Death Ride is sold out |

Death Ride is sold out

Now in its 20th year, the annual ‘Death Ride” Tour of the California Alps’ is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 in mountainous Alpine County.

A full field of 2700 endurance cyclists will once again tackle a five-pass route, including 16,000 feet of vertical climbing and an equal amount of dizzying descents over 129 miles.

This year’s ride sold out in a mere four days, indicating the immense popularity of the ride among cyclists. Considered one of the finest produced cycling events in the country, the ‘Death Ride’ has become legendary with riders of all abilities.

Last year, a little over half the field completed the grueling full-course ride which crosses Monitor Pass (8314 feet) and Ebbett’s Pass (8730′ feet) twice, concluding with the east side of Carson pass (8580 feet) before returning to the finish near Markleeville.

Sponsored by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce since 1981, the event is co-produced with the Alta Alpina Cycle Club, and the assistance of more than 700 volunteers and numerous Alpine County & regional non profit organizations.

In addition to providing a challenging experience for the participants, the Death Ride has become a major fund-raiser for both the chamber of commerce and the cycling club. Both organizations fund many of their programs with the event receipts, while an additional $20,000 is donated to various non profit groups for their assistance, including the Volunteer Fire Departments in Markleeville and Woodfords, the Friends of the Library, Alpine Children’s Center, Alpine County Emergency Medical Services, Alpine County Search & Rescue and the Markleeville Community Park Volunteers.

Motorists are also advised of road closure in Alpine county on the day of the ride. State Route 89, Monitor Pass, will be closed from 5:30 A.M. to noon, while State Route 4, Ebbett’s Pass is closed from 5:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. The road closures ensure the safety of the large number of riders on those highways during the day.

For more information on the Death Ride, please call the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 694-2475.

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