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Heart of Gold Gravel 2023

Oct 7, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

63 Heart of Gold Gravel 2023

A Gravel Odyssey Awaits…
Heart of Gold Gravel is not just another cycling event – it’s an immersive gravel adventure set against the breathtaking backdrop of Nevada County. On October 7th, 2023, the heart of the cycling community converges at Nevada City’s Rood Center, united by a shared purpose: promoting youth mental wellness. Get ready to uncover this hidden gem of California’s Sierra foothills, as you tackle the trails for a cause close to our hearts.

This isn’t your typical gravel race. Heart of Gold Gravel boasts courses that are overwhelmingly dirt, true to the essence of gravel. Designed to offer both challenge and camaraderie, riders can choose between two distinctive routes spanning 46 to 70 miles. Climbing awaits at every turn, alongside a generous serving of awe-inspiring dirt roads that define the terrain. And all this adventure, all this exploration, is for a good cause.

New to this year’s event is the introduction of segment scoring, bringing a fresh dimension of excitement to the 2023 edition of Heart of Gold Gravel. On the long course, participants will conquer three timed segments, infusing each ride with a competitive edge while celebrating the beauty of the surroundings.

Cash rewards await the top three men and women on the long course segments, with a $2,000 purse shared evenly. The thrill of racing these segments adds a new layer of exhilaration to the event, fostering healthy competition while contributing to the greater cause.

Embracing innovation, the long route for 2023 offers a new path – clockwise through Columbia Hill to Graniteville – allowing riders a strategic approach to the timed segments and optimizing the competition’s dynamics.

Three Timed Segments:

Segment 1: 11 Miles – Mile 21 to Mile 32, with 1,600′ elevation gain. Concludes at Graniteville aid station.

Segment 2: 14 Miles – Mile 43 to Mile 57, with 2,000′ elevation gain. Finishes at the Lake City aid station.

Segment 3: 1.4 Miles – Mile 61 to Mile 62.5, with 900′ elevation gain. A challenge that defines endurance and determination, adding a triumphant finale to your ride.

This final segment, Segment 3, also stands as its own KOM/QOM, showcasing the grit and strength of riders as they conquer this short yet formidable challenge.

For those opting for the medium route, an invigorating experience awaits. The course detours from the long route, embracing the essence of Nevada County’s dirt while incorporating the thrill of the final “KOM/QOM” segment, where both medium and long route participants will be scored together.

Beyond the miles, beyond the trails, lies the heart of Heart of Gold Gravel – 100% of the proceeds are dedicated to supporting teen mental wellness in Nevada County. Join us not just for a ride, but for a meaningful journey that transcends boundaries and uplifts lives.


Oct 7, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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