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    Wild Sierra Century an Alta Alpina Challenge

    We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2010 Alta Alpina Challenge: Riding the Wild Sierra presented by the Alta Alpina Cycling Club .

    Date: June 13 Start Location: Turtle Rock Park, Markleeville CA




    The Alta Alpina Wild Sierra is actually 4 events on one day in Alpine County California and Carson Valley Nevada.

    The 8 Pass Challenge is a California Triple Crown ride and just may be the "Worlds Toughest Double Century" at 198 miles and 20,300 ft of climbing including the famous summits such as Kingsbury, Carson, Luther, Blue Lakes, Monitor and Ebbetts.

    The Wild Sierra Century includes 3 passes, 101 miles and 12,000 ft of climbing in the heart of the Tahoe Sierra.

    The Build Your Own Challenge allows you to be "As Wild as You Dare" by choosing to ride 1-6 passes, 30-160 miles. It is possible to do a 5 pass ride similar to the Death Ride without having to ride up Hwy 88 to Carson Pass!

    The Kid Carson Challenge is 7 to 29 miles of "Fun in the Foothills" for families and kids.

    There is something for just about every rider!

    I'll do my best to answer any questions!
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    Contrary to rumors, Ebbetts will be open long before June 13. CalTrans prides itself by getting it open on or before Memorial Day even on heavy snow years. This year was 97% of normal in the Carson river Basin.
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    Would love to do 8 pass, but for the foreseeable future that week in June is a no-go for me. Move it to August!

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    Yeah, it is a very busy time of the year in terms of other rides and things such as graduations etc.

    We conducted an extensive survey of event riders and others. One question concerned event date and many of us felt it could/should go to August but both Double Century and Century riders overwhelmingly said to keep mid June.

    Doubles want all the daylight they can get but the others are a mystery.

    Nothing is written in stone!

    Anyway, the comments are much appreciated and I will make sure they all get to the ride director.

    Thanks ygduf

    As a side interest here, we are going to do a KOM type of ride series for NorCal/NorNV cyclists this year. It has some fun twists and flexibility. Yep, it is a ways over here but there are several BF buddies coming over to do it this summer.

    Here is a preview...not on the website yet as the name is not yet decided. It is only in pdf so you have to fiddle with the page size to read it. All the underlined links work.

    Looking for comments and ideas.

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    Ebbetts Update

    Despite a solid snowstorm earlier this week, the snowplow boys have been hard at work and made good progress.

    As of today. they have a narrow but ride-able single wide path up to a 100 yards below Kinney Reservoir at about 8300 ft. Just a mile+ and 400 ft+ to the top!



    We had nearly a 100% snow year so there are some fun snow walls.




    Turtle Rock, Indian Creek, Grovers and markleeville Campgrounds are open as well as the J. Marklee Toll Station and the Deli in Markleeville.......Good Eats both.



    Time for some altitude training!
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    Ebetts Clear

    This is from a South Tahoe rider. She made it to the top on Thursday and talked to a CalTrans plowboy. He says the gates will open next Thursday. We get back from Colo Tuesday and I hope to get up and over Pacific Grade too. Now if it would just stop snowing.

    What remains for the Alta Alpina Challenge is the Blue Lakes Road.


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    Nice!

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    Damn! Only a few weeks away, and it still looks c-c-cold.
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    Ebbetts Open!

    Ebbetts pass is clear but now open to traffic Hardly a car up there though. Now where are we going to put that rest stop? Anyone have a snowplow they can hook up to their bike?



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    Looks a lot nicer than Gavia ... those snow walls look cool. I can only imagine riding through those snow walls.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Ah........Gavia, Motirolo, Stelvio! .........Oh well, Ebbetts, Sonora, Tioga.......about as close as I'll get to Italy any time soon. I have next week to cruise along the Eastern Sierra and do as many climbs as I can and finally some great weather.

    If there is any interest, we a doing a fun KOM type climbing century series this summer over here (the other Northern Cal)

    It is called the Wild Hillcious Century Series and the first ride is tomorrow. Should be a lot of fun.

    http://www.altaalpina.org/hillacious...eriesIntro.htm

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    Good Weater for the Wild sierra Century

    Saturday: Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 40s.

