2014 California Triple Crown Schedule

Winners in the prestigious California Triple Crown are the elite Long Distance Bicyclists in California
since they have completed
at least three Double Centuries in that calendar year.

Each of these rides is a Major Adventure in itself and are among the best rides you'll find anywhere in America!!

There is also available a printer friendly version of this California Triple Crown Schedule.

Altimeters vary in their readings depending on model and weather changes.
An
Altimeter Elevation Gain Comparison is being conducted for these Double Centuries.
Please send Your Name, the Double Name, Double Date with Year, Total Miles, Elevation Gain (Feet of Climbing),
Your Computer Manufacturer, Your Computer Model, and whether you rode the course as listed on the routeslip.
If you rode this same event previously, did the route change?
Send to Frank Neal, the California Triple Crown Data Guy at: CTCDataGuy <at> Verizon <dot> net

California Triple Crown Doubles Calendar
Date
Ride Name
Polar
Elevation
Gain*
Highlights
02/15/14
Camino Real Double 8,800 Ride the best of Orange, Riverside,
and San Diego Counties. Kick off the New Year!!
03/01/14
Death Valley Spring Double 9,000 Classic southern route past Badwater and
over the passes to Shoshone and back.
03/15/14
Joshua Tree Double Century 9,000 Spectacular tour of Joshua Tree National Park area!
No traffic, no signals, and the pavement is pretty darn good!
03/22/14
Solvang Spring Double 7,200 Lush green rolling country roads
Good first Double on a beautiful course!!
04/12/14
Mulholland Double 16,470 Climb the Canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains
A dramatic, epic, diverse, and beautiful course!!
04/12/14
Hemet D.C. 6,543 1st 100 mile loop is fast - 2nd 100 is more challenging
Includes Wine country and several lakes
04/26/14
Devil Mountain Double 18,600 Extremely tough Northern California Double
Climb two highest paved peaks in Bay Area!!
05/10/14
Central Coast Double 12,600
- 14,000
Climb through scenic back roads!!
Explore the superb Central Coast
2014 California Triple Crown Stage Race Double
05/17/14
Davis Double 8,400 Beautiful Rivers and Lakes
Most popular Double in California
05/17/14
Heartbreak Double 15,300 From Palmdale, ride on roads less traveled
Climb Apache Saddle and Heartbreak
2014 California Triple Crown Stage Race Double
05/24/14
Borrego Double Century 14,900 Beautiful climbs up Montezuma and Mesa Grande
Awesome 4,000 Foot descent down Banner Grade to finish
05/31/14
Eastern Sierra Double 10,100 Ride road bike heaven! Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, and
more with the pristine Sierra Nevada as your inspiration.
06/07/14
Classic Tour of Two Forests Double 13,300 Traverses the Angeles and Los Padres National Forest
Beautiful climbs up Matilija & Heartbreak
06/21/14
Terrible Two 16,480 Extremely tough Northern California Double
Steep Climbs and lots of heat!!
06/28/14
Grand Tour 5,200
- 8,500
200, 300, 400 Mile Options
The original Double in the U.S.!!
06/28/14
Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge 20,300 Extremely tough Northern California Double
Stunning scenery, smooth pavement, just a dozen stop signs
08/02/14
Mt. Tam Double 14,500 Great climbs & technical descents
Redwoods, grasslands & lakes with stunning ocean views
2014 California Triple Crown Stage Race Double
09/13/14
White Mountain Double 8,500
- 11,500
If cycling in a remote area on quite smooth roads
is a priority, then this is your ride!
09/27/14
Knoxville Fall Classic Double 12,600 Ride some very special Northern California roads
Friendly, social ride with no recorded times
09/28/14
California Triple Crown
Awards Breakfast
ZERO!! Stage Race Winners will receive awards
See who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame
10/11/14
Bass Lake Powerhouse Double 9,400 Enjoy the Western Sierra Scenery including
Pine Flat Lake and Bass Lake.
10/18/14
Solvang Autumn Double 10,300 Spectacular route in popular cycling region
Significantly more challenging than Solvang Spring Double
10/25/14
Death Valley Fall Double 9,100 Northern route in Mother Nature’s greatest sports arena
Visit Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate
11/01/14
Oceanside Double Century 14,900 Beautiful climbs up Montezuma and Mesa Grande
Awesome 4,000 Foot descent down Banner Grade to lunch
12/06/14
Dead of Winter Double 6,200 Grand Tour Lowland Route to Ojai
Grand Tour Highland Route from Ojai

Only the Double Centuries in the above table qualify for the California Triple Crown of Double Centuries.

* The Polar Elevation Gain is listed for these Double Centuries because the Elevation Gain measured by the Polar Altimeters seem to be near the median of the readings from all bike computers in the Detailed Analysis of Altimeter Readings study.


California Triple Crown Doubles Ranked by Elevation Gain
Ranking
Polar
Elevation
Gain*
Ride Name
Miles
Difficulty
1 20,300 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge 198 Radically High
2 18,600 Devil Mountain Double 207 Radically High
3 16,480 Terrible Two 200 Radically High
4 16,470 Mulholland Double 202 Radically High
5 15,300 Heartbreak Double 202 Radically High
6 14,900 Borrego Double Century 198 Extremely High
7 14,500 Mt. Tam Double 197 Extremely High
8 14,000 Central Coast Double - Highland 213 Extremely High
9 13,300 Classic Tour of Two Forests Double 194 Extremely High
10 12,600 Knoxville Fall Classic Double 202 High
11 12,600 Central Coast Double - Lowland 198 High
12 11,500 White Mountain Double - Highland 198 Extremely High
13 10,300 Solvang Autumn Double 202 High
14 10,100 Eastern Sierra Double 198 High
15 9,400 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double 200 High
16 9,100 Death Valley Fall Double 196 High
17 9,000 Death Valley Spring Double 197 High
18 9,000 Joshua Tree Double Century 199 High
19 8,800 Camino Real Double 197 Medium
20 8,500 White Mountain Double - Lowland 198 Medium
21 8,500 Grand Tour - Highland Double 200 Medium
22 8,400 Davis Double 203 Medium
23 7,200 Solvang Spring Double 190 Medium
24 6,543 Hemet D.C. 201 Medium
25 6,200 Dead of Winter Double 200 Medium
26 5,200 Grand Tour - Lowland Double 200 Medium

Of course, the above rides are not the only excellent one day events in California planned this year. The following rides are
not in the California Triple Crown of Double Centuries: You might want to consider bigger challenges such as the Davis 12/24 Hour Challenge and see how far you can ride in 12 Hours or 24 Hours on an excellent course. The Fresno Cycling Club is organizing the Climb to Kaiser which features some of the most incredible mountain climbs anywhere on the planet. Our good friends from the Color Country Cycling Club in Cedar City, Utah are organizing the Desperado Dual, a Double Century with 8,000 Feet of Climbing traveling on some of this country's most scenic back-roads ... this is literally one of the coolest places to ride in summer, so check it out! In addition, Brevets are being organized by the following organizations:
Davis Bike Club
San Francisco Randonneurs
Santa Cruz Randonneurs
Santa Rosa Cycling Club
San Diego Randonneurs
Pacific Coast Highway Randonneurs
Of special note is the Gold Rush Randonee being organized by the Davis Bike Club July 6-10, 2009 ... a fantastic 750 Mile voyage from Davis to Goose Lake, Oregon and back!!

Each of the California Triple Crown Double Centuries is a Major Adventure in itself!!

Not a single one of these rides is easy. Each will provide you with a "Personal Growth Experience". Don't make the mistake of moving into the tougher Doubles until you're ready - mechanically, biomechanically, and mentally!!

Once you successfully complete three of the above Doubles, you are a Triple Crown Winner and have earned the right to have those ride names included on a custom printed Jersey or T-Shirt. You receive a Triple Crown patch and can order a plaque for a nominal amount. Bicycling publications and club newsletter editors receive your name for print. Your name is included on this Web Site!! You become part of a group of select Bicyclists and have the tremendous satisfaction of completing one of the most difficult Bicycling events anywhere!!

The California Triple Crown is a small, completely volunteer organization established to publish the schedule and the results of these rides. The California Triple Crown has no organizational, legal, or financial connection with these rides and does not "sanction" them.

In order to receive California Triple Crown Credit for completing one of these Double Centuries, you must be on the Official Finisher's list for the 200 Miles as published by the Ride Organizer. If you are listed as an "Unofficial Finisher" on the ride's list because you missed the time limit cutoff, you will not receive California Triple Crown credit for that ride but DON'T GIVE UP: there are plenty of training tips HERE to help increase your speed. There are also a ton of training articles on the Planet Ultra Web Site HERE. You might also want to join the Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association and join the Randonneurs USA to learn a lot more about this sport of long distance cycling. In training, focus on riding a sub-8 Hour Century on one day, recover well at night, then follow it with another sub-8 Hour Century the next day and you'll then be fast enough to beat the time limit on the easier Double Centuries below.

The level of support on these rides has been known to vary immensely. It depends on many factors including the location, the number of volunteers, and the weather which can be freezing cold with snow or a thermal meltdown!! It also depends greatly on the attitude each person brings to the event -- what isn't even noticed by one person can be a huge problem for another person. If you have questions about the level of support, you should check the web site of the ride, read the ride reports, and ask other riders who have ridden the ride in the past. Start with the easier Doubles and progress up to the more difficult rides only when you're ready mechanically, biomechanically, and mentally.

Every ride can be improved upon. If you have a problem with a ride, you should work directly with the ride organizer. It would be beneficial to the organizers if you would include a suggested solution with your problem. Please try to put yourself in the shoes of the ride organizer and understand that organizing these Double Centuries is no easy task. These events are extremely difficult to produce, time consuming, nerve wracking, and exhausting.

If you want these rides to continue, please bring your friends and families along and ask the ride organizer how they can help make the ride a success!!

If you want these rides to improve, volunteer and do your part to make them better!!

Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it!!

Accept The Challenge: Be A California Triple Crown Winner!!

Camino Real Double

Ride the best of Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. Kick off the New Year!!

This Double Century was called the Butterfield Double from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, a new course was developed and starting in 2009 it is now known as the Camino Real Double.

Our new route is shaped like a dog bone, with loops on each end of an out-and-back course. Beginning at the La Quinta Inn in Irvine, you'll head to the coast via the rolling hills of Irvine and Turtle Rock and get your first view of the Pacific Ocean as you blast down Newport Coast and hang a left on PCH. After riding through a bit of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on PCH, you'll hang a left and head back inland, meandering up Laguna Canyon Road. Hang a right on El Toro, and make your way through Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, then blast down Crown Valley to the Coast and Dana Point.

From Dana Point you'll be on the coast through San Clemente, and along the bike path through San Onofre, all the way to Oceanside. From there, you'll head inland, heading towards Bonsall and lunch at the All Seasons Campground.

The climbing starts again after lunch, with a beautiful loop out towards Fallbrook. You'll wind up back in Bonsall, and repeat the course back to the coast, and north through Dana Point again.

