AdventureCORPS Presents the February 26, 2011 Death Valley Century, Ultra Century & Double Century

The first AdventureCORPS event of 2011, held February 26, was a ride to remember and Montana Timing was there to document it all and provide semi-live online results. After forecasts had been predicting rain with snow down to 2000' in the Valley, riders left a sunny Furnace Creek southbound into a tough headwind. That's not uncommon for this ride, but usually there's a nice payback on the return. Mother Nature can be cruel, however: Most rode some of, or all, the way back from their turn-around point into a headwind as well. Although it neither snowed nor rained, it was cold and the wind was blowing at 20, 30, or more miles per hour. It made for an extremely challenging day for everyone, including the hard-working and praise-worthy volunteers. 324 riders began the event: 73 completed the 105-mile century, 33 completed the 150-mile ultra century, and a mere ten riders completed the double century. Still, the feedback has been positive and the memories will last a lifetime. We salute everyone for lining up, and heading out, to face whatever fate had in store!

We also want to thank Montana Timing for trekking down from the Big Sky State to provide chip timing for all the riders. Their job was made difficult by the huge numbers of riders who switched divisions (from ultra to century, from double to ultra, for example), or who DNF'd and were driven to the finish line, often "going missing" in the process. It made for a lot of confusing data to sort out, but Montana Timing's Jennifer, Bridget, and Sheamus handled it all with aplomb. We learned a lot that day which will streamline the timing of all our events in the future. Thankfully, Montana Timing will be on board to chip time ALL the 2011 AdventureCORPS events, including the Badwater Ultramarathon in July, Furnace Creek 508 in October, as well as Hell's Gate Hundred on March 26, Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic on April 16, and the Fall Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century on October 29. We hope that many of the wind-blown super stars of this ride will join us!

Attesting to the wide-ranging popularity of this ride, we had riders from no less than 23 American States, plus Canada, as you can see in the BatchGeo map below: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI!

View 2011 Spring Death Valley Century, Ultra, & Double in a full screen map

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who made it all happen!

Badwater: Team Swarm: Brian & Jenny Davidson, & Genevieve Maxwell, plus Tommy Gaebel

Ashford Mill: Chris Hanson, Saralie Liner, Alice LaRue, and Mary LaMew

Jubilee Pass Century Turn-Around: Steve & Karen Gray, plus Bridget Voorhees of Montana Timing

Salsberry Water Stop: Ken and Muriel Orr

Shoshone: Tim Kjenstad, Martin Lyons & Stan Pochop; Gary Bear Baierl and family

Stovepipe Wells: Christine McBride, Lisa Andersen & Mike Andersen, plus moral support from Ken & Theresa Guralnik

Furnace Creek: Joe Gargoyle Garza, Jeff Brown Bear Bell, Donna Wason, Robin Nash, Regina Graham, Gary Bear Baierl, Tim Kjenstad, and others

Chip Timing: Jennifer Drinkwalter, Sheamus Conley, and Bridget Voorhees of Montana Timing

SAG: Lee Maggot Mitchell, Mike Angelfish Angelos, Imre Udvardy & Vince Pacheco of Adobo Velo, Doug Goodwin, Mark Martinez, and Chris Kostman

Subway Special Delivery: Joe Gargoyle Garza

Special thanks are also extended to the wonderful people at the Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, the Subway of Pahrump,
Liberty Ambulance of Ridgecrest, the National Park Service, and Cal Trans in Bishop.

Photo above by Mike Angelos: The snow-capped Panamint Mountains, including 11,000' Telescope Peak, on Feb 26

Show 1: Chris Kostman: Furnace Creek - Badwater - Ashford Mill
Show 2: By Chris Kostman: Jubilee Pass, Part One
Show 3: By Chris Kostman: Jubilee Pass, Part Three
Show 4: By Chris Kostman: Jubilee Pass, Part Four
Results by Montana Timing
Blog report by George Red-Eyed Vireo Vargas, first double century finisher
Blog report by John Josephs, ultra century finisher
Blog report by Gordon McGregor, century finisher

Here are just a few highlights of the 350+ photos we have online here from this event (click any of these thumbnails, or any of the slideshow links above!):


Awesome, Unsolicited, Totally Appreciated Feedback!

Thank you guys a lot for putting this event together. I have never been to Death Valley and came back very impressed. The support that you provided for the ride was exemplary. The weather conditions are obviously uncontrollable and those winds will forever be on my list of the strongest winds I have ever ridden in. I am curious as to what the wind gusts were during the ride. It was unbelievable that the wind shifted in the afternoon. Nevertheless, it was a great event and thanks again. - Kevin Johnston

I had a great time while it lasted! Didn't have it in me to be competive for 200 miles yet. Your support staff were top notch, very friendly and helpful. Death Valley is the most incredible place on the planet. Again, thanks for all you do. - Till next time, Eric Red Rooster Wilson (Note: Eric did not DNF the double century, he was the first Ultra Century finisher.)

