What is OMTM?
OMTM is resource for gravel cycling in the Pacific Northwest. Focused in and around the Portland, OR area and beyond.
OMTM features gravel + road cycling routes, photos, detailed writeups, maps and GPS data. We hope to encourage those interested in exploring the backroads to do so w/ helpful information we've learned along the way.
Who is OMTM?
We're two guys in Portland, OR who like riding bikes. We work in the music industry. We like gravel, dirt, pavement, hardpack, singletrack, forest roads, goatpaths and everything in between.
But mostly gravel.
What does 'OMTM' stand for?
'Our Mother the Mountain' is the second album, released in 1969 by singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt and includes the song by same name.
Shit is good.
Why do you have different songs cued up for each route?
As a professional music supervisor and artist roster curator, pairings are in our DNA. It's something that's hard to turn off. Not every ride needs a soundtrack, but we've sought to provide these reads and rundowns with vibe-guides befitting the character of the routes.
What kind of routes will I find on OMTM.CC?
We like long, challenging gravel days over mixed terrain with a healthy dose of climbing. So that's what you will find. We like riding fast, and as such, many of these routes will require a spirited pace in months w/ shorter windows of daylight if the intention is to finish before dark.
We refer to 'the Golden Ratio' as being 1000 feet of climbing for every 10 miles. Most of our routes tend to fall within reasonable range of 'the Golden Ratio'. While 80% of our routes are mixed gravel rides, we do feature some fully paved road routes as well.
But they have to be rad. Our motto is 'All Killer No Filler'.
100% of our routes are single-day rides. From time to time, we may call attention to areas that may be good for camping before or after riding, but generally these routes will all be intended to be ridden in a single shot.
What won't I find covered on OMTM.CC?
Marine Drive or Highway 30 (Life's too short to ride bullshit)
Making coffee outside
Mountain biking (in the traditional sense)