Spring Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century
Come Ride Death Valley by Moonlight! (This requires riding the 200-mile route. There is no moonlit century route.)
March 1, 2014
Classic southern route past Badwater and over the passes to Shoshone and back.
Ride a century (100 miles), ultra century (150 miles), or double century (200 miles)!
Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century has a 300 rider limit
and it always SELLS OUT!
PLEASE STUDY EVERYTHING BELOW CAREFULLY. ALL POLICIES STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Registration: The Date that Registration will Open is Currently Unknown. Possibly December 15. Stay tuned to this webpage and to our email newsletter. The current leadership in Death Valley National Park is conducting "safety reviews" of all special events and will not process any Special Event Permit applications until that process is complete.
The entry fee for this event is TBA for the century and TBA for the ultra century (150-mile) and double century. Online registration through BikeReg will open at 1000am, California time, on December TBA, 2013. Up to sixty minutes prior, the registration link will be sent out via our email newsletter, giving a small headstart to newsletter subscribers.
This event traditionally sells out in a few days or less. Please note, once the event is sold out, it is SOLD OUT. There is no wait list. Do not drive out to Death Valley and expect to ride unless you are pre-registered! NOTE TO WOULD-BE RIDERS WITH VOLUNTEER CREDITS: Please email us us prior to December 1, 2013 to request the special no-fee registration code. Photo ID is required to check-in for the event.
2013 Death Valley AdventureCORPS Jerseys and Vests
Locally made by PACE Sportswear of Garden Grove, CA
NOTE: If you want a Death Valley cycling jersey and/or vest, you MUST order it while registering for the event. It is not possible to return to this site, or to email us, to order gear at any other time. We will have a limited number of extra items available, first come, first served, at Rider Check-In on Friday in Death Valley.
We are excited to offer our ever popular Death Valley AdventureCORPS gear in a new color combo and design from our garment supplier, PACE Sportswear. These items are available for purchase exlusively while registering for the event. You will not be able to email us later to order or request any gear!
Please reference the PACE Sportswear Sports Sizing Charts below to be sure you know your correct size before you order the new gear. Remember, these are "Euro Race-Cut" and we offer both men's and women's styles. Jerseys are race cut and therefore run small, by as much as one size or more, as compared to club cut jerseys! (They are sized almost identically to the Hincapie Race Cut jerseys that we have offered for several years in the past.)
PLEASE NOTE: All Prices INCLUDE California Sales Tax! You will not be charged tax in addition!
Schedule of Events
8:00am to 4:00pm: Borax Museum open (on the FC Ranch property). Be sure to visit! Info.
8:00am to 5:00pm: Furnace Creek Visitor's Center / Museum / DVNHA Bookstore open. Be sure to visit!
4:00 to 5:00pm: CORPSyoga for riders, family and volunteers (on grass behind room 516). Be sure to attend as this will improve your ride!
6:30 to 9:00pm: Rider Check-In (Behind room 516)
5:30 to 6:00am: Rider Check-In for late arrivals (In room 516)
6:10, 6:20, 6:30am: Wave Starts for 150- and 200-mile riders (up at front of FC Ranch)
6:40, 6:50, 7:00am: Wave Starts for 100-mile riders (up at front of FC Ranch)
8:00am to 4:00pm: Borax Museum (on the FC Ranch property). Be sure to visit! Info.
8:00am to 5:00pm: Furnace Creek Visitor's Center / Museum / DVNHA Bookstore are open. Be sure to visit!
4:40 to 5:00pm: Course closes for century riders
7:00 to 7:30pm: Course closes for ultra century (150-mile) riders
11:00 to 11:30pm: Course closes for double century riders (17-hour time limit, depending on start wave.)
Extensive route descriptions, including larger maps, elevation profiles, and more, are available for each distance: Click here for the century route. Click here for the ultra century and double century route.
The Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century will start and finish at the Furnace Creek Ranch in the heart of Death Valley, CA. If you are not staying at the Furnace Creek Ranch, please DO NOT park in any of their parking lots. Instead, please park in the gravel lot to the north of the front entrance to the Ranch.
