Lost and Found Gravel Festival offers a mixed surface blend throughout the Lost Sierra, some of California’s most beautiful and vast alpine valleys. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the event benefits Sierra Buttes Trails Steward. The Longest route offers a 100-mile challenge with 8,447 feet of elevation gain. 80% of the course is dirt, and five aid stations are along the way. The 60-mile course comes with 4,944 feet of elevation gain, where 70% is dirt and three aid stations are available. The short course offers a social, scenic ride of 35 miles, 3,537 feet elevation, 35% gravel, and two aid stations. The aid stations are well stocked with energy snacks, hydration, and items aid station sponsors provide. These stations are evenly spaced throughout the various courses. This event is open to registration for pros, men, women, and juniors between 13-18 years old. Multiple categories and prizes are available for each of those within the Longest race.
The gravel cycling event has much more than just the three rides. A Welcome Party brings all participants together with live music, snacks, and adult beverages. Saturday is a day of the rides with various start times for each course; Longest, Longer, and Long. Post-ride recovery starts mid-day with a post-ride meal, awards ceremony, and live music from several artists throughout the day and into the evening. The Lost and Found Expo is available all day, and free kids’ races are available in the evening. Most riders stay the weekend and enjoy the outdoor activities available in Portola or surrounding areas: fishing, paddling, hiking, and biking. Lost and Found Gravel Festival offers a deal on Portola camping sites; purchase three nights and get the fourth night free. For those who prefer hotels to camp, there are several options in Portola or Monterey. See Nakoma Resort, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, or Monterey Marriott.