Formerly known as Truckee Dirt Fondo, Truckee Tahoe Gravel, produced by premier event operator Bike Monkey, is a wild mixed-terrain adventure ride into the gravel and dirt roads of the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, there are two competitive options and a third shorter route designed for beginners or those looking for a lighter challenge. The long route is 67 miles and 5,726 feet of elevation gain. The medium route spans 58 miles with 4,117 feet of elevation gain. The shortest route is a non-timed course of 26 miles and 1,519 elevation feet. The event will recognize the top three men and women for each age group. There are six age groups for the long and medium courses; U20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.
The race options are fully supported with up to three well-stocked aid stations for hydration and food. There are on-bike marshals, SAG, and moto support along the routes. The shortest ride is free and recommended for beginner riders with a mix of dirt and pavement who want to experience light climbing. It is open to children, but parents must supervise them. Registrants can order Biemme Kit men’s and women’s jerseys and bike accessories through the Bike Monkey store. Bikes best suited for the three routes are mixed-terrain gravel bikes with Panaracer Gravel King Tubeless tubes that are 38c or bigger. People also ride hardtail mountain bikes.
Truckee, CA, is a great place to visit for those supporting the riders. Visit some of the area’s natural wildlife: Lake Tahoe, Tahoe National Forest, or Donner Memorial State Park. Truckee also has multiple restaurants and bars in the center of town at various pricing, from fine dining to casual. Check out Trokay, Old Town Tap, and The Hoppy Duck. These dining options are close to hotels like Cedar House or a short driving distance to Lake Tahoe’s Ritz-Carlton. Not all campgrounds are open yet, but a few are located in Truckee Ranger District; Granite Flat, Lakeside, and Boca Campground.
Bike Monkey, a premier road and gravel cycling event producer in Northern California, produces the event. Sister events include Fish Rock, Heart of Gold, Wente, Truckee Dirt Fondo, Hammer Road Rally, Stetina’s Pay Dirt, and Rebecca’s Private Idaho. Bike Monkey events are supported with SAG vehicles, well-stocked feed stations, and a post-ride festival.