The final leg is basically the reverse of the old Butterfield route: Up Ortega Highway to Antonio Parkway, through Trabuco Canyon, across Santiago Canyon and then the mostly downhill finish on Jamboree to Portola and back to Sand Canyon and the La Quinta Inn in Irvine.

This route is a huge improvement, safety-wise! No more of that crazy traffic by the Pechanga Casino; no more drunken, bottle-throwing drivers in Lake Elsinore; and no more traffic lights on every corner through Temecula. It does remain, however, particularly urban - but in the best and safest parts of Orange and San Diego Counties. Please note that due to the urban nature of this route, it's impossible to provide checkpoint locations evenly spaced at perfect distances. That said, there are countless mini-marts and gas stations along the course where you may get water and snacks, if necessary. If you're running low, and find yourself a good distance from the next checkpoint, please stop at one of the many conveniences along the route and refuel/re-hydrate.

Time Limit:17 Hours

Camino Real Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Camino Real Double by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M including detour through Pendleton in both directions

2013 Camino Real Double Results

2012 Camino Real Double Results

2012 Camino Real Movie by Eric Norris on his Fixed Gear Bike

2012 Camino Real Movie by Willie Hunt on his Quest Velomobile

2011 Camino Real Double Results

2011 Camino Real Double Photos by Chuck Bramwell

2011 Camino Real Ride Report by Steve Smart

2010 Camino Real Double Results

2010 Camino Real Double - Greetings from Fallbrook - Photos and Hi-Def Movies by Chuck Bramwell

2010 Camino Real Double Photos by Steve Meichtry

2010 Camino Real Double Photos by Jon Shellenbarger

2009 Camino Real Double Results

2008 Butterfield Double Results

2008 Butterfield Double Photos by Jon Shellenbarger

2008 Butterfield Double Photos by Eric Norris

2007 Butterfield Double Results

2006 Butterfield Double Results

2006 Butterfield Double Photos by Eric Norris

2005 Butterfield Double Results

2005 Butterfield Double Photos by Eric Norris

2005 Butterfield Double Photos by Chuck Bramwell

2003 Butterfield Double Results

2003 Butterfield Double Photos by Eric Norris

2002 Butterfield Double Results

2001 Butterfield Double Results

2000 Butterfield Double Results

2000 Butterfield Double Ride Report by David Nakai

1999 Butterfield Double Results

1998 Butterfield Double Results

1997 Rainbow Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Medium

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Death Valley Spring Double

Classic southern route past Badwater and over the passes to Shoshone and back.

The Death Valley Spring Double may not be held due to government intervention. Stay tuned to the AdventureCORPS website for updates.

In Spring we use the "traditional course" for this event, a fabulous out-and-back course in the south end of Death Valley with limited traffic and only two stop signs to slow you down. Death Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and by far the most unique of any park in the national park system. The actual interior of Death Valley, contrary to popular belief, is not flat but rather a combination of flat and noticeable rollies (nothing over 2% and 150' of gain). However, don't be fooled. Some stretches look downhill, yet your legs quickly tell you it's a mirage. And of course there are the big climbs on the south end of the park, but more on that later. There is a total elevation gain of 8800 feet for the double route.

Death Valley is about contrasts: Contrasts in elevation, temperature and colors. In the wintertime it is possible for temperatures to drop below freezing. The summer daytime temperature can rise above 130 degrees. (But never in March or October!) The color contrasts are what really make Death Valley unique. The colors are at their best early in the morning and again before sunset. Death Valley is one of the most mineral-rich places on earth. With every blink of the eye, the colors in the Valley change. This is because with every blink the sun's angle changes causing colors to change their shade, new colors to come alive, and others to fade away.

Double Century riders will leave Furnace Creek at sunrise and quickly make the first of only three turns towards Badwater, 17 miles down the road. At this point, both the mountains and the salt encrusted lakebed start getting closer to the road and makes for interesting viewing. Stop sucking that wheel in front of you and look around. Over your left shoulder are towering peaks with names like Coffin Peak (5503'), and Funeral Peak (6384'), while to your right you will pass the Devils Golf Course and Badwater (-278'). Badwater is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Directly across the Valley from Badwater is Telescope Peak (11,049') and behind Telescope Peak is Mt. Whitney (14,494). Mt. Whitney is the highest point in the 48 contiguous states. Double riders will climb Jubilee Pass (1293 feet), then Salsberry Pass (3315 feet), and then descend to the right turn to Shoshone. Here, double riders turn around and retrace their path over the two passes to Furnace Creek, for a total of 150 miles. Next, they continue north up the Valley to the final turnaround in Stove Pipe Wells. Finally, double riders ride back to the Start/Finish in Furnace Creek.

The Death Valley Spring Double has been selling out in well under one day. To register for it, be sure to sign up for the email newsletter, AdventureCORPS News, which gives subscribers a short head start for registration. You can review the deadlines on the Adventurecorps Calendar but you will need to subscribe to the newsletter to have advance access to the registration link.

Time Limit: 17 Hours

Century Option is available.

Death Valley Spring Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Double - Small Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Double - Large Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

2013 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2012 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2011 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2011 Spring Death Valley Double Race Report by George Vargas

2010 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2010 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Badwater Ben Jones at Ashford Mills

2009 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2009 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Badwater Ben Jones at Ashford Mills

2008 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2008 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Hugh Murphy, who founded the Death Valley Double in 1991

2007 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2006 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2006 Spring Death Valley Double Ride Report by Linda Bott

2005 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2005 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Chuck Doyle

2004 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2004 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Chuck Bramwell
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2003 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2003 Spring Death Valley Temperature Graph by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

2002 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2001 Spring Death Valley Ride Report by Peter Pop

1998 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

1997 Death Valley Double Recap by Chuck Bramwell

1997 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: High

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Joshua Tree Double Century

Spectacular tour of Joshua Tree National Park area! No traffic, no signals, and the pavement is pretty darn good!

Starting just past the last signal light in 29 Palms, traveling west on 62, early in the morning, we stay on flat roads with a slight breeze (not headwinds), through four desert cities. The city lights are usually green this time of day. Downhill in Morango Valley, across a flat valley, then up a short hill and down fives miles to a left turn off towards Palm Desert. Here you have a climb which takes you further out into the desert, and includes some fun little dips, stair-stepping to the summit, then down, and around towards the last signal light of the entire ride.

From this huge truck stop, and your rest stop, you will ride east on very wide shoulder of the 10 freeway, which RAAM has used several times in the past. Always a tailwind, this ten mile gentle climb seems easy. For those who want to turn it into a Double Metric Century, turn off at the Joshua Tree National Park sign, and head north, up a thirty mile climb in the desert to the T and then left, all down hill back to the finish.

The Double Century Riders will stay on the 10 for about another 10 miles, which is flat, with rises, to another turn off onto a very remote road heading west. There are no gas stations out here, no stores, no trucks, no cows, no birds, no fences...but there is a well paved road that heads all the way back to the finish! This road, unlike the arduous climb on the double metric, is an easier, stair-stepping type climb, with little jaunts that require you to gear down and stand to the top, then flat for awhile. It's a gradual climb, not a mountain climb, not steep roller coasters, but stair-stepping to a summit, and then the road curves left, the only road out there. There is no shoulder on this road, but then there's no traffic either. A rare truck may come from the opposite direction, but I've never encountered a car or a truck passing from the direction we are traveling. There might be a rare motorcycle. After the left turn at the summit, there is more climbing, but these hills are a little higher and undulating, still in the desert of deserts. There is a climb near the end, that seems to drag for about three miles, but then you're at the top, and it's actually flat to the end, before any signal lights!!!

It's a terrific Double Century through the beautiful California deserts. This time of year is when the desert flowers are out, and usually the winds are breezes, not headwinds!

Joshua Tree Double Web Site

2013 Joshua Tree Double Results

Difficulty Rating: High

This ride is produced by Anny Beck and friends. Visit HERE for all the information. E-Mail Anny at: RoadNeverEnds <at> Verizon <dot> net

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Solvang Spring Double

The original 200 mile route in Southern California's most scenic and most popular cycling region!

The event starts and finishs in its namesake, Solvang, a fun, quaint, Danish village with excellent hotels, awesome restaurants, window shopping, real shopping, horse-drawn carriages, parks, people in costume, wine-tasting, vineyards, and lots of neats things for the whole family to see and do. Bring your family and make a weekend of it. We promise they'll all have a great time while you ride your bike! (Or make a week of it by coming for our Solvang Spring Training held just prior to this event.)

Starting with a wave start from the host hotel in Solvang, you'll do a short warm-up in the eastern Santa Ynez Valley, then heads up world famous Foxen Canyon. You'll then essentially bypass Santa Maria by jogging around that town on dead quiet Bull Canyon to Hwy 166. Next you'll more or less parallel the 101 as you head north. After some really neat back roads, the route skirts the edge of San Luis Obispo, then goes all the way into super scenic Morro Bay, right to the waterfront and a dramatic view of "the rock." Next you'll roll through some of the prettiest state park miles anywhere, then head south on PCH along the coast through Pismo Beach, and such. After Guadalupe, you'll stay southbound on this desolate and beautiful stretch of Hwy 1, bypassing the whole Lompoc area, and then continuing onto Hwy 135 to the neat little western antique haven of Los Alamos, site of the final checkpoint. From Los Alamos, riders encounter what is essentially the only real climb of the entire day, up and over Drum Canyon, a quiet, twisty, 800 foot, 3.4 mile ascent. It's got a gnarly, technical downhill, so close attention to the matter at hand is imperative. On the other side, we hop onto Hwy 246 back to Solvang, with a big shoulder all the way to town!

The route is 193 miles. And truly, these are the best miles available in an already spectacular riding region. This route is among the fastest, most scenic, and most popular in the entire California Triple Crown series! Total elevation gain: about 7,500'. Fun, fast, and easy!

Towns/regions visited: Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Foxen Canyon, Sisquoc, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, Buellton, and back to Solvang.

Time Limit: 17 Hours

Solvang Spring Double Web Site

2013 Solvang Spring Double Results

2012 Solvang Spring Double Results

2011 Solvang Spring Double Results

2010 Solvang Spring Double Results

2009 Solvang Spring Double Results

2008 Solvang Spring Double Results

2007 Solvang Spring Double Results

2007 Solvang Spring Double Photos by Lane Parker

2006 Solvang Spring Double Results

2005 Solvang Spring Double Results

2004 Solvang Spring Double Results

2003 Solvang Spring Double Results

2002 Solvang Spring Double Results

2002 Solvang Spring Double Ride Report by Adam Paul

Difficulty Rating: Medium

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Mulholland Double

An epic double with over 15,900 Feet of Climbing from Malibu to Ojai and back via world famous Mulholland Highway and more.

Be ready for a course that is as scenic as it is challenging. This course can best be described as dramatic, epic, diverse, and beautiful. Spend the day riding through 200 miles of Southern California's roads less traveled. Ride up, over, and along mountain peaks and ridges, and through a multitude of canyons and countrysides. Basically, this route is for the rider who loves to climb and to see a lot of diverse terrain in the process.

