Death Valley Century and Double Century
March 6, 2004: Report and Results

Northern route to Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate

Spectacular weather rewarded the nearly 300 participants in the Spring Death Valley Century and Double Century, held March 6, 2004. The 75 degree, mostly windless day was in sharp contrast with the rain, hail, snow, and windstorm adventure of twelve months prior! This was the second time this particular route was used and was again received with rave reviews. This 200 mile event also has the highest finishing rate ever: nearly 96%!

- Chris Kostman

Special Thanks to the Tireless Volunteers who Made this Event Possible!

Check-In: Mark Patten, Chris Kostman, and Deborah Caplan

Stove Pipe Wells: Carol Breed, Dave Heckman and Jenny, Rich Stuart

Side of the Road: Cathe & Wick Waltmire, Mike Angelos, and Martin Doerflor

Water Stop: John Johantgen

Scotty's Castle: Reed Finfrock, Mark Patten, Crystal, Rich Stuart, Tom Baker, Martin Doerflor, and Michael Jaeggli

Nevada: Carol Breed, Dave Heckman and Jenny

Ubehebe Crater: Rich Stuart

Hell's Gate: Tom Baker

Roving SAG: Doug Goodwin, Chris Kostman, Mike Angelos, and John Johantgen

Finish Line: Deborah Caplan

PB&J Crew: Cathe and Wick Waltmire, Mike Angelos, Reed Finfrock, Tom Baker, Tom Parkes

Special thanks to Rick Scott and his team from Liberty Ambulance, as well as DVNP Ranger Jubal Emerson for their professional support out on the course!

First Time Century Finishers

Congrats to Judith Adler-Gustafson, Joel Delapaz, Stephanie Duerfeldt, Lisa Jones, Dale Paugh, Kurt Staib, Peer Theobald. (There may be others, but these folks told us.)

First Time Double Finishers

Congrats to Eric Adair, Garrett Barnett, Connie Brown, Jill Fernandez, Henry Lam, Steven Lee, Thomas McHenry, Robin Oswald. (There may be others, but these folks told us.)

First-Ever Fixed Gear Finisher of this Event

That's one gear with no coasting! Congrats to Sam Seal Beal! Sam is a veteran of Furnace Creek 508 and Race Across America. The Seal is in training to race "The 508" this October on his fixed gear bike.

Awesome and Appreciated Feedback

"I wanted to contribute to the lots of positive feedback you must be receiving for the Death Valley ride. That was a truly awesome route that I would enjoy even in a driving snow storm. That you arranged for perfect weather makes your organizing skills godlike! My first Death Valley was a couple of years ago and the experience was so great I do as many of your doubles as I can fit into my schedule. I think everyone should have an opportunity for the experience and I appreciate that you offer rides of various difficulties to allow beginners to distance cycling to get started. Continue the great work."  -Tim Houck

"Thanks for the great ride! Great weather! Great full moon! Great support! Great time!!! See you out there next time!"  -Dave Clemes


Slideshow 1: On the Road
Slideshow 2: More Photos On the Road
Slideshow 3: Finish Line

2004 Spring Death Valley Double Century Official Results

(146 starters, 138 finishers = 94.5%, the highest finishing rate ever!)

