July 9 – 11, 2010

After some mental hardship and several lengthy meetings with Downieville residents, local business owners, County Planners, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, Forest Service Rangers and Congressional Representatives (that’s right, the Feds are involved, because this race is damned important to our Country) the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has secured a special-use permit to operate the Downieville Classic in both 2010 and 2011.

Henry O'Donnell at Downieville by Photo John on Flickr

In observance of this magnificent achievement, we would like to announce that Santa Cruz Bicycles is back as title sponsor of the event. Mike Ferrentino, Santa Cruz Bicycles marketing guru declares, “We are equal parts proud and honored to be returning to the Downieville Classic as title sponsor. Our relationship with this event goes all the way back to it’s 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.”  “The scope of this event – days of fun in the summer Sierras built around a truly demanding race for bikes and riders alike – is all-encompassing. It tests your climbing legs, your stamina, your handling skills, your tires, your suspension, your luck, and most likely your liver. 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…”

While we’re making announcements, we would also like to make known that registration for the Cross Country and All-Mountain races will open February 19th at 8:00pm. Right here, using

One more tidbit of information, and this is probably the most important to us organizers of the event, is that The Saddle Tramps have confirmed for Saturday July 10 at the Downieville Fire House.