Gold Country Challenge
Ride the beautiful and historic backcountry of Nevada County. Nevada County was the heart of California’s gold rush. Surrounding the charming mining era towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City, you’ll ride through some of the most beautiful landscape California has to offer. Discover why the Amgen has selected to ride through Nevada County on multiple occasions.
Not for the faint of heart, the Century includes roads ridden by the Amgen Pros. It’s a challenging, 100 mile adventure with 9,000’ of climbing. Starting at the Nevada County fairgrounds, you’ll skirt Grass Valley and ride through sections of Nevada City before heading north to the South Yuba River watershed. You’ll rest in rustic North San Juan before heading further north to catch some stunning vistas of the Yuba River. You’ll loop back to the south and enjoy a quick break at Bridgeport State Park which features a historic covered bridge spanning the Yuba River and stunning displays of wildflowers. You’ll then continue south to lunch at Williams Ranch School. After lunch you’ll ride past vineyards, horse and cattle ranches to the northern border of Placer County before looping back to the fairgrounds. A challenging and spectacular 100 miles.
This 74 mile “metric” ride might be shorter than the century, but will still be a challenge with 6,500’ of climbing. You’ll follow the same route north as the Century ride, including past Amgen routes. After your Bridgeport break and lunch, you’ll head south past vineyards and horse ranches taking a shorter, more direct route back to the fairgrounds. This is the perfect ride for those of you wanting a little less than a century, but more than a routine metric.
The Milder Metric
Want a stunning ride with a little less mileage and a few less hills; try the “milder metric.” It is 54 beautiful miles with about 4,500’ of climbing. You’ll ride the same route as the longer metric, but turn south at North San Juan, eliminating the Northern loop. You’ll follow the same route to Bridgeport, lunch and home as the Metric Challenge.
The Half Metric
This 35 mile ride will climb approximately 2,800’ and includes some of the most beautiful landscape in Nevada County. From the fairgrounds, you’ll follow the Century route until you’re north of Nevada City. You’ll descend down Newtown Rd. towards the Yuba River watershed and rejoin the Metric route at the lunch stop. After lunch you’ll stay on the Metric route as it heads south and then loops back to the fairgrounds. They’ll be ample SAG support at the bottom of the last hill heading home in case you (or your legs) have “run out of gas.”