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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Heart of Gold Bike Race to Benefit Youth Mental Health

A bicyclist rides up the middle of a dusty path overlooking a ridge of pine trees.

As many as 400 bike enthusiasts, including many from the Bay Area and Southern California, are expected to compete September 25th in the first-ever Heart of Gold, a challenging gravel course race that starts in Nevada City and will help increase awareness and raise funds for mental wellness programs for youth in the community.

The Heart of Gold race will start at 8:00 am at the Eric Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City, and will wind through western Nevada County, including over the Yuba River (twice), through the historic towns of North Bloomfield and Washington, and up very steep hills. The race is for avid bikers comfortable with 7,200 feet of vertical climbs, and is not designed for entry-level riders.

The $145 entry fee–riders can always donate more–will benefit six mental wellness programs for youth in the region. Live music, food booths, and even a kids’ race are part of the activities.

Community leaders and race organizers have been working together for months on the Heart of Gold, which they hope will become an annual event. 

Learn more about Heart of Gold and how to register for the race. 

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Rubin at or 530-265-4311 ext. 206.

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