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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’s (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 the 1st Wednesday of the Month at El Tapatio in Auburn (see Event Calendar for details). See Contact Us for further information.    



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Have you ever wondered how NCWR came to be? Well, I have and decided to look into it. Recently, I reached out to lifetime member Doug Hammes to get to the bottom of our club's origins. Here's what I learned.


According to Doug, Stan Stanton and Pete Pritchard, the idea of a club started back in 1977 because they wanted their own club's name on their Enduro entries and result sheets.


The original name WNCDR (Western Nevada County Dirt Riders) was deemed too long so a short time later was shortened to NCWR. The club logo was created around 1990 by Doug's late neighbor, Charlie Hayward, a creative graphic artist who was retired from Hot Rod Magazine. He took the shape of Nevada County and merged it with a Husky and the rest is history. His design fee was 2 NCWR jerseys.


Doug didn't state if he was the club's first president but did say he was "in charge" so I'll assume he was the Prez. He felt that he couldn't give the club the attention it deserved so Harry Abbott stepped up and became the president in 1990 and secured both D36 and AMA charters.


Submitted by Peggy Christensen


Stay tuned for more of our history.....

Baja 1000

NCWR's own Paul Hart after riding in his second Baja 1000 event. Paul rode the event in the Ironman class! Paul rode in every event on the S.C.O.R.E. Baja circuit this year and finished the season in 3rd place overall. On behalf of all Nevada County Woods Riders, we want to give Paul a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS for this amazing accomplishment. Paul, you put in an amazing amount of work, and we couldn't be more proud of you.


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