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The Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps is the toughest challenge yet on FulGaz. Featuring a key selection of the TOUGHEST climbs in the California Alps, this series will have you gritting your teeth and looking for the flat.

The route will cover 80km+ with around 4,148m+ of climbing. For those of you who prefer the imperial measurements, that’s 50miles+ with 13600+ feet of climbing over just five stages.

The route is truly stunning and will take your mind off the pain a little bit, but you need to be prepared for this one. The first stage will open on 2 April, so you can roll out together, and then you have just 10 days to complete the other routes.

The only advice we can give is to put on your climbing shoes and get ready to suffer. The virtual event on FulGaz is the perfect way to learn the climbs ahead of the real-life event.

Entries are now open via Event Brite here. Once you enter the event, you will be emailed an access code in the order confirmation which will reveal the ride channel in FulGaz, the week of the event.

Best of luck and don’t forget there will be prizes also up for grabs. Stay tuned! 

EVENT OPENING TIMES

  • EST ????????  Friday 2 April 6 am
  • PST ????????  Friday 2 April 9 am
  • GMT ????????  Friday 2 April 1 pm
  • CET ????????  Friday 2 April 2 pm
  • SAST ????????  Friday 2 April 3 pm
  • AEDT ????????  Friday 2 April midnight
  • JST ???????? Friday 2 April 10 pm

EVENT CLOSING TIMES

  • EST ????????  Monday 11 April 11.59pm
  • PST ????????  Tuesday 13 April 2.59 am
  • BST ????????  Tuesday 13 April 7.59 am
  • CEST ????????  Tuesday 13 April 8.59 am
  • SAST ????????  Tuesday 13 April 8.59 am
  • AEST ????????  Tuesday 13 April 4.59 pm
  • JST ???????? Tuesday 13 April 3.59 pm

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

1. Monitor West Ascent

The ride starts at Monitor Junction, where the highways to Monitor Pass and Ebbetts Pass meet, and travels past Heenan Lake, where Lahanton Cutthroat trout are cultivated in order to preserve the endangered species. With approximately 2800 feet of climbing in just over 8 miles, this HC climb is a tough one. It’s the first climb of The Deathride, aka the Tour of the California Alps, and with its relentless pitches it sets the tone for the rest of the climbs.

13.28KM
DISTANCE
1:03:26
DURATION
804M
ELEVATION GAIN

2. Monitor East Ascent

Climb number two of the Deathride, aka the Tour of the California Alps, is the most relentless of the five climbs in the Tour. It begins on the eastern side of the Sierra crest, near Topaz, CA (Mono county) and as you climb, and eventually cross back into Alpine county, you’ll be immersed in the “moonscape” of that side of the Sierra Nevada.

15.13KM
DISTANCE
1:16:55
DURATION
969M
ELEVATION GAIN

3. Ebbetts North Ascent

Monitor Junction, where the highways that climb to Monitor Pass and Ebbetts Pass intersect, is the start of this ride, up Highway 4 to the north side of Ebbetts Pass. It’s climb number three (of five) of the Deathride, aka the Tour of the California Alps, and is the prettiest of them all even though it too is a Cat. HC. Enjoy the views of the East Fork of the Carson River, Silver Creek and near the top of the climb, Kinney Reservoir, as you ascend.

20.89KM
DISTANCE
1:25:52
DURATION
950M
ELEVATION GAIN

4. Ebbetts South Ascent

This climb, the fourth out of five on the Deathride, aka the Tour of the California Alps, is the shortest of them all and is only a Cat. 2. It begins in Hermit Valley and climbs up the southern side of Highway 4 (Alpine State Highway) to Ebbetts Pass. You’ll ride past the North Fork of the Mokelumne River, and as you ascend out of the trees, catch glimpses of the surrounding mountains and granite peaks. Rest while you can on this climb so you can tackle Carson Pass next!

8.54KM
DISTANCE
40:49
DURATION
503M
ELEVATION GAIN

5. Carson East Ascent

The last climb of the Deathride, aka the Tour of the California Alps, isn’t the hardest but may very well be the hairiest. With over 14 miles of climbing it is also a Category HC. Combine that with the fast-moving traffic and limited shoulder in some areas and this climb is not for the faint of heart. Still, it is a beautiful ride through Woodfords Canyon, Hope Valley and past Red Lake and you can revel in the fact that you’ll soon top out at Carson Pass, at 8580′ of elevation.

23.79KM
DISTANCE
1:26:55
DURATION
920M
ELEVATION

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