The ride starts in Calabasas and heads to the coast on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon. Then you'll head south on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). After the first major climb up Topanga Canyon and Old Topanga Canyon, you'll spend the morning ascending and descending the Santa Monica Mountains on Mulholland Hwy, Little Sycamore, and Cotharin, before hitting Ventura County and the beach at Deer Creek. After an easy, flat cruise to the base of Potrero, you'll start climbing again, up and over to Westlake, and through the Conejo Valley out to Simi Valley. Then you'll head up and over Grimes Canyon, enjoy the orange groves out in Fillmore, and then head back via the short, but very steep, Balcom Canyon. Then, you have a very rewarding descent, and a flat shot back to PCH via Las Posas (but beware of headwinds!). Then, ride south on PCH, where finally you turn up again, to ride the majestic Mulholland Hwy all the way to Cold Canyon Rd. Then you'll make your final climbs of the day - up Piuma and Schueren to the top of Stunt Road. After the four mile descent down Stunt it's pretty much an easy cruise back to Calabasas via Mulholland and Las Virgenes.

Time Limit: 19 Hours

Mulholland Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the 2005 Mulholland Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Potrero Road Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Balcom Canyon Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Photos of the Pro Peloton climbing Balcom Canyon on the 2008 Tour of California

Triple Crown Guy with 2007 Tour of California Pro Peloton on Balcom Canyon - Photo by Greg Mill

Decker Canyon Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Stunt Road Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

2013 Mulholland Double Results

2012 Mulholland Double Results

2011 Mulholland Double Results

2010 Mulholland Double Results

2009 Mulholland Double Results

2008 Mulholland Double Results

2007 Mulholland Double Results

2006 Mulholland Double Results

2006 Mulholland Challenge with Photos of First 62 and Last 48 Miles of Mulholland Double

2005 Mulholland Double Results

2005 Mulholland Double Photos by Steve Meichtry

2004 Mulholland Double Results

2003 Mulholland Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Radically High

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Hemet D.C.

1st 100 mile loop is fast - 2nd 100 mile loop is more challenging. Includes Wine country and several lakes

This event has always had two century loops in a figure eight pattern since 1965.  Jim Watrous has modified the first loop which increased the 2,800 foot gain to 3,500 foot gain.  In 2008, the second loop was redesigned to decrease traffic and cover more open country.  In 2009, this second loop is being redesigned to avoid the areas of the Casinos.  The new design will reduce the elevation gain of second loop from 4,800 foot gain to under 4,000 foot gain.

The first 100 mile loop is a good beginning type loop for first timers.  The first loop includes Lake Perris, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lakes.  The second loop is more challenging than the first and includes; the wine country of Temecula, Lake Skinner and passes near the new Diamond Valley Lake.  Either loop can be done as a single century.

Time Limit: The Double Century has an eighteen-hour soft time limit that has been extended to 22 hours.  Double Century riders can start between 4:00 AM and 6:00 AM.  The Double Century closes at about 10:00 PM, but not later than 2 AM.  No Double Century rider is allowed to attempt or start the second loop after 2:30 PM.

Jim Watrous's Hemet Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the 2006 Hemet D.C. by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Sage Road Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Jim Watrous's Group Riding and Pace Line Tips

2013 Hemet Double Results

2012 Hemet Double Results

2011 Hemet Double Results

2010 Hemet Double Results

2010 Hemet Double Movie of "Good Old Mountain Dew" at La Ladera Park Rest Stop

2009 Hemet Double Results

2008 Hemet Double Results

2007 Hemet Double Results

2006 Hemet Double Results

2005 Hemet Double Results

2005 Hemet Double Photos at Lake Mathews by Doug Rich

2005 Hemet Double Photos at Sage by Doug Rich

2004 Hemet Double Results

2004 Hemet Double Photos by Chuck Bramwell
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2003 Hemet Double Results

2002 Hemet Double Results

2001 Hemet Double Results

2000 Hemet Double Results

1999 Hemet Double Results

1998 Hemet Double Results

1997 Hemet Double Results

1996 Hemet Double Results

1995 Hemet Double Results

1994 Hemet Double Results

1993 Hemet Double Results

1992 Hemet Double Results

1991 Hemet Double Results

1990 Hemet Double Results

1989 Hemet Double Results

1988 Hemet Double Results

1987 Hemet Double Results

1986 Hemet Double Results and some History

Difficulty Rating: Medium

For more information, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:
Jim Watrous
P.O. Box 56797
Riverside, CA 92517
(951) 686-7539

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Devil Mountain Double

This ride was first ridden by a handful of riders in July of 1996. On this ride, you'll have the opportunity of climbing Mt. Diablo and Mt. Hamilton in the San Ramon area. Certainly "not for the faint of heart", this ride is a major challenge for sure!!

Mt. Diablo was listed by BICYCLING magazine as one of the ten toughest climbs in America. Mt. Diablo rises 3,200 feet in 10.5 miles to a height of 3,849 feet. Mt. Hamilton will have you climb 2,100 feet in just 7 miles to the 4,100 foot peak.

Sierra Road will be your biggest test: not only is it incredibly steep, climbing 1,800 Feet in 3.2 Miles, but it comes after 150 miles!!

Most of this ride is very rural, very scenic, and very low on traffic. The terrain is unspoiled and rugged. If you like to climb and are ready for a real challenge, this ride's for you!!

Time Limit: There are two primary cutoffs. #1: You must leave the Mines Road Rest Stop by 1:00pm. Anyone later than this will have the option of either being Sagged forward on the course, or back to the start. #2: All riders must depart the lunch stop (Mile 115) by 4:30pm or they will be sagged to the top of Mt. Hamilton. We will allow you to continue on the course at that point. If either cutoff is missed, you will receive a DNF for the ride, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy riding most of this absolutely wonderful course. Our primary concern is rider safety. These cutoffs are in place to prevent riders from having to descend Mt. Hamilton in the dark.

Devil Mountain Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the 2003 Devil Mountain Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Elevation Chart for the Devil Mountain Double - Small Version

Elevation Chart for the Devil Mountain Double - Large Version

Mount Diablo Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Patterson Pass Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Mount Hamilton Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Sierra Road Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Palomares Road Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Norris Canyon Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Mount Diablo Detailed Grade Analysis by Lucas Pereira

2013 Devil Mountain Double Results

2012 Devil Mountain Double Results

2011 Devil Mountain Double Results

2011 Devil Mountain Double Video by Stan Tsang

2010 Devil Mountain Double Results

2010 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Indrajit Sen

2009 Devil Mountain Double Results

2008 Devil Mountain Double Results

2007 Devil Mountain Double Results

2006 Devil Mountain Double Results

2006 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Eric Norris

2005 Devil Mountain Double Results

2005 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Eric Norris

2005 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Jeanie Barnett

2004 Devil Mountain Double Results

2004 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Eric Norris

2003 Devil Mountain Double Results

2003 Devil Mountain Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2003 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Eric Norris

2002 Devil Mountain Double Results

2001 Devil Mountain Double Results

2001 Devil Mountain Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2001 Devil Mountain Double Photos by Eric Norris

2000 Devil Mountain Double Results

2000 Devil Mountain Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

1999 Devil Mountain Double Results

1998 Devil Mountain Double Results

1997 Devil Mountain Double Results

1997 Devil Mountain Double Recap by Bill Oetinger

1997 Devil Mountain Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: Radically High

This ride is produced by The Quackcyclists - Ride Director: Scott Halversen
For more information, see www.Quackcyclists.com

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Borrego Double Century

Beautiful climbs up Montezuma and Mesa Grande with an awesome 4,000 Foot descent down Banner Grade to finish!! This ride has it all starting in the Desert, climbing to the Mountains, descending to the Ocean, climbing to the Mountains, and descending back to the Desert.

The Borrego and Oceanside Double Centuries are the only California Triple Crown Double that showcases the desert, mountains, and the ocean featured on the California Triple Crown Logo, all in one day.

The beauty of this ride actually begins the night before if you choose to camp out under billions of stars, perhaps singing around a campfire or swapping funny bike stories, surrounded by a silhouette of desert mountains, just 3 miles from the ride start.

Marveling the spectacular sunrise climb up over the desert will make your 11 mile climb up Montezuma grade seem well worth the effort it took to drive out there the day before.

From the summit, you will soar down towards Lake Henshaw, turning south onto Mesa Grande, a super cool back road with climbing that takes you "out back" towards the 4 building town of Santa Ysabel. Julian Pie Shop here will serve the cyclists fresh baked, still warm Julian Apple Pie at the park adjacent to it, with cold milk from Don's Market. From here, the cyclists will move on towards the quaint town of Ramona, and on down the hill towards Escondido for the next rest stop.

Mostly flat from here, the cyclists can now almost smell the ocean air as they move their way towards the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad, which turns north towards Oceanside. The palm trees swaying seem to greet the cyclists with open arms; lunch is right on the ocean with a terrific view of the Oceanside pier.

Oceanside will welcome you with it's beautiful lighthouse and harbor. The gentle tailwinds will encourage you as you begin your trek back, again along the care-free bike path. Your destination is now Julian, the one-horse town that summits your long but gradual climbing.

From Julian, you will soar down 4,000 feet on the awesome Banner Grade heading out of the mountains towards the back side of Borrego Springs. You'll want to have plenty of batteries and powerful lights for this final descent back to the Finish Line.

By then, you'll either be enjoying the desert in a lovely sunset, or in awesome wonderment of the billions and billions of stars and amazing tranquility. Borrego Springs is a great place to celebrate the finish of your Borrego Double Century.

Borrego Double Century Web Site

Elevation Chart for Borrego Double Century by Karla Johnston and her Polar 725X

2013 Borrego Double Century Results

2012 Borrego Double Century Results

2011 Borrego Double Century Results

2010 Borrego Double Century Results

2009 Borrego Double Century Results

2009 Borrego Double Century Ride Report and Photos by Joseph Maurer

2008 Borrego Double Century Results

2008 Borrego Double Photos by Gregory Pschaida

Photos of the 2nd Half of the Borrego Double Century by Frank Neal and Chuck Bramwell 11/15/07
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2006 Borrego Double Century Test Ride

2006 Borrego Double Century Test Ride Photos by Kermit Ganier

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

This ride is produced by Anny Beck and friends. Visit HERE for all the information. E-Mail Anny at: RoadNeverEnds <at> Verizon <dot> net

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Classic Tour of Two Forests Double

This historic Double Century traverses the Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest from Santa Clarita to Ojai, then up Pine Mountain to Lebec and back.

New for 2009: Mindful of the current economic climate, this event will be hosted with minimal support, and a very low entry fee just to cover insurance, any necessary permits, and a leap-frog SAG vehicle carrying snacks and water. Riders may bring lunch-size bags with their special-needs foods, which will be delivered up the course to at least three locations. Given the difficulty of the route, only experienced double century riders will be permitted to ride.

Classic Doubles are more than challenging alone. They are "tours" in the true sense, an opportunity for discovery and adventure in an area not often ridden.

