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Calling all Death Ride riders(18 posts)

Calling all Death Ride ridersCHRoadie
Apr 17, 2003 6:51 AM
My main cycling goal this year was to do Breathless Agony, Ride Around the Bear, and The Death Ride. However, my entry attempt to the Death Ride was denied.

If anyone got in and has either changed their mind or just can't go (or knows anyone in that same boat), I'd love to purchase your entry!
Do Climb to Kaiser insteadmohair_chair
Apr 17, 2003 7:12 AM
Instead of dealing with hundreds of half-witted riders climbing and descending mountain passes way out of their league, do Kaiser. The organization is superb, plus it's a much smaller (200 riders?) and much more competent group of riders. It's also a much harder ride. Finish Kaiser and you'll know you've done something.
Apr 17, 2003 7:28 AM
I got in the Death Ride this year. What is the Kaiser? Is there a website?
Apr 17, 2003 7:42 AM
Sorry, but you are out of luck...Brooks
Apr 17, 2003 7:13 AM
The Death Ride does not allow exchanges/transfers as they state that they will be checking IDs. This is the second year that I have been shut out. I really think they need to change their method to allow people who have never ridden the Death Ride some kind of preference. Or those who want to attempt all five passes. I'm not really keen on the giving of preference to previous riders.
hard ride, butDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 7:23 AM
As mentioned, the rider traffic is fairly horrific on the second mountain. I got over the first one and back fine, but coming back down the near side of the second mountain, on a very narrow winding road, riders coming up were all over the road, even stopping and chatting perpendicular to the roadway as others, including me, were descending at 45 mph. Idiots. After that, though, things cleared up a lot for the final mountain.

I wasn't aware entries were not transferable now. That's how I got in 2 years ago.

If you can't, as mentioned, come to Climb to Kaiser. It's 155 miles, and in some ways harder than the Death Ride. Death ride is up, down, up, down, etc., but C2K is almost all up, up, up, then mostly down, and C2k goes higher than Death Ride. The heat in the last 30 miles can be pretty rough, too.

I'll even put a few people up if they want to come stay with me for C2K. Email me.

hard ride, butCHRoadie
Apr 17, 2003 7:58 AM
Entries are transferable, but there's a $25 transfer fee. What I meant by buying an entry would be to pay the $80 entry fee, the $25 transfer fee, the $3 lottery fee, and maybe lunch at Taco Bell. :-)

Several of my friends from my cycling club are doing the ride, and I wanted to join them. Kaiser sounds glorious, but I don't know if I'm up for that yet. Maybe next year!

Have you checked out Breathless Agony? I did it last year (slowly), and I'm hoping to improve on my time. 114 miles w/ 12,000 feet of climbing, and a little bit of everything thrown in.
Apr 17, 2003 8:03 AM
Brooks was right. They've updated their web page since the last time I checked, and there are no transfers. Man, talk about a ride getting too popular--the organizers are making it as difficult as possible for people to get in, and they're still way overbooked.
too easy to quitDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 8:11 AM
I think there are so many entries because most people don't even plan on doing all 5 passes, or they quit early. It's so easy to quit when you come near the start/finish so often. So, you can say you did the Death Ride and only ride one mountain.

Apr 17, 2003 8:22 AM
Maybe I'll do the Tollhouse century instead. That's the same day as Kaiser, right?
yes, same day nmDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 8:25 AM
Apr 17, 2003 8:27 AM
Doug, don't let it out that Kaiser is such a great ride. Too many of the goobers that want do the Death Ride and can't get in will come and ruin C2K.

Just joking.

Honestly, the Death Ride is a joke because most don't even do the entire event and we see people here in the CA bay area riding around with their numbers still on their helmets months after it's over. Give me a break.

Kaiser is easily one of the toughest one-day events any rider will ever do. I highly recommened it.

BTW, anyone ever do the "Tour of Two Forests" in Southern Cal? Some of us are thinking of doing it this year as an end-of-season suffer-fest.
Tour of 2 Forests.MB1
Apr 17, 2003 9:03 AM
I really love that ride. Most of the climbing (there is lots of it) is between miles 60 and 150. If the tail winds are blowing (they almost always are) you can do the last 50 in under 2 hours.

In all truth though I don't believe it is one of the better Triple Crown routes. Eastern Sierra or the Central Coast are much more scenic and equally epic without being completly crazy.
Come try Durango, Colorado's annual Death Riderob99
Apr 17, 2003 8:10 AM
Every year on the Summer Solstice. It features 5 mt. passes, 235 miles and around 12,000 feet in vertical gain/loss. Only for the person w/ serious cycling addictions. No entry fee, self supported. Starts in Durango at 4am and usually finishes around 8-9pm. It's a blast!
235 miles and only 12k climbing? that's flat! :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 9:22 AM
You people are all sick!! (nm)Mariowannabe
Apr 17, 2003 8:57 AM
re: Death Ride - Rantoutofthesaddle
Apr 17, 2003 9:16 AM
Disclaimer - I didn't get selected for the Death Ride but it was the biggest pain in the ass to try to register this year. For a ride that has been going on as long as the Death Ride, it seems like the folks running it are doing it for the first time every year.

This year, there was the first wave of registration in January that they tried to do through They were going to take something the first 200 riders per day for 4 or 5 days. So they wanted folks to try for several days in row to be one of the first 200 applicants. It worked something like the radio station contests where they take caller number "x" and when you call you keep getting a busy signal. In this case the "busy signal" was an error message because the servers were swamped. Eventually, they gave up on that idea and allowed everyone that had ridden in the last three years to put their name in the hat for a lottery. But you had to pay the entire entry fee (plus fee) up front. If you didn't get drawn, they refunded the entry fee (minus the fee).

If you didn't get drawn in the first lottery, then there was a second lottery at the end of March open to all. If you entered the lottery in January and weren't drawn, then you were automatically entered in the March lottery. Although this information was posted on their website, they didn't send email notification about the automatic entry in the March lottery.

Bottom line - the organizers need to figure out a simple process for determining (early in the season) who is in (and who is not.) I think at some point, they are going to tax the popularity of this ride too hard. If they continue to play keystone cops with the registration process like they have this year riders are going to go elsewhere - like Climb to Kaiser (or the DD!), Triple Bypass, etc. There are lots of great rides out there in July.
Just register at the ride...Lon Norder
Apr 17, 2003 9:24 AM
Before the start of the ride, hundreds of people, myself included, registered at registration booth. You have to pay the late fee ($25 I think). As far as I know everybody who wanted to ride did. If you're worried, show up early. There were even people scalping entries at cost that they'd picked up.