The Downieville Classic is nearly completely sold out of all categories. The All Mountain sold out back in April, and now the cross country race is nearing capacity. This 29-mile point-to-point race on Saturday, August 6th challenges riders from the beginning and rewards them at the end with a stellar bike festival. The cross country course starts with a scenic, delightfully challenging climb as riders ascend 3,000 feet in eight miles from Sierra City to the crest of the Sierra Nevada. From there, the ride glides along colorful trail sections, darts through the infamous Baby Heads, followed by creek crossings, more rocks, warp speeds down Third Divide, and the crescendo on the craggy First Divide where races are often won or lost.
When you finish, the party awaits you with a tasty lunch and cold beverage, the world famous Ron’s House of Big Air River Jump, casting competition, bike expo, log pull competition and outstanding, live funky soul music that evening. Really it’s an entire weekend of good times whether you are a racer, rider or spectator.
The Downieville cross country race is Race #2
in the Lost Sierra Triple Crown that began with the Lost and Found Race in June. The final race is Grinduro on October 8th on the pavement and dirt of Quincy, Calif. Featuring 8,000 feet of climbing in 65 miles with timed segments only 5-7 minutes in length over pavement, gravel roads and a twisty singletrack descent back to the finish. In town is a celebration of live music, artwork, handcrafted bike displays and delicious gourmet food. So just like the Classic, even if you aren’t racing, come for the good times at the Ginduro festival.
See why Outside Magazine called the Downieville Classic one of top mountain bike festivals in the US and listed Grinduro as #7
of the Best Trips of 2016. Registration and more information about the Downieville Classic cross country race can be found here.
Learn more about Grinduro here.