Date(s) - 03/17/2018
Super Sweetwater: Grasshopper Adventure Series #3
March 17, 2018 • REGISTER
OPTION 1: (MIXED TERRAIN/ADVENTURE) 70 MILES / 9000 FT • OPTION 2: (100% PAVÉ) 78 MILES / 7,163 FT
Take Old Caz, bookend it with the steep side of Sweetwater to the West and Fort Ross to the East. Descend Myers Grade and finish atop Coleman Valley and you have one of the craftiest, hardest and most beautiful Grasshoppers possible. And it’s “only” 70 miles!
Option #2 is a bit longer but leaves out Old Caz. Some people love Old Caz and the creek cross…and can’t get enough. If gravel is not for you (or a river crossing) , Option 2 is perfect! After descending into Guerneville you will take River Rd to East Austin Creek and then Cazadero on your way to rejoining the course on Fort Ross Rd.
In order to do this safely we will follow the same protocol as last year. After checking in riders will ride on their own or small groups to RiverFront Park. The “only” dirt on this Hopper is Old Caz. What does this mean? Well…ideally you’d ride a Diverge with 30c tires or…
Next best bike choice is a road bike with 25 or 28 c tires or cross with slicks? There’s a distinct advantage of being on a road bike 85% of the time. But the 15% dirt is a ripping dirt descent followed by a creek crossing, another dirt climb and another dirt descent. This is my favorite ride…since my last ride. Couldn’t think of a better combination of adventure on two wheels. Not a “gravel grinder”, not a “road race”. A magical mystery tour of sorts deep in the West County. 9,000 ft of climbing in 74 miles. Really, that’s a lot of fun packed into a not-so-huge ride. Don’t miss out!
There will be a hydration/nutrition stop at the top of Old Caz climb @mile 38. We’ll also have gels, ride bar, and other snacks. You can stop to fill up or if you leave your own bottles (clearly labeled with you name) at the BreakAwayBikes tent at the start, we’ll have them set out for you to grab. No hand-ups. This year there will be a second “rest” stop at the mile 51 at the intersection of Fort Ross and Meyers Grade to top off your bottles and grab a quick snack.ab a quick snack.
Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits. These are timed rides and not races. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules. See RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Cash prizes for top 3 male/female for each course
7:30 Registration open Occidental Community Center ($55 pre-reg/ $60 day of)
9:30 or so… Roll to RiverFront Regional Park
10:45 Start from Riverfront Park ** Changed from 10:15 to give riders time to make it to the start.
2:00-? Finish ‘atop Coleman Valley Road at Ocean Song. Please don’t drive to the finish. There is very limited parking. From here riders have about 3 miles back to Occidental.
- A crazy hard, super fun adventure with 300 of your closest cycling buddies!
- Two nutrition feed zones. Plus other goodies
- Awesome prizes at the finish from our generous sponsors
- Event timing
- Registration Packet : Guayaki Organic Energy, (sponsor TBD/Nutriton) Custom Hopper Route Card and 2018 Grasshopper Sticker
- Emergency Medical Support en route
- Cold Guayaki, malted beverages, snacks at finish
- Unforgettable stories of adventure!
For more information: grasshopperadventureseries.com/rides/super-sweetwater
About the Grasshopper Adventure Series
Welcome to the 20th annual original gravel, mixed-terrain adventure series. Located in West Sonoma County in Northern California each Hopper is unique in its route and terrain and will challenge the rider and equipment like no other race series in the world. Come to adventure and explore or come to race and shred, it’s up to you.
Prizes and cash will be awarded to top 3 male and female overall for each race. 250/150/100
Prizes for top 3 M/F will be awarded in each category for the series.
Series winners must compete in 5 of the 6 Hoppers and MUST do King Ridge Dirt Supreme. Points awarded for Old Caz, Chileno Valley (80 mi), Supersweetwater (w/Old Caz), Lake Sonoma MTB, Skaggs! (both options), King Ridge Dirt Supreme(w/Willow Creek) Winners will also receive a custom Capo jersey and be crowned “Adventure Champion of the Universe”
Choose your adventure, or better yet, ride ’em all.
A portion of the proceeds goes to: El Molino HS MB Team, Matt Wilson Memorial Scholarship, Ross Dillon Fund.
Check out Grasshopper Adventure Series for more information, maps, and videos.