Low Gap is the first stop of the six-event Grasshopper Adventure Series, a leading Northwest and global event producer produced by Hopper Adventures. This epic mixed-terrain adventure has become a “Hopper Classic.” Exactly half pavement and half dirt, the final 22 miles of dirt are tremendous, the epitome of NorCal adventure riding.
The event starts at Low Gap park in Ukiah. After a short spin through the north part of Ukiah, you’ll head west on Orr Springs Rd. This quiet Mendocino County road climbs 1800 ft over the first 9 miles before dropping into the Orr Springs area and then rolls along Montgomery Woods State Reserve. There is a climb to the Comptche/Orr Springs Rd and Low Gap Rd. From miles 20-22, you gain 600′ and then turn onto the dirt on Low Gap Rd. This county road is all dirt until the finish. Beginning at mile 22, you will climb from 1,100 ft (with a few small descents) until mile 34 at 2,662 ft. From here, you have a ripping 9-mile dirt, gravel, rutted descent to the finish.
The event is well supported with two hydration and nutrition feed zones, event timing, and emergency medical support en route. There are prizes for the top 3 finishers in each category/group and prize money for the Pros.
The 26th annual Grasshopper Adventure Series is the US’s longest-running gravel/mixed-terrain adventure series. The series comprises six unique rides, routes, and races in Northern California. Whether looking for races or adventures, each event allows you to explore little-known paved, dirt, and single-track in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humbolt County. These are eclectic races designed to push riders to the limit without pushing them over. The six series events run annually from January to June, including Low Gap; Huffmaster Hopper; King Ridge; Lake Sonoma MTB, Sherwood Adventure; and Humbolt Hopper. There is a competition for the Hopper Super King of the Universe title based on overall points leaders for riders who complete five Hoppers.
Grasshopper also produces the highly acclaimed Mendo Hopper and the USAL Lost Coast Hopper.