Squid Squad at the Lost and Found 100
The Sacramento, Calif-based Squid Squad is at it again in their favorite local playground, the Sierra Nevada mountains. The team put together this photo essay of their adventure at the Lost and Found 100.
Photos: Angel Perez; words: Emily Kachorek
Atypical of traditional race events, the goal of Lost and Found is more than a contest of speed and strength. It is meant to send riders off to explore a corner of the vast Lost Sierra. Ride fast and take chances? Or round up a group of friends and enjoy a ride that is difficult to finish unsupported? The choice is up to you.
The 100-mile course is far from the fast rolling, graded farm roads typical of what many people expect from a gravel race. If the views don't lure you to keep your head up, the rocky climbs and sandy turns are quick to remind you of where you are.
All aboard the Squid train from Sacramento.
Three hours and one lunch stop later, we arrived at a brisk Lost Sierra afternoon ready for a high elevation shred.
Anthony and Chris are never not skidding.
You can make your way around Lake Davis almost exclusively on single track.
Emily and Sammi
Car camping means warm coin-operated showers and cold beer.
Sunsets and swings over Lake Davis.
Chris making sure the bikes are dialed before Saturday's race.
Anthony Clark makes his own lines.
Emily party-paced the 100-mile ride on a single speed she and Chris live-painted at Lost and Found two years previously.
If you are familiar with California’s famed Downieville trail system and mountain bike race, you are familiar with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. They are responsible for restoring, maintaining, and building all the wonderful trails in the greater Downieville and Lakes Basin area. The full route covered ~100 miles and ~6,500 feet of elevation gain and was comprised of 65% dirt. Additionally, there were two shorter, 65-mile and 45-mile, options to make sure everyone had a challenging and fun outing.
Sammi Runnels' new machine. She ran SRAM Force 1 HRD with a 38-tooth chainring and an 11x32 cassette, the new tubeless IRC 40mm Boken tires set up on Zipp 30 Course wheels, Crankbrothers Candy 7 pedals, Zipp cockpit with 44cm bars, White Industries headset, and a custom Squid / SDG Circuit Saddle.
In its 5th edition, the race boasted a new course and new vistas.
Sammi had a solid race in a stacked pro field crossing the line 4th with a smile.
Third time's the charm. Anthony Clark took 2nd on the day, crossing the line 45 seconds behind the winner Tobin Ortenblad, both dirty, shelled and bloodied from crashes.
Anthony Clark (Squid) 2nd, Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory) 1st, Carl Decker (Giant Factory Racing) 3rd.
Resting with 100-miles of single speeding at altitude in their legs.
Sunday - leaving the Lake Davis to explore the Donner Tunnels.
The first railroad line to traverse the Sierra Nevada Range was built largely by Chinese workers and was hand drilled and blasted over a total of 15 months. Donner pass also has the distinction of being the pass where the first wagon trail traversed into California.
Infrequent openings in the tunnels offer small areas of natural light and provide incredible views of the pass and lake below.
Donner Lake sits about 1,000 feet below the over 7,000ft summit. Donner Pass was named after the Donner party whose trek to California came to an infamous halt due to a snowstorm.
Artists come from all over to paint the tunnel walls.
Homeward bound with a bit less Sierra Nevada dirt.