Best suited for a cyclocross or mountain bike with 35c or larger tires.
This event is a competitive gravel/dirt event with awards for top 3 riders in various age and gender groups. Cyclocross and mountain bikes are great choices for this race.
Cost: $145 per person
- Of course, the opportunity to ride with and meet 3x World Road Racing Champion Peter Sagan!
- Traffic controlled intersections *(See "Ride Rules" on "More Info page")
- Competitive categories and prizes to top finishers
- Post-Race festival entry
- Sumptuous, abundant post-ride meal
- Lagunitas Beer for participants over 21
ROUTES / STRAVA
For road/traffic impacts, click here.
Traditional overall scoring is captured at the dirt/gravel event. The top three men and top three women for the day will be recognized in various age groupings* (U20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+) for the long course (Peter's Boneyard) and medium course (Dirt Grinder). The short course (Rollout) will not be timed.
*age categories are subject to change.
Please see THIS MAP for parking locations.
Friday Expo & Packet Pickup: park at the airport (access via Omni Way)
Saturday Start/Finish & Festival: park along Soaring Way*
*Please note that parking passes will be required for VIP and staff & volunteer parking at River View Sports Park - no exceptions
Thursday, May 3rd
6:30 pm - 10 pm Fundraising Gala Dinner (purchase separately)
Friday, May 4th
Morning VIP Ride with Peter Sagan (VIP option only)
2 pm - 7 pm Expo & Packet pickup at Truckee Tahoe Airport
Packet pickup will stay open until 9 pm
Evening Private dinner with Peter Sagan (VIP option only)
Saturday, May 5th
Start, Finish & Festival Location: River View Sports Park
6:30 am - 7:50 am Packet pickup at River View Sports Park
8:00 am Mass start (all routes)
11:00 am Festival opens
2:30 pm Awards ceremony
5:30 pm Festival closes
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm After-party at FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
$3 pints for participants! More info here.
*Schedule is subject to change; check regularly for updates.
Saturday, May 5th
Free and open to the public!
Free and secured bike parking, kids zone, sponsors & local vendor booths
11 am - 5:30 pm @ River View Sports Park
2:30 pm Awards ceremony
Lagunitas Beer for all participants over 21
Food vendors include EATS Cooking, The Buck Stops Here and Crêpes Heart!
Creative northern California dishes featuring local organic produce and humanely raised meats. Our menu items will include kalua pork shoulder, as well as vegan and chicken curry dishes.
The Buck Stops Here is a fun and innovative style of food truck & caterer. Specialties: Bucks slow, low smoked baby backs, Czech Pamcakes, and more!
Some extra notes about the route so you know what to expect out there and can prepare for the day.
The optimal bike choice in our opinion is going to be a CX bike with 38c or bigger tires, or a mountain bike hard tail.
Like any good, challenging gravel course, there is no single bike that will be best suited for the entire route. Bike strategy will be at play in the Sagando. Some sections will benefit a mountain bike, while most will benefit a gravel bike. Rule of thumb: if your plan is to hammer and go as fast as possible, ride a gravel bike with 40c tires. If your plan is maximum fun, enjoy the ride and rally the downhills, pull out a fast and light mountain bike.
Here's what you really want to know -- what is the course like? We'll we've got some photos of the roads/trails here for you to see. The only pics missing are of the pavement, but you all know what pavement looks like so we left those out.
HOW MUCH DIRT?
The route is 40% paved, 60% dirt. Of the dirt, expect most of it to be pretty fast gravel road and double-track. There are two sections however that make this event unlike others. One single-track section that's about 1.5 miles long is pretty smooth except for one area 20 yards through a creek bed. Totally rideable for anyone who isn't a novice on a CX bike. Heck, we did it and that was in JANUARY.
After this you will hit the "Loyalton" aid station which is being staffed and operated by Sierra Trail Buttes Stewardship: https://sierratrails.org/ These hard working volunteers will take care of you and wish you well before you face "Badenough Canyon Rd" (pronounced like it sounds and named like it is). Badenough Canyon Rd consists of about 2 miles of climbing that's full of "baby heads" (see pic) -- Some of you might walk some of this, and that's OK. The fine folks from OSMO Nutrition will be waiting for you at the top because HYDRATION IS POWER!
After you reach the top, you'll have a fast descent and need to pay attention because there could be some surprises. Winter roughens stuff up a bit out here, so just keep your head up.
A couple more climbs, and you'll soon be headed back to the finish.
More on Badenough Canyon Road
Badenough Canyon Road is the big dragon to slay on the Sagando long route. The total climb is about five miles and 1,500 vertical feet. Although not steep until the last quarter-mile, the first two miles of Badenough are quite rocky. This section is knowns as "The Boneyard" and will keep things interesting. Those on mountain bikes will motor through The Boneyard, while skinnier tires will get bumped around a lot more. The Boneyard will be tough going, but the views are incredible, and know that eventually the road smooths out, so just power through it.
After hammering some gravel on Smithneck Road and climbing some dirt jeep road, the dirt descent from Merrill Valley has killer views of Stampede Reservoir and the slopes of Northstar Resort. Near the bottom you'll encounter a final water crossing (it's totally rideable, just give 'er a little speed) before returning to pavement and cruising back into Truckee. But save a little energy for the final short pavement climb up into Glenshire after crossing the Truckee River, because it will definitely hurt a little after 65 miles!
Also remember that it's springtime in the Sierra Nevada, which means it's still a little wet out there. After a decent late winter, although infrequent, there's going to be a couple sloppy and muddy sections from snowmelt, so be ready for it, smile and get some grit in your teeth!
PRO TIP: Carry a small bottle of chain lube with you on the ride. Not only might it save your day, but you might make someone else's day too.