Black Butte to Mirror Pond Bike Ride


Join us Saturday, June 22nd for Black Butte to Mirror Pond -- a bike ride event for our friends and fans to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary. These two landmarks are the namesakes for our two flagships beers and we'll take you on a great point-to-point ride. Starting at the base of Black Butte, at Black Butte Ranch, the 40 mile route will take you on scenic dirt roads winding behind Sisters towards Shevlin Park, before bringing you into the finish line at Bend's Drake Park on the banks of Mirror Pond. Here you will be greeted with damn tasty beer, food and an Anniversary Party like no other featuring Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and other live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit Deschutes Land Trust, Deschutes River Conservancy, and The Environmental Center, community partners we’ve worked with for several of our 25 years.

This event is under a Special Use Permit with the Department of Agriculture Deschutes National Forest Bend Fort Rock Ranger Station.

Please keep scrolling down to read through all of the ride details!

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The Ride

BlackChoose between two departure times from Bend: 8am or 10am.

Shuttles will leave promptly at these times so riders need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior. The ride will start at Black Butte Ranch at 9:30am and 11:30am, respectively. Slower riders are encouraged to sign up for the earlier start time.

Count on Temps in the 50′s in the morning to 60’s and above in the afternoon. Make sure to have the proper equipment for any type of condition as the weather in Central Oregon can be unpredictable at times

Approximately 40 Miles with 1000 ft of Climbing (exact mileage and climbing subject to change)

  • 80% Forest Service Roads
  • 20% Pavement
  • Rules of the road apply, please obey all traffic symbols and route markers
  • The exact route can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the route image above.

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Space is limited to 500 riders (250 per wave).

Cost: $95


Online registration ends Friday, June 21st at 12pm. Cash only registration allowed at Packet Pickup.

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Packet Pickup & Bike Drop Off

  • When: Friday 6/21/13
  • Time: 3-7 pm
  • Where: Deschutes Brewery’s Lower Warehouse (399 Shevlin-Hixon Dr)

Riders are highly encouraged to come Friday to pick up their packet, drop off their bike and enjoy a beer. If you can't make it Friday, packets can also be picked up and bikes dropped off Saturday morning 30 to 40 minutes before you departure time.

What’s included in your packet (You must sign waiver at Packet Pickup)

  • Map
  • Frame Number (Please place on your bike prior to loading into bike transport)
  • Swag bag will accompany the Packet

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  1. What’s Included
    • Shuttle Ride from Deschutes Brewery to Black Butte Ranch
    • Bike Transport - bikes will be carefully loaded into a trailer with cardboard dividers
    • Deschutes Brewery Swag Bag with Commemorative items:
      • 25th Anniversary Ride Socks
      • 25th Anniversary Ride Waterbottle
      • Stainless steel pint glass with 2 beer tokens
    • Mechanical and Sag support from local bike shops listed below
    • Three aid stations with water, electrolytes, PB&J Sandwiches, Bagels and other items to keep you fueled to the finish.
    • Great point-to-point route, 80% Forest Service roads (bring your mountain, cross or gravel grinder bike). Course elevation at 50 ft per mile on average for the 40 mile trip.
    • Commemorative Map of Ride
    • Post ride Anniversary Party at Drake Park

  2. Ride Starts and Finishes

    Riders will be shuttled from Bend (see below) to Black Butte Ranch where the actual ride starts. The ride ends at our 25th Anniversary Party in Drake Park.

  3. Where do we park?

    The old Mt. Bachelor Park & Ride lot across from the brewery.
    Click here for a map (best viewed on Chrome).

  4. What are the cutoff times for this event?

    No or better said if your pace is a bit slower register for the early shuttle, and if your pace is faster and you need the extra sleep sign up for the later start time.

  5. Is this a fundraiser?

    Proceeds from the ride will benefit three local charities who we work with and support throughout the year.

    • Deschutes River Conservancy — As this ride ends at Mirror Pond, we wanted to partner with the DRC who we already work with to restore 1 billion gallons of water back in to the Deschutes River.
    • Deschutes Land Trust — a good chunk of this ride parallels the Skyline Forest, a project DLT has been working on for years. Plus, this group was conceived at our pub back in 1995.
    • The Environmental Center — Also celebrating 25 years, we wanted to join forces to make this a green event as we both celebrate a quarter century of making Central Oregon a better place.