The Tour of Two Forests has been such a classic since its first edition in 1980. It starts and ends in Santa Clarita and traverses parts of L.A., Ventura, and Kern Counties, plus the name-giving Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest. It begins with an easy cruise through Piru and down South Mountain to Santa Paula and then the easy climb up into Ventura County’s sleepy hideaway of Ojai. Next you’ll ascend 30 mile Pine Mountain and enter the heart of the ride: rugged and beautiful mountain country where a lone cyclist feels very small. Next comes Lockwood Valley (home of the "Heartbreak Hill") to Gorman and then a rolling finish through Pine Canyon, Three Points, Elizabeth Lake, Leona Valley, and down, down, down Bouquet Canyon to the finish back in Santa Clarita.

It's one of the most scenic courses in Southern California and is almost free of traffic lights. The logistics are really easy since it starts just 20 miles north of Los Angeles.

The Tour of Two Forests was first run in 1980. In 1984, the legendary tandem team of Pete Penseyres and Rob Templin set a course record of 10:35!! In 1985, Rob Templin came back on his single bike and set a solo course record of 10:21!!

In 2004, the course was modified to start and finish in Santa Clarita instead of Lancaster which reduces the mileage from 218 Miles down to 193 Miles.

This is a great event with a whole lot of history in the California cycling scene. We really encourage you to ride this classic event!

Time Limit: 18 Hours

Classic Tour of Two Forests Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Tour of Two Forests Double by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

2013 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2012 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2011 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2010 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2009 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2006 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2005 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2004 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2003 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2002 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2001 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2000 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2000 Tour of Two Forests Double Ride Report by David Nakai

2000 Tour of Two Forests Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

1999 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

Visit www.PlanetUltra.com for all the information.

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Central Coast Double

The Central Coast Double was first ridden by a handful of riders in 1995.

This difficult but very scenic ride starts and finishes in Paso Robles. It travels in a large 200 mile loop through Cambria, up Highway 1 on the Coast, and back inland through Fort Hunter Liggett. One of the many highlights is a beautiful climb up from Highway 1 on the Coast into the Santa Lucia mountains where the panoramic view of the Coastline is out of this world!!

The Central Coast Double consist of two routes, a lowland and a highland route. The lowland route is 198.5 miles at 12,600 ft of climbing. The highland route is 212.8 miles and 14,000 ft of climbing. Both routes are credited toward the California Triple Crown.

Time Limit: This ride has a mass start at 5:35 A.M. The course will officially close at midnight and therefore, a cutoff time will be imposed at Rest Stop #5 in Bradley which is at the 179 mile point, 30 miles from the finish. All riders will be required to have left this rest stop by 9:45 P.M. or they will be sagged in at that time.

If the Central Coast Double is in the California Triple Crown Stage Race, riders must complete the highland route and the Lunch Times WILL NOT BE SUBTRACTED for this event. Brian Stark, the ride organizer of the Central Coast Double, has decided to stop the clock for the Lunch for his event in the future. However, the California Triple Crown will add the Lunch Times back into the results for the Stage Race. This will then make the clock for the Central Coast Double run from Start to Finish so that all of the Stage Race events will be handled consistently.

Central Coast Double Web Site has tons of information on this ride with many nice features including a very impressive 3-D Elevation Chart and a cool map of Paso Robles!!

Elevation Chart for the Central Coast Double by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Beautiful photos and description of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Climb

Map and Detailed Elevation Profile of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Climb

2013 Central Coast Double Results

2012 Central Coast Double Results

2011 Central Coast Double Results

2010 Central Coast Double Results

2009 Central Coast Double Results

2009 Central Coast Double Photos by Steve Meichtry

2008 Central Coast Double Results

2007 Central Coast Double Results

2006 Central Coast Double Results

2005 Central Coast Double Results

2004 Central Coast Double Results

2003 Central Coast Double Results

2002 Central Coast Double Results

2001 Central Coast Double Results

2000 Central Coast Double Results

2000 Central Coast Double Ride Report by David Nakai

1999 Central Coast Double Results

1998 Central Coast Double Results

1997 Central Coast Double Results

1996 Central Coast Double Results

1995 Central Coast Double Results

Cindi Staiger's Central Coast Double ride in 1995

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

For more information, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:
Brian Stark
4148 Las Tablas Willow Crk Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 239-4397

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Davis Double

The Davis Double is the most popular double century in California. The ride takes you through beautiful country by lakes, rivers, and acres of wild flowers. The terrain is relatively flat with only three moderate climbs.

Hosted by the Davis Bike Club, the Davis Double first ran way back in 1969, and sets the standard for rider support with full SAG compliment, ten rest stops (including the lunch stop), and dozens of volunteers.

It is an ideal first double century.

Registration always opens on March 1st. Visit the Davis Double Web Site for more information, or contact the Davis Double team at

Davis Double Web Site has tons of information on this great ride

2013 Davis Double Results

2012 Davis Double Results

2011 Davis Double Results

2010 Davis Double Results

2009 Davis Double Results

2008 Davis Double Results

2008 Davis Double Photos by Eric Norris

2007 Davis Double Results

2006 Davis Double Results

2006 Davis Double Photos by Eric Norris

2005 Davis Double Results

2005 Davis Double Photos by Eric Norris

2004 Davis Double Results

2004 Davis Double Photos on ActivePics.com

2003 Davis Double Results

2003 Davis Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2003 Davis Double Photos by Eric Norris

2002 Davis Double Results

2002 Davis Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2001 Davis Double Results

2001 Davis Double Ride Report by Adam Paul

2000 Davis Double Results

2000 Davis Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

1999 Davis Double Results

1998 Davis Double Results

1997 Davis Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Medium

For more information, visit the Davis Double Web Site for more information, or contact the Davis Double team at

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Heartbreak Double

Start in Palmdale and then ride 200 miles of the roads less traveled in places you’ve never heard of, like Apache Saddle and Ventucopa.

This spectacular course showcases some of the most quiet, beautiful, dramatic, and unknown regions of California. There is essentially no traffic and the route explores an area that most of the participants will never otherwise visit. There is less than one "junk mile" on the entire course. Veteran riders can attest to all of this, while rookies will take away that sentiment after completing this challenging and rewarding cycling adventure.

The early morning air in the high desert can be cold, but as you leave Palmdale and enter the Angeles National Forest, you'll warm up quickly. The first section of the course to Three Points has more ups than downs. En route you will pass the towns of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake while most are still sleeping.

Leaving checkpoint one at mile 30 in Three Points, you'll climb some more while cutting over to Highway 138. The wind here generally blows from the west, and it is not uncommon to have a headwind on the way to Gorman and Lebec. Checkpoint two at mile 50 in Lebec is at the Best Rest Inn, where Heartbreak Hundred riders began their event this same morning between 830 and 900am.

Next, a short quick climb to Tejon Pass gives way to a short descent into Frazier Park. The next 30 miles are mostly uphill, though there are a few nice descents along the way. As you climb toward the summit of Mt. Pinos, take time to look around; the scenery here is truly beautiful, as the high desert gives way to alpine forests and gently sloping mountain meadows. Look to your left at Lake of the Woods and see the road you will be descending later in the afternoon, then look ahead at the road that will take you higher into the mountains.

Deep in the mountains you will reach the private community of Pine Mountain Club. For the residents, it's home, but for you it's a flat spot in the road before the climbs to checkpoint three at Apache Saddle at mile 71. As you refill and refuel, contemplate the fact that you have already accumulated about half of the 15,500' of climbing that you'll achieve this day.

After reaching Apache Saddle, prepare yourself for one of the most rewarding stretches of road in all of Southern California. You will primarily descend for 20 miles along the ridgeline that divides the Lockwood Valley on your left from the huge Central Valley on your right. Look around for wildlife as you ride through the Los Padres National Forest and the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

The downhill continues at Highway 166. A left here and another onto Highway 33, and then you will be a few miles from checkpoint four at "The Place" at mile 104 in "downtown" Ventucopa. The Place is a great for lunch and ice cream (just walk in and get an ice cream; Planet Ultra's buying!), plus they have real flush toilets inside.

Leaving The Place in Ventucopa, you will follow the beautiful Cuyama Valley and Cuyama River to a left turn at Lockwood Valley Road. Heartbreak rookies who have done our Tour of Two Forests in the past will be on friendly and familiar terrain from here onwards. Rookie or note, you are in for a treat. As you enter Lockwood Valley you will encounter a gradual climb that just keeps getting steeper. As you reach the infamous Heartbreak Hill in the hot afternoon sun you will learn whey "Heartbreak Hill" got that name. There are no toilet facilities at checkpoint five at Heartbreak, however there are lots of big bushes that the native Brown Bears have fertilized for centuries. You will pick up any lights or gear that you sent there in a drop bag this morning.

Leaving Heartbreak Hill, you will descend and climb your way to Frazier Park and checkpoint six at the Best Rest Inn in Lebec. Heartbreak 100 riders will call it a day here, but not the double riders. Leaving Lebec and Gorman, there is a short climb to the overview of Quail Lake and the California Aqueduct. As you descend to Quail Lake you should be greeted by a "world class" tailwind that has been known to blow riders all the way to the turn onto Ridge Route and then across on Pine Canyon to checkpoint seven at the Three Points Road House. (This new, hillier return route is new for 2003. Although it adds about 1,000' feet of climbing to this route, compared to the previous route, it's a much quieter and very fun, rollercoaster road.) At Three Points Road House, check out the his and hers outhouses. These relics are from a century that is long gone, but still work well.

Leaving the Three Points checkpoint, there are two noticeable climbs as you otherwise descend towards the finish line in Palmdale. Upon your safe and timely arrival, you will be greeted by a Planet Ultra Ambassador. You will not soon forget this epic and challenging, but equally rewarding, ride!

Time Limit: 19 Hours

Century Option is available

Heartbreak Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Heartbreak Double by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

The 2013 Heartbreak Double was cancelled due to a forest fire

2012 Heartbreak Double Results

2011 Heartbreak Double Results

2010 Heartbreak Double Results

2009 Heartbreak Double Results

2008 Heartbreak Double Results

2007 Heartbreak Double Results

2006 Heartbreak Double Results

2005 Heartbreak Double Results

2004 Heartbreak Double Results

2003 Heartbreak Double Results

2002 Heartbreak Double Results

2000 Heartbreak Double Ride Report by David Nakai

1997 Heartbreak Double by Team Bikeaholics

1996 Heartbreak Double by Muffy Ritz and Steve Born

Difficulty Rating: Radically High

Visit www.PlanetUltra.com for all the information.

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Eastern Sierra Double

Forget skiing: This is road bike heaven! Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, and more with the pristine Sierra Nevada as your backdrop and inspiration.