City State Time Notes
Grattan Doug Garnderville NV 9:53 Tandem with Pollock
New Course Record
Landauer Jeff Fair Oaks CA 9:53 New Course Record
Pollock Graham Folsom CA 9:53 Tandem with Gratton
New Course Record
Reid Tony Kirkwood CA 9:53 New Course Record
Roth David San Diego CA 9:53 New Course Record
Wilson Eric Palmdale CA 10:00  
Bowling Brian Laguna Niguel CA 10:01  
Dial Derek Mount Shasta CA 11:25  
Walsh Kevin Lancaster CA 11:25  
Dakus Scott Henderson NV 11:46  
Haddakin Christopher Hemet CA 11:46  
Schrank Ric Virginia City NV 11:57  
Grier Mike Irvine CA 12:00  
Bramwell Chuck Irvine CA 12:08  
Clare John T. Long Beach CA 12:08  
Davis Paul Bala Cynwid PA 12:08  
Mazzola John Cedar Crest NM 12:08  
Raffelson Troy El Cajon CA 12:08  
Smith Sean Huntington Beach CA 12:08  
Maxey Michael Novato CA 12:09  
Huestis Steve Elk Grove CA 12:22  
Chester Mike Oceanside CA 12:31 Tandem with Koppenhaver
Koppenhaver Karen Fallbrook CA 12:31 Tandem with Chester
Vargas George San Diego CA 12:31  
Carpenter Paul John Batavia IL 12:32  
Skramstad Eric Henderson CA 12:32  
Beal Sam Mountain View CA 12:41  
Palmer Bill Santa Barbara CA 12:41  
Hiebert Greg San Jose CA 12:45  
Houck Timothy Pleasanton CA 12:48  
Fox Michael J. Edmond OK 12:52  
Barnett Garrett Edmond OK 12:53  
Sturgill Michael Phoenix AZ 13:02  
Goode Gerald Tucson AZ 13:03  
Stewart Anna Susanville CA 13:03  
Stewart Rick Susanville CA 13:03  
Patterson Doug Orange CA 13:05  
Irizari Alexis Las Vegas NV 13:12  
Mirich David Las Vegas NV 13:12  
Wettstein John Visalia CA 13:13  
Schmunk Steve Vista CA 13:15  
Schmunk Justin Vista CA 13:15  
Hayden Todd Corona CA 13:18  
Springer Doug Windsor CA 13:18  
Milton Tom Fairfield CA 13:23  
Taylor Bruce Alta Loma CA 13:23  
Feldott Robert Salt Lake City UT 13:25  
Bolander Larry Pacifica CA 13:31  
Oswald Robin San Luis Obispo CA 13:31  
Conjusteau Andre Pasadena CA 13:33  
Jones David A. Canoga Park CA 13:33  
Honda Nicole San Mateo CA 13:35  
Mazzoni Darla S. Lake Tahoe CA 13:38  
Simon Curt San Rafael CA 13:38  
Spano Daniel Zephyr Cove NV 13:38  
Speckert Jacqueline S. Lake Tahoe CA 13:38  
Speckert Les S. Lake Tahoe CA 13:38  
Kane Lee Daly City CA 13:39  
Lynch Colin San Rafael CA 13:39  
Brennan David San Jose CA 13:41  
Aydelott-Robbins Karen Pasadena CA 13:49  
Hoag David San Jose CA 13:49  
Lefferts Deborah San Jose CA 13:49  
Loftin Lance Santa Ana CA 13:49  
Mansker Barry San Jose CA 13:53  
Hall Daniel E. Sacramento CA 13:56  
Jones Greg Moorpark CA 13:57  
Chang Wayne Tustin CA 13:59  
Griffice Charles Orange CA 14:00  
Yates Scott Sacramento CA 14:02  
