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Dalles Mountain 60 – 2014 Edition

 2014 Recap…

Dalles Mountain 60 – March 8, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s that time again folks…  Here are a few to things keep in mind about the big day:

  1. We’ll roll out from Holstein’s Coffee Co. in The Dalles at 10:00 a.m. – sharp!  Remember to park on the street, not in Holstein’s lot.  There are also several public parking lots around downtown.
  2. This is a fully unsupported ride – be prepared to take care of yourself.  We take no responsibility whatsoever for anything you do before, during or after your ride.
  3. This is a bike ride.  It’s not a race, event or the like.
  4. This is a pretty friendly introduction to gravel riding.
  5. Most people ride road bikes, but touring and cross bikes are also common.  I personally think the optimal tire is around 28-32c.  Anything more is overkill.
  6. Access to the top of Maryhill Loops has become more difficult of late.  I’ve heard there is now a clear “No Trespassing” sign at the gate.  We aren’t telling you what to do, just warning you.  There is an easy alternate route if you so choose, it’s just not as much fun as the loops.
  7. The actual ride details, GPS data, etc. can be found hereClick here for the cue sheet.



  • Larry Goodman on Jan 28, 2015 Reply

    Hi Donnie, I’m new to bikepacking andadventureriding. I live in Mt Shasta. I’m looking for like minded people to ride with. If there is anybody close to me that would like to get together , let me know. I like traveling to new places. I’m retired and have the time. Keep up the good work. Take care, Larry

  • Jeanie Batty on May 31, 2014 Reply

    Hi there, We love to have all your riders come to Holstein’s. It would be very helpful if you would let me know your date ahead of time. I had to call in extra help but would like to be ready for your group so we can provide faster service. Thanks, Jeanie Batty, owner of Holstein’s Coffee, 541-340-0015. Your ride looks like a great success!

    • donnie on May 31, 2014 Reply


      I’ll be sure to call next year. It’s always the second Saturday in March, but we’ll still give you a heads up in advance. Many thanks!

  • Sandy on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

    Great ride! So much fun! There were some ppl taking photos of the ride. Does anyone know where they will be posted?? Thanks!

  • Brad on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the great ride! This was our first gravel ride on our tandem! We had a blast! Next time, we will try some tires wider than the 25mm road tires we were riding. Those tires made for some slightly nervous descents on the tandem, but we made it through the ride with just 2 flats.

  • Ed locke on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

    Just for grins….what was the times of the fast boys?

    • Nelson on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

      Ed, there was a group of 7 that came in at 3:hrs 8 minutes.
      Great course Donnie, thanks for sharing it with us!

      • ed on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

        Thanks, exactly the time I thought they’d be.

  • Bruce Schinkelwitz on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for a great route yesterday! It was fun.

    Looking forward to more of your dirt/gravel routes on the site.

    • Ed locke on Mar 09, 2014 Reply

      Awesome route and perfect weather…well almost perfect.
      This was my 1st PNW gravel ride….I was out numbered with X-bikes….I was riding a MTB (old guy on a Stumpy). I’ll brewing up a nice gravel bike for future rides :-)

  • Max Siva on Mar 06, 2014 Reply

    My first ever gravel grinder ride. Looking fwd to it. (Assuming this is not a race as described.)

    Anybody want to carpool & share gas costs from Beaverton/217 area?


    • Max Siva on Mar 10, 2014 Reply

      Thx so much for ‘organizing’ this. My first ever dirt/gravel ride and on my road bike it was sketchy on the downhill sections. But I had a blast.

      I took a few pix. Here they are:

      See you next year.


  • Dmitriy Zasyatkin on Mar 06, 2014 Reply

    Hey Donnie, Can you please post the alt route in case there is a sheriff sitting at the Mary Hill Loop entrance? Is there an alt route without descending Hwy 97?


    • donnie on Mar 06, 2014 Reply


      The non-Maryhill version is now the default version if you use the GPS link above. The cue sheet also has the alternate directions listed on it in bold. Unfortunately, there is no other option than US-97.

      Play smart folks, don’t get busted!

