2013 Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival!
2013 marks the 18th running of The Downieville Classic. The longevity of this weekend-long mountain bike race/party is testament to its popularity, and this year’s event – slated for August 1st thru 4th - promises to serve up enough excitement and suffering to keep that reputation going strong.
Founded in 1995 by promoter Greg Williams, the Classic started as a 28-mile, point-to-point cross-country race, featuring a character building 8-mile climb to start, and a diversity of technical rocks and high-speed singletrack unlike anywhere else. By 1998, a 16-mile downhill time trial had been added, also a completely unique beast in terms of competition venue, and the Classic settled into a two-day template that continues to this day. Initially envisioned as a way to showcase the riding opportunities available near Downieville, a tiny town nestled at the confluence of several rivers in Northern California’s Sierra foothills, the race featured such a bounty of technical terrain and relentless singletrack that it became an institution unto itself. Long lap or point-to-point races are not easy to organize given the current land use climate, and marathon downhill races featuring 5000’ of descending are virtually impossible to find anywhere. These aspects in of themselves made the Downieville Classic a priority on many racers calendars. Its popularity grew as word of the spectacular terrain spread, along with reports of a less than buttoned down party scene happening each year. Read More »