RESCHEDULED: 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride, SEPT 18-20, 2020 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon
Join us for the 2020 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! COME ONE, COME ALL, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
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 new reservations or change previous ones.)
* GL drinkware and 2020 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
* 20% off coupon redeemable at GiantLoopMoto.com or in the GL ADV Shop in Bend, Oregon
* Games and prizes
* On-sight medical support provided by Adventure Medics
* Help providing 10 veterans the opportunity to join us from Veterans Back 40 Adventures, Team Overland and Warfighter Outfitters!
2020 TENTATIVE Giant Loop Ride Schedule (subject to change):
Friday, SEPTEMBER 18
- NOON ’til DINNER 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.
- Trail Tech, Next Adventure, EVO Gimbals/Insta360 and Pacific Powersports (Motoz, Haan, Falco, etc.) are joining us as vendors. Bring a little extra cash and get the chance to preview and demo gear.
- Route maps and GPS tracks will be available for download and review, 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.
- Prep bikes and riders for Saturday – best to have a FULL tank of gas ready for ride out Saturday morning
- 5:00 We’ll tap the keg and have some wine and snacks available before dinner.
- 6:00 Mandatory riders meeting
- 6:30 Ranch Style BBQ Chicken Dinner
- Sundown to Moon Rise: Campfire, hot springs and good company
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 19
- 6:00 Coffee will be on
- 7:00 Hearty Breakfast
- 9:00 Ride! This BIG country, so you’ll want all of the daylight available – everyone is on their own for lunch
- 5:00 Return to camp for snacks and beverages
- 5:30 Riding skills games and contest
- 6:30 Francis Estep’s Smokin’ Pit BBQ Signature Smoked Prime Rib Dinner! Prizes and awards.
- 7:30 Video presentation by Dork In The Road
- Sundown to Moon Rise: Campfire, hot springs soaking and tall tales of the day’s adventures
Sunday, SEPTEMBER 20
- 6:00 Coffee
- 7:00 Hearty Breakfast
- 9:00 Break camp
- Ride home – or off to another adventure!
- See you next year!
Important Details about the 9th 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.