LIKE just about every other bike event, race, fondo, you name it, the DR didn’t happen last year.
THIS year, though? That’s a different story.
The Ride is a Go!
AND we’re so excited! Not only is it going to happen, it’s going to happen on a NEW COURSE!
This new course will take you to new heights, including Pacific Grade (x2)!
FOR those of us who may be “metrically-challenged” that’s 103.17 miles, so yeah it’s a bit shorter than previous years, but it will be no less challenging. Oh, and the climbing…over 14,000 feet!
Some More West Slope
Okay, technically, you’re right, we’ve gone there before as Hermit Valley is on the western side of the Sierra Crest. This time, though, we’re going a bit farther – almost to Lake Alpine, and the course will be closed to vehicles all the way down (and up). And no, that’s not just for the “Ebbett’s climbs” in case you’re wondering. Highway 89 will be closed to vehicles on both sides of Monitor pass, too (as usual).
No more Carson but no less challenging…
Some Changes to the Timing
RIDERS will not be able to start before 5:30 a.m., and there will be cut-off times.
“Starting and finishing at Turtle Rock Park in Markleeville, Calif., the 103 mile course begins at 5:30 am…”
FOR several reasons, most related to safety, some due to logistics, riders who in the past (including yours truly) started a bit earlier (3:30 a.m. had been my start time) won’t be able to do so this year.
“Road closures will be in effect from 5am – 4pm. The 13-hour time limit ends at 6:30 pm, and all riders must be off the course by 7:00 pm. All cut-off times are strictly enforced. Segment cut-off times indicate the latest time that a rider will be allowed to begin each segment. Riders attempting to begin a segment after the cut-off time will not be allowed to proceed.”
WE’VE got a renewed emphasis on safety, one reason Carson Pass is no longer part of the course, and so as you’ve just read there will be segment cut-off times. Course marshals will be uber-sensitive to prudent pedaling and will let you know if you’re pushing the perimeter of that proverbial pouch. What can I say? I love alliteration. 😉
Some Additional Data
- OUR permit does allow for up to 3500 riders but right now we’ve got registrations capped at 2500 so we can keep things more manageable.
- WE’VE got almost 1600 riders registered so far. If you haven’t registered yet, better do it now!
- WE’RE working with several groups and are planning on putting on a MTB related event for folks (e.g. spouses, partners, kids) who are not riding on Saturday.
- THE finish-line festival will include that sought-after ice cream, a vendors and sponsors expo., a Deathride store, some music (DJ provided), a finish-line arch/photo opp., and the finisher poster that finishers can sign.
- AS for food, that’s still in the planning stages but we do have some local restaurants in mind for catering.
- BEER? It’s all about the beer, right? That’s why I ride, anyway. Sierra Nevada and the Alpine Co. Fire Safe Council will be on hand to serve those suds!
- NOT yet solidified but in the works nonetheless: a massage therapist and a face-painter for the kids (both large and small).
HERE’S a link to the Deathride page where you can get more information, and register, if you haven’t already.
BE sure to make hotel or camping reservations FAST as things are already filling up.
HEADS up! It’s likely that Indian Creek Campground WILL NOT be available this year as the BLM is doing a lot of work out there that will likely go through the entire summer.
WE’RE so looking forward to welcoming you to Alpine County!
TRAIN well and Let’s Kick Some Passes’ Asses! this summer.
SEE you in July!