MTB Rides, Races, & Gravel Grinders

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Northern California

MTB, Gravel, Enduro Rides

March

3/16 Gran Fondo Hincapie Merced: Courthouse Square Park, Merced. 61 mi., 84 mi. routes. Ride the untamed gravel, rolling hills, and wide-open ranches of the Central Valley. This event takes place on private land. hincapie.com/granfondo/merced/rides/

April

4/18-21 Life Time Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca, Monterey. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in gravel, cross country, downhill, enduro and dual slalom events. Once you’re done, cruise the expo, sit with friends over a beer, enjoy the family-friendly experience at the Kids’ Zone. seaotterclassic.com

4/18-21 Life Time Sea Otter Classic La Gravilla: Laguna Seca, Monterey. La Gravilla is the Sea Otter gravel race over the rolling hills and trails of the Fort Ord National Monument. This isn’t your typical gravel race — this is flowy singletrack and wide-open fire roads. Test your gravelly grit and elevate yourself to new levels of endurance at this one-of-a-kind off-road event. www.seaotterclassic.com

May

5/18-19 Siskiyou Scenic Bicycle Tour & Gravel Ride: Upper Greenhorn Park, Yreka. Two day event. 5/18: All-paved road rides of 104 mi., 67 mi., 40 mi., & 21 mi. The century route is completely different this year- going into Scott Valley with 2 mountain passes — all with beautiful views of Mt. Shasta and Shasta Valley. 5/19: 2 gravel rides, 63 mi. & 39 mi. - both very challenging. Hosted by Rotary Club of Yreka & Jefferson Mountain Bike Assoc. Reg. includes rest stops, SAG, end of ride meals both days, w/ beer available. Camping at Greenhorn Park the 5/17-18. To register, visit www.siskiyouscenic.com for all info.

5/26 Art of Survival Gravel Grinder: Dorris, CA. Ride along the flatlands of Butte Valley with farms, ranches and with majestic views of Mt. Shasta and breakfast at Juanita Lake. Choose from a 74 mi., 54 mi., and 13 mi. family friendly. Rest stops with great food and beverages along with educational components highlighting the rich history of the area. Fees include SAG, post-ride dinner, entertainment and prizes. Discounts for registering for both days. Register at SurvivalCentury.com

June

6/1 Gold Country Challenge: Grass Valley. Challenging 49 and 29 mi. gravel rides or 100, 75, 55 and 35 mi. road rides. Ride the beautiful and historic back roads of the Nevada County gold country and along the scenic Yuba River. Excellent route support. Enjoy the post-ride meal & beer under the pines. Sponsored by Grass Valley Rotary and benefiting Bright Futures for Youth. Early bird discounts. Rotarygoldcountrychallenge.com

Race Sea Otter Classic, April 18-21, 2024

MTB, Gravel, Enduro Cyclocross Races

February

2/11 MTB Challenge — Cross Country MTB Race: Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. The 3rd of 6 races.Unique 7 mi. lap course. Series awards to athletes who race 5 of 6 races, including the series championship race. Categories: Pro, Expert, Single Speed, Novice, Sport, Clydesdale, Juniors. totalbodyfitness.com

2/24 Huffmaster Hopper: Maxwell. Gravel grinder. 2 routes: 88.8 mi. w/4,842 ft. elev. gain; 53.7 mi., w/3,085 ft. gain. olling gravel roads, lightly traveled tarmac. Less climbing than a typical Hopper, you will be treated to an adventure few have seen on two wheels. Both routes are 1/2 gravel, 1/2 paved. Grasshopperadventureseries.com

2/25 MTB Madness — Cross Country MTB Race: Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. The 4th of 6 races. Series awards to athletes who race 5 of 6 races, including the series championship race. Categories: Pro, Expert, Single Speed, Novice, Sport, Clydesdale, Juniors. totalbodyfitness.com

March

3/2 Shasta Gravel Hugger: Montague. 34 mi., 65 mi., 100 mi. routes. Each route has breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta and consists of about 50/50 gravel and pavement. The fast pavement sectors connect the ten challenging gravel sectors, including the infamous "Jeep Road." Gravelhugger.com

3/10 MTB Showdown — Cross Country MTB Race: Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. The 5th of 6 races. Series awards to athletes who race 5 of 6 races, including the series championship race. Categories: Pro, Expert, Single Speed, Novice, Sport, Clydesdale, Juniors. Each athlete in this race receives a custom MTB shoulder bag, a chance at division awards, & a hot post-race meal.totalbodyfitness.com

3/16 Gran Fondo Hincapie: Merced. 84 mi., 60 mi., 2 hour. Elev. gain: 4,861. A gravel/paved ride. 3 timed climbs. Ride with George Hincapie thru the rolling hills and open grasslands of California’s Central valley then into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. hincapie.com/pages/gran-fondo-merced

3/24 Lake Sonoma Enduro: Geyserville. 22 mi. w/3,446 ft. elev gain. Singletrack, dirt road, some paved road. Course is open for pre-ride. Come to race, or come to adventure and explore. Grasshopperadventureseries.com

3/24 MTB Championship — Cross Country MTB Race: Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. The 6th of 6 races. Series awards to athletes who race 5 of 6 races, including the series championship race. Categories: Pro, Expert, Single Speed, Novice, Sport, Clydesdale, Juniors. totalbodyfitness.com

