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Join in the Gold Country Challenge, a ride through the historic gold mining country of western Nevada County.​ This is a challenging, 100 mile adventure with 9,000’ of climbing. Join in for a halfway lunch and a post ride BBQ.
Century , Metric Challenge, Milder Metric, and 4 more
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Sat, Jun 11, 2022
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Grass Valley, United States
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Where and when
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949, USA
Start times
Saturday, Jun 11, 2022
Century :
6:30 AM |
Metric Challenge:
7:30 AM |
Milder Metric:
7:30 AM |
Half Metric:
8:30 AM |
Moore Flat:
8:30 AM |
Grizzly Hill:
8:30 AM |
Kids Ride:
10:00 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Gold Country Challenge
Metric Challenge
Milder Metric
Half Metric
Route information
The Century ride is a challenging 100 mile adventure with 9,000’ of climbing. Starting at the Nevada County fairgrounds, riders will skirt Grass Valley and ride through sections of Nevada City and will then head north to the South Yuba River watershed. Riders can rest in North San Juan before heading further north to the Yuba River's stunning vistas. The ride then loops back south where there will be a break at Bridgeport State Park, which features a historic bridge over the Yuba River and beautiful sights of wildflowers. After continuing south, riders will get lunch at Williams Ranch School. After lunch the ride continues past vineyards, horse and cattle ranches to the northern border of Placer County before looping back to the fairgrounds. This is challenging and beautiful 100 miles.
Metric Challenge
This Metric Challenge ride is a shorter, but still challenging, 74 Mile ride with 6,500’ of climbing. Riders will follow follow the same route north as the Century ride until after the Bridgeport break and lunch, where they will head south past vineyards and horse ranches, taking a more direct route back to the fairgrounds.
Milder Metric
The Milder Metric is 54 beautiful miles with about 4,500’ of climbing, for those who want to see the beautiful sights up for offer but do not feel ready for the more challenging courses. The ride starts with the same route as the longer metric, but North San Juan it turns south, eliminating the Northern loop. The ride follows the same route to Bridgeport, lunch and home as the Metric Challenge.
Half Metric
The Half Metric is a 35 mile ride with approximately 2,800’ of climbing and includes some of the most beautiful landscape in Nevada County. From the fairgrounds, riders will follow the Century route until north of Nevada City. The ride descends down Newtown Rd. towards the Yuba River watershed and joins the Metric route at the lunch stop. After lunch, it stays on the Metric route as it heads south and then loops back to the fairgrounds.
Grizzly Hill
Beginning at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this ride goes through both historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Once out of town the adventure begins on county paved and gravel roads - scenic paths - for a 42-mile, rest station supported ride, featuring 4,000+/- feet gain/loss of elevation.
Moore Flat
This second but longer ride also commences at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and once the ride goes through both Grass Valley and Nevada City, it takes you on back county roads towards Malakoff Diggins. This is a 62 mile and 6,900 +/- elevation gain/loss that will really challenge riders fitness skills.
Kids Ride
The Kids Ride is 2 laps around the Fair Ground.
What's included
  • Rest Stops
  • Halfway Point Lunch
  • SAG and intersection control
  • Post Ride BBQ
How to get there
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949, USA
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By Car
Exit the CA-20 or the CA-49 onto McCourtney Road to reach the event.
There will be parking available at the event.
Event day logistics
6:30am Century starts
7:30am Metric Challenge & Milder Metric start
8:30am Half Metric, Grizzly Hill & Moore Flat start
10am Kids Ride starts
12:30pm to 4:30pm BBQ and beverages served
When do the rides start at the Gold Country Challenge?
The Century starts at 6:30am, both Metric rides start at 7:30am, the Half Metric, Grizzly Hill and Moore Flat start at 8:30am, and the Kids ride starts at 10am.
Will there be food at the Gold Country Challenge?
Yes, there will be lunch a the halfway point, and there will be BBQ and beverages served after the rides.
Will the rides at the Gold Country Challenge be supported?
All rides will be fully supported with water, rest stops, lunch and SAG vehicles.
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