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USAL Hopper: The Lost Coast

September 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am


Chosen as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the Lost Coast off-road biking event is an extremely beautiful and unique experience organized by Hopper Adventures. The Lost Coast is a rural, uninhabited strip of land that hugs California’s rugged coastline. Hopper Adventures has partnered with local organizations and park services, allowing this cycling event in such a remote area to showcase its restoration services and pure beauty that hadn’t been possible before. There are three lengths of rides to choose from. The El Chiquito is a 32-mile off-road loop with over 4,000 feet of climbing. The El Mediano is 43 miles with nearly 7,000 feet of climbing, and the El Mero-Mero is 60 miles with a leg bringing 8,500 feet of elevation gain respectively. The El Mediano and the Mero-Mero will be timed, making them more themed, while the Chiquito is non-timed, making it more relaxing and fun for more levels of riders or people just wanting to enjoy the beauty. With mixed surfaces, people elect to use a range of bike quivers for the event, with a split between gravel and mountain bikes. The roads are. A mix of hard-packed dirt, loose gravel, pavement, and rutted county first roads. There will be two rest stops along the routes, and competitive categories with prizing are included. The Lost Coast is a unique and visually stunning off-road cycling/mountain biking event that should be at the top of every rider’s bucket list.

USAL Hopper is produced by Hopper Adventures, known as 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 HopperKing 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 in addition to  USAL Lost Coast Hopper.

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