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Bulletin/Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 15B Marl Erin Roth Sports Editor Bike riders experienced a perfect fall day for the Bear Growl Gravel Grinder on Sept. 15 around Indian Valley. Riders traveled from Taylorsville CamPground up to Antelope Lake above 5,000 feet. Many riders came back to the starting point to enjoy a lunch catered by Young's Market before heading across Indian Valley and up peaks, with " 9,100 feet of elevation gain, to Keddie Ridge. The ride is not timed and provided a warm-up for A solo rider has time to wave, but not stop, as he negotiates the ascent to Antelope Lake. athletes preparing for the highly competitive Grinduro coming the weekend of Sept. 29. A few hours after the ride, athletes were treated to a tri-tip barbeque along with beverages from a variety of breweries. Dr. Shauna Rossington has been the executive director of Mountain Circle since 2001. The Bear Growl raises funds for services provided by the organization for the benefit of foster children. There are offices located in Greenville, Chico, Susanville and Reno. Workers from various offices attended and helped this year's event succeed along with a huge number of volunteers from the local community. Coming down from Antelope Lake riders stop to "drink in" the scenery near, the Genesee Store. From left, Stephanie Tanaka, Samantha Rick, Debbie Bonovich, Keith Barnett and Julie Tanaka. Bonovich, of Sacramento, was scouting the spot for the stage 3 timed section for Grinduro. Support and sustenance is provided at the Diamond Mountain/North Valley Arm staging area. From left, Warren Grandall seated, rider Steven Mills from Shasta enjoying a banana and Chico Mountain Circle worker Sydney Benson and her father Brian Benson. Photos by Marl Erin Roth Ham Radio Club President Nora Trotter and husband Larry are ready up at Antelope Lake to lend a hand as they listen in at their communications booth. Marl Erin Roth Sports Editor With two jewels of the 2018 Plumas County triple crown already in place, Lost and Found near Lake Davis and the Downieville Classic last month, riders rev up for the f'mal race in Quincy next weekend,= iast gem' the Quincy Grinduro. The end-of-summer epic event ruffs the weekend of Sept. 28 through 30, and is headquartered, with gourmet food, music, bike exhibits and camping, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The big attraction, a highly competitive gravel grinder race, takes place on trails that trek through the forested area surrounding Mount Hough: After the race, Mike Watt and the Missingmen will be the music headliners with Ray Barbee as the opening act. DJ Coop will take the crowd dancing into late night. "You can bet we'll be playing our hearts out that night," said Watt. All three events owe their existence, and the maintenance of the off road trails used, to Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS). In 2016, "Grinduro" was voted "Event of the Year" by a Design and Innovation Awards committee that rates bike events and products around the world. And right after that, Grinduro expanded totwo countries by [diIIfi-'g - ' o iii' i :ISle 0f:' Arran, Scotland, in July 2017. Spectators are welcome to participate in the fun on site while rubbing shoulders with world-class athletes. They will however run the risk of inspiration and may catch a touch of"Grinduro Fever." More information on the coming Quincy event is available, including a video of the site and parts of the ride, on Recapping the wonder of the Downieville Classic, the longest running'ride of the three jewels, 600 racers competed for the top spots in the 2018 event. Over a thousand people came to enjoy the tiny (282 population) town magic of Downieville tucked away in the heart of the Sierra. "People were smilin, g all weekend," said Patrick Cavender of SBTS Tribe Developer and Marketing. Weekend visitors challenged themselves with racing from Sierra City to the summit and then down to Downieville. Special events included a river jump, a log pull and morel including live music. "This was our 23rd year ofthe Downieville Classic, and even with all of the events we run during the weekend, it was the smoothest running, edition we have had to date," said Cavender. Getting youngsters involved is a highlight for organizers and is accomplished with events such as the Pixie Bike Trifecta, Kids River Jump and the Kids Wild Island Splashdown. "It's an opportunity for kids to take part in the festivities and a great way to get local kids involved in the fun that is the DownieviUe Classic," said Cavender. The stated goal is to bring people to our mountain towns to have fun, support the local economy and show the visitors amazing places so they will want to come back again and explore some more. "All of the proceeds of the Downieville Classic go to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and backinto building and maintaLring local trails," said Cavender The scenery is great for spectators, but the highly competitive riders of the Downieville Classic are usually more focused on the road ahead than the road beyond. (530) 259-4555 111 Slim Drive, Chestel; Ca 96020 Call the Pro Shop for More Info Hank Maddie Cookie Racers are surrounded by rough and rugged terrain as they traverse gravel trails in the Downieville Classic on Aug. 25. Photc)s by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship AMERICA'S TOP 120 190 $59.Wmo. DVR included! Offer expires 1114/19. Restrictions apply. Carl for details. Local Dearer, Local Service, Call Today! 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