The buzz around the Plumas County Fairgrounds the Friday before the 2019 Grinduro teetered on unease as racers eagerly prepped bikes and made last-minute clothing choices. “We’re a little worried about being stuck out there in an ice-cold downpour,” one racer exclaimed as she checked her phone for an updated weather forecast for the area outside of Quincy, CA.
Grinduro is a unique event, pairing the ever-growing gravel grinding format with the also popular enduro mountain bike format, racers are sent out in mass start and make their way through a 65-mile course that includes four timed stages of varying nature.
Racers are allowed to enjoy the race as they see fit, aboard a bike of their choice – Gravel, MTB, CX, Hybrid– enjoying the day pedaling with friends or pushing through the day expediently in hopes of enjoying a mellow afternoon back at camp. This unique format allows riders of all interests and ability levels to experience the course scenic, gravel road course as they see fit making for an inclusive and fun event for all.
For 2019, the event has spawned into a worldwide four-race series with stops in Japan, Canada, Scotland, in addition to the original event in Quincy, CA. Managed by the non-profit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, the Quincy, CA event is in its fifth year and has continued to grow and evolve to include more racers, top-level entertainment and a premium experience for all in attendance.
As race morning dawned ensconced in a layer of dense fog, the air was cool and the ground moist, but overall, it was a beautiful morning to send the 900 racers out on an adventure they won’t soon forget. With clouds swirling the racecourse, riders experienced everything from beautiful sunshine and warm winds to hail, snow, and sleet. “The course was in primo shape and the moisture made for optimal traction” exclaimed fifth place Pro men’s finisher, Dylan Stucki. Stucki, who opted for a traditional drop bar gravel/CX bike, was happy with his bike choice though it was a topic of continual discussion over the weekend.
Grinduro continues to attract racers from all over the world and with a record fast entry sell out this past year, it’s likely to continue to grow in popularity. With an inclusive format, fun course through a beautiful landscape, and a hell of a party following the race, the Quincy Grinduro is something you should definitely add to your calendar.
Visit https://grinduro.com to learn more.