This year, we are providing a fundraising opportunity as part of our race registration process that enables racers to earn their entry fees back, as well as play a pivotal role in a bigger mission to ensure longterm economic prosperity in the Lost Sierra region. Racers who choose to fundraise will be rallying their networks for donations for Connected Communities, the cornerstone project of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (the nonprofit that organizes the Downieville Classic and Lost & Found Gravel races). The goal? Raise at least double your entry fees, and you'll get your fees back (minus a BikeReg surcharge).
Connected Communities is 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. The dollars raised by racers this year will go directly toward progress on the next two phases of the project: environmental review and construction.
Your fundraising efforts will help this region recover from years of devastating wildfires and economic hardship following the decline of the timber and extraction industries. This film helps explain the impact of the Lost Sierra Route will have in these mountain towns.
Together, through trails, we can bring local jobs, tourism dollars and ultimately stability to an area that already gives all of us so much.