3/30 Marinduro: Fairfax. Marin’s first 5-stage enduro. Expert, Sport categories. Cash purse for winners. Food & drink at the post-race party for all registered racers. Marinduro.com

April

4/27 Lake Sonoma MTB: Warm Springs Picnic Area. 26 mi., 4,565 ft. elev. gain. 3-4 very steep sections that will challenge riders to stay on their bikes. Categories: M/F Pro, U18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ Non-Binary, E bike M/F. Grasshopperadventureseries.com

May

5/11 Ukiah-Mendo Gravel Epic: Mendocino Redwoods. 2 routes: 83 mi., 8,163 ft. elev. gain; 40 mi., 3,200 ft. elev. This new Hopper is mostly on Mendocino Redwoods property and is only open to registered riders on the day of the event and the weekend before. DO NOT ride on MRC land at any other time or it will jeopardize our chance to hold this special event. Grasshopperadventureseries.com

June

6/15 Lost & Found Gravel Festival: Portola. 35, 60 & 100 mi. routes featuring a pavement, dirt road, gravel road, & historic railroad grade. Racers must choose their weapon wisely (Gravel Bike, Cross Bike, or Mountain Bike). The routes are approximately 80% dirt and 100% fun. lostandfoundbikeride.com

July

7/13-14 Downieville Classic: Downieville. Saturday is the 26.5 mi. XC course following a rugged Gold Rush era route that departs the mountain town of Sierra City (elev. 4,100'), climbs to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,469'), and then plunges 5,700 vertical ft. into downtown Downieville. Sunday follows with the epic 15 mi. Downieville Downhill dropping 5,000 vertical feet in 15 mi. from Packer Saddle to Downieville.

Southern California

MTB, Gravel, Enduro Races

February

2/10 Rock Cobbler 2024: Stramler Park, Bakersfield.M ostly offroad, gravel style adventure with multi-surfaces and tough challenges. There are two routes, the Pebbler at roughly 40-50 mi. and the Cobbler at roughly 80-85 mi. Entry includes great swag, a special gift, two meals, beers, SAG support and a fun festive venue Register soon, usually sells out by 12/1. www.rockcobbler.com & reg. at bikereg.com

Oregon

Gravel Camps

April

4/11-14 Special Blend Gravel Camp: Dufur, Sisters, Bend. Spend 3 days riding thru Willamette Nat'l Forest — enjoy some of the best gravel roads in Oregon alongside inspiring views of the Cascade Mtns. Recover each day at Horse Creek Lodge, where you can relax, enjoy catered meals, drink good coffee, and sit around the campfire to share your experiences. Bring your climbing legs — be ready to make descending your strategic advantage. While there is some flat terrain, you won't spend much time there; you’re headed straight for the hills! An all-women event. For info: specialblendgravelcamp.com/spring-camp

Mountain Bike, Gravel, Enduro Races

March

3/16 Echo Red to Red XC #1: Echo. Sno Road Winery. 32 mi., 23 mi., 14 mi. Elite, Cat 1, Singlespeed, Cat 2, Clydesdale, Cat 3, e-bike. All of the trails are located on private property. A Oregon XC Series event. echored2redxc.com

April

4/6 Mudslinger XC #2: Blodgett. 19 mi., 11 mi. on logging roads to spread you all out, followed by a lot of singletrack. An excellent front tire is a must to bite into the dirt, and being the day is usually 55 degrees or even 60 with a 40% chance of rain, you must be ready for anything. Mudslingerevents.com

4/28 Gorge Gravel: Dufur. The 1st event of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series. 52 – 93 mi. Gravel sections are well packed, smooth and fast. Awards to top 3 in each category: Pro, open, junior & masters. Reg. includes pint glass, lunch, custom t-shirt, beer, well-stocked aid stations, courses markings, chip timing, mechanical support, post-ride party & meal! Oregongravelgrinder.com/gorge-gravel-2024

4/28 Mudslinger XC #3: Newport. Coast Hills Classic. Gorgeous ocean views, meadows, sick down hill, gnarly single track, killer climbs. Mudslingerevents.com

May

5/18 Mudslinger XC #4: Silver Falls XC. Silver Falls State Park. The course takes racers out 1.2 mi. on the Howard Creek Loop before they enter the trails that make up the laps that determine course length (short, medium, or long). Limited to 250 participants. Mudslingerevents.com

5/26 Mudslinger XC #5: Sisters Stampede. Peterson Ridge Trail System, Sisters. 14 mi., 27 mi. Fun, fast racing, and the fantastic free kid's race. Mudslingerevents.com

Nevada

MTB, Gravel, Enduro Races

February

2/3 Mojave Meltdown 1: McCollough Hills, Henderson. 6 mi., 10.5 mi., 12 mi., 18.5 mi. Categories: Pro/Open Men/Women, Singlespeed, Cat 1,2, Cat 2 Women Open. www.bootlegcanyonracing.com/

March

3/1-3 Reaper Madness: Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, Boulder City. Dual slalom, Super D & downhill racing. bootlegcanyonracing.com

3/16 Mojave Meltdown XC #2: Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, Boulder City. Categories: Pro/Open Men/Women, Singlespeed, Cat 1,2, Cat 2 Women Open. bootlegcanyonracing.com

April

4/13 Mojave Meltdown XC #3: Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, Boulder City. The series final! Categories: Pro/Open Men/Women, Singlespeed, Cat 1,2, Cat 2 Women Open. www.bootlegcanyonracing.com/