The next frontier of Gravel Racing: The Pine Nut Mountains.

You’re about to experience a brand new event flavor.

Professional Cyclist Peter Stetina discovered his love of gravel and spirit of exploration in this range. It took a lot of dead ends and calls for help, but we finally hit Paydirt. Together with Carson City, we invite you for the expedition of a lifetime.

The perfect blend of competition and camaraderie; the Paydirt is equal parts race and celebration. With Bike Monkey’s Road Rally format; racing takes place on designated segments. It’s the perfect mix of full-gas racing while allowing you time to socialize, regroup, and enjoy the bounty of our aid stations.

This is a mixed terrain pavement/gravel/sand event. Make sure to bring the right shovel. The course is best suited for a gravel bike. A hardtail mountain bike will do if you have fast tires. We recommend having tubeless, 38c or larger tires with some tred.

Prospectin’ Pete’s Tip: “I’ll be going with the IRC Boken 40mm, it’s fast rolling for ripping the pavement yet wide enough to handle the soft sandy sections.”


How to Race Paydirt

The old way of all-out racing is not the way at Stetina’s Carson City Paydirt. Instead, the Paydirt consists of two substantial timed segments to keep things competitive without separating yourself from dear friends in the dusty west of Nevada’s desert. In addition to on-bike racing, there are two bonus segments that consist of fun and games back at the post-race festival. Riding a mechanical bull and participating in a tire-toss competition could be all that separates you at the end of the day.

‍This event is a competitive gravel/dirt/pavement event with awards for top 3 riders in various age and gender groups. Mixed-terrain gravel bikes are the best choice for this race.




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Routes are subject to some slight enhancements as we potentially gain access to even more fun gravel!

THE PAYDIRT (63.5 miles, 4,700′)

MEDIUM COURSE (50.7 miles, 3,100′)


Unless stated otherwise, everything is happening at Fuji Park in Carson City.

Friday 5/20 Expo & Packet Pickup

Starting at 4:00 pm, pick up your packet and goodies, check out the sponsor booths and grab a beer (or two!) before the big day.

4:00 – 7:00 pm: Packet Pickup

Please bring your ID to pick up your packet. Before you ask, no you cannot pick up someone else’s packet. If you are under 18, you will also need a parent/legal guardian to sign your waiver.

4:00 pm: Canyon Happy Hour! (Until supplies last)

The beers are on Canyon! Join Pete and crew at the Canyon and High Fives Foundation tents. If you’re feeling tipsy there will be some QR codes floating around to donate a beer’s worth to High Fives.

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Saturday 5/21 Packet Pickup, Ride & Festival

6:00 – 7:15 am: Packet pickup

7:30 am: We ride! 2.3 mile Neutral rollout, all categories. 

10:30 am: 1st finishers expected

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Festival opens for food, beer, and shenanigans.

12:00 – 4:00 pm: Mechanical Bull and Tire Lasso for bonus seconds

5:00 pm: Awards and podium ceremony

6:00 pm: Festival closes

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The main Event Parking will be across Lincoln Highway from Costco, in the dirt lot. There is also plenty of street parking along Lincoln Highway. The overflow parking will be at the pond (not shown on map below); you will need to enter through the fairgrounds/rodeo arena and continue on the dirt after you pass the gate by the stables.