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Date(s) - 02/24/2024


Huffmaster Hopper

Huffmaster Hopper


Huffmaster Hopper — Join us for the classic Huffmaster Hopper starting in Maxwell, California. West of Hwy 5 and east of the Mendocino National Forest lies miles of rolling gravel roads and lightly traveled tarmac. With two routes to choose from 89 or 59 miles, and less climbing than a typical Hopper, you will be treated to an adventure few have seen on two wheels. Both routes are 1/2 gravel and 1/2 pave.


Huffmaster. The course starts at Maxwell High School. We head north and west on paved, FLAT roads for 25 miles. (likely headwinds). There is a gradual climb from mile 25 to 40 and a stiff gravel climb from mile 40 to mile 43. We top out on county road #303 at 1700 ft. From here the days most challenging, fast gravel descent drops into the valley below at Stony Creek. We continue on gravel from mile 46 to 53 and climb from 1000-1800 ft. Here we hit Sites- Lagoda Rd. and descend west on pavement to Leesville-Lagoda Rd. The course continues on a mix of pavement and gravel where you pass through Leesville Gap at mile 67. From here we continue just under 1 mile to a left turn at Huffmaster Rd. There is a short 400 ft gravel climb to the top of the summit. From here the course continues on all gravel to mile 80 to the “town” of Sites. In Sites we get back on pavement for 5 miles and then turn right off the main road back on to gravel.

Mini-Huffmaster: This route heads west to Sites and on to Leesville-Ladoga Rd where it joins the others riding the Huffmaster full route. Though shorter, there is a stiff climb from mile 14 to 17.5 that climbs from 550 ft to 1800 ft. This route has gravel on Leesville-Lagoda Rd and Huffmaster. Approximately 25 miles of gravel total.

Equipment/Tire Choice: 

We’d recommend a 38-40 tire. Either slick or semi slick/slight knobs. Overall the gravel roads are smooth and packed but there are a few sections with deep gravel and loose corners. The most important thing is to have tires in good/new condition. Be prepared! We will have some rolling support out there but it’s essential you are able to take care of you basic repairs. Recommended tool kit: 2 tubes, 2 CO2, small pump, Dyna Plug, chain tool, allen/torx wrench set, patches, tire boots.


There is free camping Friday and Saturday night in Maxwell by the rodeo grounds. If you stay Sat you must leave Sunday AM as there is another event going on.

“Rest Stops”

Huffmaster long course feed is at mile 45 and mile 68. Mini Huffmaster feed zone is at mile 32.

Riders doing the long course may leave bottles with NorCal BikeSport at the start. Make sure to clearly label your stuff. It will be set out at the feedzone. ALL riders must fill their own bottles. Individual support is not allowed at the feedzone. No attacking in the feedzone area or you will be DQd and excommunicated from the church of bike. We’ll have hydration, water and nutrition at all rest stops.



  • 12:00 shake down ride from Sites. We have moved due to weather. Join us for a 25 mile out and back to check out Huffmaster gravel section and the new gravel finish. Meet at the camping/parking area.
  • Chill time Granzella’s bar in Williams. 5-9 PM
  • Race packet pick up 5-8 PM inside Granzella’s between the bar and restaurant (pick up 10% off coupon for dinner at Granzella’s from Specialized crew and check out the new Diverge STR)
  • Saturday:

6:30-10:00  Registration/sign in at Maxwell High School . Due to staggered start times and in order to limit the lines you may register closer to your start time. 

Start Times:

  • 9:00 Pro Men/Women
  • 9:05 ALL Age Group Women’s Categories, Non-Binary
  • 9:20 U19, 19-29 M
  • 9:30 30-39 M
  • 9:40 40-49 M
  • 9:50 50-59 M
  • 10:00 60+ M
  • 10:10 Short Course ALL age groups

1:00-? Finish

  • Podium (Pro Men/Women asap) All age groups during lunch
  • Lunch 1:00 PM


Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits. Come to race, or come to adventure and explore. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules.

Podium: Top 3 overal M/F. $500/300/200

Registration: $145 on BikeReg

No Refunds

Whatcha’ get:

  • A crazy hard, super fun adventure with 600 of your closest cycling buddies!
  • Two hydration and nutrition feed zones (Long Course) 1 rest stop Short Course.
  • Event timing
  • Emergency Medical Support en route
  • Podium (Top 3 ALL categories)
  • Lunch
  • Sierra Nevada Beer
  • Guayaki
  • Custom Hopper water bottle
  • Free event photos from FinisherPix


  • Transfer to another rider: $10 Deadline Wed. 2/23 midnight on BikeReg. OR day-of $20.
  • Transfer yourself from Short to Long , or Long to Short course for free on BikeReg. Deadline Wed. midnight 2/23. OR day-of $10


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