What to Know If You Go

Photo: Christopher Keiser p/b Sportful.

There are two choices of route available, with the same start and finish. The long route is roughly 89 miles and 4,800 feet of climbing, while the short route is roughly 54 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing.

The Huffmaster Hopper doesn’t necessarily happen every year. The Grasshopper Adventure Series tends to refresh or rotate its offerings to varying degrees (often depending on permits, road closures, the effects of winter weather, or wildfires). Check the website or Instagram for the latest details.

What Bike to Ride

Given the mix of road and gravel, folks are often split on which rig to bring — which is a typical Grasshopper “feature,” not a bug. (Note: your humble author chose a gravel bike with 35mm Gravel King SK tires.)

Miguel recommends a 38-40mm tire, either slick or semi-slick with slight knobs. I saw all kinds of bikes brought out, which is emblematic of the Hopper “run what ya brung” spirit. Some folks had mountain bikes. Many of the race leaders appeared to run gravel bikes with 30-35mm tires or road bikes with 25-32mm tires.

A general rule of thumb I’ve found: if you want to just chill and enjoy the adventure, bring whatever bike you’re most comfortable on, planning to be prepared for the more technical bits of terrain. (Miguel will often have helpful videos about these on his Instagram.) If your goal is to be competitive and battle for a result, I’ve noticed the faster people tend to be what many would consider “underbiked” (which is highly subjective these days), opting for lighter and narrower setups. The choice is yours — and one which people love talking about before, during, and after the event.

Happy shredding. Hope to see you out there!

Z

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What to Know If You Go

Photo: Christopher Keiser p/b Sportful.

There are two choices of route available, with the same start and finish. The long route is roughly 89 miles and 4,800 feet of climbing, while the short route is roughly 54 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing.

The Huffmaster Hopper doesn’t necessarily happen every year. The Grasshopper Adventure Series tends to refresh or rotate its offerings to varying degrees (often depending on permits, road closures, the effects of winter weather, or wildfires). Check the website or Instagram for the latest details.

What Bike to Ride

Given the mix of road and gravel, folks are often split on which rig to bring — which is a typical Grasshopper “feature,” not a bug. (Note: your humble author chose a gravel bike with 35mm Gravel King SK tires.)

Miguel recommends a 38-40mm tire, either slick or semi-slick with slight knobs. I saw all kinds of bikes brought out, which is emblematic of the Hopper “run what ya brung” spirit. Some folks had mountain bikes. Many of the race leaders appeared to run gravel bikes with 30-35mm tires or road bikes with 25-32mm tires.

A general rule of thumb I’ve found: if you want to just chill and enjoy the adventure, bring whatever bike you’re most comfortable on, planning to be prepared for the more technical bits of terrain. (Miguel will often have helpful videos about these on his Instagram.) If your goal is to be competitive and battle for a result, I’ve noticed the faster people tend to be what many would consider “underbiked” (which is highly subjective these days), opting for lighter and narrower setups. The choice is yours — and one which people love talking about before, during, and after the event.

Happy shredding. Hope to see you out there!

Z