Quintessential Hopper (Cross/Gravel Bike).
Old Caz is the quintessential Hopper. With three dirt climbs and descents, an eclectic patchwork of Sonoma County ribbon roads and a creek crossing,Old Caz is the epitome of adventure riding.
We begin with a stiff climb up Coleman Valley Rd. A start that will quickly thin the field and reveal who has done their Winter homework. Rt turn on Willow Creek where the pavement ends at mile 3 and we get our first dirt of the day. We’ll rip a 4 mile dirt descent to Hwy 1 and then cruise along the Russian River to Duncan’s Mills. New this year is a right turn onto Moscow Rd to Monte Rio and then a left on Bohemian Hwy. Take Hwy 116 West to the tiny exit onto Duncan Rd and this is where the labyrinth begins. The course WILL be marked but you MUST stay alert to not get turned around. Here are the exact Map/Route Details for Old Caz. Pre-ride if you get a chance or study the map. Remember …fail to plan, plan to fail. The course will be marked and there will be marshals at a few key intersection but there are a lot of little roads and turns. Oh, and don’t forget the creek crossing! What bike to ride? Old Caz has been won on a road bike, mountain bike and cross bike. The roads are rough and descents are tricky. If you only have on bike, ride what you have, and give thanks. If you have choices…ideally a hard tail mtb with skinny tires or a cross/gravel bike with semi slick tires 32-38. You can do it on a road bike but will run the rs
Sign up for the 6 ride series and save $50. That's 6 Hoppers for the price of 5!
Old Caz, Chileno Valley and Sweetwater: $50 ea.
Lake Sonoma MTB, Skaggs and King Ridge $65 ea. (includes lunch)
Join us for the the 19th Annual Grasshopper Adventure Series. Before the terms "Gravel Grinder or Adventure Ride" existed we were riding Old Caz, Kruse Rd, King Ridge, Chileno Valley, Sweetwater and Skaggs. This series of 6 supported, timed rides, are on open roads and trails. Awards are given for top 3 male and female riders at all Hoppers. Back this year are series points for age groups. (10yr groups) You must finish Old Caz, Lake Sonoma and King Ridge to be eligible. Overall winners will be determined based on these three rides plus 2 of the other 3 Hoppers. If you do all the rides your lowest finish will be dropped. Lake Sonoma Mtb will have awards for all age groups. Athletes are challendged by rough pavement, gravel roads, difficult climbs and mind-blowing descents thoughout the most diverse and scenic roads in Sonoma County. For more information check out Grasshopper Adventure Series and make sure to read the "Rules of Engagement".
All rides are rain or shine. No refunds. Rider transfer fee 10$