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6,000 applications for a "Death Ride"?!?!?(14 posts)

6,000 applications for a "Death Ride"?!?!?Lon Norder
Apr 26, 2002 10:42 AM
I just got my rejection email from the Markleyville Death Ride people (boo hoo hoo). They said there were 6,000 applications for 2,700 spots. Now, I've done a number of California double centuries and there are rarely more than a few hundred riders. Where did all these thousands of endurance riders come from? Are most of them doing one pass? Then how can they call it a Death Ride? Poseurs! ;+)
I was a "reject" also........JohnG
Apr 26, 2002 11:00 AM
There are obviously a lot of folks into this sort of thing. However, I WOULDN'T call this an "endurance" ride. I'd reserve that description for doubles and longer. The "Death ride" and similar rides are relatively short (AND steep) rides. I think this type of ride might appeal to many people that wouldn't consider a double or longer. I'm definitely in that group as I have ZERO interest in doubles but really like these "short" steep rides.

ride on
Come to ColoradoStmbtDave
Apr 26, 2002 11:25 AM
Come to Colorado and do the Triple Bypass; 120 miles, +10,000 ft elevation going over 11,000 ft twice. No limit on entries so no reject notices!
when is that?? give me a clue..cyclopathic
Apr 26, 2002 12:40 PM
I did a century with 109mi/14,000, solo in rain/15mph+ wind I was good for 87mi. That's where I discovered I couldn't shift into granny ;o) last 22mi which included 2 1,000'/16% avg grade climbs were unforgettable.
Apr 26, 2002 1:04 PM
hmm 89$ just for century?cyclopathic
Apr 26, 2002 4:11 PM
seems a bit off unless they serve rocky mnt oysters and beer at every aid station.

would be fun to try though I'll bet I'd be dying not from climbing from altitude I live at 65' elevation.
It includes a Voler Jersey too nmBirddog
Apr 26, 2002 5:36 PM
Cmon over and do the Terrible Two, or...MrCelloBoy
Apr 26, 2002 11:53 AM
a club ride we're doing tommorrow with 120 mi. and 10,000' of elev. gain.
I'll bet you've already done the T.T.?
TT: now that's a Death Ride!Lon Norder
Apr 26, 2002 12:17 PM
Almost literally according to Bill Oetinger:
"Last year on the Terrible Two, we came as close as we ever have to having a rider die from literally overcooking himself. A 35-year old guy, in supposedly decent shape. Lost consciousness at the Monte Rio rest stop (mile 183) and went into convulsions. Swift work by our crew and paramedics got him into the hospital quickly. He did not regain consciousness for several days. From what I gather from the medical people, he very nearly checked out permanently."

Hey was that you I saw at the Solvang Double? Couple wearing SRCC jerseys on a Calfee tandem?
Not us...but I know who.MrCelloBoy
Apr 26, 2002 3:05 PM
They're a bit more hardcore than we are.
We're having to turn down the burners now that Kathy the stoker has exercise asthma.
She's also a nurse and surmises that the guy in the TT might have had a bad electrolyte problem going into the ride.
i'm out, too!DASS
Apr 26, 2002 12:17 PM
Well, i just plain forgot to sign up. After last year I planned to do it every year. It was a great day! But, looks like I'll gave to wait or do some other rides....dern!
new systemDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 12:47 PM
With the new lottery system, I'll bet lots of people had multiple entries through "proxies," as the entries are transferable if you get one. I thought about doing that.

Lots and lots of people don't do the whole ride. Nonetheless, the limit is necessary, as some of the roads are very small, with tons of people weaving all over the road on the way up while others are coming back down that same road at 45 mph. There is no such thing as a centerline or common sense, either. As I was descending fast on one hill, a guy coming up rode straight across the road and stopped, 90 degrees to me, to talk to a buddy on my side. Idiots. I yelled at them to get out of the way. They must have thought it was safer to stop on the side with people coming down at 45 mph than the side with people climbing at 5 mph.

It's a hard ride, but most of the people bail. I think they just go there to say they did the Death Ride, leaving out the "all passes" part.
Are you complaining that cycling is doing well???tuffnick
Apr 27, 2002 7:40 AM
Why would you complain about poseurs... more people on the road means more people to push you faster! To push me faster.

Nick Corcoran
Canadian Junior National Team Member in 2001 for Junior Track Worlds in T-town, Pennsylvania! And survivor of horrific crash and in redevelopment all over again...
re: 6,000 applications for a "Death Ride"?!?!?Got-to-ride
Apr 27, 2002 7:57 AM
I'm another Death Ride "Lottery Looser"..... I have ridden it the past 2 years, and finished all 5 passes with the first 100 riders, as a reward, I didn't get invited back this year...... thanks for that!

Maybe they should allow the riders that finished all 5 passes last year to have priorty registration, and have the lottery for the riders that haven't ridden 5 passes? It will be interesting to see how many "Lottery Winners" actually complete all 5 passes this year? If they piss enough riders off they won't need the lottery next year.....