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Quintessential Hopper (Cross/Gravel Bike)

43 miles / 5,633 ft

Old Caz is the quintessential Hopper. With three dirt climbs and descents, an eclectic patchwork of Sonoma County ribbon roads and a creek crossing,Old Caz is the epitome of adventure riding.

Ride Details

Old Caz has been canceled this year due to a slide and permission from the County. However, this route is on par for Hopper adventures and will not disappoint. Exactly half pavement and half dirt, the final 22 miles of dirt will be off the hook! The epitome of Nor Cal adventure riding.

We begin the day at Low Gap park in Ukiah and after a short spin though the north part of Ukiah head west on Orr Springs Rd. This quiet Mendocino County Rd. climbs 1800 ft over the first 9 miles before dropping into the Orr Springs area and then rolls along Montgomery Woods State Reserve. There is a climb to the Comptche/Orr Springs Rd and Low Gap Rd. From mile 20-22 you gain 600″ and then make the turn onto dirt on Low Gap Rd. This county road is all dirt until the finish. Beginning at mile 22 you will climb from 1,100 ft (with a few small descents) until mile 34 at 2,662 ft. From here you have a ripping 9 mile dirt, gravel, rutted descent to the finish.

“Rest Stops”

There will be Osmo hydration and nutrition stop at the intersection of Orr Springs Rd and Low Gap at mile 22. You can leave a personal drop bag at the start or stop and fill up. We’ll have Clif nutrition and other snacks to keep you rolling.

Saturday:

7:30 Registration/sign in at Ukiah High School Cafeteria.
9:30 Roll to start at Orr Springs Rd. (There is NO traffic control or escort. Obey the stop signs and signals en route to Orr Springs. Staging area will be marked by Oakley Flags. Please don’t blow the road.)
10:00 Start (Riders will roll out neutral to Orr Springs Rd. See MAP)
1:00-? Finish at Low Gap Park.

Categories

Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits. These are timed rides and not races. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules. See RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Whatcha’ get

  • A crazy hard, super fun adventure with 300 of your closest cycling buddies!
  • Two hydration and nutrition feed zones. Plus other goodies
  • Awesome raffle goodies at the finish from our generous sponsors
  • Event timing
  • Registration Packet: Guayaki Organic Energy drinks and shots,, Osmo hydration and Clif nutrition. Custom Hopper Route Card and 2019 Grasshopper Stickers
  • Emergency Medical Support en route
  • Cold Guayaki, Woodfour Brewing Company Beer, snacks at finish
  • Unforgettable stories of adventure!
  • Prizes: Cash prizes for top 3 Male/Female Overall. Podium for all categories ONLY at Lake Sonoma MTB and for Series top 3 at Jackson Forest June 22.

Transfers

No fee for you to transfer to another Hopper 2019.*You must let us know BEFORE the event. $10 transfer fee for changing to a new rider. Use this GOOGLE FORM

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Super Sweetwater

Super Sweetwater

Mixed-Terrain Adventure

Option #1: 73 miles / 6,541 ft

Option #2: 52 miles/ 3,913 ft

Old Caz is the quintessential Hopper. With three dirt climbs and descents, an eclectic patchwork of Sonoma County ribbon roads and a creek crossing,Old Caz is the epitome of adventure riding.

Ride Details

Sweetwater, Fort Ross, Meyers Grade…and Willow Creek! Could there be a more perfect Sonoma County Hopper course? The route is pavé until Willow Creek Rd where all “Hell of the West” brakes loose. Ride finishes with a 7 mile dirt, gravel climb to the top of Willow Creek Rd.

SuperSweetwater is where is all started. 21 years ago the first Grasshopper traveled from Occidental (my home at the time) to Sweetwater Springs Rd. Then we rode River Rd and finished up Willow Creek. Since then we’ve “upped the antie” a bit and have thrown in Fort Ross and Meyers Grade for good measure. This year we’ll be rolling from the Barlow Center in Sebastopol. The town I grew up in and the home base for Guayaki and Woodfour Brewing Company. We’ll have two route options for this year, both include Willow Creek Rd.

Option #1: SuperSweetwater w/Fort Ross-Meyers Grade (73 mi. 6,143 ft)

Option #2: SuperSweetwater to Willow Creek (No Fort Ross) 52 mi. 3,913 ft

Rest Stops

There will be a hydration/nutrition stop at mile 31 in Guerneville. Osmo, Clif bars, gels, and other snacks. You can stop to fill up or if you leave your own bottles (clearly labeled with you name) at the BreakAwayBikes tent at the start, we’ll have them set out for you to grab. No hand-ups. For riders doing the long route w/ Fort Ross there will be a second “rest” stop sponsored by NorCal Bike Sport and Osmo at mile 53 at the intersection of Fort Ross and Meyers Grade to top off your bottles and grab a quick snack. We’ll have an additional stop at mile 66 at the base of Willow Creek for those who need to top off before the climb.

