The Lost and Found gravel race sports three options to chose from by their official race map. Photo from Lost and Found
Last year, we packed our bags and headed up north of Lake Tahoe in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains to the first-ever Lost and Found Bike Race, a 100-mile gravel race with over 7000 feet of elevation to contend with. Between the scenery and the challenges, this gravel race made its mark enough on us to add it to our Issue 25’s gravel bucket list.
For 2015, The Lost and Found Bike Ride
will kick off on May 30th, with the option of racing the 30, 60 and 100-mile loops of over 80% gravel. The largest of the three options loops around Lake Davis, heads north through Red Clover Valley, then drops steeply into Genesee Valley before climbing back and returning to Lake Davis.
Easy to lose yourself at the Lost and Found. Photo from Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Good news for riders apprehensive about tackling the full race: The Lost and Found organizers added two aid stations to the hill climb at mile markers 71 and 78 (see course map) for a total of three aid stations on the final hill climb and also added an aid station to the finish so that riders can grab some water, shade and relaxation before grabbing some food & beer. This will be hosted by the local Plumas Sierra Bicycle Club
The snow is only beginning to melt north of Lake Tahoe, and should yield open roads by race day. Photo by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
For 2015, the Lost and Found Race not only have added upgrades to the course, but have kicked off the festivities leading up to the event much earlier this year. After gaining a second beer sponsor to their original one, the Lost and Found Race will include a specially crafted beer made for the event as a collaboration between the two companies. The Brewing Lair and Bike Dog Brewery are working on a collaboration beer this weekend for the event