Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in America's West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Death Ride®, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and warm hospitality of Alpine County!
Registration takes place and the ride ends at Turtle Rock Park just north of Markleeville, California, the five pass ride includes 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three or four passes. For your safety, the first four passes will be closed at specific times to vehicular traffic. See course times.
This year’s ride returns riders to our infamous five pass course including:
- Monitor Pass - Hwy 89 (8,314')
- Ebbetts Pass - Hwy 4 (8,730')
- Carson Pass - Hwy 88 (8,580')
Five pass finishers will receive a five-pass pin and be eligible to purchase an exclusive five-pass finisher jersey.
Start & Cut-Off Time:
Generally, the start-time is 5:00am or at daylight. Starting before sunrise requires visible lighting in front and back of bike or rider. If starting early bring your own food and water as rest stops will not be open until posted times. Riders not planning on completing all passes please start a little later to avoid congestion. All riders must be off the course by 8:00pm.
From 5:00am - 7:15am, the road will be closed to traffic from the Markleeville Courthouse to the junction of Highways 89 & 4. Monitor & Ebbetts Pass will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5:00am. Monitor Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 12:00pm. Ebbetts Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 3:00pm.
Safety is the most important component of this event. The organizers insist that you adhere to this safety information for your safety and all other event participants. While we have tried to outline the necessary information for you to have a safe ride, please remember that this event can be dangerous! Be careful, your safety is your responsibility. Ride at your own risk! Safety violators will be removed from event and future events.
- Heed the Safety Coordinator’s warnings at all times.
- Helmets are always required.
- No using earphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc.
- Aerobars are cautioned due to the excessive speeds during the descents on the mountain passes.
- No child carriers.
- Ride single file and to the right at all times.
- Be alert and respectful to other riders.
- Control your speed on descents.
- Use your brakes sparingly and evenly on descents, rims can heat up from brake pad friction. Watch for overheating brakes.
- Watch for bumpy road conditions and cattle guards.
- Be aware of vehicular traffic. Obey all traffic laws, even on closed roads. Reduced speed zones will be signed and in effect. Carson / Woodfords speed zones are 35mph for all vehicles. Markleeville / Turtle Rock Park speed zones are 25mph for all vehicles.
- Carry extra tubes, a pump, etc. so you are prepared for hazards.
- Carry extra water. Drink before you’re thirsty. Drink water before the ride and drink frequently during the ride. Plan for at least two bottles per hour.
- Carry extra energy food, etc. especially if starting early as the rest stops might not be open. Eat before you’re hungry. Eat often during your ride. Small portions keep the fuel supply up.
- Starting before 5:00am requires visible lighting in front and back of bike or rider.
- Unexpected weather changes (cold, heat, wind, rain, hail and snow) can quickly occur so be prepared by having extra layers of clothing.
- Beware of unexpected wind gusts.
- Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on any closed roads/highways during the event.
*The event organizers will not be held responsible for those riders who ride without the proper registration/liability form on file when the Death Ride® takes place on Saturday, 07/11/15. This is extremely careless, dangerous and puts you and your fellow riders at great risk.
Rest Stop Hours of Operation:
Heenan (5:30am - 12:00pm)
Top of Monitor (5:30am - 12:00pm)
Topaz (5:30am - 12:00pm)
Wolfcreek Lunch (10:00am - 3:00pm) Lunch Stop
Scossas (9:00am - 3:00pm)
Top of Ebbetts (9:00am - 3:00pm)
Hermit Valley (9:00am - 3:00pm)
Woodsfords (11:00am - 4:00pm)
Picketts (11:00am - 5:00pm)
Carson (11:00am - 6:00pm)
Please check your medical insurance coverage. Medical transportation from the course is mandatory to a medical facility and can easily exceed typical insurance coverage. Many places on the course could require helicopter evacuation depending on injury. Be sure to completely fill out your personal information on the backside of your bib and bike number. Our medical personnel need this important information if you need to be transported to a medical facility.
Camping & Campfires:
Camping is available at a variety of campgrounds in Alpine County. Most USFS campgrounds and Turtle Rock Park are on a first come first served basis. Hope Valley, Kit Carson and Silver Creek which are USFS campgrounds will take reservations at www.recreation.gov. Grover Hot Springs State Park will take reservations at www.reserveamerica.com. Camping is prohibited outside your vehicle along state and county roads and highways - you could be cited. For further camping information visit www.AlpineCounty.com.
If you are disperse camping during the Death Ride® - campfires in unimproved areas are prohibited during the summer months in Alpine County. Authorities will be patrolling the camping and parking areas along the course and if you have an unauthorized campfire, you will be cited and fined. You will be putting yourself and others at risk. Please adhere to the USFS posted fire safety rules in Alpine County. Campfire permits for designated campgrounds available at the Visitors Center in Markleeville.
Drop-off of personal belongings will NOT be available during the Death Ride®. Please use caution discarding personal belongings along the highway/course, it may not be there when you return to retrieve it. It is your responsibility if you leave any personal articles along the course or at any rest stop. We will not retrieve any items. We will not ship any lost and found items. The Death Ride® nor any of its affiliates are responsible for your belongings. Due to unpredictable weather we suggest you carry your personal items at all times.
Death Ride Expo:
Be sure to visit the many booths at the Death Ride® Expo. Sponsors / exhibitors will provide rider giveaways, products and services ranging from tech-support to souvenir items. The expo takes place on the Friday before and the Saturday of the Death Ride®.
Fun at Turtle Rock Park:
Come test your skills at the 18-hole disc golf course or the new horseshoe pit. It’s free to play and open to all! Maps available at tee #1 by the tennis courts. Discs are available at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce.
Do Your Part:
Do your part to prevent littering, defacement and other forms of pollution so that others may enjoy the wonder and beauty of our county just as you have. In 2014 the amount of debris left behind by riders was the most ever. Please pack in and pack out. If you change tires or tubes on the side of the road do not leave the trash there. Please deposit it at the nearest rest stop or a dumpster. Thank you.
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Operated under special use permit on the
Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forests.