  6. HammerWhat are the keys to feeling good on the course?

    Your timing on nutrition and staying hydrated in regards to how much and when you eat and drink to be your best the whole way through. Finishing requires smiling, some training and a great attitude.
    On course energy support provided by Hammer Nutrition.

  7. Does the event allow outside support?

    No, sorry with 500 riders we would request that you leave the support to us. If you do have a special Food allergy we can take your zip lock bag of items for consumption to aid 3 to allow you to feel your best all the way back to Drake Park (Mirror Pond) A 1 Gallon Zip lock bag placed at the shuttle area check in will be taken to aid 3.

  8. Is neutral mechanical support available?

    YES by local participating bike shops who we are thankful for and encourage you to support: Sunnyside Sports, Webcyclery, Hutch's Bicycles, Pine Mountain Sports and Sagebrush Cycles

    There will also be SAG support along the course provided by Cog Wild

    Make sure you get your bike tuned up prior to arriving, check that chain for wear and prepare for a great time.

  9. Is medical support available on the course?

    We have basic first aid available on course with personal and radio communication at each of the aid stations plus the finish with medical at the finish. Being that this course is very large it will take 15 Minutes or more to get to you if you are seriously injured and with this knowledge please take care of each other on the course and make sure to alert aid station personal if someone is hurt and needs assistance. In addition Sag support will include first aid supplies along the route.

  10. Safety on the course

    You are responsible for your safety and to follow the rules of the road. Please be aware that the roads are open to other traffic and to be alert and pass other riders on the left after announcing that you are coming by. Please be aware of your surroundings on fast descents and while climbing along this route. Make sure to hydrate and take advantage of aid stations along the way to get to the finish with something in the tank.

    Please watch when passing another rider and be aware that the route has some great sections of roads with room for passing (On the left please) and other areas require a bit more attention.

  11. Rules

    This is a Fun Benefit ride and to maintain the fun please check these safety and ride rules.

    • Helmets are mandatory. An approved cycling helmet is required. Cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course or while warming up.
    • Ride within the designated route. Ride safely and in control and single file whenever possible on pavement and be extra cautious on back roads that are rarely traveled but can provide an element of surprise when you least expect it.
    • No outside support vehicles allowed along the course. Support vehicles and spectators are allowed in designated areas only. It is unsafe for spectators to stop at any other spot along the route.
    • Emergency Vehicles ALWAYS have the right of way. If a rider encounters an emergency vehicle, the rider is to give way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over, stopping and dismounting. Many areas are fast and for the piece of Road that travels over the BLM roads have no centerline
    • Display your event number. All registered cyclists must wear their event number according to instructions. This is to track you at the finish or in the event that you do have to pull out this number will be recorded to make sure everyone comes back
    • No unregistered individuals. Unregistered riders will not be allowed on course during the event.
    • Participants are permitted to use standard road bicycles, hybrids, commuters or mountain bikes.
    • No Cell Phone use while riding
    • All riders under 19 must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian
    • Course closure. This course is open to other traffic and the rules of the road must be followed
    • No littering on course. Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only at aid stations
    • All riders are to obey traffic signs. Rules of the road…stop at all stop signs and proceed per the route signage.
    • Public urination is not permitted. When nature calls, riders are asked to use porta-potties provided at Rest Stops if at all possible.
    • Have fun and dress appropriate for the day’s weather and always remember to drink and eat.

  12. BlackWhere is the best place stay in Central Oregon?

    Black Butte Ranch
    For a list of places to stay in Bend, go to Visit Bend.
    For Camping Options click here.

  13. Clothing Policy

    Any clothing left over after Sunday, will be donated to Junior cyclists in Oregon. If it does get warmer than expected you may leave clothes at the aid stations and please mark your clothing with your rider # or name to get this back to you at the finish area.

  14. Litter

    Please pack out what you bring in and or recycle what you can.


Additional questions send to Mike Ripley, Director of Operations at Mudslinger Events, at

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