New this year, Downieville Classic racers can earn their entry fees back by doubling them through donations to Connected Communities, the cornerstone project of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship .
Riders will be reimbursed ALL their entry fees (minus the non-refundable BikeReg surcharge) if they raise at least twice what they paid to enter in donations. Racers who meet the minimum donation will be reimbursed within two weeks following the event on the credit card used for original payment. Additionally, the top three overall fundraisers and best team fundraiser will be in the running for sweet prizes, like top-end Fox Factory suspension, a Reserve wheelset and a Kuat rack, and an exclusive invite to the pre-race Thursday Night Party.
The Stewardship was born in 2003 out of the need to support the Tahoe National Forest in maintaining the Downieville trail system and, 20 years later, enhancement and maintenance of the trail network remains a yearly priority—your support helps make that happen!
Dollars raised by Downieville racers also support Connected Communities, a multifaceted project designed to spur economic development in the Lost Sierra region and our most ambitious project to date. The most exciting component of Connected Communities is a proposed 600 miles of singletrack trail that would create a network connecting towns across the region. The long term goal is to establish a multi-user signature route—dubbed the Lost Sierra Route—that would highlight these communities and stimulate local economies. Donations will go directly toward progress on the next two phases of the project: environmental review and construction.
Together, through trails, we can bring local jobs, tourism dollars and ultimately stability to an area that already gives all of us so much.