After a successful debut in 2018, the Auburn Dirt Fondo returns on May 11, 2019 for a second dose of challenging Sierra foothills dirt and gravel roads decorated with spring wildflowers and waterfalls.
Participants will tackle a 76-mile pedal through the Sierra foothills with about 8700 feet of climbing and two-thirds unpaved miles.
This year, participants will both suffer and enjoy the ride knowing it’s in part to benefit victims of the Camp Fire that ravaged Paradise, California
Kenny Burt, who started the mixed terrain ride last year, said, “With the devastating wildfires close by, I couldn’t imagine how brutal losing everything could be, so I had to do something!”
As a fundraising event, the 2019 Auburn Dirt Fondo’s entry fees have increased over the inaugural year, although pre-registrations are currently $10 off. The ride starts and ends at Moonraker Brewing Co. in Auburn. Participants get a pint glass, post-race meal, one beer and a Jakroo t-shirt.
Burt hopes to raise at least $5,000 to $10,000 for the victims.
Not sure what type of tires, gears or bike to bring to the party? The event founder advises, “With tires, comfort is king in my book, but you could easily get away with a 34-37mm speedy tire.” Burt, who works for WTB, says his favorite is the WTB Resolute 42.
As for gearing, Burt reports that there are only a few really steep sections on course, but says, “In general there’s a lot of climbing, so 1:1 would be pretty nice.”
Registration is through USA Cycling, and pre-registration closes on 5/9/2019.