2017 California Triple Crown Calendar
|Hugh Murphy, the ride organizer of the Southern Inyo Double, wrote: "The Southern Inyo Double Century is on a course that is situated between Mount Whitney and Death Valley National Park. The course is on silky smooth roads with a couple of stop signs and one stop light with minimal traffic. We have several fairly long climbs that are rewarded with equally long descents with scenic beauty second to none.|
We have aid stations spaced about every 20 miles, no cutoff time, course closes when last rider comes in. This is a good entry level event for a rider that has trained for a double century and has put in the necessary miles to succeed. Last year 74 year old Hilton Osborne chose the Southern Inyo Double Century as his first double. He then rode Hemet, Davis, the Grand Tour and Dead of Winter. He volunteered at Bass Lake and earned entry into the California Triple Crown Gold Club as you can see HERE!!
Wind can play a part in this event, as it did last year. The last loop of the course travels past two sand dunes. If high velocity winds are in the forecast we have a different last loop to avoid the high winds and sand dunes.
We have moved the date from the first week in March to the first Saturday in April. This moves us away from California's traditional stormy months of January and February. A normal spring day in Southern Inyo County starts with a chilly morning that quickly warms up as the sun rises. We seldom have wind, usually light breezes then late in the day as the sun prepares to go down we usually get an hour or so of wind in the 5 to 10 mph range if there is a temperature shift. There usually is.
So far this year we have not had many windy days, we had major wind during the mega storm in January. We are surrounded by 10,000' to 14,000' mountains and peaks. The mountains act a a storm barrier for us. The mountains make it difficult for rain storms to get here. Thus, we are desert and like Death Valley a great place for a world class endurance adventure.
For registration and event details go to www.InyoUltra.com''
The Terrible Two was started in 1976 by the Santa Rosa Cycling Club, as they realized that a 200-mile course around Sonoma County would include some very challenging hills as well as some spectacular scenery. The directors of the Terrible Two have worked out their permit difficulties with Napa County, so after using a route that stayed entirely in Sonoma County in 2016, the event is returning to its traditional route with the miles through Napa Valley.
Except for five miles of suburbs, the entire course is rural and very scenic: vineyards, orchards, pastures, oak-studded meadows, shady forests of redwood, bay, and madrone, the spectacular coastline, wild rivers, lakes, and streams, and always the sweeping panoramas from the summits of all those climbs. It's enough to make you forget how hard it is!
Are you ready for 200 miles in one day with 16,600 feet of steep climbing? Are you ready for temperatures over 100 degrees? Are you ready to add your name to the list of hard core heroes who wear their hard-earned "I DID IT!" t-shirts with such demented pride? Are you ready for the ride that many consider the toughest Double in the United States? If so, the Santa Rosa Cycling Club invites you to test yourself on The Terrible Two with all info HERE.
The organizers of the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century have changed the course to improve rider SAFETY, ride through more scenic & popular areas, and to cycle through more roads with designated bike lanes & smoother pavement. The total miles have been decreased from 200 to 192. The new course will take you by Bass Lake first then Pine Flat Lake later in the ride and is described HERE. Registration is now open for Online and/or Mail-In registration HERE or call/text Angelo Quitorio at (559) 917-6299.
Jason Perez saw a need to add the California Triple Crown events to his Google Calendar. So he went to work on developing a Google Calendar version of all of these events which he shared HERE. This allows you to add all of the California Triple Crown Double Centuries to your existing Google Calendar which syncs to all your devices. Thank you, Jason!!
Congratulations to the 2016 California Triple Crown Winners shown HERE
And even more Congratulations to the 2016 California Triple Crown Gold Thousand Mile Club Winners
Be a Gold Thousand Mile Club Winner in 2017!!
2018 California Triple Crown Calendar
The Rides below are for the 2018 California Triple Crown
The California Triple Crown is awarded on a Calendar Year Basis
The Rides below can not be used to complete your 2017 California Triple Crown
|7/21/18||Borrego Double Century||Mountain High Cycling||12/01/17||05/21/18||07/01/18||07/21/18||Unkown||Volunteer|