103 Miles • Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, Pacific Grade • 6 categorized climbs
Challenge yourself to the premier cycling event in California. The route offers over 14,000' of climbing, 103 miles, and up to six (6) HC Alpine climbs . This ride is sure to challenge you, inspire you, and leave you wanting more.
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Starting and finishing at Turtle Rock Park in Markleeville, Calif., the 103 mile course begins at 5:00 am and covers both sides of three mountain passes: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4), and the Pacific Grade (Hwy 4). The full course is not for the faint at heart! The course will be closed to traffic from Markleeville through all sections of climbing, with a turnaround point at Lake Alpine where participants will head back to the finish at Turtle Rock Park.
Those who complete all of the climbs and return to the finish line within the event timeframe may purchase the sought-after Death Ride® - Tour of the California Alps Finisher's Jersey. All athletes, their families, and spectators are encouraged to join us at the finish line festival for food, photos, camaraderie and to visit our expo booths and sponsors.
The course route, water and rest stop locations and cutoff times are subject to change. Road closures will be in effect from 5am - 4pm. The event time limit ends at 6:00 pm, and all riders must be off the course by 7:00 pm. All cut-off times are strictly enforced. Segment cut-off times indicate the latest time that a rider will be allowed to begin each segment. Riders attempting to begin a segment after the cut-off time will not be allowed to proceed.
Train with veteran cyclists! The Alta Alpina Cycling Club will be hosting training rides throughout the spring and summer. Learn more >>
The Death Ride started in 1978 when five guys decided to cycle the California Alps in one day, with just the support of friends and family following along in a vehicle. The event quickly grew to worldwide recognition in the cycling community, and is a sought-after event for those looking for a serious challenge.
Today, the ride still caters to the elite mountain cyclists, but also offers a range of challenge levels, from one pass to up to six highly categorized climbs over Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and the Pacific Grade.
The event is not only a highly sought after cycling challenge, it is the primary fundraiser of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and many local nonprofits that serve the communities of Markleeville, Woodfords, Bear Valley and Kirkwood.
The goal: Supporting a vibrant economy and healthy community while providing a world class destination for cyclists, fishermen, hikers, climbers, skiers, and many more. We thank those who have participated in past year's Death Rides, and who have contributed to help us keep our mission alive.
One of the longest-standing sponsors of the Death Ride, we are honored to have Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. back in action.
"Beer for Exploring
Freedom’s in the wild places, and so are the best beers you’ve ever had. After skiing the slopes, reaching the summit, setting up camp—crack one open to celebrate."
Hammer Nutrition has joined us for the 2023 ride, and we could not be more thrilled to provide our riders with Gels and Heed at each aid station. Hammer provides superior endurance fuels, and has over 35 years of developing the most effective, natural products free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals and preservatives.
Shout out to FulGaz ☠️ The Virtual Death Ride is here... Introducing the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps, which is the most challenging series yet on FulGaz. The first stage opens April 1st, so you can roll out together, and then you have all of April to complete the tour. This is a free event and is now available to download in FulGaz.
California Alps Cycling is a dedicated partner of the Death Ride, the Alpine County Chamber, our California Alps community, and an advocate of all things cycling and outdoors! Check them out...
Alta Alpina Cycling Club are the originals creators of the Death Ride. In partnership with Alta Alpina Cycling Club (AACC), we offer the Death Ride® Training Series to help you prepare for the big event on July 15th! For more information visit the AACC webpage: https://www.altaalpina.org/training
We are pleased to introduce you to Zaddy’s, a gin-based, low-alcohol, ready-to-drink, canned cocktail company. They are delicious, and perfect for a post-ride refreshment. Be sure to try all 3 flavors: death-ride-best fit, the Corpse Reviver, Gin Sonic and Gin(Ger) Fizz!
You can find their info here drinkzaddys.com.
Harriman Law joined us last year with a shared concern for bicyclist safety. An attorney for bicycle crash, automobile, and personal injury cases, an active volunteer, and an avid cyclist, Jonathan will be cycling alongside you in the Death Ride® this July!
Hope Valley is considered the best resort in the High Sierra! This magical property is nestled within the slopes of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains just 20 minutes for the beautiful shores of South Lake Tahoe. The resort offers you elevated comfort with adventure waiting just outside your cabin door. This enchanting valley is know for its breathtaking vistas, fall colors, summer and winter activities galore.
Rehydrate - Re-Energize - Rejuvenate Osmosis Lounge an IV Hydration & Vitamin Infusion Wellness Center. We believe that wellness starts from within, and you can achieve this by replacing the vitamins and nutrients that your body has depleted. Lounge locations: South Lake Tahoe, Turlock, Modesto osmosis-lounge.com. Stop by and check them out at our Expo!
Made with simple, non-GMO, all natural and organic ingredients, Sasquatch Snackers give you the energy you need to reach your goal. With great taste and quick, lasting energy and no pointless fillers, the only thing left to discover is which of our flavors is your favorite!
We are over the moon to announce Stellar Snacks "Pretzels with a Purpose" will be providing non-GMO, vegan, Kosher pretzels on course, and in your registration bags. Mother-daughter duo, Elisabeth and Gina, and their brilliant team bake their snacks from scratch daily in Carson City, Nevada. From hand-picked seasonings to sustainably harvested flours, they take pride in the natural ingredients used to make their ambitious flavors. Yummy!
Reach thousands of active cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts, and promote your brand at one of the most recognized cycling events in the west! Learn more by calling (530) 694-2475 or visit our sponsorship page...
Captivating Sports Photos will be in several of the most scenic and picturesque locations during the Ride.
Photos will be available for purchase within 48 hrs following the ride. The Death ride is one of the most scenic and exciting rides in the country, and the photos are spectacular!
Please make sure your Rider number is visible during the ride, so you can easily fide your photos.