We are proud to introduce a
NEW GRAVEL GRINDER to Northern California!
Start/Finish Location: Foresthill Leroy Botts Memorial Park; 24601 Harrison Street, Foresthill, CA 95631
Race Day: Registration opens at 7am at the Gazebo in the Memorial Park. Get there early, so you don't run late on your ride start, the clock starts at 8 am!
Please no parking in the Park or at the Memorial Hall. Parking marked "reserved" is not for riders, but those who have reserved the hall before us. Plentiful parking is available on Main Street and the High School has granted us permission to park there as well. Please park in designated and appropriate areas, or your vehicle may be cited or towed.
Rider Awards (podiums): This is a ride, not a race, and in that spirit we encourage friendly competition, building camaraderie, and enjoying the view... and in honor of friendly competition we will have a non-chip timing system set up. Using this timing "system", we will determine the 3 fastest of all categories for each ride. For example, if you are a male riding in the 65 mile route, you are riding against all other men in the 65 mile ride.
The Route Descriptions: See the event page for the course map and the locations for the 4 aid stations.
The 45-mile route (44% gravel) winds its way up through the North Fork of the American River Canyon to Sugar Pine Reservoir. It then travels through the remote gravel roads around Big Reservoir leading up the side gravel roads of Foresthill road to China Wall where it will drop back down to the town of Foresthill and the finish line. This wave will have a mass start at 8:30 AM and be the last wave to leave the start line.
The 60-mile route (57% gravel) option adds to the 45-mile route by traveling the dirt roads along Finning Mill out to Hughs Mill Staging Area and up to Big Reservoir, where it will meet back with the 45-mile route and guide you to finish in Foresthill. This route will have a mass start at 8: 15 AM and be the second wave to leave.
The 100-mile route (55% gravel) option is the showcase of the Foresthill Fondo, this route shows the rural beauty and jaw dropping epicness of Tahoe National Forest. The route detours from the 65-mile route at China Wall and heads up desolate gravel roads along Foresthill Road to Robinson Flat. You will continue upwards to Duncan Peak Fire Lookout Tower, at 7182 feet and experience vast views of the surrounding area. Enjoy this view, you have earned the reward! And there are more rewards to come! After cresting Duncan Peak, you will travel downwards 23.2 miles dropping 5549 feet to the Middle Fork of the American River... This decent is a mixture of gravel and pavement and its guranteed to be one of the longest, if not the longest, downhills you have ever experienced in a ride yet! The real test to this ride and the section to either make you or break you is the 10 mile gravel road from the bottom of the canyon up to Michigan Bluff and back to the finish in Foresthill. Mile 84 will separate the wise from the foolish and clearly show those who utilized the aid stations and those who thought they were tougher than a climb at mile 84... just remember... there's food and fun waiting for you in Foresthill, if you can make it. This mass start will be at 8 AM and be the first wave to start.... So get to registration check in early!
All proceeds for this ride go right back to FATRAC which uses the funds to support the multi-use trail user community and builds and maintains local trails in the Auburn-Foresthill area. We are overly excited to be bring this event to the area and hope you will join us for the Foresthill Fondo!
Please see our event page for more information and updates!
If you have any questions or concerns please message FATRAC on the event page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can't wait to see you Saturday morning!
And permitted by a Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service and a use permit by Placer County.