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Nevada County Woods Riders
an off-road and dual-sport motorcycle club

About the Woods Riders

Woods Riders enjoy exploring the trails and back roads of Nevada County, California, surrounding Sierra mountain forests, and Nevada’s vast desert.

The Nevada County Woods Riders Motorcycle club (NCWR) brings together off-road motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy trail rides and fun activities. NCWR promotes responsible trail use, advocates off-road vehicle (OHV) access rights, and fosters trail improvement programs with the Tahoe National Forest Service.

Nevada County Woods Riders is a not-for-profit motorcycle club based in Grass Valley, California. NCWR is a chartered member of American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and District 36.

Come to our neck of the woods and join in on the fun. Come to a meeting to check it out. General meetings are normally on the 1st Wednesday of the Month at El Tapatio in Auburn (see the Event Calendar for details). See the Contact Us page for NCWR contacts.  

Please note that there will not be a December meeting.
Come early for bench racing and ordering food.

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Woods Riders Events and Happenings


$5 a Foot is on! Donate $5 to Win an Electric KTM

The “Twist the Throttle for Trails” fundraiser returns with KTM’s zero-emission electric bike. Donations go towards our trailwork and one lucky winner will take a KTM Freeride E-XC electric bike valued at $11,100. A win-win!

Click the button below to donate for a chance to win this electric KTM. The fundraiser in going on until December 25th, 2023, and all information about the fundraiser can be found by clicking the button below which will take you to the SBTS website.

Get in This!

Nevada County Toy Run

Please come out and help us support the Nevada County Toy Run on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

New Nevada County Woods Riders Board Members

The results are in. After one month of voting, the three open Nevada County Woods Riders Board of Directors positions have been filled.

Rod Glazebrook and Scott Rabeneau were reelected for another two-year term. NCWR members also voted in Brett LaCosse.

All three will begin their terms in January 2024.

A special thanks also goes out to Josh West and Adam Carpineta, who also ran for a position. We'd also like to thank Steve Minniear, who will be leaving his position as President.

Spooktacular 2023

This year was the 7th Annual NCWR Spooktacular Halloween ride. 

It was a fun weekend, for sure. 

We had an adventurous dual sport ride, many hours of premium single-track riding thanks to the recent rains, a great potluck dinner, kids trick or treating, and a fantastic night ride.

Congratulations to the many winners this year.

  • Cutest costume
  • Spookiest costume
  • Funniest costume
  • Best decorated campsite
  • Best decorated dirt bike
  • Slow race
  • Balance beam
  • Tire sets

A special thanks to the many people that helped make this year's Spooktacular the best and largest.

Slideshow - Spooktacular 2023

Heart of Gold Gravel Ride Moto Support Volunteers

I'd like to than the following folks for coming out today to support the Heart of Gold Gravel Ride in Nevada County:

Mark B.
Dionne M.
Alan W.
Don F.
Don M.
Chris M.
Lance W.
John P.
Doug H.
Dale D.
Steve M.

There were no major incidents, and it was truly a great day to be out on the backroads of Nevada County. We were also fortunate to not have a LOT of dust.

If you missed this, stay tuned for next year. It's a great event with a great cause supporting wellness for teens in Nevada County.

After the event, we were treated to live music food and drinks!


Slideshow - HOG 2023

Quincy Fall Mountain Epic

The Nevada County Woods Riders partnered up with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship this past weekend for the Fall Quincy Mountain Epic in Quincy, CA.

The folks from SBTS really know how to host a cool event. We did trail work, rode some world class singletrack, had an awesome dinner, played games, watched Supercross in our camp, listened to music, and then rode more singletrack on Sunday.

There was definitely something for everyone and thank you to the 24 NCWR volunteers that came out to this epic event making a huge success. 40% of the volunteers were from NCWR.

On Sunday, 11 of us put in another 45 miles of riding in some beautiful country and fun trails. We even met up with some local SBTS riders that showed us some new trails that none of had been on.

Rod & Dale

Slideshow - Quincy Epic Sep 2023

Robinson Flat Connector

Well we had 24 guys and gals out today to build some more world class singletrack in the Sierras. Treadwork, drainage, brushing and everything else that goes along with it. Some opted for a ride afterwards and some chose a cold beer. Great day either way and a big thank you for everyone that came out.

And don't ask where it is, because it is not done yet and the Forest Service doesn't want bikes on it until completion. I will say it's high elevation, about 25 miles long and
will be rated black diamond when done.


Slideshow - Robinsons Flat Connector

Post Labor Day Moto Camping - 9/8/2023 to 9/10/2023

The Post Labor Day Ride covered the Plumas BDT from Nevada City to Chester and back, covering nearly 470 miles of mostly dirt. Primitive camping off the bikes and enjoying our breath taking scenery was a fantastic experience.

The ride started with 4 NCWR members on a variety of different bikes from a KTM 350 EXC-F to a Yamaha Tenere 700.

This was a fun and enjoyable ride and who knows, it might become a tradition.


Slideshow - Plumas BDT

Downieville Epic - 8/19/2023

Thanks to all that came out for a great event yesterday!

We had folks working the Packsaddle & Big Boulder trails. The conditions were very good for August as it had rained the night before.

We completed what SBTS had planned for and returned to camp for a fantastic catered BBQ & drinks.

I had several members of the SBTS team approach me to thank us for our participation. We represented 20% of the total count and nearly 60% of the moto crew!

The Quincy Epic is right around the corner Sept 22nd - 24th. If you missed this, don't miss the Quincy event! For those that attended, I know you'll prioritize it.


Steve Minniear,
President NCWR

Photos courtesy of Matt McCourtney and Rod Glazebrook

Slideshow - Downieville Epic Aug 2023

Markleeville Dual Sport Ride - 7/29/2023

On Saturday, July 29th, Mike hosted an impromptu ride from Markleeville to Topaz Lake. 23 bikes took on the adventure with great view, great weather, and a great bunch of riders.

What a great day for a ride!

Thanks, Mike for putting this ride together.

Slideshow - Markleeville July 2023

Off Road Training - Focus on the Fundamentals on 7/8/2023

Thanks to the eleven participants for our second training session of 2023 with Paul.

Thank you, Paul for coming out and helping us all to be better riders. I learned some things today as well as all the others.


Slideshow - Off Road Training - 7-8-2023

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