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Anyone ever ridden RAMROM?(3 posts)

Anyone ever ridden RAMROM?kevinacohn
Nov 7, 2003 9:14 PM
From the Redmond Cycling club website:

RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) is the Pacific Northwest's premiere one-day ultramarathon cycling event. It combines the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park with a challenging course that features 10,000 feet of climbing. The 154 mile course starts in Enumclaw, with a gradual downhill to its lowest elevation, 300 feet, near Orting. This is followed by 40 miles of rollers through the towns of Eatonville, Elbe and Ashford, with a gradual climb to the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The climb stiffens at Longmire, where the riders begin the 12-mile ascent to Paradise (5420 feet). A 12-mile descent through Stevens Canyon follows, then a quick three-mile climb up Backbone Ridge. This leads into one of the most fun descents of the course, a swooping five-mile run to the Grove of the Patriarchs and the intersection with WA410. What follows is generally considered the most difficult section of the course, the nine-mile climb up Cayuse Pass, which comes at 100 miles into the ride. The rapid descent down the other side ends with about 30 miles left to go. These last miles are gradually descending or rolling, except for one final, fast descent down Mud Mountain Dam Road just 5 miles from the finish.

The 2003 course map:

The 2003 course elevation:

Correction: "RAMROD" / nmkevinacohn
Nov 7, 2003 9:17 PM
Great route, but why pay the dollars?bludoggy
Nov 8, 2003 8:19 AM
75 bucks just seems like a lot for snacks and drinks and a t-shirt. We do this ride every summer without support. The convenience stores are very conveniently spaced. The stretch between paradise and greenwater is long, but doable. What a fantastic ride! This route is pretty much the reason I ride. I fantasize about it all winter, train for it all spring, and plan for it all summer, and reap the benefits (being in awesome shape) from it all fall.