A self-supported race and group ride through the Olympic Mountain rain forests via logging roads and trails…
UPDATE (Race Report): The third annual Olympic 420 Adventure was another resounding success, with eight racers lining up at the Rocktopus in Port Angeles, up from five in 2016 and three in 2015. At this rate we’ll see twelve next year? Can’t wait.
A few additions to the route added some difficult singletrack, and some harsh weather provided an even greater challenge, but three riders persevered to the finish and a new course record was set by Shane Noble of Olympia at 4 days and 15 hours. Jason Thorman of Spearfish, SD showed grit as he on-sited the route and finished in 5 days and 6 hours. Ron Thomson of Sequim wins the prize for endurance, he finished the course after being on route for over 7 days. The other five riders lived to tell the tale.
The rugged terrain and unbelievable steepness are always a challenge, add to that the logistical difficulty of the few points of resupply and the uncertain weather in September and you can understand the high rate of attrition. After four years of racing only four individuals can claim the honor of being an Olympic 420 finisher.
The Grand Depart is always the first Wednesday after Labor Day, from the Rocktopus. Contact John Tornow for details. – John Tornow, Race Organizer
The Olympic 420 is a bikepacking race that traverses the spectacular Olympic Peninsula via the Olympic Discovery Route. The route is comprised of old logging roads and trails that can be extremely wild and steep, and there are few opportunities for resupply. The total elevation gain “defies belief.”
Top 2016 Finishers
4d 22h 10m: Shane Noble, Course Record
5d 14h 21m: Adam Hale
5d 23h 7m: Ron Thompson