If you’ve been following this blog for a few years now you must know how much the Downieville Classic means to us. Just like you, we really look forward to this event. Nothing beats great trails, the food made by some legends of Mountain Biking and the best recovery brews – located steps from the finish line. Check out last year’s report and read the note below from the Yuba Expeditions Crew…
All Hands on Deck!
Mother Nature has dealt us a tough hand with all the snow, yet this act is somehow the moment we’ve been gearing up to handle over the past 16 years of producing the Downieville Classic. We’ve endured forest fires, blizzards, opening day of dear season and even a few appearances in court while an angry ex-partner tried to shut us down.
It seems no matter how dialed we have things on our end, there are things entirely out of our control that try to throw us off course. This year will be no different.
We’ve held off on sending this email, because quite honestly we were waiting for the sun to shine and the temperatures to warm up before we made any drastic decisions. This week, we realized the sun alone would not be enough to clear the course.
Not being the type to throw our hands up and quit, we need to dig in and band together.
The local inns are opening their rooms and restaurants are feeding all volunteers willing to help restore our beloved trails.
The cost of snow removal is projected to be ~$20,000.
The Sierra County Board of Supervisors has appropriated $10,000 and big equipment to remove snow from the upper reaches of the course.
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has appropriated $15,000 for our professional trail crew to do needed trail maintenance.
Peter Berridge, from Clif Bar, a long-time sponsor for our event has donated $1,500 for snow removal efforts.
As part of our agreement with the County, we need everyone?s support to make this happen. We are asking all racers to contribute $10.00 to the snow removal fund. We cannot make this a mandatory contribution, but PLEASE keep in mind that the alternative was to cancel. When you arrive at registration you will be asked to kick in.
The trails are beat up. Water is running everywhere. Trees and branches cover the trail. It looks as though we’ve paid no attention at all to these wonderful pathways. In some ways it breaks our hearts and it is certainly breaking the back of Sierra County businesses not having the trails open.
Now it’s time to do what we do best. These trails are the gem of our organization. This is the place that brought the organization together, grew the family, created the tribe, YUBA and the SBTS.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of this event. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. If you can lend a hand and want to volunteer to get the trails ready, go to our web site for a complete schedule and volunteer information ? www.sierratrails.org
The SBTS crew