Course and Bike/Tire Recommendations:

I rode a road bike last year, and will again this year. I’ll be on my Cannondale Synapse with 28c tires and should be the perfect set up. A “gravel” adventure bike with road gearing and 30-38 slick or slight tread would be great too. The “only” dirt is Willow Creek Rd which has some massive gravel and pot hole sections along the creek. And weather depending…lots of standing water. The climb is smooth, packed dirt under a redwood canopy.

Categories

Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits. These are timed rides and not races. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules. See RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Prizes: Cash prizes for top 3 male/female for SuperSweetwater w/Fort Ross ONLY. Podium for top 3 overall M/F for Sweetwater (No Fort Ross)

Series Points: If you are competing in the 2018 points series you must do Fort Ross Option #1.

9:20 Group Neutral Roll from Woodfour Brewing Company to Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. Due to flooding at multiple locations we will have to take an alternate route to Sweetwater. This change will add 6 miles to both routes. If you wish to leave earlier please use the map so as not to run into other roads that are flooded.
10:30 Start from Memorial Beach
2:30-? Finish at top of Willow Creek Rd.

Beer, ice cold Guayaki and snacks then roll back to Woodfour Brewing Company for more cold drinks and lunch.

Transfers: You may transfer to another Hopper in 2019 for free. (Not including “Special Events”. Transfers to another rider is $15. )Please use the Transfer Form

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Jackson Forest

Option 1: 75 miles 8,133 ft (95% Dirt/Gravel/Singletrack)

Option 2: 56 miles 6,865 ft (85% Dirt/Gravel/Singletrack)

Old Caz is the quintessential Hopper. With three dirt climbs and descents, an eclectic patchwork of Sonoma County ribbon roads and a creek crossing,Old Caz is the epitome of adventure riding.

Ride Details

Join us for a NorCal off-road adventure like never before. On this “beyond-epic” Hopper you will be treated to a tour of 6 different private and public lands in the Big River watershed area. Start: Noyo Headlands Park, Fort Bragg. Finish at Rd. 500 in Caspar.

Genius or crazy? Maybe a bit of both. This two wheel adventure is the culmination of years of exploration and countless hours of map work. Not to mention collaboration with: The City of Fort Bragg, Lyme Redwoods, Mendocino Redwood Company, JSDF/CalFire, State Parks and the Conservation Fund. Jackson Hopper is truly “Le tour de Big River”. Both routes finish with a 5 mile single track descent a famous trail hand carved by the amazing group of Mendocino Coast Cyclists.

What to Ride?:

Hard tail mtb or Gravel bike with BIG tires. You’ll definitely want a climbing gear, like always, for this Hopper. If you’ve only got a gravel bike then you can make it work. But, you’ll want some knobs and 40+ cc tires. Without hesitation I’ll be riding my Cannondale F-Si.

Overall the descents are not technical, but on the 1000 Rd. ridge top there are lots of steep water bars. Also, the ride ends with a 5 mile single track that would be much more fun with suspension after a long day in the saddle.

“Rest Stops”

There will be a fuel/hydration stop at mile 34 for both routes and also at mile 53 for the long course only. The “short” course will have only one feed station.

Rest stops sponsored by Breakaway Bikes, Osmo Nutrition and Booneville Bike Works.

Categories

Grasshoppers have always been about adventure, exploration and pushing your limits. All Hopper routes are open and riders must obey all traffic laws and rules. See RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Prizes: Cash prizes for top 3 male/female. Overall only. Not per age group.

Podium: We will have a podium for Top 3 M/F in all age groups and Pro for the Series Winners. (You must complete 5 of 6 Hoppers) If you do all 6 your lowest score will be dropped.

Series Champions:

Remember, to win or place in your age group you have to ride Jackson Hopper. We’ll have a full podium for all age groups for the overall. If you’ve done all 6 Hoppers, your lowest result will be dropped.

Series winners will be awarded the Capo “Champion of the Universe” jersey and win free entry to next years 6 race series.

Noyo Headlands Park

Transfers: Use this FORM to transfer to another rider. Transfer fee is $15

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Grasshopper

The Grasshopper is designed as the perfect intermediate step between the full touring ability of the StreetMachine and the speed and agility of the Speedmachine .

First Test Ride – I wrote this when I first got my hands on a Grasshopper a few years ago: On a first ride, the aims have definitely been met – it’s light enough to lift out of the box one-handed (even with all the options), and more compact than the StreetMachine or Speedmachine.
To ride, it feels very good. After 15 minutes tweaking the boom, handlebars and seat, I found the lowest seat setting seems right for me. On the road, the steering feels faster than the StreetMachine’s, though not quite as responsive (some would say twitchy) as the Speedmachine’s. Luggage capacity is very good – the carriers are closer together than the StreetMachine’s, with the lowrider further back, but four full-size panniers still fit.

