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Downieville ~ Saturday Morning Pauley Creek Ride with Michelle

  • Aug 17, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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NEW SHUTTLE TIME!!!

Shuttle leaves at 10:00 AM.

This is an intermediate level 3 group ride in an awesome wooded single-track paradise. This will be at a more casual pace for you to enjoy the ride.

Shuttle to Packer Saddle ~ Sunrise ~ Pauley Creek ~ Lower Butcher ~ Third Divide ~ First Divide ~ Downtown ~ Beer(optional)

As organizer, I will reserve the right to change your RSVP should I feel you're not ready for this ride location or you have been a no show on past rides. RSVP priority will be given to current members in good standing.

This will be another EPIC ride weekend for our group to go the next step for some awesome mountain bike rides. Here are a few links for all the info you need for booking your weekend there,  http://www.yubaexpeditions.com/pages/downievilleaccommodations.html - www.downievilleoutfitters.com/www.yubaexpeditions.com/ - http://www.sierracountychamber.com/ - http://www.herringtonssierrapines.com/

I plan to leave Friday afternoon to beat the traffic out of the bay area. I am going to stay in downtown Downieville this trip. If you plan ahead now, you may want to get a room so you will not have to drive at all once you are there.

This will be the official hotel for the weekend ~ http://www.downievillecarriagehouse.com/

We will plan to get two different rides in Saturday morning and one in the late afternoon. We will take the shuttle that leaves from Yuba Expeditions or Downieville Outfitters for this ride. Let them know you're going to the drop off point at Packer Saddle. They say the record is 38 minutes for the Downhill Run, most riders do it in 2-4 hours. However, I may take about 5 hours by taking pictures and just enjoying the trails and views.

The trail begins at 7100 feet elevation and ends at 2800 feet over the course of 14 miles. I have been told by the crew at Downieville Outfitters that there are some very technical areas, however they said it is not so technical that you can't walk your bike past. 

Remember: you must plan ahead, and reserve your shuttle spot and find a place to stay, rooms fill up fast!

The sites above have lots of info on the trails, where to stay, places to eat, even camping areas. With this said, who wants to do DOWNIEVILLE? 

If you want to head up and do a different trail/trails, have at it. Just sign up and we can discuss the choices. Of course, the first pitcher is on me after the day is done.

Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guests are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.

***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***

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  • Gabi

    Awesome ride! The first two thirds anyway...thanks to all for your patience and to Larry and Carine in particular for staying with me on the rather slow descent. Left wrist is broken indeed and three fingers on the right nicely cut and sprained. It is mumu and sitzbath time for the next six weeks. Sorry to miss Mammoth! I will see you all in October.

    August 18, 2013

    • Michelle

      Heal up soon, Gabi. :-)

      1 · August 19, 2013

    • naomi

      Ouch!! I'm so sorry that you're injured, but glad it's only your hands. You're one tough cookie, and you'll be recovered and back in the saddle before you know it!! We'll miss you on the rides. I hope one of those hands still works well enough to lift a glass of merlot!! Smiles and cheers, Naomi.

      2 · August 19, 2013

  • Michelle

    Wow what a ride! I am SO proud of the women on this ride. We all wore our big-girl pants and rode most of the technical features of this trail and looked good doing it! I saw a huge progression in my riding from last year (thank you Trek Dirt Series) and could see confidence and happiness build as went through the day. I loved that this one group of guys we kept seeing started out slightly amused by our presence, and then realized, and blurted out as we flew past them "whoa, you girls might beat us down to the bottom!" Ha! Thanks Mony and Larry for joining us, too!

    4 · August 19, 2013

  • Mony T

    Had a great time with everyone! Good to see and old faces and meet new ones!

    August 18, 2013

  • Carine

    It was a GREAT ride.

    August 18, 2013

  • Nancy

    Me too, Larry: I had high expectations, and I had even more fun than I expected too! Michelle, a HUGE thanks to you for leading us down the challenging trails, and coordinating the logistics, and getting us all safely back to town. What a sweet trip!

    Gabi, DON'T type it yourself (maybe your son could type for you?) but do post and tell us you're okay! Our thoughts were with you!

    August 18, 2013

    • larry p.

      Nancy, I went through 130 of my 170 oz. of fluid on the ride. Tried to conserve while I was riding, guess I was more concerned with not riding off the trail. :)

      August 18, 2013

  • larry p.

    Now that was more fun than I EVER expected! What made it even more better was the 5 hour travel time going to AND coming back from Downieville to the City. :) Thanks everyone!

    August 18, 2013

  • Michelle

    For anyone who is interested, we're planning to have dinner tonight in Downieville (Probably the Grubstake.) Meet us in front of the Carriage House Inn at 6pm and we'll go from there.

    August 16, 2013

    • Carine

      I'll join if I can be in Downieville by 6pm.

      August 16, 2013

    • Suzanne

      I'll join later in the evening .. am leaving around 3:30 from San Jose.

      August 16, 2013

  • larry p.

    Quick question, since this route looks more like the XC route, what's the rough mileage on it?