    Couldn't hardly ask for better. We have a small front coming through tomorrow to help cool things off a bit and then perfect by Saturday.

    The only hitch is Blue Lakes road for those who will include it in their ride. It is only partially open so riders will go as far up Blue Lakes as possible and will make up the difference on Airport Road across fro Turtle rock Park.

    For those who don't get to ride often with snow along side the road this is a great time to come up and ride.

    Top of Ebbetts on Saturday



    Hope to see the TNT folks up on Ebbetts too.

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    Look at all that snow!

    The weather looks fab indeed. About as good as we could have hoped for. I'm especially thankful that thunderstorms are not predicted. There were strikes within 100 yards of us on the Deathride a few years ago, and I'd rather not do that again.

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    Hope you come Ebbets way Biker395. We normally have our Ebbetts rest stop at the top but as you can see.......ain't happening. We will be about 1/4 mile below at the Pac Trail Head Parking area where they plowed some.



    Kinney Reservoir 1 mile/400ft below.........this is a great time of the year to be up here riding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagebum View Post
    Hope you come Ebbets way Biker395. We normally have our Ebbetts rest stop at the top but as you can see.......ain't happening. We will be about 1/4 mile below at the Pac Trail Head Parking area where they plowed some.
    Well, with any luck, I plan to make it to Ebbets. Look for the guy with the big schnoz and US395 on his head tube.

    I've been in Mammoth Lakes since early Wednesday morning, and the wind's been ~howling~. Howz it been up there?

    One thing about the wind, though. It makes for some nifty lenticular clouds.



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    Blue Lakes Road

    Ooooh....nice pics 395. we'll look for you.

    A bit windy yesterday as the front went through, breezy today and 60's, better Friday and perfect mid 70's, afternoon wind and no ppt for Saturday. So nice.

    One last recon up Blue Lakes Road today. Alpine County has no money to plow so they are letting it melt. My buddy Kent from SoNV at about the 7800 ft level.....about half way to the turn around.



    Blue Lakes only affects the 8 Pass Riders and those who choose it as one of the passes. We will make up the difference on Airport Rd across from Turtle Rock Park.



    Not a lot of snow here but 2-4 feet up around the next corner behind us.

    Lot's of late registrations....it's gonna be fun.
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    This ride is the best I have seen and I saw a lot. Amazing scenery, full rushing rivers, snowy mountains, smooth roads, homemade oatmeal cookies, friendy people, deer, clean outhouses and finally a mama bear and her two little cubs. I did the 4 pass option in 87 miles, but I'm not sure of the feet climbed , around 10,000. The only disapointment of the day is that I did not take my camera.

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    valleygirls ride

    Hey valleygirl

    Darn it...why didn't I get a pic of you at the top of Ebbetts I had a camera there. Anyway, let me know which passes you did.......could be enough for a full Wild Hillacious Century despite being a few miles short. The rules say 4 passes. :-)

    Thanks for the kind words...you had a great day up there.

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    I was camping with the TnT folks - I drove in over Carson on Saturday around lunch - nice and windy! Everyone I talked to said it was a great ride and very well organized (although a few voted to move it to August, away from all the other June doubles......). There's still an amazing amount of snow around above 7,000 feet or so - I saw a couple of guys hiking up from the Carson summit parking lot with skis, looking for the good snow.

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    Hi Jonathon

    Wish you would have come up Ebbetts way. Would have been nice to meet you. Yeah, I am sure they will take all the feedback possible and I'll make sure it gets to the ride director. Hope others will chime in.

    We want to make it what riders want. We can change! Starting a new event is so difficult especially after losing all the event equipment that we had but we will work hard .

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    I wish I could have ridden up Ebbet's too - after the Solvang double, I've had all kinds of back problems so I've basically had 2 months off the bike. Just starting to get back into the groove now - I didn't ride at all up there this weekend. I was kind of the designated camp chef instead.....

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    ... and an excellent camp chef he was!

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    We are getting some good feedback from riders and a lot of fun pics. It was a very nice day to be in the Sierras.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/bctlc889...10?feat=email#

    http://www.mtbguru.com/trip/show_sta...pina-challenge

    The volunteer party and makeup ride is next. Lots for the ride director and his minions to decide after pouring over the feedback.

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