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Downieville Classic

July 12 - July 16


The famous Downieville Classic is returning in July for its 25th iteration and is rated by Strambecco as one of the best MTB events in the Northwest.  The popular bike festival brings hundreds to the small town of Downieville in Sierra County, California, just a 1.5-hour drive from Lake Tahoe. This bike festival epic comprises a weekend of partying, bike racing, and maybe a dip into the Yuba river. Two-weekend races occur as a point-to-point cross-country and a downhill discipline. The cross-country race is well-known for its challenge.  The 26.5-mile course follows a rugged “Gold Rush” era route from the mountain town of Sierra City (elevation 4,100′) to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100′) and down 5,200 vertical feet into downtown Downieville. It’s considered a tribute to the mountains, the rivers, the big trees, the fresh mountain air, and the hard men that carved trails through the river canyons in search of gold and prosperity. The Classic is followed by the Downieville Downhill, which drops 5000 vertical feet in 15 miles from Packer Saddle to Downieville. It’s the longest and most demanding downhill mountain bike race in the nation.  You can race individually in one or both disciplines, but there’s also a unique category for the all-Mountain Championship, where you must complete the downhill and XC on the same bike. But the Downieville classic is much more than a race day. The festival is an ultra fun-filled weekend with great food, drinks, live performances, and fun on the river.  Not a racer? Don’t worry. Nearly as famous are the Big Air River Jump, the log pull competition, and a soundtrack of live music.



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