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November 2nd
Placer County, Ca

Auburn, CA
The Endurance Capital of the World 

Welcome to Placer County!

Where there is never an off-season. Made up of 1,400-square miles of the most beautiful and diverse geography in California, Placer County stretches from urban South Placer, through the historic Gold Country Foothills, into the High Sierras of North Lake Tahoe.

Placer features easy access for visitors and residents alike to experience a year-round mix of spring, summer, fall and winter sports and activities, outdoor adventure, tantalizing food and wine grown in Placer’s Mediterranean climate, world-class shopping, dining, arts and culture and more. Come see us and stay awhile. Or better yet, come again. You won’t run out of new adventures!

Old Town Auburn

This is Our Home
The Back Roads of Placer County

Colfax, CA
The Bear Cub

At just under 35 miles, this all road route offers the perfect challenge for riders who are not yet ready for the bigger gravel routes but who still want to join in on the big event!
Ride through the Bear River Canyon as you make your way up to the gold mining town of Colfax, before dropping back down to the City of Auburn.
Sugar Pine Reservoir
Iowa Hill Bridge
The Black Bear

Our long road race for PGF. Drop down to the American River and climb up one of the toughest road climbs in California on Iowa Hill Road. Continue on passing through the old gold mining town of Iowa hill and the scenic Sugar Pine Reservoir. Catch a ride down Foresthill road before the last big climb of the day from the tallest bridge in California.
The Brown Bear

This may be our shorter gravel route but it's definitely no easy task! The routes drops into the scenic American River Canyon then climbs up to the high alpine lake of Sugar Pine Reservoir where the pavement ends and wild west begins. Ride through the historic town of Foresthill before dropping back into the American River Canyon to climb back up to the finish.
American River
The Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly is the biggest and most fierce of all the Powless Gran Fondo rides! Reaching higher in elevation and views looking over the Middle Fork American River Canyon and the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada. This route offers the all of the best gravel experience that Placer County has to offer.

The Powless Gran Fondo
KOM/QOM Segments

Neilson Powless KOM

Every rider in the Grizzly/Brown/Black Bear routes will get timed for the KOM/QOM coming out of Iowa Hill Bridge.

Don't think you have what it takes to compete for the KOM/QOM?
Sit up and enjoy the epic views of the American River Canyon or still go for time and see where you stand!

KOM Crown

Can you go for the


Photo credit: Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber | Gruber Image

Meet The Powless Family
Family is My Tribe

Photo credit: Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber | Gruber Image
Old Town Auburn

Auburn, Ca

The City Of Auburn

Powless Gran Fondo Logo

Head over to
Visit California~Auburn
to plan your visit

The Powless Gran Fondo
Event Schedule


November 1st

Ride with the Pros

Group rides led by Neilson and Shayna Powless
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Powless Gran Fondo: Moonraker Venue

Registration/Packet Pick Up Opens
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Live Band
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


November 2nd

Powless Gran Fondo: The Big Day Is Here!

Registration/Packet Pick Up opens at Moonraker Venue
Start line staging opens to riders
Riders meeting/Start line announcements
Powless Gran Fondo Ride STARTS! All Riders!
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM
7:45 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30:09 AM

Powless Gran Fondo: Moonraker Venue

Powless Gran Fondo post-ride celebration
Food/Live Music/Beer Hosted by Moonraker Brewing Co.
Award Ceremonies 
Live music continues!
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Powless Gran Fondo
is brought to you by:

County of Placer
Visit Placer
Dream Catchers Foundation
Moonraker Brewing
City of Auburn
DNA Pro Cycling
Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition
Education First Pro Cycling
California State Parks
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