Roulette Sierra Nevada 2016

Take the gamble to explore singletrack in California

September 10th through September 18th, 2016

Join me for a 7 day adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Ride Description

This year the ride will be a 7 day, part trail ride and part forest roads ride in the mountains. The ride will focus in the Tahoe National Forest and Plumas National Forest. The ride will start in Quincy, CA for the first two days, then move to Sierra City, near Downieville for the next three days, then move to Truckee, CA for the final 3 days of riding. The ride contains lots of singletrack. I have done a lot of study for this ride and in addition I have been able to dissect the best of some great dual sport rides in this area, so I believe we will have a great adventure.

Balance and yes, I get that if the ride is too tough many riders will not really enjoy themselves, or if the ride is not challenging enough that can also be disappointing. So I have put a lot of effort into hard and easy, short and long options for each day's ride.

Here is a video from the Downieville sections of our ride.

Ride Details

I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!

Note: This is my current work in progress

Google Document

View the ride maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Harder routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

Below is a slideshow from last years Roulette in Idaho

Do you want to know the history of the Roulette rides? The Story of Roulette Rides

Things to think about

Is this ride right for you?

This is an explorer's ride. The nature of exploring is that much is unknown, so things can go wrong. The routes are unproven and sometimes don't work due to obstacles or just plain errors. The day can turn long and test your abilities and patience. You will find yourself in the mix of many rider's opinions that know how to fix the problem. You need to be able to find the fun in that. The riding can be fun, challenging, fast, slow, scenic, and hard. It is all about the riding.

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality custom ride maps for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple: great riding! You can count on great routes and places to ride.

But, in addition, the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the world.



Who are the adventurous souls signed up for this year game?

Tom B, Corona CA

KTM 450

Gil B, El Segundo, CA

KTM 500

Avi H, Escondido, CA

Yamaha WR450

Chris S, Santa Rosa CA

KTM 500

Bill S, Escondido CA

KTM 300

Brian B, Escondido, CA

Something New Please?

Gary V, Huntington Beach, CA

KTM 450

Kip W, Federal Way, WA

KTM 450

Monte S, El Cajon, CA

Bata 500

Robert H, Palos Verdes, CA

KTM 500

Vaudois H, San Diego, CA

KTM 500

Roberto CZ, Mexico City

KTM 450

Mike J, Upland CA

KTM 450



Terry N, Port Hueneme, CA

KTM 500

Jonathan S, Reno, NV


Dick C, Yucca Valley, CA


Bill W, Longview, WA



2016 WR450

Dale C Longview, WA


Brad M, Canyon Country CA


Dan Y, Saint George UT


David G, Santa Clarita CA


Randy V, Escondido CA


Matt F, San Diego CA

KTM 500

Brian A, Whittier CA


Jerry F, Morongo Valley, CA


Jimmy C, Los Angeles, CA


Dave T, Morongo Valley, CA

TM 250 Enduro

Walter M, Pioneertown, CA

KTM 450


KTM 501

Jeffrey G, Escondido

Yamaha WR250R

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