The Downieville Classic cross country race is one of the last remaining point-to-point bicycle races in the United States. The 29 mile course follows a rugged "Gold Rush" era route that departs the mountain town of Sierra City (elevation 4,100'), climbs to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100'), and then plunges 5,200 vertical feet into downtown Downieville. A golden pathway, selected as a tribute to the mountains, the rivers, the fresh mountain air, and to the hard men that carved these trails through the river canyons in search of gold and prosperity.
The adventure begins with an 8 mile, 3,000' climb up the face of the Sierra Buttes, a metamorphic crown that stretches 8,600' towards the wide-open sky. This legendary climb is known to many as the "Trail of Tears". It starts with pavement, turns to dirt, and then gradually steepens and narrows to a loose, exposed, shaly doubletrack. We try to make things more comfortable by providing an overhead water mister at the 2 mile point, and Clif Bar supported aid stations at the 4 and 7 mile markers.
After cresting the saddle, the route follows a rolling jeep road to the east rim of Gold Valley and the top of "Baby Heads" - a fast, loose, rocky descent that is responsible for numerous flat tires, get-offs and lead changes. At the bottom of this anarchy awaits Gold Valley and the Pauley Creek crossing. This 30' wide crossing can be as deep as 3' during the race, often making it difficult to navigate across at high-speed.
Once across, the route turns to singletrack on the Pauley Creek Trail, a 17 mile creekside plunge that blends flowing turns and rolling jumps with jagged rocks and slippery roots. After descending 2,000' and crossing three foot-bridges, the trail climbs from the Pauley Creek Canyon to the Lavezzola Creek Canyon, and to the trailhead of the world famous Third Divide Trail. Third Divide is known for it's Star Wars like speeds, magic carpet tread, bermed corners and lofty airs.
After a thrilling 3 miles, Third Divide Trail dumps out onto Lavezzola Road, which descends to the upper First Divide trail, a 150 year-old water flume built to provide water to a nearby hydraulic mining site. This stretch of trail requires a ton of pedaling as it winds its way downstream through the Lavezzola Creek Canyon, across a saddle, and into the Pauley Creek Canyon to the long awaited streets of downtown Downieville for the finish.
POINTS SYSTEM FOR ALL-MOUNTAIN
In the spirit of competition, we'll be using a Points System to determine our All-Mountain World Champions. A points tie will default to the riders DH finish position.
|1st - 185 pts
2nd - 145 pts
3rd - 120 pts
4th - 110 pts
5h - 100 pts
6th - 90 pts
7th - 80 pts
8th - 70 pts
9th - 60 pts
10th - 50 pts
|11th - 40 pts
12th - 30 pts
13th - 24 pts
14th - 20 pts
15th - 16 pts
16th - 12 pts
17th - 10 pts
18th - 8 pts
19th - 6 pts
20th - 4 pts
CROSS COUNTRY REGISTRATION DETAILS:
800 race entries available, including 200 All-Mountain entries
Pre-Registration: $90.00. includes US Government Special Use fees, including surveys of reproductive pattern of California Spotted Owl territory S1057 / Northern Goshawk territory D53T13
On-Site Registration/Packet Pick-up:
Friday August 1:
3:00-7:00pm in Downieville at the Community Hall.
Packet and number pick-up for XC and All-Mountain.
Saturday August 2 in Sierra City at Community Hall:
7:00-9:00am Packet and number pick-up.
9:00am Racer Registration CLOSES. No exceptions.
9:30am Start of Cross Country Race.
9:30am - Men and Women Pro
9:35am - All-Mountain Categories (minus Men and Women Pro)
9:40am - Sport / Tandem / Clydesdale
9:45am - Beginner /Junior
CROSS COUNTRY RACE CATEGORIES:
Note: * Okay, pay attention here. This race saturday combines xc-only and all-mountain entrants. Whoever finishes 1st through 4th of those entrants in the saturday race is guaranteed a shot at early registration for the All-Mountain event the following year. This may not sound like any big deal, but remember, the All-Mountain event has very limited registration and generally sells out within about 30 seconds of registration opening. The frustration from a missed registration has been known to make grown men weep, good friends to get in fistfights, governments to collapse, and may even be a known cause of cancer. This is a big podium incentive.
*EXPERT SENIOR WOMEN 34 years and under
*EXPERT VETERAN WOMEN 35+
*EXPERT MASTER MEN 45+
*EXPERT VETERAN MEN 35-44
*EXPERT SENIOR MEN 34 years and under
*JUNIOR MEN 16-18
*SINGLESPEED MEN (open ages)
MASTER WOMEN 45+
SPORT VETERAN WOMEN 35-44
SPORT SENIOR WOMEN 34 years and under
BEGINNER WOMEN 34 years and under
BEGINNER WOMEN 35+
JUNIOR WOMEN 13-15
JUNIOR WOMEN 16-18
SPORT GRANDMASTER MEN 55+
SPORT MASTER MEN 45-54
SPORT VETERAN MEN 35-44
SPORT SENIOR MEN 34 years and under
BEGINNER MASTER MEN 45+
BEGINNER VETERAN MEN 35-44
BEGINNER SENIOR MEN 34 years and under
JUNIOR MEN 13-15
CLYDESDALE MEN 200lbs.+
"Stick to the Track"
Some riders seem to be all too familiar with racing events like Megavalanche, and other big mountain enduros, where the fastest man or woman down the mountain, regardless of the route, is crowned champion. This type of racing became a problem in the 2010 Downieville Classic, as we had several riders using what we like to refer to as "Hillbilly Lines". We are officially ending this method of racing, by placing course marshals in known “cutter” areas. Riders that do not stick to the track will be disqualified.
PARKING AND RACER SHUTTLE
Parking will be available at the "Flats", Kentucky Mine Museum, and north of Sierra City on Highway 49. Be sure that your vehicle is completely off the road surface, otherwise you could be ticketed and towed! A complimentary racer shuttle will be available from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, returning riders and spectators to their cars Sierra City.
Note: If you are being dropped off in Sierra City by a friend, parking in Downieville is limited to the following areas: Highway 49, both north and south of Downieville. The USFS Downieville Ranger Station, located across the bridge from the Pizzeria and behind the Courthouse. Cannon Point, located at the western end of Downieville along Highway 49.
Parking is always a major issue in Downieville. We recommend you use the shuttle services provided, especially on Saturday, as the number of cars outnumber the town's population. Be curtious to the locals and respect all private property.
Special Note: please be smart about where you park, especially in town, or you will be ticketed and towed!