Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps

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Located in the stunning California Alps, the Death Ride course covers the traditional five mountain passes. This challenging course includes climbing Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and the final climb up the east side of Carson Pass. Finish the course and get a swag finisher's jersey.
Death Ride
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5:30am Sat 16th Jul 2022
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Markleeville, United States
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Where and when
Turtle Rock County Park, Markleeville, CA 96120, USA
Start times
5:30am Sat 16th Jul 2022
Death Ride:
Event summary
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Death Ride
Route information
The Death Climb: Tour of the California Alps is an intense, 103 mile ride with around 14,000' of climbing that covers both sides of three different mountain passes; Monitor Pass (On Hwy 89), Ebbetts Pass (On Hwy 4), and the Pacific Grade (Also on Hwy 4).
The full course with all 6 climbs is not for the faint of heart. It is a tough ride for only the most seasoned cyclists. However, for those wishing to be a part of this event but don't think they are up for the full course, can take on any number of climbs they like before returning to the finish. Only those who complete all 6 climbs with in the 13 hour time limit are eligible to receive a finisher's jersey and pin.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Pin
  • Finisher's Jersey
  • Finish Line Festival
  • Expo Booths
How to get there
Turtle Rock County Park, Markleeville, CA 96120, USA
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By Car
Exit Hwy 89 onto Turtle Rock County Park to reach the event. However, please remember Hwy 89 will be closed from 5am.
Event day logistics
11am to 7pm Packet Pickup at Turtle Rock Park Expo
11am to 7pm Packet Pickup at Turtle Rock Park Expo
5am Roads closed
5:30am Ride starts
12 noon Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) reopens to vehicular traffic
4pm Ebbetts Pass/Lake Alpine (Hwy 4) reopens to vehicular traffic
6:30pm Ride Cut Off Time
7pm All Roads reopen, all riders must be off course
Cut Off Time
This ride has a time limit of 13 hours, giving it a cut off time of 6:30pm.
Rest Stops
There are 9 Rest Stops on this ride:
  1. Heenan Lake Quick Stop at Mile 11.8
  2. Monitor Pass at Mile 14.8(cutoff at 10am) & 34.4(cutoff at 12pm)
  3. Topaz Turnaround at Mile 24.6(cutoff at 10am)
  4. Half Monitor Quick Stop at Mile 28.7
  5. Wolf Creek Lunch Stop at Mile 44.3(cutoff at 12 noon) & 93.4(cutoff at 4pm)
  6. Scossa Cow Camp Quick Stop at Mile 46.5
  7. Ebbetts Pass at Mile 55(cutoff at 1:30pm) & 82.7(cutoff at 4pm)
  8. Hermit Valley at Mile 60.1(cutoff at 2pm) & 76.5(cutoff at 4pm)
  9. Lake Alpine Turnaround at Mile 68.3(cutoff at 2:30pm)
When do the events start at the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps?
The Death Ride starts at 5:30am.
Will there be rest stops along the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps course?
Yes, there will be a total of 9 rest stops on the course.
Is there a time limit for the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps?
Yes, there is a time limit of 13 hours, giving the ride a cut off time of 6:30pm
2 reviews
Did the race in 2022
This is the Pilgrimage for California Cyclists, you should do this at least once in your life if you think of yourself as a cyclist in California. The longstanding tradition, difficult course, beautiful scenery, great support and the open arms welcome from the community make this a must do event for any serious California cyclist.
Did the race in 2019
3rd time doing this ride - lots of quality miles and a great all-day experience! Important to start as early as possible to avoid heat.
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