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Date(s) - 02/25/2023


Huffmaster Hopper

Huffmaster Hopper


Huffmaster Hopper — The cross/gravel cycling event takes place in Maxwell, California, and offers two routes to choose from (89 or 59 miles). Both routes include 50% gravel roads and 50% remote country pavement. Rider limit 300.


Join us for the second annual 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 and ride 9 miles back (likely with a sweet tailwind) to the town of Maxwell. Finish is at Maxwell High School.

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.

“Rest Stops”

Exact location TBD. Plan on 2-3 food and hydration stops for each route.


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

Whatcha’ get

  • A crazy hard, super fun adventure with 300 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


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