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Lost & Found Gravel Grinder – 2018

June 2, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Lost & Found Race Series is one of our favorite mountain bike racing series in the US. The 1st stop of the Lost & Found Racing series is the Gravel Grinder near Lake Davis. Last winter in the Sierra Nevada was the wettest winter ever recorded, resulting in an amazing array of wildflower colors, lush green meadows, flowing streams and spectacular snow-capped peak views. Everyone is in for a visual treat courtesy of Mother Nature. But last winter also did a number on the dirt roads you’ll be riding, and we want to give riders a heads up.
This year will be much more than just a “gravel grinder”; it will be a rugged and beautiful off-road adventure – Lost Sierra style – so plan accordingly. See you at Lake Davis on June 3!

93 mile route – ‘Serious Riders and Racers’

  • Distance meant for race-pacers wanting to test their Strava, strength and mettle; and fit rider athletes looking for a strenuous challenge
  • Eligible for Lost Sierra Triple Crown
  • 6,500 foot elevation gain
  • 65% dirt
  • 4 Aid Stations

65 mile – ‘Adventure Rider’

  • Distance meant for a long ride experience while appreciating views and serenity; equivalent to a century road ride
  • 3,500 foot elevation gain
  • 70% dirt
  • 3 Aid Stations

45 mile – ‘Good Times Rider’

  • Distance meant for seeking social, scenic fun ride, laughs, and great views
  • 2,000 foot elevation gain
  • 65% dirt
  • 1 Aid Station

Gravel Grinder 2018 – Event Schedule

Fun for Riders, Families and Friends,

    • Portola Post Ride Party!
      New this year, a Saturday night party in Portola with food, beer, live music, and dancing – the way we like to do it!

      • Camping in Portola – 200 in-town camping spots available, $15/day includes showers –
        Reserve them now while you can!

        Consider camping onsite at Portola City Park for convenient partying opportunities.
      • 100-Mile Ride Awards Ceremony
        Will be held in town this year to celebrate the victors in style beginning around 6 pm.
        Awards for the 45 and 65 mile races will still be held at Lake Davis.
      • Live Music!
        Jelly Bread will be playing a 90min set on stage in Portola City Park after 100-mile awards.
      • Delicious Food
        Local food vendors will be onsite
      • Adult Beverage Garden
        Rather than offering just one beer brand, this year we will feature 8-10 local vendors with wine, cider and beer to include Brewing Lair, Dunn Vineyards, Brewer’s Cabinet, Stone Brewing Co., and Auburn Alehouse. And more breweries are coming on-board soon.
      • Shuttle Service to Lake Davis Campgrounds
        For those who already have a camping spot at Lake Davis, the
        Plumas Rural Services team will provide free transportation (donations accepted) from Lake Davis to Portola
        beginning at 5:30pm with the last shuttle back to Lake Davis leaves at 10:30pm from Portola City Park.
      • Kids Race
        There will be a kid’s evening race around the park. This is a fun race just for the kids to have some fun
        on their bikes too.
    • Weekend campout – savor the smell of dirt and smoke in your nostril hairs for a week!
    • Camping not your thing? Check out the beautiful Nakoma Resort for comfort and room service
  • Lake Davis Loop Trail – hiking, biking or horseback riding
    • Lakeside trail that’s family and kid friendly with scenic views of the lake, bald eagles and osprey 
    • Bring your own hiking shoes, bike and horse
  • Fishing – catch yourself a trophy sized trout or kill a pike
    • Lake Davis is considered one of the best trout lakes in the western US
    • Fly fishing or spin casting 
    • Fishing licenses required
  • Swimming, kayaking, SUPin’ or boating fun for the whole family
    • Bring your swimming suit, kayak, paddleboard or boat
    • We have paddle boards for you to use! (provided life vest required)
    • Post ride swim? Yes, please! 
  • Kids Activities
    • We are bringing: water frisbees, water ball sponge things, bubble wands, jump ropes, squirt guns
  • Lakeside lounging
    • Sit on the beach, feet in the water soaking up some sun and high Sierra beauty
    • Spiritual relaxation guaranteed
  • Lost and Found Marketplaceyes we’ve even got shopping in the middle of nowhere!
    • Marvel at cool custom frames from Northern CA frame makers and make a deal if you like one
    • SBTS merchandise booth
    • Yuba Expeditions booth

Some Lake Davis history and the work we do there.
At Coot Bay (start and finish) we will have an expo area, food feed for racers, and awards ceremony.
Beer will be provided by our beer sponsors: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co and the Brewing Lair.

  • Food feed will be starting at 12:00pm through approximately 5:00pm.
  • Food will be available to non-racers.
  • Awards are tentatively scheduled to start at 1:00pm and continue as top racers finish.


June 2, 2018
6:00 am - 6:00 pm