FATRAC Ride

FATRAC Fall Fondo

Explore and enjoy remote country while close to home!

October 28, 2017

Come explore beautiful remote roads and trails you have never ridden in nearby Placer County. 66 miles of amazing views and amazing county.

The FATRAC Fall Fondo is an improved version of last year's “Shevock’s Sierra Surprise” with a 66 mile route and 7,000 vert of climbing that showcases some of the best off-the-beaten paths in and around the Sugar Pine Lake and Foresthill areas. Come explore the adventure cycling opportunities that abound just an hour’s drive from the greater Sacramento area foothills with support and aid stations.

After you have properly spent yourself on the ride, enjoy free libations, and camp under the stars with everyone at the start/finish; Sugar Pine Lake. It will be close to Halloween, so camping fun is sure to be had!

FATRAC Fall Fondo Features

  • Free camping night before/after to first 100 people
  • Apres race meal will be provided
  • Free Beer will be provided by a local brewery
  • 100% fundraiser for the Folsom-Auburn Trail Rider’s Action Coalition (FATRAC). WOHOO!
  • Start and finish and after-party at our own group campground on the southwest corner of Sugar Pine Lake
  • Permission to use some “hidden gem” singletrack along the shores of Sugar Pine Lake
  • Higher ratio of dirt to pavement sections (only about 19 miles out of 66 for the 2017 route is on pavement)…..the weapon of choice will be either be cyclocross or gravel/adventure bike with ~40mm fast rolling tires or a hardtail 29er MTB with fast rolling XC tires.  The route is doable on a road bike but it is not recommended.
  • Higher ratio of ‘fun’ to ‘suffer’ sections with a slightly shorter route for 2017 (66 vs. 70 miles) and less climbing too (~7,500 vert vs. ~9,000).
  • Halloween... bring a costume...?
  • Post ride raffle
  • $75 per rider

History
Ride Details
Ride Route Map
Volunteers Needed

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History:

In 2016, local MTB/CX racer Ron Shevock partnered up with SuperPro Racing to put on “Shevock’s Sierra Surprise”, which ended up being the final stop on SuperPro’s 2016 “California Gravel Gauntlet” series of adventure rides.  Originally, a 70 mile route with 9,000 vert of climbing that showcased some of the best off-the-beaten paths in and around the Sugar Pine Lake and Foresthill areas, the general idea was to bring greater awareness to the adventure cycling opportunities that abound just an hour’s drive from the greater Sacramento area foothills.

“I had ridden in and around these parts for years as part of the training I would put in for the Tahoe-Sierra 100 MTB races that used be held on the historic Western States trail.  I’d ride for 4 or 5 hours, all in some incredibly beautiful and rewarding terrain, yet very rarely come across another cyclist”, said Shevock.  “So when approached to put a route together for an event, this area was the first that came to mind”.

Shevock continued, “That first event was a great test piece, and it helped to establish ourselves and begin a relationship with the Foresthill District of the USFS on what we all saw as a win-win event for both the community up there as well as for the participants”. 

“Based on rider feedback, it was clear that we had a winner of a route….one that was both challenging and offered a great mix of Sierra dirt roads with incredible scenery, but it was very clear that improvements could be made in several areas; notably an improved start/finish location, a different time of year to avoid the summer time heat, addition of some of little known singletrack bits around the lake, and increased usage of the area to the east of the lake deeper into forest”

With that in mind, this brings us to our 2017 event….

 

FATRAC Fall Fondo Fundraiser Details:

2017 brings a number of improvements over the original event:

  • Name change to “FATRAC Fall Fondo” which means this year’s event is a 100% fundraiser for the Folsom-Auburn Trail Rider’s Action Coalition (FATRAC). WOHOO!
  • Start and finish and after-party at our own group campground on the southwest corner of Sugar Pine Lake
  • Permission to use some “hidden gem” singletrack along the shores of Sugar Pine Lake
  • Higher ratio of dirt to pavement sections (only about 19 miles out of 66 for the 2017 route is on pavement)…..the weapon of choice will be either be cyclocross or gravel/adventure bike with ~40mm fast rolling tires or a hardtail 29er MTB with fast rolling XC tires.  The route is doable on a road bike but it is not recommended.
  • Higher ration of ‘fun’ to ‘suffer’ sections with a slightly shorter route for 2017 (66 vs. 70 miles) and less climbing too (~7,500 vert vs. ~9,000).

The 2017 route starts out from the Forbes Creek Campground near the lake and immediately turns to dirt.  The first 13 miles are on rolling dirt roads with no significant climbs so plenty of time to get your legs underneath you.  Then after a short 4 miles of pavement, we return to dirt and begin the first climb of the day, a rolling shady doubletrack under the pines that goes along for about two miles.  Then after a quick stop for refreshments at our well stocked aid station we cross to the south side of Foresthill road, but we quickly return to the dirt of Chicken Hawk Road and a quick uphill punch, before an invigorating 11 mile gravel / dirt downhill that passes through the small town of Michigan Bluff and then rips on down to Mosquito Ridge Rd.

Mosquito Ridge Rd is paved and offers the first significant climb of the day that will really test your lung capacity in the cool fall air.  We will climb all the way up into the Town of Foresthill. We will provide some refueling in Forresthill.  Once we are fed and hydrated we will return to dirt on Yankee Jim’s road and descend waaaaay down to Shirtail Canyon.

Shirtail Canyon is the beginning of a stunningly scenic 10 mile climb, more than half of which is on gravel…you might barely realize how bad your legs hurt by the time you get to the rides third aid station near the top of the climb.  Then on to Sugar Pine Lake.  At the lake, you’ll cross the dam and jump a gate to reveal……SINGLETRACK.   There will be a brief dismount or two but it will be well worth the effort for this spectacular stretch of smooth and rolling singletrack that looks almost directly down to Sugar Pine Reservoir, after which you’ll be re-routed back into the deep Sierra forest for about 8 miles of meandering on pine needle laden dirt roads around to the backside of the lake where we’ll join up with a lakeside one-lane bike path that hugs the shore of Sugar Pine and takes you right back to the finish and a tasty and well deserved BBQ and libations!

 

Check out the Route here

After ride camping here!

 

Volunteers:

  • Free beer, food, camping, T-shirt
  • Illustrious amounts of gratitude
  • Have fun and meet a bunch of great people
  • Support FATRAC!

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