    August 15, 2013

    • Michelle

      It's about 18 miles.

      August 16, 2013

    • larry p.

      Thanks! Just got to finish bedding in my brakes and I'm set. :)

      August 16, 2013

  • Michelle

    Larry, Mony and some of the coolest women I know! I can't wait to ride with you all. It's going to be an epic day, and a fantastic weekend with the group. Let's Ride!

    August 15, 2013

  • Ray G

    Anyone still need a Jersey, here is a list, $44 each.
    Men's
    Black ~ M,XL & XXL
    Green ~ M & L
    Blue ~ Sold Out

    Women's
    Black ~ L
    Green ~ L
    Blue ~ L
    Orange ~ L & XL

    Let's Ride!

    August 14, 2013

  • Ray G

    Just a quick note to all ~ a few things you must bring on this trip, a multi-tool with a built in chain tool, a chain master link for your bike 8/9/10 speed, 2 spare tire tubes, & a tire pump. Even if you do not run a tube, bring one. These items may allow you to get back to town, do not count on anyone else to bring something you may need!

    August 7, 2013

  • Ray G

    Ok, everyone on the going list has paid and the RSVP's are CLOSED. Thank you.

    August 1, 2013

  • Steven M.

    So has 14 spots on the shuttle been reserved? There is only 11 attending now, with 4 on the wait list (which I am on...).

    July 31, 2013

    • Ray G

      The ride list is full, that is why the RSVP's are closed.

      August 1, 2013

  • Ray G

    Downieville $$ ~ Amber, Helene & Nancy need to call Yuba and pay for your shuttle seat weather you go or not. I will give you until Monday AM. Thank you.

    July 19, 2013

    • Amber

      Just got off the phone with Yuba Expeditions.

      July 31, 2013

    • Nancy

      Sorry Ray! I just called Yuba and I'm paid up now.

      July 31, 2013

  • larry p.

    Question...heading up Fri AM, any recommendations for places to eat up in Downieville?

    July 17, 2013

    • larry p.

      Thought so, thanks. :)

      July 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      In Downieville, I've heard the Grubstake is good, and the Mexican place has a surly owner. There is also the pizza place, which is the only game in town after a ride - cold beer on tap and pizza, right by the river. In Sierra City: the food is tasty at the Buckhorn - just make sure they don't forget your order. ;-) Herrington's Resort has an upscale (for the area) restaurant that's pretty good. See you up there!

      July 31, 2013

  • Diane

    anyone camping? would be cool to stay at adjacent campsites, let me know what your plans are

    July 30, 2013

  • Steven M.

    Since I am on the wait list, should I hold off on paying for a shuttle spot?

    July 17, 2013

    • Ray G

      Yes, the list is full and chance of being added is slim at best.

      July 17, 2013

  • Gabi

    All paid up...

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Carine

    Just paid. Any lady who would like to share some accomodation, or perhaps camp?

    July 17, 2013

  • larry p.

    Woo hoo...paid up as well!

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Michele

    All paid up!

    I'm heading up late Friday morning and heading back to the bay area mid-Sunday am. If anyone is interested in carpooling, I have room for one more person and one additional bike (roof rack).

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Steven M.

    So if you are on the wait list (like I am), what are the chances to get a spot on the shuttle?

    If I get to go, I was planning on camping (have done that before up there) and willing to car-pool.

    July 14, 2013

  • Ray G

    If anyone is still looking for a place to stay, as listed in the ride post is this site ~ http://www.sierracountychamber.... ~ Also there is camping everywhere!

    July 14, 2013

  • Ray G

    Ok guys, time to get serious about Downieville. If you are on this list you are going and will be required to pay for your shuttle spot even if you change your RSVP as I have reserved the spot for you. I am going to close the RSVP list Sunday afternoon. More details to follow Sunday night.

    July 13, 2013

    • larry p.

      Ray, who do we pay for the shuttle spot?

      July 13, 2013

  • Ray G

    FYI ~ if you are on this ride you will not be allowed on the afternoon ride. This ride will be at a more casual pace to allow everyone to enjoy the downhill and not feel rushed.

    April 3, 2013

  • larry p.

    My MLB season starts for me soon, hope I can find time to come out and play...

    April 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Hey Michelle, are you going to drop the 'standard' 14 mile descent (Sunrise > Butcher > 3rd Divide > 1st Divide) or the longer 19 mile Pauley Creek descent (Sunrise > Pauley > 3rd Divide > 1st Divide)? Also, as chunky as Butcher, Pauley Creek, and sections of 3rd Divide are, I would think this is tougher than 'intermediate', no?

    March 25, 2013

    • Michelle

      Slower pace will keep it at a level 3, as Ray said. It will be my fourth run, and I plan to take it pretty mellow to allow the more downhill-timid (but still experienced) riders a chance to enjoy this beautiful and fun ride. Avoiding the top part of Butcher in favor of Pauley will give us a longer and less gnarly route. No pressure to go faster makes even Babyheads doable.

      March 25, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Thanks for answering my questions :) Downieville is always a blast!

      March 26, 2013

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