Riding 129 miles and climbing 15,000+ feet all in one day is a daunting task! To make this event even more difficult, the course is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains at elevations between 5,000 feet and 8,732 feet. We urge cyclists to visit Alpine County before the ride to get an idea of what it takes to complete the Death Ride® or sign up for one of the camp below to help you train. Ride dates and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Near Death Experience (06/06/13 - 06/09/13):
Entering its 15th year, the NDE is the premier camp to prepare riders for the Death Ride (or any other event). Under the guidance of elite coach Rob Panzera and CCSD Mentors, riders are provided with the knowledge and hands-on training necessary to prepare them for an improved cycling training and event experience. Depending on ability and inclination, NDE riders will have a chance to experience all passes in the Death Ride split during the 3-day camp—including a chance to climb 10,000 feet over two of the Death Ride passes in one day! Highlights include on-the-road training modules focused on climbing, descending, bike fit/position and instruction in pacing, breathing and focus. Also included are evening clinics and seminars, covering such topics as nutrition, altitude, performance drills, quick mechanical fixes, strength and conditioning and more. BONUS for interested NDE participants: Arrive early on Wednesday or Thursday (June 5 and 6), prior to the NDE to gain some additional riding time and coaching from Robert Panzera and CCSD Mentors. The NDE includes guaranteed entry to the 2013 Death Ride (for first 60 registrants.) For questions or camp information contact Kirkwood at 209.258.7360. For more about coaching and curriculum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cyclefit Biking Adventures:
High Altitude Climbing Camp
This cycling vacation/training camp is desgined for cyclists who want to gain experience, knowledge and hands on training at high altitude while enjoying a get away. You will improve your Death Ride® experience and ability to ride long distance at altitude after being coached by us in Bear Valley. Elite cycling coach Shelley Marenka and her experienced coaches can help you have the ride of your life while getting better acquainted with the mountain passes and course. Check out our early bird rates! Visit our website for more information.
Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Ride (06/09/13):
To train properly for the Death Ride, you need to practice your climbing. The Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Ride, happening on June 9, 2013, will give you some great climbing practice and is a super training ride for the Death Ride. There are three rides – the Scary Monster is 100 miles (160 kilometers) and includes 9200 feet of climbing – the Hairy Monster is 62 miles (100 kilometers) and includes 6900 feet of climbing – the Merry Monster is an easier, family-fun ride that's 26 miles and 750 feet of climbing. All rides start in Ukiah at Mendocino College and the Scary Monster goes all the way to the coast and back. All the rides are very beautiful, and the Scary and Hairy rides are quite challenging. These are really well organized rides with outstanding rest stops, great food, full SAG vehicle support and a great barbecue meal at the end of the ride. If you're up for the challenge, please sign up. And don't forget to invite all your cycling friends, even if they aren’t doing the Death Ride®, so they can experience some of the pain you are planning. You can discover more about the Mendocino Monster and register online at www.mendocinomonster.com. The Rotary Club of Ukiah is putting on this event as a fundraiser to help with the worldwide elimination of Polio and other international and local service projects.
Be Prepared For A Long Ride:
- Include lots of climbing in your training
- Spend a minimum of 8 hours on your bike
- Stay hydrated before and during the ride, bring extra water
- Eat regularly before and during the ride, bring extra energy snacks
Bike Gearing for Climbing:
We recommend a 39 on front and a 28 on back, a triple or a compact. Use your brakes sparingly and evenly on descents, rims can heat up from brake pad friction. Watch for overheating brakes.
Tune Up Your Bike:
Be sure you have good brakes and good tires. You must be able to control your bike and your speed on extremely steep downhills and very sharp corners with possible wet and/or rough pavement.
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