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Old 05-30-08, 11:11 PM
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Alta Alpina no longer involved in the Death Ride

I didn't realize that the Chamber of Commerce had basically taken over the ride. There was a blurb about it in an e-mail looking for volunteers to test-ride a new double Alta Alpina wants to put on (why would they ask me? I've never done a double, much less one with 20,000 feet of climbing!). Then I found this press release from the club:

"After a two decade partnership, Alta Alpina Cycling Club is no longer
involved in the Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride(R). The
Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has decided not to renew the long
standing contract with the Club to co-produce the Death Ride for 2008,
and efforts to negotiate any kind of mutually beneficial agreement
between the two parties were fruitless.

The club and the chamber have produced the ride as partners for the
last 20 years. The Chamber owns the equipment used for the ride, and
now owns the Death Ride trademark. The Chamber normally has handled
the finances, registration and merchandising, obtained permits and
worked with government agencies, placed orders, and acquired sponsors.
The Club has been largely responsible for the cycling side of the
event: we have ensured that the right food, water, and equipment get
to proper course locations, maintained safety on the course with
experienced course marshals and SAG drivers, placed appropriate
signage, coordinated ambulances as well as tech support, and swept the
course. Our numerous volunteers have also helped set up Turtle Rock
Park, organized parking, and staffed registration, rest stops and the
store. This year the chamber has indicated that they have the skills
and experience needed to put on the event themselves.

We wish the Chamber of Commerce the best of luck in providing a safe
and fun ride. Stay tuned as Alta Alpina harnesses its vast expertise
and volunteer work force to host a new premier ride in the Tahoe-
Sierra region."

It will be interesting to see what kind of event the chamber puts on. Hopefully, they've been taking good notes!

JB

BTW, if anyone wants to volunteer to test ride that double, it will be on 6/14 and info is on the club website: http://www.altaalpina.org/
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Old 05-30-08, 11:23 PM
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One can only hope something gets worked out. It would be sad to see the deathride wither away and become just a memory.

Or worse yet, become a poorly run event and watch the drop in ridership kill the event. Personally, I don't think the chamber of commerce is best suited to run the event, unless its loaded with cyclist (probably not). Can you imagine what the jersey will look like if they have to design it?? What goes down the arm warmer? a campaign slogan??

bleh.. bummer news, I wanted to do this ride someday.
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Old 05-31-08, 06:59 AM
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I'm going this year.. hopefully it doesn't suck. Or, doesn't suck any more than it's supposed to
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Given how popular cycling is and how much the DR is overbooked, there's room for another mega-climbing ride in the area. So it may work out well for riders.

Speaking of climbing rides, I'd like to encourage people who like the Death Ride to check out riding the Everest Challenge (everestchallenge.com). In addition to the race there's a "tourist" category. The scenery's even better than the Death Ride, there's two days of riding instead of one, and there's a lot fewer riders so the roads are clear.
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I remember years ago the Chamber decided Death Ride was a bad name for the event and they changed it to "Tour of the California Alps". They got so much slack that they later added "The Death Ride" as a parenthetical post script. They just didn't get it.

They probably do have it figured out by now. It's not like the local Elks club putting on an event for the first time.
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There's always Climb to Kaiser which is two weeks before the Death Ride. I'm thinking next year I'll do that one instead of the Death Ride, as I have never done Climb to Kaiser. I hear its tougher then the Death Ride. And there's Mt. Shasta Summit Century in August. Also I have been wanting to do La Marmotte (in France) which is the first Saturday of July. So I think there are some options out there if the Death Ride doesn't live up to its prior glory. I already got my 5 pass finishers jersey.
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There's always Climb to Kaiser which is two weeks before the Death Ride. I'm thinking next year I'll do that one instead of the Death Ride, as I have never done Climb to Kaiser. I hear its tougher then the Death Ride. And there's Mt. Shasta Summit Century in August. Also I have been wanting to do La Marmotte (in France) which is the first Saturday of July. So I think there are some options out there if the Death Ride doesn't live up to its prior glory. I already got my 5 pass finishers jersey.
The Climb to Kaiser is one of the toughest and best supported 150 milers around! I highly recommend it! WAY tougher than the Death Ride!
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The Climb to Kaiser is one of the toughest and best supported 150 milers around! I highly recommend it! WAY tougher than the Death Ride!
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Needs a better name - like "Sierra Sufferfest" or "Escape from Fresno"
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Alta Alpina is actually planning a double century next year in that same area.

June 14 2008 Alta Alpina Test Ride

After the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce decided not to renew its long standing partnership contract with the club, we decided to start a new ride in 2009. We've chosen a course that showcases the best roads and climbs our region has to offer and reflects our heritage as the club that built that other big ride in Alpine County. We're building an even better ride by returning to the historic course and extending it for those that want some additional challenge: 8 passes and 196 miles.

We're holding a ride for Alta Alpina club members on June 14 to test the course. We'll have water, sports drink, and food at 9 rest stops, a meal at the end, plus SAG along the course. This is a club ride and not one of our regular events for the public so we'll have enough food and water everywhere to make sure everyone finishes but we'll only have a fraction of our regular menu so we can keep costs as low as possible. To cover the cost of serving food and for gasoline for SAG we need to ask everyone to chip in $35. For insurance reasons, all riders need to be members of the club and have signed the club's liability waiver. Please sign up for membership in the club at
http://www.altaalpina.org/membership/ and click on the "Join / Renew / Update Membership" link.