Thank you, Chris, for another wonderful visit to beautiful Death Valley. You did a great job on the organization of the ride, even with some difficult weather related circumstances. - Thanks again, Martin Lyons, volunteerWill you please use my ride credit to sign me up for the Hells Gate 100 and let me know what paperwork you'd like me to complete?

I just wanted to thank you and all the volunteers for such an organized, epic, challenging ride! I did not finish this year, as the wind was just too hard for me to contend with in both directions. I was able to make it 94 miles. The support throughout the ride was great, from the volunteers who had to also survive the winds to all the SAG vehicles and to the race for allowing us to get a discount at the Furnace Creek Inn. It was a great weekend, I won't forget... and I will be back to finish my "unfinished" business! - Thank you, Cherryl Rose

I was one of the many who did not complete the Century on Saturday. Hands down, the toughest 75 miles I've ever done. The wind in Long Beach is a light breeze at worst, and any time I'm coming home against head wind after a long day of work work, I'll keep my mouth shut.

I can't wait to try again next year. Many thank yous for an experience I will never forget.

On a side note, the two men who "SAG'd" me in were wonderful. I was a bit out of it so I didn't catch their names, but I've nothing but kind words for them. They mentioned they were on their third trip picking up riders, and refused to take gas money from one of the other riders. They were back on the road once we had all our gear. True gentleman. - Eric McLaughlin (Note: Eric's two heroes were Imre and Vince from Adobo Velo.)

Way to go, Chris and the AdventureCorps team. Despite the extreme winds this was once again another well supported, first class endurance event and the incorporation of Montana Timing was an extra delight. See you at the next adventure, "we're out there" with you, - Steven & Julie Tiede

Wanted to say thanks for putting on the Spring Century ride in Death Valley. We talked a little at the top of Jubilee Pass and you took a few pictures for me because my phone had died.

Had a great day, wanted to share my blog report on the ride. The ride seemed really well organised and supported and despite the weather I had a great time. Thanks again, Gordon McGregor

Thank you for organizing such a great event. I had signed up for the double century but the winds defeated us as they did most people and we did 100 miles instead. My friend Sean Maytum and I took your advice and wore our wool, even bought full gloves and booties and they made all the difference. It was still a very memorable and unique experience and I would like to try the double next year. Thank you, Alex de la Hidalga

Official Results, courtesy of Montana Timing

324 starters: 73 century finishers, 33 ultra century finishers, and ten double century finishers.

