Truckee Tahoe Gravel Race and Festival returns in June | South of Lake Tahoe

In partnership with Bike Monkey, Visit Truckee-Tahoe has announced its sponsorship of the third annual Truckee Tahoe Gravel Race & Festival, returning from a two-year hiatus – previously known as Truckee Dirt Fondo.

Mapped for amateur, expert and professional athletes, three scenic alpine routes offer a rewarding and challenging experience for all abilities. The routes have been carefully and painstakingly crafted by the course designers at Bike Monkey to maximize the experience of riding through the Tahoe National Forest on mixed-terrain gravel bikes. The Truckee Dirt Fondo begins in Truckee, then continues on dirt and gravel roads through the Tahoe National Forest toward Stampede Reservoir, Dog Valley, and Sardine Peak.

“We are thrilled to have the Truckee Dirt Fondo back, a shoulder season event sponsored by Visit Truckee-Tahoe and produced by Bike Monkey. The event supports our Sustainable Truckee initiative to cultivate a bike-friendly culture with trails for all,” said Dave Polivy, Visit Truckee-Tahoe Board Member, Truckee City Council Member and Tahoe Owner. Mountain Sports.

The popular gravel race will consist of two long-distance courses (67 and 58 miles, timed) that will take participants up to 8,006 feet above sea level above Sardine Peak in the Tahoe National Forest. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers in different age and gender categories for timed courses. For non-competitive riders, a FREE third 26-mile short course is suitable for all abilities and is open to all.

Immediately following the 8:00 a.m. start of the main race (26, 58, and 67-mile routes) on Saturday, the event offers FREE self-guided, family-signed rides along the mostly flat Legacy Bike Path and through the Truckee. Bike Park, a kid-friendly dirt bike trail created by the people of Truckee.

It’s a fun way to explore Truckee’s beautiful paved bike path with great views of the Truckee River as well as Truckee’s own Bike Park, fun for all ages. The casual family and child friendly ride should take around 1-1.5 hours at a relaxed pace and will be supported by directional markings. Parents and children are encouraged to participate and can register online for free. The ride will be approximately 4 miles long with a play stop at the Truckee Bike Park.

The post-race festival welcomes everyone, whether you raced or not – with vendors, activities, live bands, food and locally brewed beer. Race start and festival take place at Truckee Tahoe Airport – a convenient central location with ample parking, nearby access to 21 miles of scenic, paved bike paths and historic downtown Truckee with restaurants, accommodations and amenities.

8:00 a.m. Start of the race
11:00 a.m. Festival opens, food, vendors and beer
11:30 p.m. Professional runners reach the finish line

13:00 Rubicon Gold
1:30 p.m. Porter Three
2:15 p.m. Jelly Bread Band
3:00 p.m. Timed riders – Prize giving
3:30 p.m. Jelly Bread Band

“We’ve been producing large-scale cycling events for over fifteen years, and I can honestly say that Truckee is the number one destination where we’ve been privileged to create a world-class event. Race and festival provide a juxtaposition of beauty, challenge and closeness to an incredible outdoor culture,” said Carlos Perez, event director.

“Bike Monkey is one of the best in the business, with a focus on sustainability that supports our mission to promote, protect and enhance Truckee as an authentic mountain town. Visit Truckee-Tahoe supports shoulder season events that help our local restaurants, shops and accommodations during off-peak times,” said Colleen Dalton, CEO of Visit Truckee-Tahoe.

Bike Monkey has partnered with the non-profit organization High Fives Foundation to raise funds and awareness to welcome everyone to enjoy outdoor activities. The High Fives Foundation has created universal change in adventure sports that expands what is possible for those who have suffered life-altering injuries.

Participants and festival-goers can find out more about the event and register online at for all itineraries, to find accommodation in Truckee, and to learn more about opportunities to support the event’s charitable efforts.