  • ed locke on Mar 05, 2014 Reply

    This will be my 1st time riding gravel in Oregon. I lived in NC for the last 10 yrs, There I did ORAMM a couple of times but it was supported.
    Question: How often are there places to get food or drinks along the way? Could that be part of the que sheet in the future?
    I like to travel light and buy food along the way if possible.

    Thanks and I look forward to meeting a few new gravel buddies !

    • donnie on Mar 05, 2014 Reply


      The only services are in Biggs, which is at roughly the half way point (likely a bit past there). There’s a Subway and a few convenience stores. Those are the only services on the route itself. Good luck, hope to meet you out there Saturday!

  • Tom on Mar 04, 2014 Reply

    I am open to haul one rider from n portland on sat am. Will leave about 7:30 and return after ride. I was mid PAC at the rapture but this is early season. U can pitch in for gas if u can but also looking to cut carbon load. U can call me @ 503 319 4647. Don’t call if u plan on taking all day on this ride. Which is cool but I may not want to hang.

  • Manolo on Mar 02, 2014 Reply

    Would a 700/25 c tire be okay ridding this bike ride?

    • donnie on Mar 02, 2014 Reply

      Maybe… plenty of people do it on 25c tires. But it depends on you, you’re abilities, your comfort level, etc.

  • JW on Feb 27, 2014 Reply

    Donnie – do most people use smooth road tires for this ride or knobby cross tires?

    This is my first gravel ride (on a road bike that is) so just wondering what would be best.


    • donnie on Feb 27, 2014 Reply

      I’d say the group is usually split around 2/3 riding with smooth road tires, 1/3 with cross or touring tires. Either will work fine, but there is no “ideal” tire for mixed road/gravel riding, so there’s no wrong choice.

      How’s that for a wishy-washy answer? I try to avoid giving tire selection advice since everyone is so different in their preferences and riding handling abilities…

      I will say this: ride what you got. Don’t go buying new tires just for this ride. And if you’ll feel sketchy on gravel descents with smooth road tires, go with some knobs.

      Hope that helps!

      • JW on Feb 28, 2014 Reply

        Thanks for the quick response…now let’s hope it doesn’t snow 😉

        • Phillip on Feb 28, 2014 Reply

          I’d also like to add that at the Salem Gravel Grinder last week, I met a guy within 6 miles of finishing that was on his 11th flat. I gave him a tube and more patches….He was riding on road tires, but I did not get the make/model of his tire-tube combination. He was still in good spirits though!
          If you don’t have cross tires; I would be more than happy to loan a pair that morning or the night before to you. I’ve had such good Karma lately, I need to keep it up! You can get to me at philliptrost(at)gmail

    • Phillip on Feb 27, 2014 Reply

      For gravel/dirt/tarmac I have been enjoying the Clement USH. It is a file-tread design that when inflated to 40-50 psi provides a great bead for the road, as well as grip in the dirt and mud. I’d been a happy guy with these this year. They also make a similar model; the MSO.

  • donnie on Jan 28, 2014 Reply

    It’s 2014, so March 8th.

  • Jordan on Jan 28, 2014 Reply

    What is the date? the 8 or the 9th the site has both?

  • phillip on Dec 12, 2013 Reply

    Count me and a few more for this one. can’t wait!

  • Nelson on Mar 09, 2013 Reply

    Great ride today Donnie! I thought the redness on my face was a little wind burn from the return trip, but I think I actually got some sun today. ;). Superb day on the bike! Thanks to you and the team at VeloDirt for putting on these rides.

  • donnie on Mar 05, 2013 Reply

    Cue sheet is now posted – I didn’t notice any changes to it from last year’s version.


  • Trish J on Mar 04, 2013 Reply

    Will the cue sheet be posted soon?

  • Ryan on Feb 14, 2013 Reply

    looking forward to it, thanks, donnie.

  • Dan Werle on Jan 27, 2013 Reply

    Yeah! I’ve requested the day off from work, and have asked a couple of friends to come along.

    Thanks a bunch for putting these rides together Donnie. I love gravel and dirt riding Donnie, and wouldn’t muster up the energy to do so without your help.

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