About the Downieville Classic

The Downieville Classic has been named one of the top 10 best bike festivals by Outside Magazine. See for yourself. Come out and join us for fun in the mountains!

What it is: A weekend of racing and partying in the Lost Sierra where riders have to pick one tool for two disciplines: a 26.5-mile cross country race, and a 15-mile downhill with 5000 vertical drop.

The Dirt: Downieville is most famous for its races, and riders come to prove themselves hardened and unbreakable. The Downieville Classic Cross Country race is one of the last remaining point-to-point bicycle races in the United States. The 26.5-mile course follows a rugged "Gold Rush" era route from the mountain town of Sierra City (elevation 4,100'), to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100'), and down 5,200 vertical feet into downtown Downieville. It’s considered a tribute to the mountains, the rivers, the big trees, the fresh mountain air and the hard men that carved trails through the river canyons in search of gold and prosperity. The Classic is followed by the Downieville Downhill, which drops 5000 vertical feet in 15 miles from Packer Saddle to Downieville. It’s the longest and most demanding downhill mountain bike race in the nation. Not a racer? Not to worry. Nearly as famous are the Ron’s House of Big Air River Jump, the log pull competition, and a soundtrack of live music.

Details: 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe.

What Does the Downieville Classic mean? Watch: Dirt Magic | From Dying Mining Town to Mountain-Bike Mecca

Patagonia Films presents “Dirt Magic,” a Teton Gravity and Freehub Magazine film documenting Downieville, CA’s journey from dying mining town to mountain-bike mecca. Inspired by a desire to save their home trails, shaped by a grassroot organization’s unintentional stewardship, and fueled by the sport’s rowdiest festival, Downieville’s newest dirt miners are using that reputation to create a model community for struggling mountain towns across the globe—and it all started with a van, a chainsaw, and a few maxed-out credit cards. Read the feature on FreehubMag.com: https://freehubmag.com/features/time-machines

Over 1 million views, this is a great film from Patagonia Films, Teton Gravity, and Freehub Magazine.


Proceeds from the Downieville Classic go right back into the trails through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Building sustainable recreation-based communities through stewardship, job creation and world class events. Providing quality outdoor experiences through trail construction and maintenance in the Lost Sierra.

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

New Trail built with steps