Date: Mid-to-late April
Location: Whiskeytown Lake, Bandy Creek Marina
Redding is proud to host one of the oldest and most famous mountain biking races in the West: the Lemurian Shasta Classic. Riders from around the country travel to Redding every April to attempt the Lemurian’s epic loop. The Lemurian is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization run by Shasta County cycling enthusiasts. Their goal is to provide the best race possible and the most value for each rider’s entry fee.
The Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race, founded in 1987, is known for its huge loop, massive climbs, and long, difficult, technical descents. Trail workers create a remarkably challenging and difficult Long course, but riders can also choose to complete a moderate intermediate course or a technical short course. Cash prizes and medals are awarded in the long course category, and medals are awarded to winners in the intermediate and short courses. All riders receive a finishing pin and post-race medal, and every contributor is entered into a fun post-race raffle.
The race has a mass start but narrows to a two-lane paved road for about a mile. Riders then climb a steep, gravel road to an even steeper climb, topping out onto Monarch Mountain—around 1,300 feet from the start. After this, riders begin the second-biggest climb, which is around 1,800 feet over two to three miles. There are technical rocky and drop-off sections throughout the loop, and the descents are very long. The last four miles of the course is a technical downhill.