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Deathride 2003theeatkins
Sep 19, 2002 11:35 AM
Has anyone done the Deathride is the California Alps? I am considering it for the summer of 2003. I am interested in where to stay, how much training, etc. Any help would be appreciated.
re: Deathride 2003mr_spin
Sep 25, 2002 9:19 AM
I've done it twice. Where to stay? There are a few motels/hotels not too far away from the start, and there is a campground right at the start. Check the website for details. I stayed in a rented condo at Kirkwood (ski resort) the first year, and a rented house there the second year. Kirkwood is about 20-25 miles from the start.

You should do a lot of training, obviously. I don't know what kind of rider you are, but the most overlooked thing is saddle time. You will probably be out for at least 10 hours if you are a strong climber, and at least 12 hours if you aren't, so if you aren't doing 7-8 hour rides comfortably by late May, it's going to be hard. Do as much climbing as you can on these rides and you will be fine. Prefer long climbs over short ones, because the climbs are long at the Deathride.

Don't worry about the altitude. It hits some people hard, but most will hardly notice it. I never did. There's nothing you can do about it, so put it out of your mind.

If you are strong and fit, and comfortable on long rides, you will finish with no problem. Getting into the ride is your biggest obstacle! I don't know how they will do sign up this year, but last year a lot of people got screwed.
re: Deathride 2003theeatkins
Oct 30, 2002 5:04 AM
Thanks for all your advice/help. I'm going to try and bring by RV to the campground. I haven't looked yet so I hope
they take reservations. About saddle time, I've done 4 one day 200 mile rides. I don't think that saddle time will be an
issue. I live outside of Seattle so I will have to head up into the Cascades for training.
re: Deathride 2003MikeDee
Nov 27, 2002 7:59 PM
Good luck getting into the Death Ride. It is an extremely popular event - probably because you don't have to ride all the passes (most people don't and it's easy to bail). They only accept so many registrations. I think you have less than a 50 percent chance of getting in. Most of the people I know that tried to get in last year didn't. Keep that in mind when you make your camping/lodging reservations. Check the deathride website for registration details.