The City of Portola, nestled in the eastern portion of the wild and scenic Lost Sierra in Plumas County, welcomes the riders and spectators alike for a weekend of outdoor adventure at the Lost and Found Gravel Festival as race day, Saturday, June 4, draws near, along with the festivities that accompany the race.
Friday, June 3
As riders roll into town on Friday, June 3, all are invited to the Portola City Park where onsite registration and check-in will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The City of Portola is offering up fun and safe campsites, including showers, located within the city. City campers will also be able to check in at this time.
There will be a Friday night packet pick-up welcome party, with snacks and adult beverages available to the tunes of live music by local favorite and talented singer/songwriter Jack Danny. Adult drinks will be going for $6 per beverage from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and all beverage proceeds going towards trails created and maintained by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS). Registered riders and volunteers get a ticket for a beverage as well.
Saturday, June 4
Race day starts bright and early, with registration from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Members of the community are invited to have signs ready for the exciting spectacle of the racers moving through Portola, beginning with the 8 a.m. roll out start for longest racers and a 9 a.m. start for longer and long mile racers.
While riders are moving through the Lost Sierra, the Lost and Found Expo will open at 12 p.m., with plenty of shopping, including a Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship merchandise booth and Yuba Expeditions booth, along with local food vendors. Adult beverages will begin serving at high noon and will serve until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. ID is required.
Post Ride Party
Live acoustic music from Johnny Walker & Greg Willis kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the Post Ride Party held in partnership with the City of Portola.
Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., awards will be given on stage, with musician Jack Danny playing outlaw/folk rock at 4 p.m. to get the crowd warmed up for the evening’s festivities. There will be a post-ride meal option as well, along with local restaurants and food vendors.
Kids of all ages will get a chance to show off their skills at 6 p.m. when the free kid’s bike race kicks off, sponsored by the Plumas County Sheriff Employee Association (PCSEA).
Event organizers anticipate the party to be in full swing by the time Joy and Madness hits the stage at 8 p.m. in the park, and all are invited. “Expect to move your booty!” organizers said. “Joy and Madness brings a modern classic pop sensibility to a new age of joyous funk and soul reaching audiences in a way that few live performers can.”
Sunday, June 5
Visitors are encouraged to explore the area and enjoy some rest and relaxation through the weekend, and the City of Portola looks forward to hosting attendees of this event.
Volunteers are still needed, and get free tent camping in Portola, a free event T-shirt and socks, lunch and ticket for an adult beverage, along with a behind the scenes perspective on what it takes to bring the event together. All of the details are available online at lostandfoundbikeride.com.