We have designed these three amazing routes that feature some of the prettiest and toughest stuff you can find in Tahoe National Forest. Click in their Strava links to analyze them further. All riders start together at the same time, at 8:00 am at the Riverview Sports Park but follow different course markings.
Our entry-level "roll-out" course is a non-competitive, introductory gravel option that brings you into Tahoe National Forest to two beautiful lakes. It is non-competitive, and you can take your time visiting Prosser Dam and Boca reservoirs with their picturesque views. It does feature one substantial, but short climb up to the Glenshire neighborhood on pavement as you return from Boca. You'll see it in the profile above.
The Medium distance route is measurably easier than the "Hard" route. It consists of 4,200' of elevation gain over 55 miles throughout the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. It is timed and scored!
The long, and hardest route is the staple of the Truckee Tahoe Gravel, and brings competitors all the way up and over the summit of Sardine Peak at more than 8,000' above sea level. It is timed. It has been extended by 9 miles, and includes 6,800' of climbing. It is timed and scored!
Each of our three route options features on-course aid stations. The course profile above details the aid stations present on the long course. For those of you completing the MODERATE or EASY courses, there will be fewer aid stations. Please click the course link above for details about the route you'll be riding.
The first aid station you'll reach will be Stampede at mile 17. It's a great place to top off water because the next stop isn't until you reach the top of Sardine Peak at just over 8,000'. After passing Sardine Peak aid station, you'll have an utterly ripping descent down the back side. Please descend with caution here! Your next aid station will be Stampede (again), on the way back, and finally Boca.
The medium course skips Sardine Peak and jumps ahead to meet up with the long course riders again after they've descended Sardine Peak. It cuts out approximately 9 miles of big climbing and descending.
This is the easy version of Truckee Tahoe Gravel, and features one aid station at Boca Reservoir. This is where you will turn around and back-track out of the forest.
For the Hard and Moderate routes, scoring ends within the National Forest System. Just before reaching the Boca aid station, your finish time will be captured, allowing a casual return back to the post-race festival. This has been lengthened for 2023! The racing portion of Truckee Gravel has been extended to 67 miles for the long route, leaving you with an 8 mile cool-down return to the festival.
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