Distance First Middle Last M/F City State Bicycle Club
Century Mark Joseph Ryan M Phoenix AZ team one
Century Marco Soldano M San Jose CA Team Wrong Way
Century Maurizio Gavardoni M San Jose CA Gavardoni Velo
Century Terrence Anthony Bauer M Salinas CA None
Century fred winney M porterville CA Riders of Kawasaki (ROK)
Century SCOTT LEWIS M PARK CITY UT Bonneville Bicycle Club
Century Michelle West F Santa Monica CA None
Century Rod Murphy M Palm Desert CA SCPD Desert Cyclists
Century Gerry W Platt M Elmira OR Becher+
Century Cameron Estes M Henderson NV None
Century Steven A Tiede M Bishop CA Rovana Ridge Riders
Century Mark Smith M Yucaipa CA None
Century paul C. Shattuck M walnut creek CA None
Century larry w bolander M pacifica CA davis
Century Paul Pongetti M Orange CA Team no Training
Century Jessica Chan F Los Angeles CA Swarm!
Century Chris Welch M Berkeley CA Team None Shall Pass
Century Andy Smith M Olympic Valley CA Olympic Bike Shop
Century Donald Cartwright M Berkeley CA Diablo Cyclists
Century Gordon McGregor M Dripping Springs TX Austin T3
Century Sebastian Maurer M Los Angeles CA None
Century Mark Stepovich M San Jose CA Poseur Nation
Century Gretchen Warner F Stevenson Ranch CA G&R
Century Steven Hugo Mattson M Venice CA Swarm!
Century Brian Seymour M Torrance CA Beach Cities Cycling Club
Century Lloyd P Huff M Carson CA Beach Cities Cycling Club
Century louis w norton M torrance CA Beach Cities Cycling Club
Century Alejandro I Hidalga M Los Angeles CA wolfpack.hustle.
Century sean maytum M los angeles CA Swarm!, Moth Attack
Century stephanie figgat F carlsbad CA The Seven of Us
Century staci spilsbury F henderson NV posuer nation
Century Darrell Spilsbury M Henderson NV poseur nation
Century David veloceraptor devries M bishop CA eastside velo
Century Lesley Byberg F Crowley Lake CA Eastside Velo
Century Jeffrey Velociraptors Byberg M Crowley Lake CA Eastside Velo
Century Jon Mayfield M Orange CA None
Century Donald William Ebert M Las Vegas NV BikingLasVegas
Century andrew kagan M OAKLAND CA None
Century Jim Pettett M Cave Creek AZ Bull Shifters
Century Tatyana Strong F Phoenix AZ Bull Shifters
Century John Langdon M Glendale AZ Bull Shifters
Century larry bent kawalec M fremont CA None
Century Tammy Renstrom F Petaluma CA AdventureCORPS
Century Erin Devincenzi F Petaluma CA AdventureCORPS
Century Alexander McMohon M Sonoma CA AdventureCORPS
Century Terry D Thomas M Kenmore WA None
Century Ed Morente M Carson CA Adobo Velo
Century Paul A Hanna M Concord CA Diablo Cyclists
Century Louie Rivera M Signal Hill CA Adobo Velo
Century Charles Duke Alridge M Bend OR Sunnyside
Century Michael Lyle Greenfield M Orlando FL None
Century James Freeman M Reno NV Sports West
Century Kristen Mary Lease F San Francisco CA Golden Gate Triathlon Club
Century james powell M rancho palos verdes CA None
Century Joe Lore M Rancho Palos Verdes CA Cinelli Classico
Century Rita Garcia F San Jose CA SFR
Century Frank Nativadad M Montebello CA Adobo Velo
Century Cuauhtemoc Garcia-Garcia M Stanford CA None
Century Peter Anthony M Menlo CA None
Century Nancy Andrew F Cathedral City CA None
Century Brian Recore M yuba City CA San Diego Bicycle Club
Century David Wayne Krider M Pasadena CA None
Century Stephen Vincent Montalto M Hermosa Beach CA Beach Cities Cycling Club
Century Julie Marie Tiede F Bishop CA rovana Ridge Riders
Century David Figgat M Carlsbad CA The Seven of Us
Century Steven P ODonnell M Carmichael CA None
Century Brandon Arnst-Goodrich M Elk Grove CA None
Century Dan Zayas M La Verne CA None
Century Becky Pickens F Hughson CA Turlock Bike club
Century Joelle Gernez F Los Altos CA None
Century Marco R Apostol M Cathedral City CA Orange Train
Century Mandy Genata M San Gabriel CA Adobo Velo
Century Tom Driscoll M Mountain View CA Western Wheelers
Century Leonard James Atkinson M Folsom CA None
Distance First Middle Last M/F City State Bicycle Club
Ultra Eric Red Rooster Wilson M Palmdale CA None
Ultra Michael Fennec Fox Fox M Tulsa OK None
Ultra Daniel Eitman M Irvine CA ME
Ultra Christopher C Cameron M Toronto ON NRG Performance Training
Ultra Jed Reimer M Visalia CA None
Ultra ian izzard M fort erie ON None
Ultra Jonathan W Woodbury M Moorpark CA None
Ultra jay colin grubaugh M reno NV None
Ultra Craig Russell Wilson M Eureka CA Lost Coast Wheelmen
Ultra Noah Kanter M Berkeley CA RUSA
Ultra milly valdes F Los Angeles CA RUSA
Ultra Ed Kuykendall M Visalia CA Southern Sierra Cyclists
Ultra Bob Doyle M Visalia CA Southern Sierra Cyclists
Ultra Jennifer Lynn Bixby F Lansing MI TCBA
Ultra Paul Trogon Danhaus M Wausau WI Wausau Wheelers
Ultra Todd Law M San Rafael CA Tri Club Marin
Ultra Mark Owen Wieneke M Oak View CA None
Ultra Rob Ramos M Folsom CA Bicycles plus
Ultra Tamara Colbert M La Jolla CA Break a way training
Ultra Al Ceron M Henderson NV Green Valley Cyclists
Ultra Mark A Dolginoff M Henderson NV Green Valley Cyclists
Ultra Didier Ryser M irvine CA None
Ultra Lou Briones M Los Angeles CA L.A. Tri Club
Ultra Jack Joseph M Oakland CA Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Ultra Tom Guevara M Coarsegold CA Fresno Cycling Club
Ultra Jesse Santamaria M Norwalk CA Adobo Velo
Ultra Louie Fernandez M Bellflower CA Adobo Velo
Ultra Roehl Rosales M Anaheim CA Adobo Velo
Ultra Robert Cleymaet M Reno NV None
Ultra Randy Domingo M Irvine CA Adobo Velo
Ultra John Josephs M Jacksonville FL KONA Human Performance
Ultra Emilio Usi M Baldwin Park CA Adobo Velo
Ultra Dennis Gorospe M Cerritos CA Adobo Velo
Distance First Middle Last M/F City State Bicycle Club
Double George Red-Eyed Vireo Vargas M Newport Beach CA Bike Religion
Double Joshua Talley M Santa Monica CA None
Double Kevin Wolverine Walsh M Lancaster CA AV High Desert Cyclists
Double Steven Decker M Fresno CA Central Sierra Cyclists
Double Adam Rock Rabbit Bickett M Solana Beach CA Rough Riders
Double Anabelle Lau F Solana Beach CA UCSD
Double Rico Mundy M Angwin CA None
Double Joe Chancellor M Lincoln CA Hammerin' Wheels
Double Michael Stegbuchner M Glendora CA None
Double El Lardizabal M Duarte CA Adobo Velo