Lost and Found Gravel Festival, is shifting its dates by two weeks in 2024 to Saturday, June 15th. The new date allows Lost and Found to avoid conflicts on both the gravel and mountain bike race calendars, including Unbound Gravel, Wente, a famous 8-hour mountain bike race in northern California, and the Grasshopper Adventure Series.
The new date will accommodate snowmelt at higher elevations allowing more racers to experience the splendor of the Lost Sierra backcountry while also clearing the way for a more robust post-ride expo by eliminating overlapping race dates for exhibiting brands.
“We’re excited to announce the new mid-June date for Lost and Found Gravel Festival, which comes after considering feedback from brands, professional athletes, racers and media,” said Greg Williams, executive director of Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, the organization that runs Lost and Found Gravel as one of its primary annual fundraisers, alongside the Downieville Classic mountain bike race. “Lost and Found supports our efforts to bring recreation-based revenue to towns in the Lost Sierra, and we believe the date change will allow us to grow the event in multiple ways, bringing more good people together to support Lost and Found, the city of Portola and SBTS’ Connected Communities project.”
Lost and Found starts and ends in Portola, California, a small town in California’s Plumas County in the northeastern Sierra mountains, surrounded by hundreds of miles of Forest Service gravel roads. It offers racers three rugged backcountry courses, of 35, 60, or 100 miles, all of which start at nearly 5,000 feet, and wind racers through ranchlands, forested valleys, and canyons set against the backdrop of High-Sierra peaks, fields of wildflowers and mountain lakes.
About Lost & Found:
Lost and Found Gravel Festival is organized by SBTS in partnership with event promoter Breakaway Promotions. The race anchors a full festival weekend, including camping along the banks of the Feather River, kids’ races, an expo, a Builders’ Bazaar showcasing custom bikes from a dozen small frame builders, live music, food trucks, and a beverage garden, all based out of Portola City Park. Lost and Found started in 2014, and since that time, has raised significant funds for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and its mission to revitalize mountain communities, using trails as the tool. The race supports SBTS’ legacy project, Connected Communities, which includes a plan to connect 15 mountain towns—including Portola—with a signature multi-use singletrack trail.
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