A mass start through the city streets of Bishop will quickly head out of town. After a fast, flat warm up through the flatlands of the Owens River region, you will head north through the cattle ranches of Round Valley. Climbing up from Round Valley to Crowley Lake, the Old Sherwin Grade ascends through pinion pine and juniper woodlands while following Lower Rock Creek to enter Mono County and the heartland of the Eastern Sierra. Road cuts expose the peculiar rosy rock strata known to geologists as Bishop Tuff, evidence of volcanic activity in this region. After cresting Sherwin Grade, a rider friendly 1800' climb, you are greeted by the startling views of Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner, and the serrated ridge of the Minarets in the northern distance. North a few miles further awaits Lake Crowley and the grassy bed of Long Valley. Further north en route to Mammoth Lakes, you pass Hilton and McGee Creeks; the mouths of their canyons filled with huge glacial moraines empty into the valley from the Sierra high country.

Leaving Long Valley, you will quickly enter the town of Mammoth Lakes, famous for its world class ski resort. You will climb gently, but quickly, around the outskirts of town and head out of town and north via the Mammoth Scenic Route. After a short climb cresting the 8,041' summit of Deadman Pass, there is a short downhill followed by a short easy climb to June Lake. First time visitors should stop at the vista point at "Oh! Ridge" on the summit of the climb from June Lake Junction. The magnificent view of June Lake, Carson Peak, and the westward panorama reveals different dimensions with every blink of the eye.

Leaving "Oh! Ridge," hang on for a fast 15 miles, passing by June, Gull, Silver, and Grant Lakes as you enter "The Land of Mono". Ringed by eerie tufa towers, volcanic craters, mountain peaks, and high desert silences, the saline waters of Mono Lake represent a million year old body of water. Mono Lake has no outlet; over the thousands of years of its existence, salts and minerals washed into the lake have become concentrated as waters have evaporated. Though Mono Lake has been called a "dead sea", it actually abounds with life. No fish live in the lake, but populations of brine shrimp and brine flies adapted to the exceptionally high concentration of salts provide a plentiful food supply for more than seventy species of migratory and nesting birds. The "lunch" checkpoint with Subway sandwiches and all our usual wide variety of drinks and muchies await you at the Mono Lake County Park. At this point, you will have ridden 104 miles and ascended 7,200'.

Leaving Mono Lake, you will travel south on Hwy 395 to Hwy 120 through the Mono Crater area. Take time to look around as you climb between these craters en route to the "E Ticket" ride from the high plains at Sage Hen Summit, through red lava canyons into Benton, the Chalfant Valley and back to Bishop. This second half of the double loop has only 3,000' of ascent!

This course has exactly 10,200 feet of elevation gain, more than half of which is between mile 30 and mile 70. As doubles go, it's not that tough and the views and roads are so incredible, you won't event notice the climbing that it does have!

Geologists say the tilted fault-block range of the Sierra Nevada formed ten to twenty million years ago when an enormous piece of the earth's crust rose thousands of feet along a series of faults and tilted westward to create a mountain range with broad, gentle western escarpment. More than 400 miles long and 60 to 80 miles wide, the Sierra cover a region larger than the combined areas of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps; the Sierra Nevada stretches further than any continuous mountain range in the continental United States.

This is one of the most beautiful and most popular of all the Triple Crown rides!!

Time Limit: 18 Hours

Eastern Sierra Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Eastern Sierra Double - Small Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Elevation Chart for the Eastern Sierra Double - Large Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

2013 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2012 Eastern Sierra Double was cancelled due to construction on Highway 120

2011 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2010 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2009 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2009 Eastern Sierra Double Ride Report with Photos by Victor Cooper

2008 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2007 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2006 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2005 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2004 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2003 Eastern Sierra Double Results

2003 Eastern Sierra Double Photos by Lynn Katano

2002 Eastern Sierra Double Results

1997 Eastern Sierra Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: High

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Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge

Extremely tough Northern California Double. Climb 8 classic sierra mountain passes with stunning scenery, smooth pavement, and just a dozen stop signs.
20,300 feet of climbing with half of the course above 7000 feet of elevation.


You'll experience the breathtaking scenic beauty of eight classic, wild sierra climbs plus panoramas of Diamond Valley and Carson Valley on a course that features some of the best pavement you'll find on any organized ride. The course is in a remote and rugged area--there are no traffic lights and has just a dozen stop signs.

From the start at Turtle Rock Park (on CA 89 near Markleeville), riders head south on CA 89 and turn onto Diamond Valley Rd. This is a beautiful rolling road with great views of the foothills. Riders descend into the Carson Valley and take Foothill Road along its perimeter to the base of the first pass: Kingsbury grade. This stretch gives everyone a good warm up before the climbing begins. Kingsbury grade is the perfect pass to begin the ride because it offers very wide shoulders, a steady easy grade all the way to the top, and very little wind in the morning. It's broad sweeping turns give riders an awesome view of the Carson Valley and the Pinenut Mountains and a fun descent. After refueling at the rest stop on the summit and enjoying a well-earned descent back down Kingsbury grade, riders return along Foothill and turn right on Emigrant Trail. This short and easy climb doesn't count as a pass, but it's a good warmup for the pass to come and there is a rest stop at the top.

Continuing from Emigrant trail, riders pass through the historic town of Woodfords and up scenic Woodfords Canyon following the route of the Pony Express trail. Turning right at Picketts Junction, riders will complete their climb to the summit of Luther pass where they will be rewarded with another rest stop. Descending Luther pass back into Hope Valley, riders will turn right again and begin their ascent of Carson pass taking in views of Red Lake and high alpine terrain. After the Carson Pass rest stop, riders will enjoy the fun descent back down into Hope Valley, turning right onto Blue Lakes Rd.--one of the best kept secrets in all of Alpine County. Blue Lakes Road will take riders over a series of climbs and through valleys with breathtaking scenery to the next rest stop at the end of the road. A little bit of climbing and a rolling descent takes riders back out to Hope Valley and then down Woodfords canyon. Turning right towards Markleeville brings riders back to the start where lunch awaits.

The course continues down to the town of Markleeville and out to the intersection of CA 89 and CA 4 where riders will begin the beautiful climb of the heavily forested Ebbetts pass. A rest stop is located at the summit of Ebbetts pass before the descent on the back side to Hermit Valley where yet another rest stop is located at the turn- around. Riders then climb the backside of Ebbetts and return to the base of Monitor after a fun descent.

Climbing the front side of Monitor offers riders a few challenging steep grades and sweeping views of alpine meadows and Lake Heenan. A rest stop at the top of the pass marks completion of the second-to- last pass of the day. The descent to Topaz on the east side of Monitor is a thrill. The road surface is excellent, the grade is sweet, and the turns are fun. Most importantly, this is safe hill to descend at night with little car traffic, great visibility, and few shadows. Refuel at the Topaz rest stop for the last pass of the day. The climb is long but the grade is steady and this climb is a pleasure even after sundown. Like the backside of Monitor, the descent on the frontside is a good one for night time. From the base of Monitor riders return to the start through the Carson River Canyon on CA 89.

The eight pass course represents the ultimate climbing challenge for a single-day event.

The Start/Finish is at Alpine County's Turtle Rock Park on CA 89 between Woodfords and Markleeville. We expect great weather, but this ride covers a lot of remote, high altitude terrain. Everyone should be prepared for any kind of weather at any time.

The Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Test Ride was held on June 14, 2008.

In 2014, because of the overlap between the Grand Tour and Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge, if a rider wishes to ride both events, they can ride the Grand Tour on the event date and ride the Staff Ride on 7/19/14. Riders will need to bring a family member or friend to volunteer for the day of the Staff Ride. They also need to buy a club membership for $25 so they're covered by the club insurance.

Time Limit: You may choose to start during one of eight starting windows: 3:30am-3:44am (with lights), 3:45am-3:59am (with lights), 4:00am-4:14am (with lights), 4:15am-4:29am (with lights), 4:30am-4:44am (with lights), 4:45am-5:01am (with lights), 5:02am-5:14am (lights not required), 5:15am-5:30am (lights not required). There are 9 rest stops on the route plus lunch and two checkpoints. You must reach each rest stop and checkpoint while it is open and make the other listed cut-off times in order to collect 8 pass stickers. Riders headed towards a closed location will be turned around and directed to the next open stop. We will begin sweeping any remaining riders from the route at 10:00pm. A rider who is transported by SAG will lose the last sticker collected. You must check-in at the finish with all 8 pass stickers in order to receive California Triple Crown credit for completing the full Double Century. If you finish with less than 8 pass stickers or if you don’t check in at the finish, you will not receive California Triple Crown credit for this Double Century. However everyone who checks in will be listed as having finished the number of passes indicated by their pass stickers. Anyone who refuses to abide by the rules or the instructions of CHP, County Sheriff, or ride officials will lose all their stickers and be listed as DQ as will anyone who doesn't check-in after finishing the ride. The check-in desk will be open till 11:00pm. These rules are in place to ensure the safety of all participants and to satisfy the requirements of county and state agencies.

Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Web Site

Elevation Chart for Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge by Wayne Riley and his Garmin Edge 305 Bike Computer -- Small Version

Elevation Chart for Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge by Wayne Riley and his Garmin Edge 305 Bike Computer -- Large Version

2013 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Results

2012 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Results

2011 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Results

2010 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Results

2009 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Results

2008 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Test Ride Slideshow

2008 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Summary Test Ride Results with Rider Comments
A very complete report is available with photos by sending an e-mail to inquiries <at> altaalpinachallenge <dot> com

2008 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Test Ride GPS Map and Links to 30 Photos by Wayne Riley

2008 Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Videos by Wayne Riley and his Vholdr Camera
    Early Morning Descent of Kingsbury Grade:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Luther Pass Descent:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Carson Pass Descent:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Blue Lakes Descent:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Ebbetts Pass Descent - Back Side:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Ebbetts Pass Descent - Front Side:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Monitor Pass Descent - Back Side:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality
    Monitor Pass Descent - Front Side:    Full Screen    Small Screen/High Quality

Difficulty Rating: Radically High

Visit the Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge Web Site for all the information.

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Terrible Two

The Terrible Two was started in 1976 by the Santa Rosa Cycling Club as they realized that a 200 mile course in and around Sonoma County would include some very challenging hills as well as some spectacular scenery.

Although the route has varied in small ways over the years, its defining features have always been its four big climbs (and the steep, twisting descents that follow): Trinity Grade, the Geysers, Skaggs Springs, and Fort Ross. Numerous smaller but pesky hills add to the overall challenge. Trinity, the Geysers, and Fort Ross are all double-summit climbs, while Skaggs Springs is a long series of climbs and descents, including a tough new climb introduced with the 1995 route change. The steepest gradients on the course don't exceed 15%, but many climbs stay in the 8-12% range for long distances.

Except for the transit of Santa Rosa at the start,
the entire course is rural and very scenic: vineyards, orchards, pastures, oak-studded meadows, shady forests of redwood, bay, and ma-drone, 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 16,000 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.

Time Limit: This ride has a mass start at 5:30 A.M. and it officially ends at 10:00 pm (to qualify for an I DID IT! t-shirt), but riders may continue until 11:00 pm to earn California Triple Crown credit. Anyone still on the course after 11:00 pm will not be listed as an official finisher. After 11:00 pm, support on the road and at the finish will be minimal.

