Downieville Classic: New Lost Sierra Triple Crown 2016

Mar 21, 2016
by Mark Pecotich  
Smiles and wheelies are contagious at the Downieville Classic.

Never resting on their laurels of delivering an epic mountain bike festival for 20 straight years, the fun-loving folks at the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) are upping the ante this year by adding a new three-race series - the Lost Sierra Triple Crown. In this new addition, riders will compete in all three SBTS races – the Lost and Found gravel grinder, the Downieville Classic cross country race and the highly acclaimed, Grinduro, mashing up a gravel grinder and an enduro.

The Lost and Found starts the series on June 4th in Lake Davis, Calif. with a 100-mile gravel grinder. It’s the perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road, and historic railroad grade with 7,000 feet of elevation gain and 80 percent dirt.

100 miles of gravel grinding roads await you at the Lost and Found.

Next is the Downieville Classic cross country race on August 6th. The ride starts by ascending 3,000 feet in eight miles to the crest of the Sierra Nevada. From there, riders glide along colorful trail sections, including the infamous Baby Heads, followed by flying through creek crossings, dodging rocks and fellow riders, and traveling at warp speeds down Third Divide. Then enjoy the world famous river jump and party the night away to live music in downtown Downieville. Come see why Outside Magazine called the Downieville Classic one of top mountain bike festivals in the US.

Volunteers celebrate victory during the Volunteer Trifecta at the Downieville Classic

Finally, Grinduro on October 8th completes the Lost Sierra Triple Crown series on pavement and dirt in the scenic hills of Quincy, Calif. With 8,000 feet of climbing in 65 miles, the course is a serious affair but not meant to be a sufferfest. Timed segments are only 5-7 minutes in length over pavement, gravel roads, and a twisty singletrack descent back into town. When riders arrive in town, they will be greeted with a celebration of live music, artwork, handcrafted bike displays and delicious gourmet food.

Ride at your own pace to the next Grinduro timed segment while marveling at the views.

“It’s going to be an exciting year watching these incredible athletes compete for the Crown,” Williams said. “I’m not joking – winners are literally getting metal crowns – that’s how worthy their commitment and accomplishment is to racing these three events.” The Lost Sierra Triple Crown will be based on the same points system used in the Downieville Classic All-Mountain World Championships. Points will be applied to placing based on the three aforementioned events across 13 racer categories. A different bike can be used for each of the Lost Sierra Triple Crown races.

For more information about these festivals and to register for the Downieville Classic visit downievilleclassic.com, for the Lost and Found visit lostandfoundbikeride.com, and for Grinduro visit grinduro.com.

About Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship:

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) was formed in 2003 as a volunteer-driven, 501c3 non-profit organization whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of trail systems. With support of a strong volunteer base, we have contributed thousands of hours and extensive fundraising efforts towards trail maintenance, restoration and new construction in Downieville, Graeagle, Quincy, and the rest of the Lost Sierra. Our bike shop, Yuba Expeditions, has been welcoming mountain bikers to the region for 24 years. All proceeds from SBTS races and the bike shop go directly toward trails in the Lost Sierra. Visit sierratrails.org to learn more about volunteering for trail work, becoming a member, and supporting our events.

MENTIONS: @nolevers


  • + 10
 Why can't they run some gravity aka Enduro events? Would be the perfect location for a full EWS race in the US, but even a CES or local event would be amazing.
  • + 2
 There is the downieville downhill race you know...
  • + 1
 The only one I am aware of is the event in conjunction with the Downieville Classic. That requires that you race the XC the day before which I am not really interested in doing again. Is there something else available?

Also Downieville would be perfect for a multi day Enduro style event with all of the amazing trails out there. Would show the Euro's what riding is really like in the US vs the marginal EWS races in the US so far.
  • + 1
 Come on, I know you want to pedal up out of Sierra city again! That climb is, uh, awesome..?
  • + 1
 Definitely @necros. Awesome is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about that climb.
  • + 9
 The west coast is known to have some of the prettiest and most well-rounded buttes. I find myself starring at them often...
  • + 1
 I've ridden the downhill before and it took me about 2 hours to complete the full 15 mile trail. I'm still learning the basics but I can tell you one thing, Downieville is beautiful. I highly encourage anyone to ride the trail, the town is small but comforting.
  • + 1
 So right you are aoneal
  • + 1
 You are not wrong.....
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