101 days and counting until the Tour of the California Alps, menacingly, yet lovingly referred to as the Deathride. When you’re on the course, especially on climbs 5 or 6 – this year there are six of those bad boys – you might feel like you are close to death, but thankfully no one has ever died on the Deathride.
THE Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has just issued a press release and an amazing and inspirational (we think) promotional video. We’ve never done anything like this before (at least that I’m aware of) regarding our beloved “DR” so it’s yet another first from the Deathride team.
HUGE kudos to Becky DeForest, Exec. Director of the Chamber, for herding the necessary cats to get it done.
GET’S me fired up when I watch it and I’m certainly honored that several California Alps Cycling members, including yours truly, are in it!
LET me know what you think. If you were waffling, did it change your mind? If you had never considered riding it, are you now? Will you perhaps share it on your social media channels to get others excited?
Some Tree Planting and a Community Clean-up
THE above images are courtesy of the Markleeville Water Company. They show some members of CalFire and the California Conservation Corps doing the “seedling shuffle.” 😉
READ their post for some more information on this planting, which took place just over two (2) weeks ago. It also has some links to register for the tree plantings that will take place on April 9th (this Saturday) and May 1st, so if any of you have some spare time and would like to help us with our restoration efforts please do sign up. We’ve love to have you!
MARKLEEVILLE’S Enhancement Club (MEC) has scheduled its Spring Clean-up for Saturday, May 14th. This all-volunteer beautification committee will be doing some work in and around town, picking up trash and biomass, trimming trees and bushes, picking up litter on two (2) Adopt-a-Highways stretches of Highway 89 (California Alps Cycling’s section from Turtle Rock Park to Camp Markleeville and Alpine Watershed Group’s section from Camp Markleeville to Monitor Junction), and doing a bit of landscaping and such at Al’s Got Gas (our local fuel depot).
RIDE here? Hike here? Boulder here? Here’s yet another chance to give back. Email me if you’re interested and I’ll add you to the list.
Other Upcoming Events
WE’VE got a few other things in the works this year, on both the East Slope (east of the Sierra crest – Hope Valley, Markleeville, Woodfords) and the West Slope (west of the Sierra crest – Bear Valley, Kirkwood).
HERE are some ideas:
- Live Music at Cutthroat Brewing Company – Fridays 6 – 8 p.m., Markleeville
- Women’s Fly Fishing Retreat – May 13th -> 15th at Wylder Hope Valley
- High Sierra Archery Shoot – June 11th -> 12th at Bear Valley Resort
- Ebbetts Fest – June 12th – Benefiting the Ebbett Pass Scenic Byway Asssocation
- Music in the Park – Starting June 25th, Alpine Co. Library, Markleeville
- Bear Valley Music Festival – July 22nd, Bear Valley
- Stargazing – August 27th, Alpine Co. Airport, Markleeville
FOR specific details on these events, and to peruse other options, go to the Events Page of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.
Last But Not Least – Our Local Passes
MONITOR Pass is open!
Ebbett’s Pass should be soon based on the Caltrans activity I noticed on a lunchtime ride yesterday; a beauty day here in the California Alps. That’s me in front of Raymond Meadow Creek (RMC), at the 7000′ mark of Highway 4, just below Silver Creek Campground, on the Ebbett’s Pass Highway.
I chatted for a few minutes with a trio of mountain athletes from Sacramento before I turned around and headed back down the mountain. These dudes had just come back from behind the “7000′ gate” and were hanging out basking in the glory of their day’s adventures. They told me the road was just plowed but they didn’t get all the way to the top so not sure how far up the snow was removed. It was cool to see some skis, a mountain bike and a gravel bike nearby. Talk about being Alpine!
COME and get some! And remember to check our local weather and air conditions page for current weather and air quality before you head up, down, in or over.
SEE you soon!
2 thoughts on “An Inspirational Deathride Video – and Other Alpine County News”
Love the video! I have a VHS tape from the first Death Ride that I got from the Cupertino Bike Shop. Mark is right! Do this ride! Sorry, I won’t be there this year. I will be riding from Philip to Pierre, South Dakota that day – one day east of the Badlands. Too bad – it was 30 years ago that I rode the Death Ride; would have been nice to repeat it a round number later. Maybe I’ll make it after retirement and before I get too old – not sure how big that window will be. Maybe I can make it when my age is a round number instead.