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I love volunteering. I get to use my skills in different settings and feel good about supporting groups I believe in. Sometimes volunteering is about the mission of the organization and sometimes it’s simply about having some fun with people I know. And sometimes, like last night, the two come together.

Last night was the opening of the Grinduro festival, the newest of the Triple Crown biking events that raise money for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, a mighty local organization that builds and maintains outdoor hiking/biking trails in Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe national forests. This organization is worthy of its own post, but suffice it to say that these folks accomplish a LOT and have a darn good time doing it.

Grinduro is a cycling event and festival that combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.
My “job” was to sell all kinds of Grinduro-branded merchandise from T-shirts to socks, gloves, hats and jerseys. Not a difficult task at all since the merchandise was all great looking and participants seemed eager to support SBTS and memorialize the event with cool gear.

I met some really interesting folks from all over the western United States and even a couple from Europe! Some were hard core cyclists eager for the competition and some were casual cyclists who wanted to try something new. All were intrigued by the event and happy to be spending the weekend in Quincy riding the trails and supporting the hard work of SBTS.

There were food trucks with a great variety of culinary delights to try and fire pits to warm us while we dined. The entertainment started after dark with an inspiring movie about the vision and work of SBTS, then live music under the stars. It was a fabulous way to spend a Friday night, and for festival participants, it was just the warm-up for a weekend-long fun-fest.

If you’re looking for a fun way to become part of the community, consider attending a local fund-raising event or even volunteering. Your contribution will certainly be appreciated. Learn more about Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Here.

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Specials

It’s Lost & Found time! Park your car, un-rack your bike, drop your keys and let Nakoma Resort take care of everything else — except for the grinding of gravel!

Located just 20 minutes from the start of the Lost & Found, Nakoma Resort’s custom gravel-grinder race weekend package includes two nights at our beautiful lodge, pre-race rider dinner on Friday evening and a rib-sticking breakfast burrito, coffee and shuttle service to and from the Lost & Found start-finish line on Saturday, June 2.

Package Details

Join us June 1 – June 3

$349 Single Occupancy*

$399 Double Occupancy*
*Does not include taxes or gratuity. Based on availability.

  • Two-night stay in the Lodge at Nakoma
  • Pre-race dinner at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clubhouse
  • Shuttle to and from start/finish in our specially outfitted van (space limited)
  • Breakfast burrito, fruit and coffee on race morning
  • Use of Altitude, Nakoma’s 12,000-sqf recreation center

Leave everything you have on the backroads of the Lost Sierra and then recharge at Altitude, Nakoma’s brand new recreation center with spacious hot tub, heated pool, bar+bistro and more. Don’t forget to book a massage in the Spa at Nakoma*. Use of Nakoma’s hot tubs, saunas and pools is complimentary for Lodge guests.

Itinerary

Arrive Nakoma Resort Friday, June 1
Noon to 8 p.m. – Check in at the stunning mountain-modern Lodge at Nakoma
6 p.m. or 8 p.m. – Choose either dinner seating for a pre-race meal with other Lost & Found riders at Nakoma’s awe-inspiring Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse**.

Race Day: Saturday June 2
6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. bike loading at Nakoma Lodge
– Breakfast burrito***, fruit, coffee and juice available

6:45 a.m. shuttle to Lost & Found start
8:30 a.m. Race start
– Shuttle on standby for early finishers  (30mi/60mi racers)

5 p.m. Shuttle brings racers back to Nakoma Lodge
6 p.m. Shuttle returns racers to Lost & Found venue for after-race party
10 p.m. Shuttle returns to Nakoma Lodge

Sunday, June 3
No scheduled activities. Enjoy a massage or other spa treatment* or have our Adventure Concierge help you plan your Lost Sierra exploration on your own. To book a massage please call 530.394.0460.

* Spa/massage services are not part of the Stay-and-Cycle package.
** Dinner includes house salad or appetizer, entree and dessert and is included in the Lost & Found package. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the package.

*** Please request meat or veggie breakfast burritos at check in.

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