2018 RBC Gran Fondo Silicon Valley, Saturday June 23, 2018. Limited to 1000 cyclists. Registration opens September 15, 2017 at 10am PST.

Super Sweetwater Hopper

March 17 2018
Occidental, California, USA

Take Old Caz, bookend it with the steep side of Sweetwater to the West and Fort Ross to the East. Descend Myers Grade and finish atop Coleman Valley and you have one of the craftiest, hardest and most beautiful Grasshoppers possible. And it’s  “only” 70 miles!

In order to do this safely we will follow the same protocol as last year. After checking in riders will ride on their own or small groups to RiverFront Park. The “only” dirt on this Hopper is Old Caz. What does this mean? Well…ideally you’d ride a Diverge with 30c tires or…

Next best bike choice is a road bike with 25 or 28 c tires or cross with slicks? There’s a distinct advantage of being on a road bike 85% of the time. But the 15% dirt is a ripping dirt descent followed by a creek crossing, another dirt climb and another dirt descent. This is my favorite ride…since my last ride. Couldn’t think of a better combination of adventure on two wheels. Not a “gravel grinder”, not a “road race”. A magical mystery tour of sorts deep in the West County. 9,000 ft of climbing in 74 miles. Really, that’s a lot of fun packed into a not-so-huge ride. Don’t miss out!

 
Routes: 70,78 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
What's Included?

A crazy hard, super fun adventure with 300 of your closest cycling buddies!
Two Osmo hydration and GU nutrition feed zones. Plus other goodies
Awesome prizes at the finish from our generous sponsors
Event timing
Registration Packet : Guayaki Organic Energy, GU, Custom Hopper Route Card and 2015 Grasshopper Sticker
Emergency Medical Support en route
Cold Guayaki, malted beverages, snacks at finish
Unforgettable stories of adventure!

Prize / Race Categories

A unique aspect of the Grasshoppers has always been the mass start and open men/women categories. It’s imperative that riders stage where honestly belong. This year results will be sorted by age so riders can see where they fit in the overall as well as their “decade” grouping. There will be prizes for the top 3 in each age group for the SERIES and not individual Hoppers. Though you are of course entitled to bragging rights and massive props by your friends. Remember, Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits and not racing. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules. See RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Categories:

Pro men
Pro women
18 and Under
19-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

Features
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Start Address: Occidental, California
 
 
 
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