The MBO FAQ’s
Several local trail groups as well as the staff, guides, & owners of MBO work to maintain the trails used by the event. The local trail groups include; The Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS), Alpine Trail Crew Association (ATCA), and The Disciples of Dirt (DOD).
Yes! Our MBO Guides are highly trained and will be with you on the trail to keep you on track, build the stoke, guide the way, offer encouragement & assure you have an amazing time!
The guides train throughout the year, ride the trails often, are First Aid/CPR certified. There are a minimum of 3 guides on every ride (The Rabbit in the lead, the Middle guide for support, and the Sweep to assure everyone stays on trail and give extra encouragement to those that may need it).
Yes, you may, but not until you arrive at MBO in July.
Once at the event, there will be a shuttle area with the lists of shuttles available to specific trails. You can remove your name off your current shuttle and add it to the shuttle you would like to do instead.
Please note: Your options are limited to what is available.
We would REALLY prefer if you leave your dog at home during MBO. If you have to bring your dog, your dog must be on leash and with its owner at all times.
Dogs are not allowed on the shuttles or on the trails during MBO. If you plan to ride all day and are coming solo, you may not leave your dog at camp all day while you ride.
The camp is in full sun and can get very hot during the day while you are out riding and there isn’t much shade to safely leave your pet. If you have a ticketed non-riding participant joining you at event that can assure your pet is watched over then we will consider on a case by case basis.
Camping is on 80 acres nestled between the base of Alpine Trail and the North Fork of the Willamette River at a scenic old Mill Site. There are grassy areas near the river for tents, and flatter areas for RV’s, trailers, vans, etc.
There are no hookups so come prepared to be fully self-contained. We ask if you run a generator, you be kind to your neighbors and turn it off between 9pm-7am. No Fires are allowed on the site. No exceptions.
If you need to cancel and request a refund for Mountain Bike Oregon, please email us and make sure the words “Cancellation” or “Refund” are in the subject line. Our refund policy works as follows:
- Greater than 90 days before the beginning of the event: 75% of registration fee refunded
- Between 89 and 60 days before the beginning of the event: 60% of registration fee refunded
- Between 59 and 30 days before the beginning of the event: 50% of registration fee refunded
No refund if cancelled within 30 days of the beginning of the event.
Registration is non-transferable. You cannot sell or give away your MBO pass. These policies will be strictly enforced
- Oakridge’s local Moose Lodge prepares a hearty breakfast every morning. This includes options for vegetarians (egg & dairy eating) and fruit and granola for vegans.
- Lunch is a make your own sandwich bar and has some options for vegetarians.
- For breakfast and lunch, are unable to safely cater to being gluten free as there are too many areas that risk gluten items touching non-gluten items. If you are gluten free or vegan, we suggest bringing your own food.
- Afternoon and evening food carts cater to vegetarian and vegan diets, some gluten free as well.
- All participants are welcome to bring meal supplements to ensure you get the nutrients and provisions you require for days of riding.
Everyone makes their own lunch from the sandwich lunch fixings we put out during breakfast from 6:30-8:30am. You are responsible to make your lunch before you get on your shuttle.
Lunch item examples include Killer Dave’s bread, meat, cheese, peanut butter and jelly, veggies, fruit, chips and cookies.
- Non-riding children are welcome at MBO and you will need to register them for appropriate ticket (depending on age).
- Kids between the ages of 13-16 are welcome to register as a rider if they can ride intermediate level mountain bike trails and parent agrees to ride with them at all times.
- Kids between the ages of 16-17 are welcome to register as a rider and ride solo if they can ride an intermediate to advanced level trail.
- All children under 18 will need to have their parent sign a waiver.
- We also offer a Junior MBO Skills Clinic for ages 8-14 where the child can gain new skills and have professional instruction.
- Please note that any minor that is deemed to be “over their head” on any given trail and/or presenting a danger to themselves, others, or guide team will be pulled off ride and arrangements made for them to be returned to camp.
You should be an intermediate or advanced rider. The trails of Oakridge are not beginner friendly. MBO offers skill clinics that teach important fundamental skills, but we do not recommend MBO being your first mountain biking experience.
First look to see if Westfir Lodge still has availability. If not, there are motels and vacation rentals available in both Westfir and Oakridge, a short drive away. Search online for details. You can park your vehicle in the campground each day and drive home at night.
We recommend all riders bring a bike with them. Contact the Willamette Mountain Mercantile-Oakridge Bike Shop to rent a bike for the event.
MBO includes top quality FREE bike demos from many different brands, although not enough for every participant every day.
Once you arrive at MBO and check in, you can go to the bike demo booth area and reserve your bike for the next day. Check in with multiple bike companies and set up reservations for multiple days of the event. Demo bikes are limited and are NOT guaranteed – we highly recommend that you bring your own bike.
No, we do not. You will need to bring your own with you, or borrow from your friends.
Yes, you can find poison oak in the area, although most riders are fine. Bring extra gloves and riding clothes if you are sensitive. Bring Tecnu to rinse off with after each ride.
Mountain Bike Oregon began with humble roots in 2005 and had only 34 riders – there were more guides than riders! Riders were from over 10 states and had a blast, then 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. Following years included a second weekend where there was 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.