The frame is aluminium to keep the weight down to a very good 13.9kgs for the base bike (including pedals). Full suspension is included of course, for comfort and to improve road-holding – the front uses the proven Meks suspension forks, and the back has HPV’s own No Squat system.

Adaptability is the name of the game for the Grasshopper – one major innovation is in the new BodyLink seat. The seat back is adjustable for length using four bolts. Next, the top and bottom sections are separately adjustable for angle, with the whole seat pivoting around a centre support – this means that you can adjust the angle (like on all HPV bikes), and also adjust the lumbar support.

The Grasshopper is designed for overseat or underseat steering. The overseat option is pivoting, using a very light and solid hinge and stem, while the underseat version pivots under the seat and uses a link rod to the forks.

Practicality hasn’t been forgotten – the twin 20” wheels not only make the whole bike more compact, they also mean that you only need to carry one size of tyre and inner tube. The Grasshopper can handle serious touring as well – it is able to carry up to four panniers with it’s optional rear and mid-mount carriers.

The Folding:

The Grasshopper fx folds up quickly – with a similar hinge system to the Scorpion fx, it folds in half with the seat removed in about 30 seconds – it’s a very compact package.

The Grasshopper Order Form has all the prices and options…

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New from Venice, California comes the W-`ühini aka “The Grasshopper,” an agile W built at the Emporium Of Postmodern Activities by Michael Woolaway. The `ühini namesake comes from the Hawaiian word for grasshopper, an energetic inhabitant of the rainforests and lush farmland on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii where Woolie was born and raised.
Inspired by the classic British dirt racers of the 50s and 60s, the W-`ühini is built with that very purpose in mind, not only with the shape of the tank, but with the rest of the bike equipped to keep on hopping when the paved road ends. The lightweight one-off chromoly framework distributes the weight of the bike perfectly 50/50 with the geometry of the fork and swing-arm to handle unpaved turns like a Grand National dirt track racer – pitching in sideways and holding stable thru corning and acceleration. Sufficient rear braking power is provided by a NOS Grimeca master cylinder that actuates modern Brembo calipers.
The grasshopper green paintwork is a new one for Woolie, with fourteen coats of yellow and blue candy coat. Before the paint was applied, the hand-shaped brushed aluminum tank and tailpiece were bead-blasted in certain areas and left brushed in others. The result is a radiant luminescence that changes with the angle of perspective and intensity of light, the brushed areas at times presenting the color brighter, while at other times the bead-blasted areas shine.

The Nitty Gritty
• Kawasaki W650 motor bored to 800cc.
• Performance valves and 520 cam chain conversion.
• 24% steering angel
• 56.5 inch wheel base
• 10% swing arm angel
• Handmade aluminum tank with NOS Monza gas cap
• Rizoma brake light/blinkers
• Custom seat with perforated waterproof leather.
• Carbon fiber front fender with custom brackets.
• Keihin 36mm CR race carbs
• K&N Airfilter
• Exhaust: Hand-bent stainless steel tubing with internal bafflels

Special thanks to
James Eiland at Rizoma
Pierre at Works Performance
Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering
Matt Means for the paint job
and Martin Linss at CVLT Production for the in-studio photography

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Grasshopper Folding Bike Generates Pedal Power

  • There’s nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folding electric bicycle that not only serves as a means of transportation, but can also become a stationary exercise bike and can even generate and store kinetic energy. David Gonçalves recently wowed us with his Scarab Concept Vehicle, so we were excited to see that he had another great green concept design up his sleeve.

    There’s nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folding electric bicycle that not only serves as a means of transportation, but can also become a stationary exercise bike and can even generate and store kinetic energy. David Gonçalves recently wowed us with his Scarab Concept Vehicle, so we were excited to see that he had another great green concept design up his sleeve.

    There’s nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folding electric bicycle that not only serves as a means of transportation, but can also become a stationary exercise bike and can even generate and store kinetic energy. David Gonçalves recently wowed us with his Scarab Concept Vehicle, so we were excited to see that he had another great green concept design up his sleeve.

    There’s nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folding electric bicycle that not only serves as a means of transportation, but can also become a stationary exercise bike and can even generate and store kinetic energy. David Gonçalves recently wowed us with his Scarab Concept Vehicle, so we were excited to see that he had another great green concept design up his sleeve.

    There’s nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folding electric bicycle that not only serves as a means of transportation, but can also become a stationary exercise bike and can even generate and store kinetic energy. David Gonçalves recently wowed us with his Scarab Concept Vehicle, so we were excited to see that he had another great green concept design up his sleeve.

