General Information

Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride®, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and warm hospitality of Alpine County!

002Registration along with the start and end point of the ride takes place at Turtle Rock Park just north (Hwy 89) of Markleeville, California. The five pass ride includes 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three, four or five passes. For your safety, the first four passes will be closed at specific times to vehicular traffic. See course times.

This year’s ride returns riders to our infamous five pass course including:
• Monitor Pass (Highway 89) 8,314 feet
• Ebbetts Pass (Highway 4) 8,730 feet
• Carson Pass (Highway 88) 8,580 feet

Five pass finishers will receive a Five-Pass Pin and are eligible to purchase an exclusive Five-Pass Finisher Jersey.

Do Your Part:

In 2014 the amount of debris left behind by riders was the most ever. Do your part to prevent littering, defacement and other forms of pollution so that others may enjoy the wonder and beauty of our county just as you have. Please pack in and pack out. If you change tires or tubes on the side of the road do not leave the trash there. Please deposit it at the nearest rest stop or a dumpster. Leftover garbage will result in increased registration fees and the possibility of the Death Ride losing our permit to conduct this event. Thank you.

Recycle Your Waste With GU:

For years, there’s been a trash problem. The refuse of nutrition brands litter trails and roads far too often. And unfortunately, GU is not immune to the issue. While athletes are ultimately responsible for discarding their used wrappers, we at GU certainly must play our part. Recently, we partnered with TerraCycle in an effort to repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. None of this is possible, however, without YOUR help. So, join the Performance Nutrition Brigade, together, we can do it. Participating is completely free and very easy. There are no signup or participation fees, and the shipping is covered by our brand partner. Simply click here to find out how.

Start & Cut-Off Time:

Generally, the start-time is 5:00am or at daylight. Starting before sunrise requires visible lighting in front and back of bike and rider. If starting early bring your own food and water as rest stops will not be open until posted times. Riders not planning on completing all passes please start a little later to avoid congestion. All riders must be off the course by 8:00pm.

Road Closures: Day of Event 07/14/18

From 5:00am – 7:00am, the road will be closed to traffic from the Markleeville Courthouse to the junction of Highways 89 & 4. Monitor (Hwy 89) & Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4) will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5:00am. Monitor Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 12:00pm. Ebbetts Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 3:00pm. Highway 89 from Woodfords to the Markleeville Courthouse will remain open. Please adhere to posted speed zones and early morning parking crews.


Safety is necessary for this event. The organizers insist that you adhere to this information for your safety and all other event participants. While we have tried to outline the essential information for you to have a safe ride, please remember that this event can be dangerous! Be careful, your safety is your responsibility, ride at your own risk! Safety violators will be removed from event and future events.

  • Heed the Safety Director’s warnings at all times.
  • Helmets are always required.
  • No using earphones, iPods or MP3 players
  • Aerobars are cautioned due to the excessive speeds during the descents on the mountain passes.
  • No child carriers.
  • Ride single file and to the right at all times.
  • Be alert and respectful to other riders.
  • Control your speed on descents.
  • Use your brakes sparingly and evenly on descents, rims can heat up from brake pad friction. Watch for overheating brakes.
  • Watch for bumpy road conditions and cattle guards.
  • Be aware of vehicular traffic. Obey all traffic laws, even on closed roads. Reduced speed zones will be signed and in effect. Carson / Woodfords speed zones are 35mph for all vehicles. Markleeville / Turtle Rock Park speed zones are 25mph for all vehicles.
  • Carry extra tubes, a pump, etc. so you are prepared for hazards.
  • Carry extra water. Drink before you’re thirsty. Drink water before the ride and drink frequently during the ride. Plan for at least two bottles per hour.
  • Carry extra energy food, etc. especially if starting early as the rest stops might not be open. Eat before you’re hungry. Eat often during your ride. Small portions keep the fuel supply up.
  • Starting before 5:00am requires visible lighting in front and back of bike and rider.
  • Unexpected weather changes (cold, heat, wind, rain, hail and snow) can quickly occur so be prepared by having extra layers of clothing.
  • Beware of unexpected wind gusts.
  • Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on any closed roads/highways during the event.

*The event organizers will not be held responsible for those riders who ride without the proper registration/liability form on file when the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride® takes place on Saturday, 07/14/18. This is extremely careless, dangerous and puts you and your fellow riders at great risk.

013Rest Stop Hours of Operation: (subject to change without notice)

Top of Monitor (5:30am – 12:00pm)
Topaz (5:30am – 12:00pm)
Wolf Creek (10:00am – 3:00pm) Lunch Stop
Top of Ebbetts (9:00am – 3:00pm)
Hermit Valley (9:00am – 3:00pm)
Woodfords (11:00am – 4:00pm)
Picketts (11:00am – 5:00pm)
Carson (11:00am – 6:00pm)

Medical Insurance:

Please check your medical insurance coverage. Medical transportation from the course is mandatory to a medical facility and can easily exceed typical insurance coverage. Many places on the course could require helicopter evacuation depending on injury. Be sure to completely fill out your personal information on the backside of your bib and bike number. Our medical personnel need this important information if you need to be transported to a medical facility.

Camping & Campfires:

Camping is available at a variety of campgrounds in Alpine County. Most USFS campgrounds and Turtle Rock Park are on a first come first serve basis. Hope Valley, Kit Carson and Silver Creek which are USFS campgrounds will take reservations at Grover Hot Springs State Park will take reservations at Camping is prohibited outside your vehicle along state and county roads and highways – you could be cited. For further camping information visit Coin operated showers available at Turtle Rock Park campground.

If you are disperse camping during the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride® – campfires in unimproved areas are prohibited during the summer months in Alpine County. Authorities will be patrolling the camping and parking areas along the course and if you have an unauthorized campfire, you will be cited and fined. You will be putting yourself and others at risk. Please adhere to the USFS posted fire safety rules in Alpine County. Campfire permits for designated campgrounds available at the Visitors Center in Markleeville.

RV Dump station information:

Carson Valley Inn/RV Park, 1627 US 395, Minden, NV 89423 (775) 782-9711.  20 miles (one way) from Markleeville via Hwy 89 to Hwy 88 to Hwy 395.  Gas Station – $6.00.

Topaz Lodge/RV Park, 1979 US 395, Gardnerville, NV  894110 (775) 266-3337. 27 miles (one way) from Markleeville via Hwy 89 Monitor Pass (subject to road closures).  39 miles (one way) via Hwy 89 to Hwy 88 to Hwy 395.  Gas Station – $10.00

Clothing Drop-Off:

Drop-off of personal belongings is NOT available during the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride®. Please use caution discarding personal belongings along the highway/course, it may not be there when you return to retrieve it. It is your responsibility if you leave any personal articles along the course or at any rest stop. We will not retrieve any items. We will not ship any lost and found items. The Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride® nor any of its affiliates are responsible for your belongings. Due to unpredictable weather we suggest you carry your personal items at all times. Our permit requires that the entire course be swept and cleaned of clothing and debris. Therefore, our clean up crew begins on Saturday afternoon as soon as the highways re-open.

Death Ride Expo:

Be sure to visit the many booths at the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride® Expo. Sponsors/exhibitors will provide rider giveaways, products and services ranging from tech-support to souvenir items. The expo takes place on the Friday before and the Saturday of the Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride®.

Fun at Turtle Rock Park:

Come test your skills at the 18-hole disc golf course or the horseshoe pit. It’s free to play and open to all! Maps available at tee #1 by the tennis courts. Discs are available at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce.