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Death Ride, rideStretch
Mar 27, 2001 9:34 AM
I am planning on doing the Markleeville Death Ride and am setting up my
itinerary. I would be flying into
San Francisco from Minnesota (brrr). I would like to hook up with a local
group or individuals to
travel to Markleeville and back. Any help pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.

re: Death Ride, ridemr_spin
Mar 27, 2001 2:38 PM
Fly into Reno. It's 200 miles closer than San Francisco.
re: Death Ride, rideStretch
Mar 27, 2001 6:34 PM
Thanks, I'm keeping that option open along with Sacramento. Right now flying to San Francisco is significantly cheaper (almost half) with direct flights on airlines that don't have impending strikes. I wouldn't mind doing a little sightseeing in the bay area either.

re: Death Ride, ridegrz mnky
Mar 29, 2001 1:48 PM
Out of curiousity, how are you planning to train for this event (both mentally and physically) coming from the MN area? I assume you've read the info on this ride?
re: Death Ride, rideSkip
Mar 29, 2001 6:40 PM
Where are all the stats listed on this ride? I've been to Markleville many times over the last 7 summers (great Itallian restaurant in M), and have seen many cyclists on occassion - one summer, even an organized, multi-bike event.

Miles, miles, miles!Stretch
Mar 29, 2001 6:47 PM
Yes, how to train for a mountain ride without mountains? About all I can do around here is get on the bike and go. I'll do some riding in the Duluth area which has some decent climbs and I'm doing a hilly weeklong tour 2 weeks before Death Ride. As far as the mental thing I've been gaining mountain experience the last few years and am fairly confident in my abilities and limitations. The only problem I've encountered is cramping real bad once. Just got to make sure I drink enough. If anyone has other suggestions, please fire away!

I saw my first Death Ride T-Shirt in the mid 80's and always had it in the back of my mind. Looking forward to the challenge.

Mark / TrainingCWu
Mar 30, 2001 11:54 AM
Their website is very good in describing the mileage vs. elevation of the passess. 5 passess of 3500'; 6-10% over 10 miles. They also give advice on preparation.

Great workout and very well supported; rest mid-climbs and tops.
re: Death Ride, ridemr_spin
Apr 2, 2001 3:11 PM
Obviously, doing a lot of climbing helps, but at least equally important is saddle time. Even the fastest riders will take 7-8 hours. That's a lot of time on your bike. Your training should include long rides (6-7 hours), with or without climbing.
Got my rideStretch
Apr 4, 2001 8:41 AM
Wow! The ride filled in three days. Anyway I found my ride, thanks.

Now you're in for it! ;-)grz mnky
Apr 26, 2001 2:06 PM
Let us know how it goes and what you think - chances are your body will be in a bit of shock. Read all the info you can on preparing. Bring your own go-juice mix, their offerings have really gotten bad (people puke on the stuff they hand out). Fill two large bottles at the bottom of every hill and force yourself to finish both before you summit - otherwise you waasted energy hauling water and you will start to dehydrate. Once on top slug down another bottle or two of water/mix. During the ride I drank some where between 4 and 5 *gallons* of water and only had to pee once. Get an early start. For simulated hill training you might want to just remove your small CR! ;-) Nothing quite like climbing one 3,300' hill after another. The schlep out to Carson can be gruelling if it's hot. Of course you can also get caught on the top of a pass and get hailed on and end up hypothermic. When descending watch out for the bozos who like to climb six abreast and cross the yellow line. Be extremely careful descending both sides of Ebbetts - it's a really good place for a wreck. Savor every moment of exceeding 50 mph on the descents.