This five-day mountain-bike festival includes a downhill event and all-mountain riding, but the centerpiece is the 29-mile point-to-point cross-country race. Tracing Gold Rush-era trails, the race begins in Sierra City, California, tops out at 7,100 feet in the Sierra Nevada range, then drops down to the finish in Downieville. That's where the party gets going, with racers celebrating their ride at the famed River Jump world championships, held on the Yuba River. Live music, headlined this year by the Saddle Tramps, who will play at The Fire House, starts in the evening, providing a perfect soundtrack to sample some of the local brew. The festival also includes a weekend-long bike expo and street fair. August 1-5, 2012, downievilleclassic.com
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