About the Lost and Found

Hosted in the wide-open and high North Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder and Bike Ride is a grand adventure.

Gravel road in mountains

The Lost & Found course features a perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Racers must choose their weapon wisely (road bike, cross bike or mountain bike).

The route (Longest) is approximately 100 miles with 6,500' of elevation gain and is 80% dirt. Also available are two shorter course options; Long (~45mi, 2,000' gain), and Longer (~65mi, 3,500' gain).

The BIG route starts at Lake Davis, located 15 minutes north of Portola, and takes racers through the beautiful Squaw Valley, over backcountry Sierra mountains to the remote Antelope Lake and across the vast and empty Red Clover Valley.

All routes focus on riding up into the surrounding mountains and through some of the most beautiful and empty alpine valleys California has to offer.

Participants can choose to race or simply ride the route and take advantage of the quality aid stations. Racers and riders from around the world will be invited to lose themselves and find this two-wheeled paradise.

But the Lost and Found is about more than just the ride. Camping next to Lake Davis invites all kinds of high Sierra fun for riders, friends and family: Fishing anyone? Paddle boarding? Hiking? Friday registration fun with our traveling support trailer, Rolling Thunder, and beers from Sierra Nevada. Then, Saturday ride and post event fun. And new this year, a Saturday night party in Portola with food, beer, live music, and dancing - the way we like to do it! Come join us for a great weekend in the Lost Sierra.

Racers in forest


Proceeds from the Downieville Classic go right back into the trails through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Building sustainable recreation-based communities through stewardship, job creation and world class events. Providing quality outdoor experiences through trail construction and maintenance in the Lost Sierra.

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

New Trail built with steps