Ignacio Francis Duarte CA 14:05  
Phillips Chuck Tustin CA 14:05  
Pori Eugene Cameron Park CA 14:05  
Farris Ron Inyokern CA 14:06  
Nye Bill Ridgecrest CA 14:06  
Evans Dave Lakewood CA 14:10  
Warren Mike Santa Barbara CA 14:10  
Anderson Bruce San Luis Obispo CA 14:11  
Beam John La Puente CA 14:15  
Katano Lynn Monterey Park CA 14:15  
Kopit Paul Sunland CA 14:18  
Caldwell Wayne San Marcos CA 14:34  
Lauer John Elk Grove CA 14:34  
Paxson Robert Elk Grove CA 14:34  
Rosenblatt G.M. Berkeley CA 14:34  
Spann Timothy Davis CA 14:34  
Wara Michael Mill Valley CA 14:40  
Summers Spike Burbank CA 14:42  
Broome George Pecos NM 14:49  
Carr-Broome Lisa Pecos NM 14:49  
Koenig Craig Sonora CA 14:50  
Connolly Michael Santa Rosa CA 14:53  
Hurst Robert Lake View Terrace CA 14:58  
Way Ron Downey CA 14:58  
Doyle Charles Chandler AZ 15:02  
Clemes David Oakland CA 15:03  
Verplaetse Peter Mountain View CA 15:04  
Maurice John Henry Salem OR 15:07  
Neal Frank San Dimas CA 15:07  
Adair K. Eric Newhall CA 15:13  
McHenry Thomas Pasadena CA 15:13  
Cram Med Roseville CA 15:15  
Knoble Chuck El Dorado Hills CA 15:15  
Ford Stephen Sacramento CA 15:26  
Banks Matt Jamestown CA 15:27  
Hill Dale Ramona CA 15:29  
Ziegler Paul Newport Coast CA 15:30  
Brown Connie Concord CA 15:35  
Lam Henry Pleasant Hill CA 15:35  
Sabin James San Marino CA 15:35  
Fernandez Jill Long Beach CA 15:38  
Nichols Curt El Dorado Hills CA 15:40  
Yates Robert Sacramento CA 15:40  
Lunstrum Timothy Grand Terrace CA 15:44  
Sevaly Jim Riverside CA 15:44  
Sweigert Jim Moreno Valley CA 15:44  
McCombs Greg Fountain Hills AZ 15:46  
McCombs Michael Fountain Hills AZ 15:46  
Yates Frank Sacramento CA 15:51  
Lichtenstern Fred Moreno Valley CA 15:52  
McClain Francis San Juan Capistrano CA 15:54  
Lee Steven Los Angeles CA 15:55  
Parkes Thomas Costa Mesa CA 15:55  
Murphy William Long Beach CA 15:59  
Long John D. Signal Hill CA 16:00  
Plonsky Susan Casa Grande AZ 16:00  
Long John A. Vacaville CA 16:02  
Brajkovich Joseph Campbell CA 16:03  
McKernon James Claremont CA 16:13  
Young Max Upland CA 16:13  
East Everett Jamestown CA 16:23  
Finigan Brian Twain Harte CA 16:23  
Gallagher Tim Sonora CA 16:23  
Dean James Tuolumne CA 16:24  
Kingsford Adam Lake View Terrace CA 16:54  
Stastny Bret San Ramon CA 17:04  
Summers Sandra Oak Park CA 17:04  
Clarke Richard Thousand Oaks CA 18:17  
Allard Dennis Santa Monica CA DNF  
Allen James P. San Diego CA DNF  
Bartel Brian Long Beach CA DNF  
Boyle Craig San Jose CA DNF  
Green Ronald Upland CA DNF  
Lusby Richard Zephyr Cove CA DNF  
Osa Mateo Minden NV DNF  
Pitton James Fresno CA DNF  

