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Trans-Cascadia 2019


Trans-Cascadia 2019 - The Photo Recap

October 09 — 2019 | Santa Cruz, CA

A couple of weeks ago we returned from the 2019 edition of Trans-Cascadia with our minds blown. This event never ceases to amaze - from the level of organization, attention to detail, and the insanely good tracks for racers to test the neverending limits of the deep loam that the PNW offers this time of year.

This is more than a race, it's an experience of a lifetime and every year Trans-Cascadia comes back bigger and better. Participating in this event really puts things into perspective and makes you realize that what you're doing in the moment is truly special no matter how you're involved.

At the end of the day the key to Trans-Cascadia's success is their devotion to trail advocacy and the strong sense of community that comes from the like-minded individuals putting in the hard work every year to make it happen.

“I think it was probably my best day ever on mountain bike trails. Stage 6 and 7 were unreal; perfect flow, sweeper corners, and hero dirt. It was amazing. I was smiling all the way down!” - Romain Paulhan

Heeding the advice from fellow Santa Cruz athletes - Romain Paulhan, Alex Pavon, and Debi Motsch ventured to a remote corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to meet up with fellow Santa Cruz Free Agent and Trans-Cascadia veteran, Chris Johnston, for 4 epic days of "racing" and good times. 

No cell service, limited power, and definitely no wifi - this is a true backcountry experience where the Trans-Cascadia family consisting of racers, volunteers, sponsors, and damn fine people, in general, come together for a party in the woods. 

For the Trans-Cascadia race reports head here and for results here.


Debi Motsch did a write up on her Trans-Cascadia experiece over on the Juliana site here.

A few liaisons required some intense hike-a-bikes but racers were always rewarded when the trails turned down.

Day 4 was canceled due to unsafe weather conditions so a large group ride was organized for a pedal up to the ridge for a bonfire and some beverages.


Romain Paulhan 1st, Geoff Kabush 2nd, and Chris Johnston rounding out the podium in 3rd. 

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