Coming August 3, 2013. The Downieville Classic Cross Country Race is one of the last remaining point-to-point bike races in the US. This challenging 29 mile race starts in Sierra City, California (elevation 4,100 feet), then climbs 3,000 feet, followed by a 5,200 vertical foot drop to the small town of Downieville. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of this “Gold Rush” era route as you dart through the forests and carefully cross rivers which may be as deep as 3 feet. To give you a sense of the difficulty level of this race, there’s an area known as the “Trail of Tears”. Get ready for a demanding yet rewarding adventure!