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uuiietm, Kecora, 'rogresswe, Keporcer Wednesday, April 23, 2014 lC CREATION Lake Davis lies in peaceful solitude, beckoning visitors to come and breathe in its views. The lake will be abuzz with energy May 31, with the inaugural Lost and Found bike race, sponsored by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. The race, centered around Plumas County, will be the stewardship's largest endeavor yet, stretching 100 miles and climbing 7,000 feet. Photos courtesy Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship st and found-High-octane ride. set for Lake Davis Professional riders Kenny Burt, Chris Mcgovern, Jared Kessler and Cameron Falconer check out the route designated for May's Lost and Found bike race. The route will take riders through alpine mountain valleys and offer amazing views the entire ride. Downieville Classic, the town of D0wnieville turned into a mecca for mountain bikers. The town lacked an economic' mainstay, until tourists started showing up with their mountain bikes. The course The Lost and Found isn't your mama's century ride. First, this course alternates between pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Each racer is allowed to use only one hike, so any given portion of the course is bound to add a bit more difficulty overall. In total, the 100me route has 7,000 feet of elevation gain. James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is at it again. The nonprofit organization announced last week that registration for its newest venture is now open to sign up. The new venture is being called the Lost and Found, and the stewardship hopes this event will quickly become as popular as the Downieville Classic. The inaugural bike race is set to take place May 31. The course is known as a gravel grinder, as the majority of the 100-mile route is on dirt roads and gravel. Already, the event has attracted the attention of bikers from all around the world: The dream "There're a lot of reasons we want to make this event happen," explained the stewardship's trail programs director, Tara Stone. "The main reason we're doing this is to raise enough funds to finish the trail around Lake Davis." As of now, the existing Lake Davis Trail covers about half the lake. The stewardship hopes to raise enough funds through the Lost and Found to finish the trail and completely surround the lake. Federal and state grants are becoming more scarce, and can't provide enough funds to keep the stewardship afloat and maintain the trails currently in operation, let alone build new ones. The stewardship plans to use the Lost and Found in a way similar to how it uses the Downieville Classic and the Trailfest: to obtain funds while providing a fun and unique atmosphere for patrons to enjoy. The ultimate goal of building the trail is to attract tourism to Plumas County, Stone explained. The Lost and Found will be the jumping point for a more successful future of tourism. "The idea for us is we see this area as an important place for attracting recreational tourism," continued Stone. The stewardship proved in the past this model works through the Doieville Classic. Since 2000, the first year of the A 30-mile course and a 60-mile option are available as well, with smaller elevation gains. The race will start at 9:30 a.m. May 31 at Coot Bay on Lake Davis. Riders will follow a route that takes them high above Portola, allowing spectacular views the entire course. Six theme-based aid stations will be set up along the route. Quincy Natural Foods will be the only Plumas County organization to man one of these stations; the others are sponsored by various bike and bike accessory companies. Riders will finish back at Coot Bay, where a post-event lunch party will await them. An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., and entertainment and a drawing will take place afterward. At Coot Bay, the stewardship will have a bounce house for children to play on. Several biking companies will set up booths for people to browse through and shop. Registration "There's a definite possibility that the race could sell out," said Stone. "Most of the people that have signed up so far are from out of town, so we would love to see some local riders out there." The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship only has 600 slots available for the race. The word is out on multiple cycling websites, and the slots are filling up fast. Registration costs $100 before May 15 and $110 afterwards. Because this is the race's inaugural year, the registration costs are discounted. People that enter in the pro men and pro women categories will race for a cash purse; the rest will race for podium awards and prizes from various sponsors. Volunteer The stewardship is on the lookout for volunteers to help with the event. Those willing to lend a hand can contact Stone at tara@sierratrails.org. Those interested in becoming an event sponsor can contact Marty Scheel at marty@sierratrafls.org. For more information on the event, go to lostandfoundbikeride.com. Sp00ingca Care clinic All makes & models of cars, trucks & SUVs For the first time ever in Susanville, Factory trained technicians will it'S the $9.95 Car Care Clinic! perform a 16pt inspection, which Free refreshment while you wait Free shuttle service a necessary welcome includes: brakes, belts, hoses, check for leaks, AC performance test and battery test, and more. Is your Check Engine light on ? You'll also receive a free code check. Hwy 36& Richmond Road E., Susanville 630-267-6092 CHRYSLER 6 HAH 7' deep. Sales Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm Sat., 9am-6pm Sun., l Oam-5pm Service Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:30pm