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 117 miles long with different climbing and grade challenges.
The Tour is well-supported with an abundance of refreshments available at each Check-In area. Registration fees include all refreshments, support, and a large, delicious post-ride meal.
The Short-Sleeve Performance Tee with TdF Logo is available in sizes from Small to 3XL. All sizes are $20 each.
The t-shirts are 100% polyester with moisture management/antimicrobial performance fabric and sport shoulder panels for maximum movement.
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 Arrasta Saddle - Return to Powers
A 117 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.
This route utilizes a different loop for a new challenge for 2015.
Note: The MapMyRide map linked above calculates 12,600 feet of climbing. By all our estimations (from those who have ridden before) and calculations, 8,000 feet is a better estimate. MapMyRide notes that there may be errors in calculating climbing and we believe this is one of those occasions.
Here is a link to the same route with a climb calculation of 7,940 feet.
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)