The MBO Story
Mountain Bike Oregon began with humble roots. The first event was held in 2005 and had only 34 riders – that meant there were more guides than riders! But the riders from over 10 states had a blast, and went home and told all their friends. The MTBR website was flooded with buzz about Mt. Bike Oregon and the news of this awesome new event spread like wildfire.
In 2006, the event came into its own and sold out with 300 riders from 20 states. The event has added a second weekend on years that we had a sell out crowd as we are committed to always keeping our numbers small. Mountain Bike Oregon is special because of the community that comes together to ride, and we want to preserve that awesome atmosphere. We also believe it is important to respect the trails and keep our impact to a minimum.
The event has consistently been named in the Top 10 Mountain Bike Festivals in the country and the trails in Oakridge are known as some of the best in the world.
MBO is like the best summer camp you can imagine! The best trails, the best brews, sunshine, swimming in rivers, music, hanging out with your friends, beautiful stars at night, and a highlight of your summer!
This event is a huge undertaking, especially as it is tucked remotely in the woods with limited resources available. We couldn’t do it without the support of the communities of Oakridge & Westfir. We’d like to send out a special thank you to the Disciples of Dirt for guiding riders all weekend long, and for helping maintain the trails all year long. Thanks also to our staff and volunteers who drive shuttles, check in riders and generally make this incredible event tick.
In honor of our 15th Anniversary celebration, we are only having one amazing event this summer! We hope you will make this event your annual tradition and we look forward to seeing everyone this summer on the trails!
Team MBO, the camp counselors of Mountain Bike Oregon
MT. BIKE OREGON – GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Mountain Bike Oregon is all about community. We create a community of mountain bikers who come together to share the same passion—a love of singletrack. But we could not host these events without the support of the Oakridge/Westfir community. To show our appreciation, MBO has given or helped raise over $50,000 for local charities or groups.
Mountain Bike Oregon is all about community.
- City of Oakridge Park Fund. Greenwaters Park is home base for MBO, and we feel it is important to give back to the local parks fund.
- Moose Lodge. The Moose are our breakfast chefs. Some of these funds help children’s charities and other local events, such as our annual 4th of July Fireworks Show.
- Sports Teams. The MBO setup and breakdown staff are members of the local sports teams. This is a way for young athletes to raise money for their teams.
- Track Resurfacing Project. We donated money to help the high school running track get resurfaced. Oakridge has a long and strong track and cross country program that has produced many team and individual state champions.
- Trail Fund for DOD (Disciples Of Dirt). The DOD not only helps keep the beer flowing at MBO they are the driving force and largest contributors to trail maintenance hours in the highway 58 corridor. From routine maintenance to exciting things like new trail on Lawler!
- Trails Fund for GOATS (Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards). The majority of the GOATS funds are raised at MBO. The GOATS help build and maintain our local trails.
- Kiwanis. The Kiwanis were our dinner chefs in the early days, and although we outgrew their staff abilities, we still donate to them. The Kiwanis have used these funds to buy over 400 helmets for local kids and to support other projects that benefit the community.
- Oakridge Library. Oakridge is getting a new library five times the size of our current (very small) library. Grant funds cover the cost of the building, but the library relies on donations in order to purchase more books. We are so proud to be able to contribute to this fund!
- Booster Club. These funds are used to help teams and activities—everything from band to football. Kids who benefit from this, volunteer for us at MBO.
- Grad Night. Grad Night is the high school seniors’ final trip—a safe and fun get-together. Teen and parent volunteers involved with Grad Night have volunteered with us since 2006.
- Preschool. Sadly our preschool has lost summer school funding so the preschool parents will help MBO this summer to help keep the school open year round.
- Homeless School Children. We donate to a program that provides supplies and helps feed homeless school kids in our community.
- Police Reserves. The Police Reserves handle our security. Some of the officers are mountain bikers themselves. As reserve officers, they pay for their reserve supplies from their own pockets. Our donation helps cover those costs.