Conditioning & Prep

Riding 129 miles and climbing 15,000+ feet all in one day is a daunting task! To make this event even more difficult, the course is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains at elevations between 5,000 feet and 8,732 feet.


We urge cyclists to visit Alpine County before the ride to get an idea of what it takes to complete the Death Ride® or sign up for one of the camps below to help you train. Ride dates and additional information will be posted as they become available.

Be Prepared For A Long Ride:

• Include lots of climbing in your training
• Spend a minimum of 8 hours on your bike
• Stay hydrated before and during the ride, bring extra water
• Eat regularly before and during the ride, bring extra energy snacks

Bike Gearing for Climbing:

We recommend a 39 on front and a 28 on back, a triple or a compact. Use your brakes sparingly and evenly on descents, rims can heat up from brake pad friction. Watch for overheating brakes.

Tune Up Your Bike:

Be sure you have good brakes and good tires. You must be able to control your bike and your speed on extremely steep downhills and very sharp corners with possible wet and/or rough pavement.

Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Rides – 05/21/17:

To train properly for the 2017 Death Ride®, you need to practice your climbing. The Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Ride, happening on 05/21/17, will give you some great climbing practice and is a super training ride for the Death Ride®. There are three rides. The Scary Monster is 100 miles (160 kilometers) and includes 10,320 feet of climbing. The Hairy Monster is 62 miles (100 kilometers) and includes 8,150 feet of climbing. The Merry Monster is an easier, family-fun ride that’s 26 miles and 750 feet of climbing. All rides start in Ukiah at Mendocino College and the Scary Monster goes all the way to the coast and back. All the rides are very beautiful, and the Scary and Hairy rides are quite challenging. These are really well organized rides with outstanding rest stops, great food, full SAG vehicle support and a great barbecue meal at the end of the ride. If you’re up for the challenge, please sign up. And don’t forget to invite friends, so they can experience some of the pain you are planning. You can discover more about the Mendocino Monster and register online by visiting The Rotary Club of Ukiah puts on this event as a fundraiser to help with the worldwide elimination of Polio and other International and local service projects. This ride DOES NOT gain you entry into the 2017 Death Ride®.

10th Annual Ebbetts Pass Century – (08/19/17):

Looking for more cycling in the “California Alps”? If so, check out the Ebbetts Pass Century (EPC) on 08/19/17. The EPC is based in Bear Valley on the western side of Ebbetts Pass and offers four fully supported rides (103, 64, 51 & 26 miles). The EPC is smaller than the Death Ride but has a lot of heart. Our motto is good food and friendly service, then Ebbetts Pass takes care of the rest. All rides head to the scenic Spicer Reservoir before returning to Bear Valley and heading up to Ebbetts Pass. On the top of the pass, riders can enjoy an espresso and fruit smoothie before descending to Markleeville for lunch. Then it’s time to turn the bike around and pedal back over Ebbetts Pass. Before finishing in Bear Valley riders still need to climb up the 24% Pacific Grade and quick side trip to Bear Valley Mountain for an ice cream treat. Then it’s all downhill to the village of Bear Valley for a tasty post ride meal. First 60 EPC registrations receive an automatic VIP entry to the 2018 Death Ride (registration fees still apply).
Click here for the Ebbetts Pass Century website.

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