We have designed these three amazing routes that feature some of the prettiest and toughest stuff you can find in Tahoe National Forest. Click in their Strava links to analyze them further. All riders start together at the same time, at 8:00am at the Truckee Tahoe Airport but follow different course markings.
Our entry-level "roll-out" course is a non-competitive, introductory gravel option that brings you into Tahoe National Forest to two beautiful lakes. It is non-competitive, and you can take your time visiting Prosser Dam and Boca reservoirs with their picturesque views.
Truckee Tahoe Gravel takes place right next to the Truckee River Legacy Trail and Truckee Bike Park. Both of these offer a perfect combination of bike-friendly features for families and kids who aren't ready to tackle great big gravel roads. You can take a self-guided casual tour of the Truckee River and visit the Truckee Bike Park all within a short couple of miles of riding, and come back to the post-race festival at your leisure.
The Medium distance route features much of the same course as the long route but eliminates 1,000' of climbing by avoiding the ascent over Sardine Peak. This is a timed, competitive option.
The long, and hardest route is the staple of the Truckee Dirt Fondo, and brings competitors all the way up and over the summit of Sardine Peak at more than 8,000' above sea level. It is timed.
Each of our three route options features on-course aid stations. The course profile above details the aid stations present on the long course. For those of you completing the MODERATE or EASY courses, there will be fewer aid stations. Please click the course link above for details about the route you'll be riding.
The first aid station you'll reach will be Stampede at mile 17. It's a great place to top off water because the next stop isn't until you reach the top of Sardine Peak at just over 8,000'. After passing Sardine Peak aid station, you'll have an utterly ripping descent down the back side. Please descend with caution here! Your next aid station will be Stampede (again), on the way back, and finally Boca.
The medium course skips Sardine Peak and jumps ahead to meet up with the long course riders again after they've descended Sardine Peak. It cuts out approximately 9 miles of big climbing and descending.
This is the easy version of Truckee Tahoe Gravel, and features one aid station at Boca Reservoir. This is where you will turn around and back-track out of the forest.
For the Hard and Moderate routes, scoring ends within the National Forest System. Just before reaching the Boca aid station, your finish time will be captured, allowing a casual return back to the post-race festival.
The Truckee Tahoe Gravel event features a public festival open to all, and will include live music by Rubicon Gold, The Porter Three and Jelly Bread, food and beer by Truckee's own Fifty Fifty Brewing!
Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a nationally- touring, powerhouse identified by a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock. Exceptional songwriting and storytelling interlaced with four part harmonies, intricate drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, tasty talkbox, “take-’em-to-church” organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing.
The Porter Three- This father and sons trio on drums, bass and keys creates a sound that fuses old school and modern upbeat, funk and soul music bringing you their take on favorites from Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and more.
Brook Chabot (our national anthem singer) + 1 or 2 members of her band - Truckee locals creating a modern mix of roots Americana and blues that blurs the line between past and present.
Please note that you will need to park along Soaring Way, there will be no parking inside the Expo/Festival area.
3:00 - 7:00 pm Packet Pickup & Expo
6:30 - 8:00 am Packet Pickup
8:00 am Mass Start; All routes
11:00 am Festival Opens, Food, Vendors and Beer.
11:30 am Pro racers reach finish line
1:00 pm Rubicon Gold
1:30 pm The Porter Three
2:15 pm Jelly Bread Band Set 1
3:30 pm Jelly Bread Band Set 2
3:00 pm Awards Ceremony
4:30 pm Festival closes
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