Event Profiles: Issue 98

Featured Upcoming Events

TA-HOE NALU
August 12-13, Kings Beach

Ta-Hoe Nalu brings the feel of a traditional Hawaiian paddle festival to the spectacular Kings Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators help create a party atmosphere in the High Sierra. Racing begins on Saturday morning and continues through to Sunday, with competitions in prone and stand-up paddling, as well as outrigger racing. Distances vary from the ten-mile long course event to two-mile beginner races. Throughout the weekend, attendees can check out the expo area and enjoy food and beverages.

New for 2017: First Stroke: a non-competitive fun guided paddle tour – no experience needed. Beginners and non-competitive paddlers welcome. Boards and paddles will be supplied for those needing them. Free entry in the 2-mile race on Sunday / Ta-Hoe Nalu Sprint Elimination Challenge / Free Starboard’s SUP Polo (inflatable SUP Polo on water arena all day) / Live music & raffles at the Kona Beer Garden.

tahoenalu.com

Photo: Tahoe Nalu / Jared Chandler


SANDMAN TRIATHLON
August 20, Aptos

The Sandman Triathlon – a USAT sanctioned event – is one of Santa Cruz County’s oldest triathlons, having its inaugural race way back in 1985 in the infancy days of the sport. It is a fundraiser for the local State Parks Junior Lifeguard program and proceeds help fund scholarships for underprivileged kids so they can receive high quality water safety education. Runners start out with a .75-mile ocean swim in the Monterey Bay around the world famous cement ship, followed by a scenic 13-mile bike course through Aptos, Seascape, and Rio Del Mar. A 4-mile beach run caps what is commonly described as one of the best triathlon experiences that California has to offer.

sandman-triathlon.com

Photo courtesy Sandman Triathlon


CALIFORNIA COAST CLASSIC
September 9-16, San Francisco to Los Angeles

The California Coast Classic (CCC) is an eight-day, full-service, fully supported road ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises funds to support the research, advocacy, and programs of the Arthritis Foundation. It is open to beginner and experienced cyclists who commit to a fundraising goal, and is capped at 250 riders.

The event’s traditional route was modified in Big Sur, due to a winter storm landslide caused the closure of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1.

“In developing our alternate route, we selected roads that provide the exceptional rider experience that CCC is known for,” says Eli Campbell, CEO of Sentio Cycling, which provides logistics assistance to CCC. “The bypass adds about 45 miles and an additional 2,700′ of elevation gain, pending final permitting. Our 2017 route will rival previous years’ and offer a top-notch and rewarding experience for all.”

arthritis.org/CaliforniaCoastClassic

Photo courtesy California Coast Classic


KAMIKAZE BIKE GAMES
September 14-17, Mammoth Lakes

Kamikaze. Within the cycling community, it’s a word that evokes a feeling of intensity and speed – plus a good hit of crazy. The iconic Kamikaze downhill at Mammoth Mountain took the early mountain bike racing scene to a whole new level in the mid-80’s, and the Kamikaze Games quickly became the biggest bicycle racing event in the United States. There’s something for everyone at the event, including a wide range of gravity events, a cross country race, a kids’ race, and electric bike race.

kamikazebikegames.com

Photo: Called To Creation


BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
September 22, Santa Cruz

There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2017 edition of the Radical Reels Tour. We’re talking jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by the Banff Centre, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Experience more than half a dozen wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers. See you there, adrenaline film lovers!

riotheatre.com

Photo courtesy Banff Mountain Film Festival


LEVI’S GRANFONDO
September 30, Santa Rosa

Introduced as the first “European style” GranFondo to Sonoma County nearly a decade ago, Levi’s GranFondo has become the premier ride of its type in North America attracting tens of thousands of riders and their families for a truly authentic celebration on two wheels. Now with over 11 routes, Levi’s GranFondo has an adventure for everyone, including an eight mile family route, challenging dirt/gravel options, and Il Regno – a massive 116.8-mile route with 10,503 feet of climbing. The routes are designed to showcase the legendary terrain and coastal redwood forests previously included in the Coors Classic, and multiple editions of the AMGEN Tour of California.

Levi’s GranFondo is produced by Bike Monkey, and inspired by former professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer.

Leipheimer says, “I always wanted to give back and share the joy I found in cycling with others. The GranFond was the best way I knew how to do this.”

levisgranfondo.com

Photo courtesy Bike Monkey


GREAT TRAIL RACE
October 8, Truckee to Tahoe City

The Great Trail Race offers runners and mountain bikers the choice of two courses: Elite (22.25 miles of mostly single-track) and Classic (18.9 miles of mostly fire road). Classic’s moderate 2,808-foot climb over Starratt Pass and rolling 2089-foot descent is a make-able achievement for many ages. Elite course features a rich variety of single-track, 4,045 feet of climbing, plus short sections of fire road for easier passing.

The event, like its winter cousin Great Ski Race, is a fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. The weather in early October in North Tahoe is often ideal for both racing and relaxing – sunny days, fall colors and temperatures in the 70’s – without the crowds of summer.

greattrailrace.com

Photo: Harry Lefrak


DAWN TO DUST ADVENTURE RACE
October 21, San Luis Obispo

Adventure athletes as young as 7 and as old as 85 will be testing their skills against the wild California coastline on in All Out Events’ Dawn to Dusk adventure race. The 12-hour long Dawn to Dusk adventure race incorporates six to eight miles of ocean kayaking, 15-25 miles of mountain biking, 10-15 miles of foot travel including technical trail running/scrambling/swimming/lots of sand, and some technical ropes elements. Teams and solos will receive a map for checkpoints that they will need to navigate in order to complete the race. Co-ed teams are in the running for a cash purse of $3000 total. Event proceeds support local search and rescue as well as Water Run, an international charity bringing fresh water to places in need.

alloutadventureseries.com

Photo: Brittany App


MORRO BAY TRIATHLON
November 5, Morro Bay

All Out Events returns with the 7th annual Morro Bay Triathlon which offers both Olympic and Sprint distances. Racers will navigate a protected harbor with traditional swimming or an optional paddle, bike iconic Highway 1, and run beach and board walk to an epic photo finish under the Gibraltar of the Pacific: Morro Rock.

As with the All Out Events Dawn to Dusk Adventure Race (see above), event proceeds from the Morro Bay Triathlon support local search and rescue as well as Water Run, an international charity bringing fresh water to places in need.

morrobaytri.com

Photo: Kaori Photo

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