Santa Rosa Cycling Club's awesome Terrible Two Web Site

Map and Elevation Chart for the Terrible Two

Road Engineering Analysis Including Route Profile, Climbing Gradient Analysis and Photos For Each Climb by Chuck Bramwell

"The Terrible Two ... A Brief History" by Bill Oetinger on www.BikeCal.com

"The Terrible Two Revisited" by Bill Oetinger on www.BikeCal.com

2013 Terrible Two Results

2012 Terrible Two Results

2011 Terrible Two Results

2011 Terrible Two Video by Stan Tsang

2010 Terrible Two Results

2009 Terrible Two Results

2008 Terrible Two Results

2008 Terrible Two Photos by Veronika Lenzi

2007 Terrible Two Results

2007 Terrible Two Photos by Veronika Lenzi

2006 Terrible Two Results

2005 Terrible Two Results

2005 Terrible Two Route Photos of Skaggs Springs and Annapolis by Jesse Smith

2005 Terrible Two Photos by Eric Norris

2004 Terrible Two Results

2004 Terrible Two Photos by Eric Norris

2003 Terrible Two Results

2003 Terrible Two Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2003 Terrible Two Photos by Eric Norris

2002 Terrible Two Results

2002 Terrible Two Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

2001 Terrible Two Results

2000 Terrible Two Results

1999 Terrible Two Results

1999 Photos of Top 10 Finishers, Start, and Lunch on BikeCal.com

1999 "A Not so Terrible Two" by Maury Cohen on BikeCal.com

1998 Terrible Two Results

1998 Terrible Two by Team Bikeaholics

1997 Terrible Two Results

1997 Terrible Two by Team Bikeaholics

1996 Terrible Two Results

Terrible Two Course Records

Terrible Two Finishers Sorted by Name

Difficulty Rating: Radically High

Double Metric Century Option is available

For more information, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:
Bill Oetinger
Santa Rosa Cycling Club
7315 Fircrest Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-9807

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Grand Tour

In 1959, Eisenhower was President, 10-speed bicycles were virtually unknown, Greg LeMond wasn't even born yet, and the Los Angeles Wheelmen began holding an annual Double Century -- the "Grand Tour". This is the original Double in the U.S. and also includes 300 and 400 mile options -- all of which count towards the California Triple Crown.

The Traditional Double offers a bit of everything you think of when you think of California: the ocean, valleys, mountains, movie star homes, orange groves, ranches, vegetable fields and oil fields. Looping through rural Ventura County, the route contains some hills but is still one of the easiest Double Centuries we know of. There is only one very difficult hill and the club places a rest stop at the top to help you out. The scenery, the low traffic and the generally favorable winds will help you forget the hills and make this a very enjoyable Double.

Los Angeles Wheelmen's Grand Tour Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Grand Tour Highland Double - Small Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Elevation Chart for the Grand Tour Highland Double - Large Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Potrero Road Climb Analysis from the Grand Tour Highland Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Grand Tour Photo Tour by Tim Rasmussen

2013 Grand Tour Results

2012 Grand Tour Results

2011 Grand Tour Results

2010 Grand Tour Results

2009 Grand Tour Results

2008 Grand Tour Results - Triple Century Highland and Lowland

2008 Grand Tour Results - Double Century Highland

2008 Grand Tour Results - Double Century Lowland

2007 Grand Tour Results - Triple Century Highland and Lowland

2007 Grand Tour Results - Double Century Highland

2007 Grand Tour Results - Double Century Lowland

2006 Grand Tour Results

2005 Grand Tour Results

2005 Grand Tour Photos by Doug Rich

2004 Grand Tour Results

2003 Grand Tour Results

2003 Grand Tour Photos by Lynn Katano

2002 Grand Tour Results

2001 Grand Tour Results

2001 Grand Tour Double Ride Report by Adam Paul

2000 Grand Tour Results

2000 Grand Tour Ride Report by Bailey Abbott

Difficulty Rating: Medium

For more information, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:
GRAND TOUR
264 S. La Cienga Blvd. #1073
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Mt. Tam Double

This difficult double has become a Northern California Classic!! Climb beautiful canyons and challenging ridges up Mt Tam (birthplace of mountain biking) with stunning views of the Pacific Coast, the San Francisco Bay and all the mountains in between.

The Maiden voyage of the Mt. Tam Double Century was August 7, 2004 and received rave reviews. This is part of the prestigious California Triple Crown Series of Double Centuries. Not sure if you can ride it? There are those of you that know you can ride 200 miles with 15,000 feet of climbing and then there are most of you that question such a challenge. While the Mt. Tam Double is not an easy Double Century and will challenge even the experienced veteran riders, do not be too intimidated.

This ride has lots of fast technical riding and descents to challenge the most experienced riders yet offers bailout options for those that want to give it a try but are not quite sure. Most of the steep climbing is over by mile 130 but there are plenty of rollers to challenge you on your way back to the Finish!

This course is very challenging but certainly a step below the “most” challenging doubles such as the Alta Alpina challenge, the Devil Mountain Double and the Terrible Two. In fact, it might be the ideal test ride if you are not sure you are ready for the most difficult doubles out there. The Mt Tam Double has 15,000 ft. of climbing but the grades are not consistently that steep. The steepest grades are found at mile 130 on the Coleman Valley climb where grades will be as high as 16%.

Because we run the Mt Tam Double in conjunction with our Marin Century, there are several bailout options available if the course just proves too much or you are just having a bad day. These options will allow you to finish under your own power and the bailout routes are fully supported.

The Mt Tam Double Century course starts on flat to rolling terrain before you are greeted with your first challenge of the day, a 1.5 mile and 430 foot climb to the Big Rock summit of Lucas Valley. This is followed by a thrilling descent through the redwoods into the ranches and grasslands of West Marin. The route then departs from the other courses as you head for the “sleeping beauty”, Mt Tamalpais. The route winds south and east with a couple small climbs and descents until you reach the town of Fairfax. Fairfax is one end of the famous Bolinas Fairfax Rd., which is the epitome of Marin Road rides. Within sight of town center, the road begins to wind up into the hills of the lake country on the north side of Mt. Tam. The road is narrow and twisting but relatively untraveled. There is a brief respite at the golf course and then you climb again to the top of Pine Mountain and your 1st Rest Stop at mile 25. This is a popular mountain bike jump off point but you will have to return for that another day. There is NO CHECKPOINT at Pine Mountain Rest Stop. This is the only rest stop on the course without a checkpoint.

The descent down to the lakes is very fast in a series of tight left turns with a decreasing radius. BE CAREFUL, GO SLOW INTO THE TURNS! The entire road twists with lots of technical turns and small fun rollers for 4 miles. You will love this road. All this ends at Alpine Dam. You ride across the dam and climb, and climb and climb. You reach the ridge; turn left off the Bolinas Fairfax Rd onto Ridgecrest and climb some more, and more. Welcome to Mt Tam.

If the Bolinas Fairfax Rd. is beautiful (and it is), West Ridgecrest is stunning. You have seen this before. Either in half the car commercials ever made or maybe in a Lance commercial. Yep – this is the place. In the early morning light, you will have a grand sweeping view of the Pacific, the coastal mountains and inland lakes. Coastal oaks, evergreens and redwoods will contrast with the golden grass hillsides and deep blue ocean waters. All this is, of course, assuming it is clear. It can be fog, raining, blowing 50 and you might as well be in Siberia!

West Ridgecrest climbs in a great series of rollers turning into East Ridgecrest that climbs in another set of giant rollers for the remaining 3 miles to East Peak and the top of the mountain. At the very top is a checkpoint and the turnaround. FAILURE TO CHECK IN HERE RESULTS IN A DNF!!!

Be careful on the descent. It is very easy to go too fast and other riders will still be riding up. This is an out and back scenario. The descent has almost 300 feet of climbing in it before turning south to Pan-toll and onto the Panoramic Hwy. All these roads are twisting with sharp technical turns that require extreme caution. If these roads are wet from morning fog, they will be very slippery. PLEASE EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION.

From Panoramic, you drop steeply to Muir Woods and on to your 2nd Rest Stop at Santos Meadows at mile 50 just before reaching Hwy 1.

Several good climbs wait as you turn north on Hwy 1 from Muir Beach and again as the course passes the Bolinas Lagoon toward Olema and Pt. Reyes Station. Our course turns off Hwy 1 in Point Reyes Station on 1st street and a quick left on Mesa Road for rest stop #3 and 73 miles in. Take a right back on Hwy 1 north and a right on Point Reyes Petaluma road, the route continues traveling the flat creek bed inland to Nicasio Reservoir where you are greeted by a short climb (1.4 miles and 380 foot gain). Over a summit and past the Nicasio Cheese Factory before continuing on towards Petaluma. A right turn on Sunnyslope and left on F street will bring you to McNear Park and our rest stop #4 at 93 miles. Leaving Petaluma with a series of quick turns you will find yourself at the entrance of beautiful Chileno Valley road that you will follow all the way to a left turn on Tomales Petaluma road, right on Alexander and left on Fallon two Rock. Cross HWY 1 stay on Fallon Two Rock to a right turn on Whittaker rd. and right on Franklin School Valley Ford rd. Arrive to a right turn on HWY 1 (away from Bodega) and reach the rest stop #5 in Valley Ford at roughly 123 miles.

While the century riders are starting to head back south, you are about to taste some of the best hill climbs anywhere. The climb up Bay Hill Rd. is beautiful with grand vistas of the Pacific ocean once you have earned the crest. It is a quick descent (rough road) to Hwy 1 for some very scenic miles of coastline before turning onto Coleman Valley Rd. Coleman Valley Rd. and a big climb on the double century course. With 130 miles on your legs, the climb is long and steep with false summits and huge views. Be sure to look south from the top. At the edge of the horizon you will see Mt Tam! This is one for the books. Remember to smile! This will forever be one of your favorites!

Relax and hydrate up at the top of the Coleman Valley Loop. This small Rest Stop at Coleman Valley is at about mile 130 and is a checkpoint. The stop will be stocked with water, Gatorade and energy supplements (gels, bars, etc). This stop will not have the usual array of fruit and other foods you may be used to but you will find those down the road a few more miles at Valley Ford. The top of the Coleman Valley Loop undulates with a 400 ft descent in the middle before climbing right back up (gotta love that!). The final descent on Joy Rd is very big and long. Wide shouldered roads take you back to your 6th Rest Stop in Valley Ford (Déjà vu) at mile 153.

Hydrate and calorie up at this rest stop. After resting you will follow signs that ultimately will bring you to quiet and scenic Middle road. Dillon Bech road and to Tomales. At this point go south on HWY 1 to Marshall. Just before entering Marshall you will take a SHARP left turn on Marshall Petaluma road. Be very careful there as you are making a left turn crossing traffic from sometimes busy HWY 1. Then up the Marshall wall from the coast for about 700 feet of climbing. Descend to Walker creek and rest stop #6 at 172 miles in. From Walker creek it is a short but beautiful 17 miles (if still in daylight) to the final rest stop in Nicasio at 189 miles in.

