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  1. Enduro Racing
    Baseball fans have their season opener. Alaskan fishermen have the return of king salmon and T.V. junkies have The Walking Dead. All of us have something we eagerly await each year and for mountain bikers, it usually shows up in the form of their favorite downhill bike park or high-mountain...
  2. Vacations & Destinations
    Trail, snow and sky Photos by Scott Markewitz Trails inevitably come and go, but rarely are they lost forever. In California's Northern Sierra Nevada, between Downieville and Sierra City, the area's mining history contributed to a network of trails that faded away with the Gold Rush. But now...
  3. Vacations & Destinations
    Editor's note: This is a story by Katrin Deetz republished from her blog here. Introduction by Justin Wages When most of us envision a really bad day on the trail we conjure up wild visions of ourselves flying off 100 foot cliffs as the trail collapses beneath us, being bitten by a venomous...
  4. Vacations & Destinations
    Nearly 40 trail users showed up for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the former PCT trailhead now known as Gold Valley Rim Trail. The Lost Sierra region that includes the notorious Downieville Downhill is a model for true shared multi-use recreation, thanks in part to a strong partnership between...
  5. Vacations & Destinations
    "What age group are you in?" The question came from behind me on lower First Divide trail in the last few minutes of the Downieville Classic cross-country race. I knew I was in for a sprint one way or another. "I'm not telling you," was my coy response. "Okay then, we'll take it to the line,"...
  6. Vacations & Destinations
    This section is the most technical segment in the The Butcher Ranch downhill and it regularly spits out riders. Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Mtbr in April, 2015, but because the backcountry travel advice is so on point we decided to re-run it. Don't worry, it's not going to...
  7. Vacations & Destinations
    Hanging out in front of the Downieville Market after another downhill run. Editor's Note: The Angry Singlespeeder is a collection of mercurial musings from contributing editor Kurt Gensheimer. In no way do his maniacal diatribes about all things bike oriented represent the opinions of Mtbr...
  8. Vacations & Destinations
    This past weekend was the busiest Downieville has been this season, with nearly every shuttle packed to capacity on both Saturday and Sunday. It was hard to find a parking space in town and all the restaurants were bustling. And when I say "all the restaurants", I mean all two - the pizza place...
  9. Vacations & Destinations
    After a winter that consisted of much more skiing, my mind kept going back to one of the best summers I've ever had, working for Yuba Expeditions in Downieville and documenting the adventures for Mtbr. Now that the snow is melting and the flowers are blooming at the foot of the Sierra Buttes...
  10. Vacations & Destinations
    Jon Palmer breaks out the skis as winter is fast approaching (click to enlarge). Although there's more than a foot of snow up on Packer Saddle where the shuttle drop-off point is, Yuba Expeditions stayed open until last weekend. And after the Yuba crew sells the remaining 15 Santa Cruz and Ibis...
  11. Vacations & Destinations
    A failed attempt (left) taking the right line down the waterfall on Butcher Ranch. Touchdown (right). Photos by Brian Rapheal - Coldstream Creative (click to enlarge) I had just finished taking a shower at the Santa Cruz house and was coasting down Main Street in boardshorts and flipflops with...
  12. Vacations & Destinations
    There's a saying that goes, "Downieville: a drinking town with a mountain biking problem." So when the first annual Downieville Mountain Brewfest was held last weekend on Main Street, it only seemed fitting. In fact, many people were asking themselves what took so long. Much like the Downieville...
  13. Vacations & Destinations
    At nearly 6,500 feet in elevation, the top of Fir Cap offers sweeping views of the Sierra Buttes (click to enlarge). Last weekend, I overheard a rider proclaim, "Yeah, Downieville is cool, but after a while Pauley Creek, Butcher Ranch, Third Divide and First Divide get old." My interest was...
  14. Vacations & Destinations
    Getting ready to load the shuttle at Yuba Expeditions (click to enlarge). Photo by Kevin Egelhoff "Have you seen my mom?" The 15 year-old kid had a genuine look of panic on his face as he rode into the Yuba Expeditions parking lot. I recognized him from a few hours earlier when I passed him at...
  15. Vacations & Destinations
    I must have been going close to 25mph down Big Boulder trail when I rounded a corner and saw a hairy golden brown animal standing on all fours in the rocky singletrack. It glanced up for a second to see me barreling upon on it, turned and took flight down the trail, kicking up a giant roost of...
  16. General Discussion
    Since its inception, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign has raised more than $100,000 for trails in the Lost Sierra region, helping employ a local, full-time trail crew while directly funding construction of remarkable trails like Mills Peak Trail in Graeagle...
  17. Vacations & Destinations
    "Dude, you guys need to call the paramedics," said the guy who just walked into the shop. "There's a guy up on Pauley who cut his femoral artery." As soon as I heard "femoral artery" my head spun around. I was neck deep in repairing a customer's grenaded rear wheel when this panicked rider...
  18. Vacations & Destinations
    St. Charles Place is the local watering hole where tall tales are told (click to enlarge). "There was a guy prospecting on a claim up on Downie River with a metal detector about ten years ago. He got shot in the back six times." The lady working the bar at St. Charles Place - the local...
  19. Vacations & Destinations
    For the next six months, this will be my chariot, hauling fat tire fanatics to the top of Packer Saddle. Hi folks. It's been a few months. There's no real excuse for my absence, it's just the way life goes sometimes. Unlike some columnists, if I don't have anything worthwhile to share, I don't...
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