2017-2018 Nevada County Gold Magazine 2017-2018_Nevada County Gold Magazine - Page 92

R E C R E A T I O N PEDALING NEVADA COUNTY AND BEYOND A mecca for riders, Nevada County is a preeminent cycling destination and is known for its mountain bik- ing, as well as road biking. Rides popular with locals are the LeMond Loop and the Pioneer Trails. Donner Summit mile out and back. Scenic and historic Sierra Valley. Information: tourdemanure.org AGONY RIDE: July 28–29. 24 hours. Twenty- four hours through the Sierra Valley. Information: agonyride.org Road Biking LEMOND LOOP Distance: 14.6 miles. Easy to moderate, one short steep hill. Type of Ride: Favorite training ride for Greg LeMond. Rolling hills with pastoral views. Start: Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, 457 Sacramento St., Nevada City. INDIAN SPRINGS-MCCOURTNEY LOOP Distance: 46 miles. Moderate to difficult, some hills. Type of Ride: Mostly rural, vineyards, farmland, horse ranches. Start: Pleasant Valley Rd. & Hwy 20, Park & Ride. OLD DONNER PASS ROAD Distance: 44 miles. Moderate to difficult, one long climb and descent. Type of Ride: Mountains, Yuba River, Donner Lake, historic Truckee. Start: Cisco Grove Exit, across I-80 to Hampshire Rocks Rd. Mountain Biking LOWER PIONEER TRAIL Trailhead: Park at Harmony Ridge Market or at the horse staging area off Hwy. 20, one mile east, across from Lone Grave. Distance: 10 miles, 1–2 hours. Difficulty: 4 physical, 3 technical. Season: Can be snowbound in winter. Total estimated climb: 500+ feet. 92 N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D CHAMPION MINE ROAD Trailhead: Nevada City. Distance: 7–10 miles, 40 min.–1 ½ hours. Difficulty: 3 physical, 2 technical Season: Year around. HOLE IN THE GROUND LOOP Trailhead: Lower Lola Montez Lake Trailhead. Distance: About 20 miles, 2–5 hrs. Difficulty: 4–7 physical, 5–7 technical. Total Estimated Climb: 2,500 feet. Season: Summer to fall. Local Organizations SIERRA EXPRESS BICYCLE CLUB: Promotes and supports safe riding in western Nevada County. Has list of rides including directions and maps, and a calendar of recreational rides including a section on Lite rides, from 12 to 20 miles. Information: sierraexpress.org BICYCLISTS OF NEVADA COUNTY (BONC): Has a list of mountain biking trails, holds group rides and builds trails. Information: bonc.org Some Area Rides AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE RIDE: June 4, 2017. One of the only bi-state rides in the country. 100 Mile Century and 72 Mile course around Lak