The course finishes by reversing Lucas Valley Rd (it is an easier climb this direction). BE VERY CAREFUL DESCENDING FROM BIG ROCK AT LUCAS VALLEY ROAD. THIS DESCENT HAS SEVERAL SHARP LEFT HAND TURNS WITH A DECREASING RADIUS – GO VERY SLOWLY!! It is almost all downhill from there until you arrive back at the Start/Finish at the VALLECITO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Check in upon completion at the desk in front of the gymnasium door (inside courtyard). That is the OFFICIAL finish/timing spot.

Time Limit: The Mt Tam Double Century has a mass start at 5AM. Nobody is allowed to start before that time. Failure to conform to this rule will get you DQed. The cut off time is 10:30PM. Anyone on the course after 10:30PM will get a DNF status, WILL NOT get Triple Crown credit and will be SAGed in, with no exceptions.

The MTDC starts at 5AM and closes at 10:30PM. Start and finish times are strictly enforced. This means you will have 17hrs 30min to complete the course, you should consider whether or not that is enough time for you BEFORE you sign up for the event. If you feel it is not enough time for you we advise you to choose an easier Double Century to participate in. We do not like to give "DNF" status with NO Triple Crown credits to riders finishing after the 10:30pm cut off time but if you are on the course after 10:30PM we will. There is also a cut off time in Valley Ford whereas riders will not be allowed to start the Coleman Valley Loop after 3:30PM. You will have little chances to finish the course on time if you have not cleared Valley Ford before 3:30PM therefore we ask you to not push forward after the said cut off time. However if you desire to participate in the MTDC but cannot make the cut off times, we invite you to volunteer for the event, then come and join us for the workers ride which is catered with great care to all volunteers wanting to try the 200 miles course. We will be there for you and allow you to complete the course, there will be no timing on the volunteers ride.

Marin Cyclists Web Site

Road Engineering Analysis including Route Profile, Temperature, and Gradient Charts with Photos by Chuck Bramwell

Elevation Chart for the Mt. Tam Double by the Marin Cyclists

2013 Mt. Tam Double Results

2012 Mt. Tam Double Results

2011 Mt. Tam Double Results

2010 Mt. Tam Double Results

2009 Mt. Tam Double Results

2008 Mt. Tam Double Results

2007 Mt. Tam Double Results

2006 Mt. Tam Double Results

2005 Mt. Tam Double Results

2004 Mt. Tam Double Results

2003 Mt. Tam Double Test Ride - Rider Comments

2003 Mt. Tam Double Time Splits

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

Century and Double Metric Century Options are available

Visit www.MarinCyclists.com for all the information which will be coming soon.

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White Mountain Double

If cycling in a remote area on quite smooth roads is a priority, then this is your ride!

The White Mountain Double Century is one of the most spectacular and challenging events in the California Triple Crown. Its majestic beauty and remoteness is unmatched. The Double Century has high and lowland options. While both options follow primarily the same course, the highland option goes up to the highest paved point on White Mountain, and the lowland option goes out to the Palmetto Historical Landmark. Both options go all the way around White Mountain with heart-pounding climbs and jaw-dropping descents. The White Mountain Double Century event has grown into one of most sought after rides in the California Triple Crown. Through its growth options have been added to invite more first time riders as well as giving the most experienced riders one of the most challenging riding weekends ever.

We believe you will find a high degree of thought was given to the White Mountain Double Century and it's options. First, you have a good section from Bishop to warm up on before tackling California's most challenging high altitude climbs up. On the highland route will climb up to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and the lowland will climb up to Westgard Pass. The highland route has a spectacular section going all the way up to a 10,100 foot summit at Schulman Grove. While you are up there you will see the oldest pine trees in the world, and some incredibly beautiful views of the Sierras. Then the descent off of the summit contains some highly technical downhill sections for a few miles, and it requires advanced descending skills. After those sections then you will descend off of Westgard Pass where there are just miles and miles of the funnest downhill you'll ever experience.

After an awesome downhill experience, you will be in one of the most remote areas of California as you enjoy a nice quiet serene climb up to Gilbert Pass, and some more fun downhill right into even a deeper area of remoteness that California and Nevada have to offer. The lowland route climbs up to Palmetto after Gilbert Pass and then rejoins the highland route on the way to Dyer. After all that great climbing, awesome downhills, and relaxing flat road, it will be time for a pleasant lunch stop at Dyer, Nevada. There you will enjoy the hospitality of "Boonies", which we believe you will find a bit different. As matter of fact we think you will find something a bit different at each one of the stops.

After lunch you will continue with some more relaxing flat road, then after a small climb you will be stimulated with a very colorful high dessert scene, then in the middle of nowhere you find the Famous Smoothie Shack, next is final climb of the day - Montgomery Pass. After that you will in cruise-in with an awesome 50 mile down hill back that quaint little town you start from, Bishop.

This course covers a wide variety of terrain, and challenging high altitude climbs. So come prepared for all kinds of weather, and be ready to ride in a great area.

The White Mountain Double is offered on both Saturday and Sunday in order to increase rider safety on White Mountain Road. The Sunday riders are provided with all the same aid stations, water stops, lunch, and a smoothies as the Saturday riders receive. Both events have great support. The start times, opening & closing aid station, lunch, and all time limits are the same for both events.

If a rider rides the Lowland Double on Saturday and the Lowland Double on Sunday, they will climb approximately 17,000 feet for both days.
If a rider rides the Highland Double on Saturday and the Lowland Double on Sunday, they will climb approximately 20,000 feet for both days.
If a rider rides the Highland Double on Saturday and the Highland Double on Sunday, they will climb approximately 23,000 feet for both days.

Lunch is approximately 90 miles into the ride.

The White Mountain Double Test Ride was held on September 13, 2008.

Time Limit: 19 Hours for all Doubles

White Mountain Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for White Mountain Double by John Witkowicki and his IBike Aero Power Meter

2013 White Mountain Double Results

2012 White Mountain Double Results

2011 White Mountain Double Results

2010 White Mountain Double Results

2009 White Mountain Double Results

2008 White Mountain Double Test Ride Time Splits

2008 White Mountain Double Test Ride - Rider Comments

2008 White Mountain Double Test Ride Photos by Hugh Murphy, Kermit Ganier, Timmer Vadheim, Priscilla, and Terry (John Witkowicki's girlfriend).

2008 White Mountain Double Test Ride Photos by Hugh Murphy

2008 White Mountain Test Ride Slideshow by Fred Klinzman - Windows Version
You will need a cable or DSL connection to view this slideshow. Be patient: it may take a minute or so for Windows Medium Player to start. Also, if you have an Apple, it may not play correctly, because it needs the Windows Media Player to view.

2008 White Mountain Test Ride Slideshow by Fred Klinzman - Apple Quicktime Version
The quality of the video is not as good as the windows version, because the window size is reduced in case someone had a slower Internet connection. Start your QuickTime Player then open the URL http://doublecentury.org/WMDC/2008WMDC.mov in the player.

2008 White Mountain Test Ride Video by Ride Organizer Jim Cook

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

Visit the ndzone Web Site for all the information.

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Knoxville Fall Classic Double

This course starts & ends in Vacaville, at a local park, and is promoted as a friendly, social ride. No recorded times, no course records, just complete or DNF. The course is a big figure 8, heading out of town west & north, up the Napa valley, across the hills to the top of Berreyessa, then 40 miles out & over Knoxville Road to Lower Lake. It will be a reverse course of the Davis Double for a section in the middle, and then head down Vacaville's Pleasants Valley to the finish.

The current estimate is 12,600 feet of climbing. Almost 2/3rds of the climbing is prior to lunch. The climb up to Loch Lomond after lunch has proved challenging to many. Just know that once that climb is complete, you have a wonderful descent into Middleton and all the hard stuff is done. There are two cutoffs: 11:30 at rest stop 2 at mile 70; 3:45 at rest stop 3 (the lunch stop) at mile 107.

Knoxville Fall Classic Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Knoxville Fall Classic Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4 - Small Version

Elevation Chart for the Knoxville Fall Classic Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4 - Large Version

Map and Elevation Chart for the Knoxville Fall Classic Double by Chuck Bramwell and his Garmin 500 on Strava.com

2013 Knoxville Double Results

2012 Knoxville Double Results

2011 Knoxville Double Results

2010 Knoxville Double Results

2009 Knoxville Double Results

2008 Knoxville Double Results

2008 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2008 Knoxville Double Photos by Ravi

2007 Knoxville Double Results

2007 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2006 Knoxville Double Results

2006 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2000-2005 Knoxville Double Combined Results - Sorted by Rider

2000-2005 Knoxville Double Combined Results - Sorted by Number of Finishes

2005 Knoxville Double Results

2005 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2004 Knoxville Double Results

2004 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2003 Knoxville Double Results

2003 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2002 Knoxville Double Results

2002 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2001 Knoxville Double Results

2001 Knoxville Double Photos by Eric Norris

2001 Knoxville Fall Classic Ride Report by Adam Paul

2000 Knoxville Double Results

Difficulty Rating: High

This ride is produced by The Quackcyclists - Ride Director: Jesse Smith
For more information, see www.Quackcyclists.com

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California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast

2004 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast Photos by Joe Gross
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Note that there are 7 Video Clips With Sound which can be found on the main page ... some take longer than others to download depending on their size and your connection speed.
Thanks to Joe Gross for taking these excellent photos and sharing these fun videos.

2003 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast Photos
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2002 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast Photos
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2001 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast Photos
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2000 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast Photos
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The California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast will be held on Sunday September 28, 2014 from 7:30 A.M. to about 9:30 A.M. The Breakfast will be held under the gazebo in Pena Adobe Park which is where the Knoxville Double will Start and Finish the day before. A map to Pena Adobe park is HERE.

Awards will be presented to the top 3 Men, Women, and Tandems in this year's California Triple Crown Stage Race.

Also, be sure to come and recognize those who will be inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame this year!! The California Triple Crown Hall of Fame was started in June of 1999 to recognize those who have accomplished a significant milestone in the Double Century Series by riding over 10,000 Miles or over 50 Double Centuries!! There will be some surprises that you won't want to miss. More information on the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame can be found HERE

If you're already in the Hall of Fame, please attend this Breakfast so you can welcome the new Hall of Famers into this elite group.

We will also recognize those riders who have completed their first California Triple Crown this year.

Once again, the Quackcyclists who organize the Knoxville Fall Classic Double will host the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast on the day after their Double Century. They are suggesting at least a $5 donation to cover expenses which you can pay at the Breakfast. We need lots of volunteers to help with the food preparation and organization so please pitch in!! Lynn Katano is leading the volunteer team for the breakfast and reports: "Volunteer duties do not require extensive culinary talents, but the ability to help carry, wipe, chop, pick-up, rinse or re-fill is desired. Also, availability to either arrive at 6:45AM on Sunday morning to help set-up or to stay a little after the presentations to help clean up would be appreciated." Please contact Lynn at Lynn.Katano <at> lacdc <dot> org if you can lend a hand.

We appreciate Scott Halversen and the Quackcyclists for hosting the Breakfast this year ... please come ready to help out in making it a great event. Be sure to thank these great folks for taking on this extra workload.

