Event Profiles: Issue 109

Featured upcoming events


Photo: Kasey Carames

Mammoth Bar Enduro

June 15, Auburn

The Mammoth Bar Enduro offers a fun and challenging course that includes trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area (SRA) and Mammoth Bar OHV.

In Auburn SRA, racers will take on two stages: one on Confluence Trail which runs along the Middle Fork American River and features a gradual descent featuring rock gardens and narrow sections; the other on flowy Culvert Trail which features banks, berms, jumps, drop offs and a tunnel under Foresthill Road. The other two stages of the day will take place at Mammoth Bar OHV: Eastside Trail which has been brushed and graded for a fast black diamond technical thrill run; and Stonewall/Rocky … a stage that starts out steep on Stonewall then leads into the double black diamond Rocky Trail with a crowd favorite finish at the venue.

A post-race party with a full BBQ lunch, local craft beer, and awards will round out this big day of racing bikes. Professional timing provided by the California Enduro Series.

Learn more at totalbodyfitness.com.


Carson City Off-Road

June 28-30, Carson City NV

The Carson City Off-Road is the third stop on the Epic Rides Off-Road series.

Participants will climb their way into the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, take in huge views of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley and the Carson Valley while connecting some of the area’s favorite (and challenging) pieces of singletrack, double track, gravel roads, and the occasional paved segment.

The event spreads over three days of festivities. Mingle with bike-minded folks while appreciating the area’s silver mining heritage and feeling welcomed by its modern-day appreciation for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Carson City Off-Road has a 98% finish rate. Bring your climbing legs and you’ll do just fine.

Each Epic Rides Off-Road Series event welcomes mountain bikers of all experience levels with three different length courses (15, 30, or 50-ish miles) that challenge the mind and body plus deliver inspiring views of nature’s beauty.

With the Whiskey and Grand Junction Off-Road events done and dusted, the final event of the series — the Oz Trails Off-Road — takes place October 11-13 in Arkansas.

Learn more at epicrides.com.


Alta Alpina Challenge

June 29, Markleeville

Come to the Tahoe area to ride the wild Sierra in the Alta Alpina Challenge — a ride for cyclists, organized by cyclists. Experience the breathtaking scenic beauty of classic, wild Sierra roadways and panoramas on some of the best pavement you’ll find anywhere. Ride through wilderness areas — no traffic lights and just a dozen stop signs.

Ride just your favorite pass(es), up to six total, in a Personal Challenge or pick one of four popular routes:

  • The Wild Sierra Metric: A beautiful 64-mile ride with 5,000’ of climbing
  • The Wild Sierra Century: A challenging 110-mile ride climbing 11,000’
  • The 5 Pass Challenge: The classic combination: Carson/Ebbetts East/Ebbetts West/Monitor West/Monitor East for 134 miles and over 16,000’ of climbing
  • The 8 Pass Challenge: The world’s toughest double century with over 20,300’ of climbing and over 198 miles.

All rides start and finish at Turtle Rock Park. Registration fee includes fully-stocked rest stops and post-ride meal.

Learn more and register at altaalpina.org/challenge.


High Sierra Music Festival

July 4-7, Quincy

The 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place amid the big pines of the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in mountainous Quincy, CA about 80 miles northwest of Reno.

The popular festival’s musical lineup features an eclectic mix of genres including jamband, newgrass, funk, bluegrass, roots rock, electronica, reggae, jazz and afrobeat.

Live music isn’t all that’s on the weekend schedule. Attendees can check out playshops such as yoga, AcroYoga, pilates, stretching, and hoopdance. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails and routes in the picturesque surrounding area.

The family-friendly, community-oriented event boasts an expanding Family Village area full of activities and certified nannies available throughout the weekend. Vendor stalls, arts and crafts, and gourmet food and drink round out an epic weekend of fun.

Learn more at highsierramusic.com.


Death Ride

July 13, Markleeville

Recognized as one of the premier endurance events on the west coast, the Death Ride — organized by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce — has welcomed riders from around the globe for the past 39 years, providing them with a challenging, memorable ride along the scenic roads of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The course takes riders on a 129-mile journey with 15,000’ of climbing over Monitor Pass on SR 89 (8,314’), Ebbetts Pass on SR 4 (8,730’) and Carson Pass on SR 88 (8,580’). Full highway closures on Hwy 89 Monitor Pass from 5am-noon and SR 4 Ebbetts Pass from 5am-3pm.

Along the way, riders are treated to fully stocked rest/water stops, SAG/tech support, radio communications, medical and law enforcement support.

Be sure to visit the many booths at the Death Ride where exhibitors provide giveaways, products and services ranging from tech support to souvenir items. Death Ride merchandise also available.

Learn more at deathride.com.


Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

July 20, Santa Cruz

The 21st annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is a road cycling event presented by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club (SCCCC).

Start and finish is the Baskin School of Engineering courtyard at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Four routes include a 45-miler with 2,900’ of climbing, a 75-miler with 6,700’ of climbing, a century with 10,300’ of climbing and a double century featuring 12,550’ of climbing.

Each ride features challenging climbs, coastal views and gorgeous scenery, with the three longer routes passing through Big Basin State Park. Delicious food and hydration will be set up throughout all of the routes. There will also be support vehicles and SAG wagons to assist the riders.

Proceeds from the event go towards the SCCCC grants program which supports local cycling initiatives.