To register for the ride simply mail a check for $35 payable to "Alta Alpina Cycling Club" to:
Alta Alpina Cycling Club
PO Box 2032
Minden NV 89423
Make sure your name (as you spelled it on your membership form) appears somewhere on your check and write "June 14 Ride" somewhere on the check. Any checks received from non-members will be returned.
When we receive your check we'll send you an email confirming that you are registered for the ride.

The membership form has all the emergency contact and other information along with the ride waiver so the registration form for the test ride is just the check with the member's name and the words "June 14 Ride".

Here are all the details:
- Start/Finish is at Diamond Valley School just off Hwy 89 between Woodfords and Markleeville. For directions to the school use your favorite mapping website and go to "Diamond Valley Rd and Hawkside Drive, Markleeville, CA 96120".
- The closest motel to the start is The Woodfords Inn (530)694-2410
- Nearest Camping is at Turtle Rock Park for $15/night
- Check in will start at 4:30am
- Course will open at 5:01am (Twilight) and 8 pass (double century) riders should start by 5:30am
- Everyone should bring lights--we hope that some riders will finish before dark but we plan to keep the course open till 1:00am.
This is a test ride for a reason.
- We expect great weather, but this ride covers a lot of remote, high altitude terrain. Everyone should be prepared for any kind of weather at any time.
- Please bring an altimeter, we'd like as many measurements of the total climb as possible
- As always, please wear your helmet and carry two water bottles
- As a club ride, the rest stops will be primitive. Toilet facilities will be listed on the route sheet. If you have any special food requirements please bring what you need.
- Lunch will be at the start/finish location approximately 103 miles into the ride
- The course is approximately 196 miles with an estimated 20,000 feet of climbing

Here's a course description:
- Riders start on Diamond Valley Road. This is a beautiful rolling road with great views of the foothills. Riders descend into the Carson Valley and take Foothill Road along its perimeter to the base of the first pass: Kingsbury grade. This stretch is family friendly and gives everyone a good warm up before the climbing begins.
Kingsbury grade is the perfect pass to begin the ride because it offers very wide shoulders, a steady easy grade all the way to the top, and very little wind in the morning. It's broad sweeping turns give riders an awesome view of the Carson Valley and the Pinenut Mountains and a fun descent.
- After refueling at the rest stop on the summit and enjoying a well-earned descent back down Kingsbury grade, riders return along Foothill and turn right on Emigrant Trail. This short and easy climb doesn't count as a pass, but it's a good warmup for the pass to come and there is a rest stop at the top.
- Continuing from Emigrant trail, riders pass through the historic town of Woodfords and up scenic Woodfords Canyon following the route of the Pony Express trail. Turning right at Picketts Junction, riders will completer their climb to the summit of Luther pass where they will be rewarded with another rest stop.
- Descending Luther pass back into Hope Valley, riders will turn right again and begin their ascent of Carson pass taking in views of Red Lake and high alpine terrain.
- After checking in at the Carson Pass rest stop, riders will enjoy the fun descent back down into Hope Valley, turning right onto Blue Lakes Rd.--one of the best kept secrets in all of Alpine County. Blue Lakes Road will take riders over a series of climbs and through valleys with breathtaking scenery to the next rest stop at the end of the road.
- A little bit of climbing and a rolling descent takes riders back out to Hope Valley and then down Woodfords canyon. Turning right towards Markleeville brings riders back to the start where lunch awaits.
- The course continues down to the town of Markleeville and out to the intersection of Highways 89 and 4. Eight pass riders will stay right to begin the beautiful climb of the heavily forested Ebbetts pass.
- Eight pass riders will find a rest stop at the summit of Ebbetts pass and will then descend the back side to Hermit Valley where yet another rest stop is located at the turn-around. Riders then climb the backside of Ebbetts and return to the base of Monitor after a fun descent.
- Climbing the front side of Monitor offers riders a few challenging steep grades and sweeping views of alpine meadows and Lake Heenan. A rest stop at the top of the pass marks completion of the second-to-last pass of the day.
- The descent to Topaz on the east side of Monitor is a thrill. The road surface is excellent, the grade is sweet, and the turns are fun.
Most importantly, this is safe hill to descend at night with little car traffic, great visibility, and few shadows.
- Refuel at the Topaz rest stop for the last pass of the day. The climb is long but the grade is steady and this climb is a pleasure even after sundown. Like the backside of Monitor, the descent on the frontside is a good one for night time. From the base of Monitor riders return to the start through the Carson River Canyon on Hwy 89.

Here's the course mileage:
Cumulative AT Ride
0 Diamond Valley School 24.5
24.5 Kingsbury Summit Rest Stop 20.1
44.6 Emigrant Trail Rest Stop 9.2
53.8 Luther Summit Rest Stop 10.6
64.4 Carson Summit Rest Stop 17.1
81.5 Blue Lakes Rest Stop 22
103.5 Lunch at Diamond Valley School 22.3
125.8 Ebbetts Summit Rest Stop 5.9
131.7 Hermit Valley Rest Stop 5.9
137.6 Ebbetts Summit Rest Stop 20.4
158 Monitor Summit Rest Stop 9.9
167.9 Topaz Rest Stop 9.9
177.8 Monitor Summit Rest Stop 18.3
196.1 Finish at Diamond Valley School

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Needs a better name - like "Sierra Sufferfest" or "Escape from Fresno"
Yea, but after all that work you ride back TO Fresno.
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"Escape from Fresno"
That's great if you want it to turn into an overcrowded ride...
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