Food service will start at 7:45. The Breakfast will consist of cereals, some fruit, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and scrambled egg breakfast burritos. Everyone is welcome - bring friends and family. It's a great chance to hear stories and recognize some truly extraordinary riders.

Come help celebrate their special achievements.

Directions: From I-80 westbound, just west of Vacaville, take the Pena Adobe Exit. As you exit the freeway, you will be on a right hand clover leaf, continue to the stop sign, and turn right again. After you cross the freeway, turn left into the park. As you enter the park, veer left (not into Lagoon Valley). Continue .2 mile to the entrance to Pena Adobe.

From I-80 eastbound, the freeway exit at Pena Adobe faces you directly into the park. Enter, veer left, and follow the directions above.

Difficulty Rating: Extremely Easy and Fun!!

The current estimate is for ZERO feet of climbing. That's right ... it's pancake flat at the park!!   :-)

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Bass Lake Powerhouse Double

Enjoy the foothills of the western Sierras including Bass Lake and Pine Flat Lake, riding the quiet country roads of Fresno County.

Through the first 2 rest stops, the course will be relatively flat so enjoy the view on the almost traffic free roads.

After, the 2nd rest stop at Winton Park (which will also be the 1st rest stop!), the climbing will begin as the course resumes the normal route around Pine Flat Lake and into the surrounding foothills. The lunch stop has been moved further on the course to Auberry School in the town of Auberry.

The Jose Basin descent has been eliminated due to bridge construction, replaced by the southern descent into Powerhouse and the steeper northside ascent.

The next 22 miles will be a relatively comfortable ride around Bass Lake. After leaving the Bass Lake area the course is generally down hill until you reach Powerhouse station again and must climb back out of the river basin. The next rest stop will be a repeat of the lunch rest stop for those wanting to pickup clothes or lights left behind.

Atfter the rest stop, the course will follow rolling foothills with mostly descent back to Clovis.

Time Limit: Please check in at each Rest Stop to receive California Triple Crown credit. Riders not able to complete the course in the required time may be asked to bailout.

The course opens at 3:05 A.M. but the first Rest Stop doesn't open until 6:00 A.M. The course will close at 1200am, no exceptions please!!

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Web Site

2013 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2012 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2011 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2010 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2009 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2008 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2007 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2006 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2005 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Results

2005 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Photos by Doug Rich

2004 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Time Splits

2004 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Test Ride - Rider Comments

Difficulty Rating: High

Visit the Fresno Cycling Club Web Site for all the information.

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Solvang Autumn Double

A spectacular 200 mile route in Southern California's most scenic and most popular cycling region!

Riders will start on the back roads of Solvang, Ballard and Santa Ynez before joining the traditional Spring route on Happy Canyon and over to Foxen Canyon. After the first checkpoint in Sisquoc (mile 41.2), the scenery changes!

The first big climb of the day is Tepusquet Road. This is a meandering 9 miles of climbing - with a few steep pitches in the 8-10% range. It has little traffic and the asphalt is excellent. The five mile descent is a blast! Enjoy the ride! At the bottom riders hang a left on Highway 166, where they'll roll along to the second checkpoint and fine refreshments. The route continues down 166, then hangs a right on Thompson Road, heading towards San Luis Obispo via Nipomo and Arroyo Grande. This part of the route will be familiar to veterans.

After the third checkpoint ("lunch") in San Luis Obispo, riders will continue straight onto Tank Farm Road, and then work their way south via the quiet and beautiful Prefumo Canyon Road. This is the second big climb of the day - and it's a quad buster! Bring some gears - as you'll need them for the occasional 12-16% grades. Less than a mile down from the summit, there's a 1.5 mile section of unpaved (dirt) road that must be ridden with an abundance of caution (meaning "slowly"). After the pavement resumes, comes a very rewarding descent. Then the route once again meets up with the original Spring route at San Luis Bay Road, winds back down Avila Beach Road, ultimately continuing south through Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and on to the fourth checkpoint at Guadalupe.

The route then diverts off Hwy 1 on Black Road which becomes the awesome Lompoc-Casmalia Road. Then comes the third big climb of the day, up Hwy 1 and the challenging Vandenberg Grade. After a nice descent to the edge of Lompoc, riders come to the last checkpoint at River Park Campground. From there they'll make their way back via the beautiful, rolling Santa Rosa Road (usually with a super strong tail wind), and Hwy 246 back to Solvang.

202 miles with 10,100' of climbing. This route is significantly more challenging than the Spring route - with substantially more climbing and many steep pitches. Riders should expect to require a bit more time on the bike between checkpoints. As such, if a rider is concerned about riding 40+ challenging miles between water/food stops, then a camelbak or other hydration system is recommended.

Time Limit: 18 Hours

Solvang Autumn Double Web Site

Solvang Autumn Route Map by Eric Smith

2013 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2012 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2011 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2010 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2009 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2008 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2007 Solvang Autumn Double Results

2006 Solvang Autumn Double Results

Difficulty Rating: High

Visit www.PlanetUltra.com for all the information.

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Death Valley Fall Double

Northern route in Mother Nature’s greatest sports arena, visiting Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate.

The Death Valley Fall Double may not be held due to government intervention. Stay tuned to the AdventureCORPS website for updates.

As in the Spring version of this ever-popular event, riders will do an out-and-back starting and finishing in Furnace Creek, but will head the opposite direction (north) in October instead of south as we do in March.

Starting about sunrise, double riders will head north from Furnace Creek on 190 straight to their first checkpoint at mile 23 at Stovepipe Wells. Then they'll U-turn and head back nine miles to the turn-off to Scotty's Castle. DC checkpoint two will be just after the turn, at mile 33 (century riders’ first checkpoint).

After replenishing at checkpoint three at Scotty's Castle, the riders will continue up Grapevine Canyon onto the Bonnie Claire Flat in Nevada. At Scotty's Junction at Hwy 95, mile 80.6, double riders will refuel at checkpoint four. After climbing 5300', riders will turn around for a flat or downhill ride back to "lunch" at Scotty's Castle. But it's not a straight shot back to FC from there. Riders will enjoy two little bonuses on their return route that the century riders will not do. The first is just three miles after Scotty's Castle: the out-and-back 11.7 mile route to see the incredible Ubehebe Crater. Then it's a fast ride back to the morning's second checkpoint just before 190, which is now checkpoint six for the double.

But wait! Before hitting 190, the double riders will enjoy a 6.8 mile, 2000' climb up Mud Canyon to Hell's Gate. Come on, you didn't think all those free miles from way above Scotty's all the way practically to Hwy 190 were really free, did you?? But the view is worth it, and so is the bombing downhill back to Furnace Creek on the Beatty Cutoff! Dedicated race staff and an incredible sunset will help keep you motivated and in good form throughout the day!

The Death Valley Fall Double has been selling out in well under one day. To register for it, be sure to sign up for the email newsletter, AdventureCORPS News, which gives subscribers a short head start for registration. You can review the deadlines on the Adventurecorps Calendar but you will need to subscribe to the newsletter to have advance access to the registration link.

Time Limit: 17 Hours

Century Option is available.

Death Valley Fall Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Northern Route 2003 to Scotty's Castle and Beyond by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Main Climb Analysis Mile 50 to 75 by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Ubehebe Crater Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Hell's Gate Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

2D and 3D Images of the Death Valley Northern Route by Doug Dog Sloan

Driving Recon of the Death Valley Northern Route by Chris Kostman

2013 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2012 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2011 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2010 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2009 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2009 Fall Death Valley Double - Greetings from Another Planet Surface - Photos and Hi-Def Movies by Chuck Bramwell

2008 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2007 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2006 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2005 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2004 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2003 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2002 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2001 Fall Death Valley Double Results

1998 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

1997 Death Valley Double Recap by Chuck Bramwell

1997 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: High

Visit www.AdventureCorps.com for all the information.

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Oceanside Double Century

Beautiful climbs up Montezuma and Mesa Grande with an awesome 4,000 Foot descent down Banner Grade to lunch!! This ride has it all starting near the Ocean, climbing to the Mountains, descending to the Desert, climbing to the Mountains, and descending back to the Ocean.

The Borrego and Oceanside Double Centuries are the only California Triple Crown Double that showcases the desert, mountains, and the ocean featured on the California Triple Crown Logo, all in one day.

The logistics of this ride are made more convenient for many riders with a start and finish in the beautiful city of Oceanside. This is the perfect double for those who would like to leave the driving to Amtrak, as the train station is close to motels and the ride start/finish. Oceanside will welcome you with it's beautiful lighthouse and harbor. The gentle tailwinds will encourage you as you begin your trek along the care-free bike path. Your destination is now Julian, the one-horse town that summits your long but gradual climbing.

From Julian, you will soar down 4,000 feet on the awesome Banner Grade heading out of the mountains towards the back side of Borrego Springs. The lunch in Borrego Springs will power you right up the 11 mile Montezuma grade.

From the summit, you will soar down towards Lake Henshaw, turning south onto Mesa Grande, a super cool back road with climbing that takes you "out back" towards the 4 building town of Santa Ysabel. Julian Pie Shop here will serve the cyclists fresh baked, still warm Julian Apple Pie at the park adjacent to it, with cold milk from Don's Market. From here, the cyclists will move on towards the quaint town of Ramona, and on down the hill towards Escondido for the next rest stop.

Mostly flat from here, the cyclists can now almost smell the ocean air as they move their way towards the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad, which turns north towards Oceanside. The palm trees swaying seem to greet the cyclists with open arms. You'll want to have plenty of batteries and powerful lights for this final descent back to the Finish Line.

Oceanside Double Century Web Site

Elevation Chart for Borrego Double Century by Karla Johnston and her Polar 725X
     The Oceanside Double Century will be over the miles shown as mile 100-200 followed by mile 1-100


Photos of the 1st Half of the Oceanside Double Century by Frank Neal and Chuck Bramwell 11/15/07
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2006 Borrego Double Century Test Ride

2006 Borrego Double Century Test Ride Photos by Kermit Ganier

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

This ride is produced by Anny Beck and friends. Visit HERE for all the information. E-Mail Anny at: RoadNeverEnds <at> Verizon <dot> net

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Dead of Winter Double

Grand Tour Lowland Route to Ojai followed by the Grand Tour Highland Route from Ojai

The Dead of Winter Double is intended to be a last chance, low cost double based on the extremely popular Grand Tour route. The route will be Lowland Grand Tour first hundred and the Highland Grand Tour second hundred with a loop in Carpenteria to make up the mileage lost doing the highland route. Support will consist of water and Hammer Nutrition products at all rest stops with roving SAG for the duration. The estimated cost is $35 per rider. A 75 rider limit is necessary to keep the costs down.

Los Angeles Wheelmen's Dead of Winter Double Web Site

2013 Dead of Winter Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Medium

This ride is produced by Kermit Ganier and the Los Angeles Wheelmen. Questions please call Kermit Ganier @ (310)367-0458 (first choice) or if you must e-mail him at kimkong <at> aol <dot> com.

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