This is a true NorCal mixed-terrain Hopper Adventure and the third leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series. The event starts in Caspar, California, a small community north of Mendocino. On this “beyond-epic” Hopper, you will be treated to some of the region’s best pavé and remote public dirt/gravel roads. This special route combines 18 miles of scenic Coast Hwy 1 from Fort Bragg to Westport. Then you head east on Branscombe to Laytonville, 4 miles of Hwy 101, and then 35 miles of dirt and gravel back to Fort Bragg. The total route spans 90 Miles with 8500 feet of elevation gain. The timed section of the route is 72 miles, with 36 coming on gravel/dirt. Given this mixed-terrain route, Hopper recommends nothing smaller than 38c tires with good side knobs.
There are many lodging options in the region, including great camping options.
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.