A challenging fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe, 2018 marks the 20th year Rick Kalb, founder of the ride has been involved, a special year to honor him for his dedication to BBBS


Big Brothers Big Sisters Logo 20th Annual Charity Ride…May 12 2018 Gourmet Gravel is a way of rethinking what makes for a “great” ride: Combining adventures on the bike that begin and end at urban in-town locations. We are developing a series of mixed terrain cycling events that incorporate the best gravel roads in an area combined with local Artisian food and drink.

 Leaving and returning to Ol Republic for an after party to celebrate the ride’s 20th anniversary and pay tribute to founder of the ride Rick Kalb.

  •  We are offering two rides again this year – a 29 mile adventure ride and a 49 mile challenge ride and even a run! Registration is open

the Nugget, 29 mile 4,000+ ft of elevation, $120 adult, $60 youth

the Motherload, 49 mile 6,700+ ft of elevation, $150 adult, $75 youth

The is a ride not a race and we encourage all riders to raise extra pledges to go directly to BBBS for local mentoring, made easy and fun though pledge reg!


  • 8:00AM Saturday 12 May 2018


  • 5:30 – 8:00PM Friday 11 May 2018. Welcome party and packet pick-up – Final location TBD Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Day of packet pick-up 6:30-7:30AM Ol Republic – 124 Argall Way Nevada City, CA 95959



  • The MOTHER LODE – 49 miles and 6,900+ ft of elevation gain/loss. A mix of paved and dirt roads with the majority being Nevada County maintained dirt roads northeast of Historic Downtown Nevada City. The MOTHERLOAD covers all of The NUGGET route.
  • The NUGGET – 29 miles and 4,000+ ft of elevation gain/loss. A mix of paved and dirt roads with the majority being Nevada County maintained dirt roads northeast of Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • NOTE: these route maps show the 2017 start finish location, which is still TBD for 2018. The actual gravel route will remain unchanged from 2017


  • Riding in/out of Historic Downtown Nevada City the average elevation gain or loss is 150 ft per mile when riding mixed terrain. This is only an average and some sections are closer to 200 ft per mile with sustained pitches over 18%. We consistantly average between 10-12 mph on these routes.
  • The roads for Gourmet Gravel Nevada City are generally in good to great condition, although some sections can be a little rough and will ultimately be determined by the winter weather
  • Some of the descents can be a bit challenging as far as steepness goes depending on ability level. As always, we recommend caution, especially when descending Backbone Road (MOTHER LODE route only) and Purdon Road (both routes) heading down to the second and final crossing of the Scenic South Yuba River.


  • BIKE: Gravel bike, Cross bike or hardtail MTB. Recommend MTB if you are new to gravel or don’t have a drop bar bike with appropriate gearing and tires. Road bikes discouraged due to gearing limitations and tire clearance.
  • TIRES: 40c width tires are the preferred mixed terrain tires of the Nevada City Gravel Posse. TUBELESS highly recommended
  • GEARING: Recommend at least 1:1 gearing (you will be happy about this climbing out of Purdon Crossing). We consistently ride lighter grears than 1:1 with the 1x set up using 40×42 or 42×44. With a 2x set up a 34×36 works well. You will not likely run out of gears going downhill.


Gourmet Gravel Nevada City 2018 is a fully supported non-timed participation event, We will have multiple aid stations, fully staffed and stocked with the perfect mix of delicious nutrition, hydration and friendly volunteer staff. Participants who wish to have a finishing time can use Strava or similar.


Final Location for our post race party an raffle Ol Republic 124 Argall way – Nevada City, CA 95959.

This is a ride, not a race

This is a charity ride, so we encourage every rider to raise extra pledges though Pledge reg! We also have event sponsors that help offset the costs of the ride. All proceeds raised at this event support our valuable mentoring programs for at-risk children in the Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe region. Includes after race meal!

2018 Sponsors

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2017 Sponsors

grass valley signs Grass Valley Sign     




2017 Product Sponsors

LUNA Logo  Luna Chix – Luna Mini Bars

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“Great ride. It was my first time and I’m already looking forward to next year. Thanks for putting it all together.” – West Bourgault

“That ride was awesome and I will admit challenging on a single speed. I was amazed with all the good free stuff in that bag and the food at your house was first rate. I want to thank you for the opportunity to ride as well as your hard work and generosity. I am certainly game for the ride next year. Hopefully I will catch you on the trails or at a race soon. Thanks again.” – Josh Hughes

“Thanks for putting together such a great ride for such a worthy cause.” – Mike Carville

“Thanks very much for a fantastic ride yesterday! Very well organized and supported. Excellent post-ride festivities! I look forward to next year” -Jeremy Zorne