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Organizers of the Downieville Classic have secured a permit to operate the California race in 2010 and 2011.
After meetings with Downieville residents, local business owners, Sierra County planners, the U.S. Forest Service and Congressional representatives, the classic, set for July 9 to 11, has a special-use permit on the Tahoe National Forest through 2011.
Registration for the cross-country and downhill races will open Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. on www.active.com.
The two-day stage race, or the “All-Mountain World Championships,” in California’s Sierra Nevada includes a lung-busting cross-country to challenge a rider’s fitness, as well as a painfully long enduro downhill — one of the toughest skills tests in the country. In 2009, Adam Craig and Katerina Nash were the All-Mountain World Champs after winning the cross-country race on Saturday as well as the downhill on Sunday.
The event is the primary fundraiser for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, a non-profit group that builds and maintains 100 miles of singletrack in and around Downieville.
For 2010, Santa Cruz Bicycles is back as title sponsor of the event.
“We are equal parts proud and honored to be returning to the Downieville Classic as title sponsor,” said Mike Ferrentino, of Santa Cruz Bicycles. “Our relationship with this event goes all the way back to its roots, not long after we started out as a company. Our employees come to Downieville on vacation, or engineers come here to test bikes and ideas, and we consider this to be our ‘home’ race.”
Ferrentino said the Downieville Classic, going into its fifteenth year, is all-encompassing.
“It tests your climbing legs, your stamina, your handling skills, your tires, your suspension, your luck, and most likely your liver,” he said. “There’s nothing else like it. And that’s a big part of the reason we keep coming back. Well, that, and they feed us real well…”
Along with riding and imbibing at the classic there is music. The Saddle Tramps have confirmed for July 10 at the Downieville Fire House.