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    Grasshopper K >

    The Hilltop Grasshopper, a mountain bike race for elementary and middle school children, is moving to a new location this August.

    The race, which was originally held near the Mountain Avenue field in North Caldwell, will now start near the new Cedar Grove Community Center on Fairview Avenue. The new “Kid’s Korse” location includes a piece of the West Essex rail trail and a winding trail known as Boogaloo.

    The race will be held on Saturday, August 11, and you can register now online. In-person registration and inspection opens at 7:30 a.m., with races for kindergarteners through 8th graders beginning at 9 a.m. Children must be registered no later than 15 minutes before the start of the race for their age group. There are separate starts for boys and girls, although they may be combined if there are a low number of registrants for an age group.

    Participants must pay a $10 registration fee and sign a waiver, and the participant’s bicycle must pass a technical inspection. A parent or guardian must be present to sign waiver and must be present during the race. Any bike with fatter tires is ideal and mechanics will inspect all bikes for safety and last-minute race tuning. Awards ceremonies will commence shortly after each class finishes, with medals for top three finishers in each class.

    Start Times–Categories/Classes–Distance
    K – 1st grade: boys 9:00 a.m., girls 9:05 a.m., 0.6 miles
    2nd – 3rd grade: boys 9:35 a.m., girls 9:40 a.m., 0.9 miles
    4th – 5th grade: boys 10:15 a.m., girls 10:20 a.m., 1.2 miles
    6th – 8th grade: boys 11:00 a.m., girls 11:05 a.m., 1.5 miles

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    Race Profile of the Grasshopper Adventure Series

    Nick Legan’s new book, Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, shares everything you need to know to enjoy gravel cycling and bikepacking. From event profiles to dream bike set up, route planning to gear selection, Legan brings his experience as a ProTour bike mechanic and dedicated gravel junkie to this guide. Filled with beautiful photographs that will inspire you to ride unpaved, Gravel Cycling is your best resource for gravel grinders and multi-day adventures.

    Enjoy Nick’s profile of the Grasshopper Adventure Series, one of the 18 gravel events featured in the book.

    Grasshopper Adventure Series
    Sonoma County, California | January–June

    For almost two decades, Miguel Crawford has organized his Grasshopper Adventure Series in Sonoma County, California. While not technically races, these events, usually six per year, are extremely challenging and require participants to choose their bikes, tires, and gearing carefully. Born out of a desire to explore the rarely used roads and trails of Northern California, Crawford and his group of cohorts pieced together the hardest rides they could imagine.

    As word spread, the events grew; they are now well-attended rides that host legendary exploits. Crawford’s event names—Old Caz, Super Sweetwater, Super Skaggs Gravel, and King Ridge Dirt Supreme—inspire joy and fear in the hearts of riders. But they also give cyclists an opportunity to test their mettle in Sonoma County.

    Defining Features

    • Home to some of California’s best vineyards; extending your trip to sample the area’s food and drink is worthwhile.
    • The series offers a wide variety of road conditions and climbing.
    • A relaxed atmosphere encourages riders to ride as hard as they like.

    Essential Gear

    • Hard to nail this down, as the courses vary a lot, but low gears and good brakes always help.
    • Carry sufficient spare inner tubes, a multi-tool, and a reliable pump.

    The course shown here is Old Caz from 2017.

    Advice from the Pros

    Miguel Crawford, Grasshopper Series promoter

    “General fitness and bike handling are important. You also nee

    d to learn to take care of yourself at races, even if you have support. A big part of cycling’s appeal to me was learning to fix things on my own.”

    “Old Caz has been won [by Geoff Kabush] on a mountain bike with full knobbies. It was also won by a guy named Justin Morgan on a road bike with 25mm tires. It’s been won numerous times on cross bike setups. Ultimately, it comes down to the rider.”

    Ted King, Past winner of King Ridge Dirt Supreme

    “Starting in the town of Occidental, a hippie town in western Sonoma, I rode a Cannondale Slate stock with fat, slick tires. The event starts with a big descent, and I thought I was on the wrong bike. But thankfully, it regrouped, and I felt better about my bike choice. On a fire road climb, I put in an attack and managed to win.”

    “No bike is perfect. And no matter what you’re on, you’ll question your decision at some point.”

    “I was with people who knew the course well, and the course is pretty well marked without being obnoxious. There was chalk on the road.”

    “You’re supposed to pay $20 for SAG support. I thought that was crazy. But in the end, it was the best $20 I’ve spent.”

    “It’s short enough that you want to go self-supported. At the finish, there are coolers of beer, potato chips, and mixed nuts. It was awesome.”

    “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. But you’re not far from help if you do have a catastrophic meltdown.”

    “For gearing, I think the Slate is awesome, stock with a 44 up front and a 10–42 cassette in the rear. It’s perfect for the Grasshopper Series.”

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