From the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship:
It was twenty years ago today–Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. Well, technically it was 21 years ago, back in 1994 when a young Greg Williams dreamt of a point-to-point cross-country race from Sierra City to Downieville and in so doing created an institution. That fledgling race was called the Coyote Classic, named in line with Coyote Adventures, a bright eyed Nevada City based company with an idea of a different kind of gold to be mined in the hills of the mother lode. Trails and mountain bikes, no extraction required beyond a little sweat equity on the climbs, the pain suffered on the uphills rewarded by descents that measured in the tens of miles and thousands of feet at a time. It seemed that a bike race would be a good way to draw attention to the trails up here.
This is the 20th running of that race, now known far and wide as the Downieville Classic. It has grown into a weekend-long test of mettle, a party of legendary repute, and a gathering of friends, family and tribe. Those involved in bringing this glorious beast to life each year care deeply about every aspect of that previous sentence. Our connection to this place, and each other, spans decades. Because of this race, this place, we have found new friends, grown together, been part of this extended family through every aspect of the cycle of life, grown from being rowdy young men and women into rowdy older men and women, evolved from wanting nothing more than to howl down these trails to embracing the care and feeding of them as well, formed a non-profit that does exactly that, and we still believe in putting on a race that will push your boundaries and then throwing a party that you will love (and probably regret the day after).
"We have an amazing event in store for this year's attendees." stated Greg Williams, Executive Director of Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. "After 20 years of experience, we've kept continually improving to make this mountain bike festival something fun for everyone – racers, spectators, families, and kids – all set in this scenic location with flowing rivers, fresh mountain air, and legendary trails. It's all here in Downieville."
Highlights for this year's event include XC and downhill racing for the All Mountain World Championships, Ron's House of Big Air river jump, two live bands, bike expo, bull riding, BBQ, social rides, Cosmo's Wild Island, a Kids Zone, bacon, heckling, giant raffle, live auction and much more. All proceeds from the Downieville Classic are put right back into the trails that Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship creates and maintains in the Lost Sierra of Northern California. See you there!
For more information about the Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival, visit downievilleclassic.com.
About the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) was formed in 2003 as a volunteer-driven, 501c3 non-profit organization whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of trail systems. With support of a strong volunteer base, we have contributed thousands of hours and extensive fundraising efforts towards trail maintenance, restoration and construction in Sutter, Plumas, Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties. The SBTS has been able to accomplish this work by forming collaborative partnerships with the land managers in these areas, specifically with the US Forest Service (USFS) and California State Parks.