In partnership with Truckee, California, Bike Monkey is proud to announce the first annual Truckee Dirt Fondo from what was previously known as the Sagan Fondo Truckee Dirt Edition. The change comes about as a result of weather precluding Peter Sagan’s participation in the wildly successful event which first took place on May 5th, 2018.
“The Town of Truckee is very excited to host a second year, under the new event name Truckee Dirt Fondo, produced by Bike Monkey. As a rider in the event myself, I could not be more proud of showcasing Truckee’s world class trails to those who are also passionate about off road adventures in our beautiful alpine environment.” – David Tirman, Mayor.
The race will consist of three enhanced routes compared with the inaugural event, taking participants as high as 8,006 feet above sea level over Sardine Peak inside Tahoe National Forest. The course is best suited for mixed-terrain, cyclocross, or mountain bikes. Each participant will be encouraged to select a bike that best suits their style of riding, but the courses will all favor the cyclocross format.
The post-race festival will feature loads of family-oriented activities, food trucks, live music and beer provided by FiftyFifty Brewing Company. Immediately following the start of the main race on Saturday, the event will feature a fun, non-competitive, fully supported family ride along the Legacy trail system and through the Truckee Bike Park.
“The Truckee Dirt Fondo is going to be recognized as a staple that pins Truckee to the consciousness of anyone who owns a gravel bike.” – Carlos Perez, Event Director.
King Ridge Foundation, founded by ex-professional cyclist (and Truckee resident) Levi Leipheimer, in close partnership with Bike Monkey will produce a fundraising gala in association with the event in a showing of support for Adventure Risk Challenge, a California 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves at-risk youth.
“Through chance circumstances I moved to Truckee after losing my home in Santa Rosa and quickly connected deeply with its community and abounding wilderness. It’s fitting for me to bring the work we do at King Ridge Foundation to the region by supporting Adventure Risk Challenge. Truckee has become my second home and I’m committed to giving back to its community.” – Levi Leipheimer
Participants and festival goers may learn more about the event and register online at www.truckeedirtfondo.com for all routes and for the fundraising gala.
Content and photos submitted by Jessica Weaver