We highly recommend the Furnace Creek Ranch. The Furnace Creek Ranch offers a special room rate of $140 in February, plus a $9 Resort Fee. We will provide the special Booking Number to obtain that rate to all registered riders. (This will be provided in the Confirmation Email sent to all riders when they register through BikeReg.com. It is not possible to access our block of rooms without this information.) Be sure to reference that special Booking Number when calling the reservations office at (760) 786-2345 from 8:00am to 4:00pm every day. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for the event or to make your hotel reservations! (Rooms sell out almost instantly when ride registration takes place.) Our block of rooms is only held until 30 days prior to each event, so make your reservations right away or you may not find a place to stay!
You may also consider staying in Stovepipe Wells, camping in Furnace Creek, or staying at Death Valley Junction. Perhaps treat yourself to a posh experience at the Furnace Creek Inn (just one mile up the road from the Furnace Creek Ranch)? Here are yet more hotels in the region.
If you are not staying at the Furnace Creek Ranch, please DO NOT park in any of their parking lots. Instead, please park in the gravel lot to the north of the front entrance to the Ranch. Please note there are several campgrounds in Furnace Creek and elsewhere in Death Valley.
Carpooling and Hotel Room Sharing
We encourage carpooling to and from all our events. With some 400 riders coming from 20 or more states (and a few foreign countries), there must be somebody who lives near you, or along the route you'll be driving, or perhaps someone just needs a ride to and from the airport in Vegas or LA if they are flying to the event. Please use this section of the AdventureCORPS blog to connect with other riders. Share the ride! Save gas! Save money! Save the earth! Maybe find a roommate, too!
Rider Check-In will take place on Friday evening in at the Furnace Creek Ranch from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Room 516, located on the way to back of the Ranch, in the one-story row of rooms on the right (this is the last room before you get to the two-story 600-900 buildings). (Check-In is for pre-registered riders only. We do not accept in-person sign-up. The event is SOLD OUT many months beforehand.) We will also have late check-in from 530 to 600am on Saturday morning. Please come prepared and please don't wait until the last minute to show up!
CORPSyoga Class Friday Afternoon
Friday afternoon at 4:00pm we'll offer a free yoga for cyclists class in Furnace Creek on the grass behind room 516. It's a must to improve your cycling performance on Saturday! Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or large towel.
CORPSyoga is designed for everyone, regardless of yoga background, or lack thereof, and is designed to help athletes unwind from their drive to Death Valley or long day in the saddle, accelerate recovery for the next day's adventure, minimize the chance of injury, and rejuvenate and restore energy balance. It is primarily designed for cyclists, focusing on their tight areas (hips, shoulders and hamstrings), as well as strengthening the core with an emphasis on functional fitness. The yoga sequences will improve cycling performance and one's overall day on the bike. The class is one hour long. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a yoga class with fellow cyclists. Suitable for everyone! The class is taught by Laurie Kostman, your co-host, a fellow cyclist and fitness professional and exercise specialist with 20 years of experience. More Info.
Death Valley Entrance Fee
Death Valley National Park requires us to pay a $10 park entrance fee for each entrant, so we pay this on behalf of each entrant. The park depends on this type of income to support what they do there. It's a great place and much cheaper than a movie! If you want a Park Entrance Fee ticket for your car window (such as if you will tour around the National Park immediately before or after the event), stop by the Visitor's Center, tell them your name (which will be verified against the event roster) and they will give you one. (However, you do NOT need to do this if you only plan to drive in and out of the park for the ride.)
Your Entry Fee Includes
Entry Fee covers entry to the ride, the Death Valley National Park entrance fee paid on your behalf, CORPSyoga class on Friday, route sheet, excellent rider food at the checkpoints, "Subway" lunch, roving SAG support, an ambulance on patrol, and event results and images on this nifty website. Checkpoints, and their opening and closing times, will be clearly marked on the route sheet. At these checkpoints, riders can reasonably expect to find the following: water, oranges, bananas, PB&J sandwiches, pretzels, muffins, trail mix, fig bars, Clif Bars, Perpetuem, Hammer Gel, HEED, and Endurolytes, plus, at one designated "lunch stop" we'll also serve Subway sandwiches, soda and chips. ("Lunch" is at Badwater for this event.) We also provide drinks and pizza at the finish line. Several support vehicles will roam the course continuously. We'll sure help you and keep you on the road if we can!
