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.
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.
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.
“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.