Enjoy the spectacular backroads of Lassen County on two wheels September 9th, as the Susanville Area Bicycle Association, Lassen Land and Trails Trust and the Bizz Running Company present the Lassen Gravel Adventure Ride.
The three gravel adventure courses, on the Bizz Johnson trail and through Lassen National Forest, feature all kinds of surfaces from primo smooth gravel to technical 2-track roads and everything in between – challenging climbs, fast flats, and smile-inducing downhills.
Organizers explain that this is not a race, but an adventure ride, and encourage everyone to enjoy the spectacular scenery as they cruise through pine forests and beautiful mountain meadows.
As you ride along the Susan River, you’ll pass through two incredible, historical train tunnels on the Bizz Johnson Trail. The long course will take you near the shores of two serene, high-altitude lakes.
The three courses fit all levels of riding, with well-stocked rest stops, and all three begin and end at the historic railroad depot on Richmond Road. You will have a RFID chip on your bike number plate to keep track of your start and finish on the course.
The first group of riders (the Full Squatch) takes off from the depot at 7:00a.m. and bicyclists will ride ninety-six miles to Silver Lake and back.
The second group (the Half Squatch) will leave at 8:00a.m. and the ride is sixty-four miles.
The final group (the Short Squatch) leaves at 9:00a.m. and will ride forty miles.
For the Full Squatch riders to continue on the course, they must reach Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park (County Road A-21 at Swain Mountain Road) at Mile 32.4 in five hours, by 12:00p.m. If they arrive after the cutoff time, they will be directed onto the Half Squatch course, where both courses will eventually merge for the return toward Susanville.
According to organizer Charlotte Roberts there are currently 238 registered riders.
While it isn’t a race, the Full Squatch participants will have the opportunity to earn ‘King of the Mountain’ and ‘Queen of the Mountain’ titles by being the fastest on three different segments of the ride.
At the finish line, riders will get free ChaCha’s tacos, a free beer from Lassen Ale Works, and all registered riders will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal, a soft blend T-shirt and a logo sticker. A coupon for a free meal is also included in registration.
“We are super excited for this to be a fun yearly fundraiser for SABA and LLTT,” explains Roberts. “More importantly, it’s an opportunity for tourism. We have already met people from out of the area who have come to ‘pre-ride’ the course. There is a lot of buzz in the gravel bike community about our ride.”