Century Checkpoint Locations: 17.7mi (Badwater), 45.4mi (Ashford Mill), 59.6mi (Ashford Mill), and 87.7mi (Badwater).
Ultra Century and Double Century Checkpoint Locations: 17.7mi (Badwater), 45.4mi (Ashford Mill), 57.6mi (Water Only - on Salsberry Pass), 74.3 (Shoshone), 103.2 (Ashford Mill), 130.9 (Badwater), 148.6 (Furnace Creek), and 171.5 (Stovepipe Wells - double riders only).
Twilight, Sunrise, and Sunset
Twilight begins 5:52; Sunrise is 6:17; Sunset is 17:48; Twilight ends 18:14.
Wave Start Times
Each wave will have 60 riders and they will begin in ten minute intervals. Read carefully:
Before the first wave starts at 610am, riders should line up in TWO SINGLE-FILE lines in front of the Steak House in Furnace Creek. There, two batches of 30 will have their helmet numbers marked, then will move up to the start line corral under the FC Ranch sign. After each wave starts, another 60 riders will be marked and then will move up to the start line corral. Riders starting in a later wave don't have to be in line right at 600am. See below for the wave start order. Please get in the appropriate wave.
- The FASTEST 150- and 200-mile riders will begin at 610am.
- The MIDDLE SPEED 150- and 200-mile riders will begin at 620am.
- The SLOWEST 150- and 200-mile riders will begin at 630am.
- Century riders will begin in ten minute waves starting at 640am, 650am, and 700am, fastest first, then middle, then slowest. There are no departures allowed afer 700am!
All eyes—Rangers, CHP, park employees, and visitors—will be watching this event. PLEASE do the right thing, everyone! Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
The Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century is a timed cycling event and begins with an organized wave start at first light of day, known as "civil twilight" according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Riders may not leave earlier or later than the official start time if they want to be timed or receive credit for completing the event. The time limit is ten hours for the century, 13 hours for the ultra century, and seventeen hours for the double century. Checkpoint opening and closing times are generally based upon an average speed range of 11.5 to 20 mph. Riders who arrive at checkpoints after the posted closing times will be will not be able to complete the full route. For example, century riders who reach the Ashford Mill checkpoint after its closing time will be turned around at that point and will not be able to complete the full century route. Similarly, double century riders who reach the Salsberry Pass Water Stop beyond its cut-off will be turned around at that point.
Results and "Finishing Credit"
This event is specifically non-competitive and is not a race. Everybody who finishes is a winner! It’s primarily up to the participants in the events to maintain the decorum, safety, and sense of fair-play and sportsmanship that should always and in all circumstances abound in these types of events.
All riders must fully and safely complete their designated route within the designated time limit to be recognized as an official finisher. Full results / roster and several online digital slideshows will be posted to the website shortly after the event, noting each rider’s time, DNF, DQ, or just their name if they didn't take the necessary steps to be timed.
HOW TO BE TIMED:
1) Be sure your helmet number is affixed to the FRONT nof your helmet. This is mandatory for all riders.
2) Get your helmet number checked as you enter one of the starting waves.
3) Be sure to stop and check-in with the timing staff as required along the way, as per the route sheet. (Essentially, you need to get your helmet number marked at the extreme ends of the route.)
5) At the finish line, GET OFF YOUR BIKE AND WALK OVER TO THE FINISH LINE TABLE. Show them your helmet number and the various marks to indicate which distance you rode, in what amount of time. If you just head straight to your room, or car, and then walk back over to the finish line area, you will be listed as DNF.
Weather and What to Bring
The main thing to remember about Death Valley is that ANY KIND of weather is possible AT ANY TIME, and it can change very abruptly, without warning. At the Spring ride, very cold weather, lots of wind, and even snow are possible.
