In an all-new venue in the Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest for 2021, Trans Cascadia did not disappoint. Despite a last-minute change to some stages due to ongoing fires, the race was one to remember with four incredible days of racing, camping and new friends. Based out of Foggy Dew Campground, some Washington classics were on tap for days one and two. To accommodate the last-minute change of venue, staff cut in new trails in real time for the last two days of racing. A special thanks to US Forest Service Recreation Program Manager Paul Willard for his help in facilitating the race and venue changes.
The men’s racing was tight across the four days, with two-time winner Geoff Kabush in the lead through the first two days before being usurped by Myles Morgan and Myles Trainer at the end of day three. On the final day a few mistakes by Morgan handed the victory to Trainer by mere seconds, with Aaron Bradford rounding off the podium. The women’s race was dominated by Jill Kintner, who won all four days and finished the race nearly ten minutes clear of Corinne Prevot, with Alicia Leggett coming home third.
As always, the race supports Trans Cascadia’s larger mission of reopening legacy trails in the backcountry. The Trans Cascadia staff and volunteers have clocked nearly 20,000 hours in the forest to date, with over 500 miles of public land trails maintained, and 100+ miles reclaimed. You can read more about Trans Cascadia’s trail advocacy efforts here.
Ten for Trails Fundraiser
Ten for Trails is an important part of the fundraising for Trans-Cascadia’s advocacy efforts, from which the proceeds are used to purchase tools to outfit more volunteers in addition to funding the backcountry trail work. You can donate to Ten for Trails directly on their website.
Pearl Izumi also created limited edition Ten for Trails jerseys for both men and women. $10 of each sale goes towards the TfT fundraiser, as well as spreading the word of their advocacy efforts on the trails.