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.
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, 9,700 feet is a better estimate. MapMyRide notes that there may be errors in calculating climbing and we believe this is one of those occasions.
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)