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A few pictures from the Dead Valley Double...(18 posts)

A few pictures from the Dead Valley Double...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:15 PM
This challenging double was held last Saturday, October 18. 150 riders registered for the Double and another 150 for the Century. I don't know yet how many finished but I was not one of them. The temperature reached 100+ F in the afternoon. After riding for a couple of hours on those conditions I had to quit due to cramps and dehydratation. My total milage was 132 with an elevation gain of about 8000 feet. I had enough.
It's not called Dead Valley for nothing...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:19 PM
The second checkpoint (don't ask me about those guys)...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:20 PM
Fans of Priscilla Queen of the Desert? nmms
Oct 21, 2003 5:48 AM
The lonely ultra bicycle racer....Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:23 PM
The first of two climbs is 16 miles long at around 5%....Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:24 PM
You can see forever....Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:25 PM
The second climb is 7 miles and it gets steep at the end...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:27 PM
climb ends at Salsberry summit , that is one happy cyclist..Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:30 PM
Jubilee pass has a short but very steep section...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:33 PM
It's not called Death Valley for nothing (part II)...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:35 PM
The view from the checkpoint at 100 miles, just 100 more...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:36 PM
Temp is at 100+. I'm not feeling too great (but neither anyone else)...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:40 PM
An oasis? Nope, that is salt reflecting the sun...Bruno S
Oct 20, 2003 7:42 PM
Heat and sun 1, Parched cyclist 0...rwbadley
Oct 21, 2003 6:14 AM
Not having done this ride myself, I am impressed you made the double metric. Camelback can help sometimes on a route like this. Fill it and keep sucking. We underestimate our needs, and dehydrate from the inside out breathing all that 5% humid air.

(Cool) pics
Thx for sharing. nmMKD
Oct 20, 2003 8:54 PM
Beat my March ride by 2 miles . . .ms
Oct 21, 2003 5:55 AM
I tried the DVD in March, realized that I was not going to make 200 miles and turned around at Scotty's Castle (lunch stop on the northern route taken in the Spring). My total miles: 130. I was disappointed, but I could at least claim that I did a double METRIC century. Death Valley is an awesome place in which to ride and I enjoyed your pictures. I drove the southern route when I was in Death Valley in March and hope to do the fall ride over the southern route next year.

Congratulations on a double metric century; 132 miles in Death Valley is no mean feat. And, thanks for the pictures.
it's more scenic at night ;-) nmDougSloan
Oct 21, 2003 7:42 AM