8th Annual Giant Loop Ride, May 31 – June 2, 2019 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon
Join us for the 2019 Giant Loop Ride, an adventure motorcycle rally weekend in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, based out of beautiful Crystal Crane Hot Springs.
Explore incredible areas of the state like Steens Mountain, the Owyhee River, the Ochoco Mountains and the Alvord Desert while meeting new riding friends. All street legal bike types and riders of all skills levels are welcome! SPACE IS LIMITED – YOUR DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!
All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – sport, dual sport, scramblers, 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. Epic road riding awaits any who enjoy backcounty pavement!
What’s included with your $300:
* 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 before April 30, 2019)
* GL drinkware and 2019 GL Ride t-shirt
* Two catered dinners, two catered breakfasts, snacks and beverages (more details below)
* Extensive GPS tracks library with routes to suite all bike types and riders – three-plus years of collecting and confirming routes
* Games and prizes
* On-sight medical support provided by Adventure Medics
Vendors Attending so far, with more confirming every day!
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Non-Riders Half Price $150
Friends, spouses or family members who do not ride but wish to enjoy camping, food, beverages are welcome!
Or, commit now with the full $150 non-rider reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.
TENTATIVE 2019 Giant Loop Ride Schedule:
Friday, May 31
* Clinics, riding and learning opportunities (details TBD)
* Brief GPS and navigation clinic specific to Saturday’s riding (details TBD)
* Riders arrive, sign in and receive drinkware and t-shirt, 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: 541-493-2312.
* Route maps and GPS tracks will be available for download and review 1 week prior to event (or earlier), and there will be a computer set up to load 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.
* Prep bikes and riders for Saturday – best to have a FULL tank of gas ready for ride out Saturday morning.
Saturday, June 1
* 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 riding games, snacks and beverages
* Catered dinner
* Campfire and prizes/awards
* Hot springs soaking and stories of the day’s sights and adventures
Sunday, June 2
* Coffee, breakfast
* Break camp
* Ride home – or off to another adventure
* See you next year!
Important Details about the 8th 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.
* 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, inReach 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.