In March each year, the average daily low is 53 (12c) and the average daily high is 80 (27c). March is the third "wettest" month in Death Valley (behind February and January) with a whopping .25" or 6mm of rainfall on average. For historical, typical, and average information about the weather in Death Valley, click here. For the current weather and road conditions in Death Valley, read "The Morning Report" by the National Park Service by clicking here.
Riders must come prepared for any possible mechanical failure or contingency. At the very least, all riders should carry a spare tube, tire (yes, an actual tire), pump, patch kit, basic tools, water bottles, money, personal and medical identification, cell phone, money, credit card, and a good attitude.
Need a Local Bike Shop?
Furnace Creek Ranch now has its own bike shop, Furnace Creek Cyclery! Phone: (760) 786-3372.
Our Vegas area cycling friends tell us "The best bike shop in Vegas is 'The Bike Shop' as they’re the closest shop to the airport and only one block south of Windmill which now becomes Blue Diamond Road and is a straight shot to Pahrump and DV. They also stay open later than the other shops in town which may be helpful to out-of-towners and they have a big shop with all the goodies and spares that anyone may have forgot to pack." Here is their info and be sure to mention AdventureCORPS Death Valley Cycling if you go there!
The Bike Shop: 2570 Wigwam Parkway Henderson, Nevada 89074
(702) 897-1618 | (702) 897-6088 fax | www.bikeshop-lv.com
For bike shops in the Bay Area and San Diego which we recommend, check out our Community Page.
Death Valley got it's name because it is a place were living things go, get dehydrated, and die. Death Valley has the driest climate on this planet. Most of the time there is practically no moisture in the air at all. This means every breath goes in dry and comes out wet. When you are sleeping in Death Valley your body processes about a pint of water an hour by breathing. This means at the end of 8 hours sleep you have consumed about 1 gallon of water. You must hydrate and replace your electrolytes even when you are not cycling. Therefore we suggest you bring a Camelbak!
We recommend that ALL riders have, and use, a bright tail light ALL DAY, including century riders. (Personally, I never ride my bike without a bright taillight on the back of my bike, regardless of weather or time or day. Being visible is the best way to be safe.) All riders riding in hours of darkness absolutely must have a legal front and rear lighting system and have reflective gear on their body and/or bicycle facing in all four directions. This means a white headlight that can be seen from 500 feet and a minimum of TWO red taillights (non-blinking) secured to the bicycle and visible from 500 feet, plus lots of reflective gear and as many other lights as possible. Do not mount taillights to your helmet or backpack because they become invisible when you lean forward. We recommend two headlights and we REQUIRE two tail lights because loss or failure of lights is an extremely dangerous situation which jeopardizes your safety AND the future of this event! Be safe and be visible! We will be forced to DQ you if you are on the course, or arrive at the finish line, without proper lights. Rangers, Law Enforcement, and others will be looking for lights on all riders after sunset. Be safe, be legal, and keep yourself and this ride alive!
Riders will NOT have the option of having their lights or any other gear delivered up the course from the start line. Ultra Century and Double Century rider MUST have all front and rear lighting ON their bikes at the start line, and for the duration of the ride. Century riders are not required to have lights, though we recommend a bright tail light for all riders at all times.
Personal SAG Vehicles
Not allowed! Death Valley is a beautiful, generally traffic-free place to ride, so why spoil it with more cars? The definition of a personal SAG is any non-staff motor vehicle that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation to any rider. No RAAM crews in training, personal cheering squads, photographers, video crews, or the like, please! If your family or friends want to be there, we'll be happy to put them to work at a checkpoint!
Special Park Service Regulations
The National Park Service requires that we ride single file at all times. We must also ride as far to the right hand side of the lane as is safely possible. Always use front and rear lights while cycling at night. Do not turn them off! Remember, your behavior on the road dictates whether or not we get to host this event again. Take this seriously. We do!
