THE DOWNIEVILLE CLASSIC NAMED “ONE OF THE TOP 10 BEST BIKE FESTIVALS” BY OUTSIDE MAGAZINE IS SET TO KICKOFF July 30 – Aug 2, 2015.
Downieville CA, July 27 2015 – Calling all challengers, festival goers & Sierra REC enthusiasts. This Friday July 31, 2015 you need to be in Downieville Ca for the 20th anniversary of this epic mountain bike race and festival. The Festival Starts on Thursday with Demo Days, live music and kick off party, then on Friday registration opens and an evening of activities is scheduled. Racing begins on Saturday.
A weekend of racing and partying in the Sierras where riders have to pick one tool for two disciplines: a 29-mile cross-country race, and a 15-mile downhill with 5000 vertical drop.
Hundreds of hours of preparation. Out there riding when others were not. Throwing down on shiny, blingy parts for your…
The Dirt: Downieville is most famous for its races, and riders come to prove themselves hardened and unbreakable. The Downieville Classic Cross Country race is one of the last remaining point-to-point bicycle races in the United States. The 29-mile course follows a rugged “Gold Rush” era route from the mountain town of Sierra City (elevation 4,100′), to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100′), and down 5,200 vertical feet into downtown Downieville. It’s considered a tribute to the mountains, the rivers, the big trees, the fresh mountain air and the hard men that carved trails through the river canyons in search of gold and prosperity. The Classic is followed by the Downieville Downhill, which drops 5000 vertical feet in 15 miles from Packer Saddle to Downieville. It’s the longest and most demanding downhill mountain bike race in the nation. Not a racer? Not to worry. Nearly as famous are the Ron’s House of Big Air River Jump, the log pull competition, and a soundtrack of live music.
Details: 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe. www.downievilleclassic.com
The Downieville Classic is put on each year to help support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. One of the most active Trail stewardship programs in the Sierra, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enhancement of recreational trails. SBTS has donated over 40,000 hours of volunteer labor to both the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests, maintaining over 150 miles of shared use trails, including the creation of 50 miles of new trails. While these trails see over 200,000 users per year, they continue to maintain a level “A” standing, due in large part to all the hard work of SBTS staff and volunteers.
If you would like to camp for the weekend, the Classic has compiled a great list of camping options for you here: http://downievilleclassic.com/downieville-classic/camping . When in the Tahoe National Forest camping is limited to 14 days per year within each campground. Reservations are accepted, along with some first come first serve sites. http://www.reserveusa.com 877.444.6777. $20 – $25 per night.