Effective immediately Death Valley National Park will temporarily discontinue issuance of running and bicycling event permits. Future event permits will not be considered until a thorough safety evaluation of this type of activity has been completed.
The Adventure Corps rides out there were pretty much the only events I do every year, so I'm pretty bummed out that the park administration would make such a decision.
It'll be interesting to see what happens to the Badwater 135.
Meanwhile, up north at Crater Lake National Park, the National Park Service gave over two weekends of road closures this year simply so people could ride the East Rim Rd without being hassled by motorists (~24 miles one-way). They have now settled on doing this every year on the third weekend of September.
Whatever the burr is in the panties of the administrator of Death Valley, hopefully it won't spread to other parks.
Man, that's too bad. Unbelievable they don't bother to come up with any justification at all, although after riding it a few times and marshalling it once, I saw a few cyclists behaving badly. And two lane-takers being complete d1ck$ in front of a Ranger back in 2012.
All it takes is one or two park visitors complaining...
Last edited by calamarichris; 12-23-13 at 07:18 AM.
There are other events in Death Valley, but I believe Adventure Corps was by far the most affected as they have several events there as you know. Badwater and the 508 are pretty iconic events with a long history (as far as these things go) and that's really what is sad about the situation.