In Northern California mountain biking circles, Downieville is never far from anyone’s mind. At just under 3,000 feet in elevation, northwest of Lake Tahoe, the town of Downieville is fairly typical of small towns in California’s Gold Country: historic, charming, a bit rough around the edges. The town boomed when gold was king, boomed again when timber was profitable, and in recent years has struggled. Then mountain biking helped inject a massive adrenaline and financial spike into the town. This short film, “Dirt Magic,” tells the Downieville story and gives a little taste of the Downieville Classic, a race/festival that draws dirt worshippers from far and wide.

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