Thank you to all who rode the Tour de Fronds XVII! We enjoyed hosting all of you. Check back for pictures and stories from the 2014 ride.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Tour de Fronds XVIII on
The Tour de Fronds is one of the most beautiful cycling events in Oregon. The Tour is your choice of scenic rides on low-traffic roads in Southern Oregon’s beautiful Coast Range. From your saddle enjoy views of old-growth forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, rivers, streams, and mountain vistas.
The Tour de Fronds transverses Oregon’s premier Glendale/Powers Bicycle Recreation Area, a project of USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
7 rides are available from 30 to 102 miles long with different climbing and grade challenges.
Powers to Daphne Grove & Return
A 30 mile out and back ride with 950 feet of climbing with one Category 3 climb (1.4% grade over 7.5 miles).
Powers to Agness Pass & Return
A 43 mile out and back ride with 2,500 feet of climbing including a 4.5 mile challenge climb as part of a Category 2 climb. Also includes a Category 3 climb. Elevation of Agness Pass is 2,600 feet. The return is a fun and intense descent.
Powers to Eden Valley & Return
A 61 mile out and back ride, with 2,700 feet of climbing in one Category 2 climb and one Category 3 climb.
Powers to Arrasta Saddle & Return
A 76 mile out and back ride, with 4,630 feet of climbing and two Category 2 climbs, a Category 3 climb, and a Category 5 climb.
Powers - Arrasta Saddle - Loop down to Cow Creek and back to Arrast Saddle - Return to Powers
A 116 mile challenging ride with 8,000 feet of climbing including one Category 1 climb and two Category 2 climbs, one Category 3 climb, one Category 4 climb, and three Category 5 climbs.
UPDATE: Due to permitting and last summer's forest fire, this ride has been modified. See the link above for the new route.
A 102 mile challenging ride with 9,700 feet of climbing including one Category 1 climb and two Category 2 climbs, one Category 3 climb, two Category 4 climbs, and one Category 5 climb.
Note: The MapMyRide map linked above calculates 12,600 feet of climbing. By all our estimations (from those who have ridden before) and calculations, 9,700 feet is a better estimate. MapMyRide notes that there may be errors in calculating climbing and we believe this is one of those occasions.
Both of these Johnson Mountain Loops offer the opportunity to drag a lung on very low traffic gravel and two track back country roads while finishing with a gradual downhill on asphalt following the beautiful South Fork of the Coquille back to Powers. For those seekers of "more", the 45 miler offers a steep downhill and a climb for additional respiratory abuse.
Powers - Shorter Johnson Gravel/Mountain Bike Loop - Return to Powers (33 miles total)
A 33 mile Gravel/Mountain bike ride with 4,300 feet of climbing including one Category 1 climb, one Category 2 climb, and one Category 3 climb.
Powers - Longer Johnson Gravel/Mountain Bike Loop - Return to Powers (45 miles total)