break camp
* Ride home – or off to another adventure
* See you next year!

Important Details about the 5th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* This is some of the most rugged and remote country in the lower 48 states. We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help. Consider signing up for and emergency service provider, such as Air Link or Life Flight. Here’s a good PDF article discussing the details and relative merits of these service providers.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.