Learn more at santacruzmountainschallenge.com.


Photo: Harry Lefrak

Donner Lake Triathlon

July 20-21, Truckee

2019 brings the 38th Donner Lake Triathlon (DLT) to Truckee, California.

For years, the DLT has been and remains the favorite triathlon of many. It’s no wonder, as the event features an epic setting and a beautiful and challenging course. With seven race options plus a kids’ triathlon, there’s something for everyone.

Events are as follows:

  • Saturday — Sprint Tri: 1/4mi swim, 6mi bike, 2mi run; Kids’ Tri: 4 age groups/distances
  • Sunday — Half Iron 70.3 Triathlon: 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.36mi run; Olympic Triathlon: 1.2mi swim, 24.8mi bike, 6.5mi run; Half Aquabike: 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike; Olympic Aquabike: 1.2mi swim, 24.8mi bike; Duathlon (new for 2019!): 2mi run, 24.8mi bike; Aquathon: 1.2mi swim, 6.5mi run

Plan to stay prior to or after so that you can experience one of the world’s best sporting playgrounds.

Learn more at donnerlaketri.com.


Downieville Classic

August 1-4, Downieville

The Downieville Classic is a weekend of good times and outdoor adventures in the Sierra. Recognized by Outside magazine as one of the best bike festivals, mountain bike racers come to prove themselves in the All Mountain World Championships featuring a 29-mile cross country course on Saturday and the legendary 15-mile Downieville Downhill on Sunday — both ridden on the same bicycle.

Partygoers and spectators get to enjoy Ron’s House of Big Air river jump, log pull, live music on Saturday night, a beverage garden, street expo and much more. The inside tip is signing-up as a race volunteer to get in-town camping, an event t-shirt and socks and other perks including a Thursday night party in your honor.

Proceeds go to support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s trail work in the Lost Sierra. SBTS also organizes Lost and Found Gravel Grinder and Grinduro; both are also very popular fundraising events.

Learn more at downievilleclassic.com.


Ta-Hoe Nalu

August 10-11, Kings Beach

Ta-Hoe Nalu is celebrating its 13th year on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Join the reunion to celebrate with all those who created the great sport of stand up paddleboard (SUP) racing.

Ta-Hoe Nalu offers several high level competitive races for SUP, Prone, and Outrigger, with categories for age/gender and skill levels. There will also be two 2-hour guided paddle tours just for the fun of it. These include a picnic lunch and a historical and geological talk about Lake Tahoe.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu festival has become a family vacation destination, offering events for all ages including a sandcastle building contest. Enjoy the food and beverage court along with live music from 2 to 5pm each day. Free demos, raffles, and prizes will add to the fun.

Come and enjoy the party at the oldest and longest running SUP race event in the world.

Learn more at tahoenalu.com.


Race the Rails

September 7, Ely NV

The steam locomotive and the bicycle were both invented a little over ten years apart. Both changed the way we travel. Which one will prevail on September 7 at Race The Rails?

Participants will ride the historic steam engine, with their bikes, up to the mining town of Ruth, NV and the base of the Robinson Mine. At the sound of the train whistle, mountain bikers and road bikers race onto their individual courses to see who can get back to the depot before the train. This is not a race against time or your fellow riders, it’s a race against one of history’s most powerful inventions! Mountain bikers test their speed and agility on a challenging ten mile course through the beautiful mountains surrounding Ely, while road bikers prove their speed and endurance on a 25 mile course along roads and highways in the area. Everyone who finishes the course will receive a finisher’s medal. Price includes tech t-shirt, finisher medal, train ride voucher, and awards BBQ with entertainment.

Learn more at elynevada.net/race-the-rails.


Photo: Chris Hunter

California Coast Classic

September 21-28, San Francisco to Los Angeles

The California Coast Classic (CCC) is an eight-day, 525-mile, self-paced pedaling adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles that is open to cyclists of all levels. It follows a coastal route along, and parallel to, California’s iconic Highway 1, and is capped at 250 riders.

2019 marks the 19th year of this boutique, bucket list ride, which is named by Outside magazine as one of “The 30 Best Road Biking Trips.” While it attracts many repeat riders, it also maintains a friendly and welcoming vibe and is open to riders from novice to experienced.

Arthritis is America’s number one cause of disability. Join the California Coast Classic bike tour for the “Ride of a Lifetime” and make a difference by supporting the mission of the Arthritis Foundation to pursue a cure and provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections.

Register today with code ADVENTURE and save $25!

Learn more at arthritis.org/californiacoastclassic.



California Enduro Series

The 2019 CES season kicked off with the Ensenada Enduro on May 25. Remaining events include:

  • June 29 // China Peak Enduro at China Peak Ski Resort in Lakeshore — a big mountain favorite.
  • June 13 // Mt. Shasta Enduro  at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park in McCloud — new to CES, this event introduces riders to a fresh riding zone on the south slope of Mount Shasta.
  • August 23-25 // Northstar Enduro — returning for a sixth season, this time as round 7 of the Enduro World Series (EWS).
  • September 14 // Fox US Open at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake — also new to the CES line up and the final stop of the EWS North American series.
  • October 5 // Ashland Mountain Challenge — again wraps the season up in style.

2019 series points based on top five results of the six races.

Learn more at californiaenduroseries.com.

 

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