I mean it's only 508 miles and 35,000 feet of climbing in 48 hours!
You get to ride with the muppets!
I'm not saying anything.
I ran into some dude at the summit of Hamilton, shortly before the death ride. It was my third summit repeat of the day, around 1-2pm. I was seeing lots of people with DR jerseys earlier in the day, but when it gets on towards mid-afternoon, most folks are more recreational types, slightly less hardcore.
Hamilton summit dude chats me up for one reason or another, and I casually slip in that it's my third summit of the day. He responds by saying that he's training for the Furnace Creek 508.
Needless to say, I straightened my skirt and went home.
My God! I was getting loopy at the end of my first Century (this weekend!!!!). I have no concept of going 508 miles in just 2 days. If you never slept, you could go 11 mph and complete it. Of course, the record is over 20 mph.
That's just crazy.
My best friend did this last year as part of a two-person team. Don't know his time, but he was team "Skink". Quite a story, and some great photos.
He was going to do it solo this year with me as SAG, but he crashed a month ago while training and broke his collar bone.
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."
S. J. Perelman
And you didn't volunteer to take his place and save his pride??? I am sure he would have been glad to take care of the SAG duties.
Shame on you!
I love cycling, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
I also like sleeping.
This is too many miles and hours on a bike to qualify for fun to me. Next year I plan on participating in Climb to Kaiser and Everest Challenge.
I am planning to do it as part of a two man relay team next year. Solo....no thanks
It is broken up into stages.
The FURNACE CREEK 508 Rules and Regulations for solo racers (those above and below) apply to team racers, where appropriate, plus:
A. Relay team members will ride one stage at a time, from time station to time station. Thus, two rider team members will race four stages each and four rider team members will race two stages each.
B. Racers will switch off while stationary in the presence of the time station staff, passing a baton between them before resuming racing. The baton will be provided at racer check-in or may be created by the team in advance. (Home-made or purchased batons must be at least 12cm long and 1cm thick, in any shape, and must have the team totem permanently marked, etched, engraved, or embossed on the baton surface. For example, a standard size Gumby with the totem marked with a permanent sharpie would be a suitable baton.) The baton must be carried by the racing rider at all times and must be presented at the finish line (dropped batons must be picked up before the racing rider moves forward on the course; lost batons will result in disqualification). -DQ
C. Teams must complete the route in a fixed order which will be declared at racer check-in: Two rider teams must switch off at each time station, rotating A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B. Four rider teams must rotate A-B-C-D-A-B-C-D, except as noted in the exception explained in Ci-Ciii. This "rotation sequence exception rule" may not be used for strategic purposes. It may only be used because of unexpected injury, broken down bicycle, or some other significant, unforeseen incident which occurs during the race and which precludes the rider in question from completing his or her assigned stage. Note: ďBeing tiredĒ or entering the race with a pre-existing injury or other problem are not suitable reasons for utilizing this rotation exception. Proof of the necessity of using this exception must be given and documented.-DQ
Actually after I asked I looked it up myself.
Looks like a lot of fun.
How do people do things like the FC 508? Do you just ride constantly until you're done? Do you stop for a 4 hour nap sometime during the dark hours? I'm trying to figure out the logistics. Clearly nobody's sleeping all night if the fast people are finishing in 27 hours....