We always need help at our events! We can only put these events on with the help of loyal, trustworthy, motivated individuals running the checkpoints along the way. If you'd like to help, please submit the Volunteer Application. To provide a little incentive, we offer one free entry into the next edition of this event if you volunteer. It's a simple formula: "work one, ride one free!" So please contact us to let us know when and where you'd like to help. Likewise, if you have a Free Ride Credit you'd like to use, email us BEFORE or during the standard entry time frame for the event to reserve your spot on the roster.
Directions to Death Valley
Click Here: Print this Pdf download of the best route to drive to and from Death Valley, whether you are coming from the Vegas area or Southern California. NEVER USE A GPS TO NAVIGATE TO DEATH VALLEY! Click here for the GPS file and Garmin page for the same route.
Official Charity: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Click here for the "Race For a Reason" program - You can personally participate in our events on behalf of CAF - and even earn cool incentive prizes in recognition of your efforts! The Challenged Athletes Foundation was created on the belief that people of all abilities should have the opportunity to pursue a life full of physical activity and of sports. Be they recreational or in pursuit of a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, people with a physical disability are limited only by their access to funding. Click here to donate to CAF right now through a secure and easy-to-use webpage.
Important Registration Details and Policies
- All entrants are required to sign the Accident Waiver at check-in (before beginning the event). The waiver may not be modified in any manner.
- All riders must pay the event entry fee, except those with a Volunteer's Free Ride Credit.
- Entry fees are non-transferable. (No rider exchanges.)
- Entry fees are non-refundable. (No roll-over credits, either.)
- We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
- The minimum age for participants and volunteers is 11. Riders under 18 must have their Accident Waiver signed by a parent or guardian who attends the event.
- Participants may not tow trailers or "trail-a-bikes."
- Photo ID is required to check-in for the event.
- These events ALWAYS sell out way in advance! There is no registration at the event. You may not ride unless you have pre-registered and therefore your name is on the event roster.
- There will be no mailing via postal service of any info, results, or entry confirmation before or after the event, however BikeReg.com will email you confirmation of your entry when you complete the application process through their website. Keep that email on file as proof of your registration. We will keep you up-to-date via our email newsletter, but only if you choose to sign up for it.
- We ride rain or shine.
Rules for Riding in Death Valley
- All riders must be friendly and must always display a good attitude before, during, and after the event. Whining and/or a sense of entitlement will not be tolerated.
- All riders must carry and/or wear the official event ID provided at check-in. Riders without ID will be refused support and will be listed as DNF in the results. "Bandit riders" will be banned from future events.
- All riders must carry proper personal identification and personal emergency contact phone number at all times while cycling. We recommend the fine products from www.RoadID.com.
- All riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet while cycling.
- All riders must obey all laws and all relevant aspects of the California Motor Vehicle Code and National Park Service regulations. Riders who break laws and/or ride unsafely will be disqualified from the event and lose California Triple Crown credit; they will also be banned from entering future events.
- All riders must follow the basic rules for safe cycling, including, but not limited to: Ride to the right, single file at all times. Stop at all stop signs and red signals. Protect and warn one another about road hazards and traffic. Don't overlap wheels. Practice safe paceline and group riding etiquette. Be courteous to and cognizant of motorists and other park visitors.
- All riders must carry and use legal bicycle lights and reflective gear when cycling at night. Riders on the course, or crossing the finish line, at night without adequate front and rear lights will be DQ'd and banned from future events.
- All riders must begin in the wave start as directed. Riders may not enter the course before or after the official wave starts.
- Riders who arrive at checkpoints after the posted closing times will not be able to complete the full route, and will be turned around.
- All riders, including those who DNF, must check in at the finish line.
- Century riders must fully and safely complete the entire century route within the ten hour time limit to be recognized as an official finisher. Ultra century riders must fully and safely complete the entire 150-mile route within 13 hours to be recognized as an official finisher. Double century riders must fully and safely complete the entire double century route within the 17-hour time limit to be recognized as an official finisher and to receive California Triple Crown credit.
- Personal Support Vehicles, whether they are actively "supporting" a rider or not, are not allowed anywhere on the course, except for the start / finish area.
- For your safety and the safety of other riders and road users, headphones, in either or both ears, are not allowed at any time while cycling.