2004 Spring Death Valley Century Roster

(140 riders)

Adler-Gustafson Judith Ojai CA
Alexander James F. Salt Lake City UT
Allen Joseph Petaluma CA
Allmon William Las Vegas NV
Alsip Mitch Santa Cruz CA
Alvidrez Stan Los Angeles CA
Amerine Tom Lakewood CA
Amussen John Encino CA
Armstrong John Mammoth Lakes CA
Armstrong Lynette Mammoth Lakes CA
Atkinson Rod Los Banos CA
Austin-Olsen Juliana Los Banos CA
Baillif Lee San Jose CA
Bartelt Gregory Topsham ME
Berger Arthur Kansas City MO
Black, Jr. John L. Salt Lake City UT
Blankenship Scott Capitola CA
Bochniak Stanley Thousand Oaks CA
Bochniak Marie Thousand Oaks CA
Carlgren Donna Yerington NV
Carroll Jay Los Osos CA
Cashel William Santa Monica CA
Cassidy George Salt Lake City UT
Charleson David Palo Alto CA
Clark Dan San Diego CA
Cohn Nancy B Salt Lake City UT
Comar Louise Atascadero CA
Corkill John San Diego CA
Daniel Scott Springville CA
Delapaz Joel Palm Desert CA
Devine Pete Yosemite CA
Dowling Jeffrey Reno NV
Duerfeldt Stephanie Oak Park CA
Fernandez Dennis Long Beach CA
Fieber Leonard Tucson AZ
Fisher Ambrose Manhattan Beach CA
Foster Jeffrey Madison WI
Fulton Steve Chandler AZ
Garza Joe Henderson NV
Gavin Curtis Santa Cruz CA
Gavre Mark Salt Lake City UT
Geiger W. Gregory Palos Verdes Estates CA
Gerber Ron Upland CA
Gifford Bobby Dale Hayward CA
Goebel Edward Alta Loma CA
Gregory Ron Palm Desert CA
Gregory Leonard Del Mar CA
Hall Catherine Davis CA
Harris Ian Arcadia CA
Heaton Pete Apple Valley CA
Hennessy Margaret Atwater CA
Howard Constance Reno NV
Howell Doug Mammoth Lakes CA
Hubbard Lyndal Menlo Park CA
Huckabay Arthur Truckee CA
Janisse Tiffany Mammoth Lakes CA
Johantgen Jeannie Mammoth Lakes CA
Jones Lisa Moorpark CA
Kaukonen Robin Mill Valley CA
Kaukonen Peter Mill Valley CA
Kawakami Lauren Hayward CA
Kawalec Lawrence Fremont CA
Kelly John Mammoth Lakes CA
Kingsford Brent Roseville CA
Komar Rick Incline Village NV
Koonsvitsky Burt Kansas City MO
Kornbluh Roy Palo Alto CA
Kurek Steve S. Lake Tahoe CA
Kwok Patricia Seattle WA
LaRocco Louis Mammoth Lakes CA
LeGrand Donald Gardnerville NV
Lenz H. Jurgen San Diego CA
Lico Mike Carson City NV
Lipstadt Aaron Hollywood CA
Lis Stephen Sunland CA
Lueke Michael San Diego CA
Lundeen Dan Houston TX
Lundeen Marcee Houston TX
Markowski Dale San Diego CA
Marlatt Ed Los Altos Hills CA
Mazzola Liz Cedar Crest NM
McGraw Lenn Wellington NV
McGraw Leslie Wellington NV
Meadors Stephen Thousand Oaks CA
Meadows Tim Sunnyvale CA
Miller Micha Columbia CA
Moore Timothy Indian Wells CA
Morgan Bronwen Berkeley CA
Naftilan Stephen Upland CA
O'Brien Carina Berkeley CA
Page Robert Woodside CA
Paugh Dale Sonora CA
Paxson Greg Simi Valley CA
Phillips Barbara Mammoth Lakes CA
Phillips Dennis Mammoth Lakes CA
Pinney William Los Angeles CA
Pippin Robert Palm Desert CA
Purnell Ray Cathedral City CA
Richards Antonia Phoenix AZ
Rickard Charmaine Carson City NV
Rickard Ray H. Carson City NV
Riposa Gerry Long Beach CA
Rosenblatt Susan Berkeley CA
Rosson Bob San Diego CA
Rowe Timothy Carson City NV
Russ William Calabasas CA
Schrader Bill Petaluma CA
Schubert Edward Travis AFB CA
Schubert Michael Vallejo CA
Schuetta Debbie Bishop CA
Sebestyen Neil Bayfield CO
Sebestyen Tina Bayfield CO
Sedlacek Lisa Chester CA
Sessions John Bishop CA
Shirazi Desmund Manhattan Beach CA
Shumway Cynthia Salt Lake City UT
Siler Ron Yerington NV
Slaton Jeff Davis CA
Slaton Nicole Davis CA
Slootmaker Leonard Moraga CA
Spangler Stuart Manhattan Beach CA
Staib Kurt Yuba City CA
Stites Thomas Salt Lake City UT
Stites Merritt Salt Lake City UT
Stoddard David Santa Cruz CA
Stuver Ronald Victorville CA
Theobald Peer La Quinta CA
Thomas Robert B. Atascadero CA
Tillotson Emily Mammoth Lakes CA
Tiner Robin Santa Cruz CA
Torborg Jay Sammamish WA
Trowbridge James El Segundo CA
Twitchell Jack Pomona CA
Uglietta Shirley San Diego CA
Uglietta Dan San Diego CA
van Dalen Caroll Janesville WI
White Randall Los Altos CA
Wiercigroch Alexandria Pasadena CA
Wik Stu Truckee CA
Wright Bill Poway CA

Ubehebe Crater photo by century rider John Amussen. John made his century a 120 miler by adding in the Ubehebe Crater dogleg that double century riders did.

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