Quite the ride, well done! And great story.
Some serious grades at times. How much did you have to hang on the brakes coming down? I see miles and miles at 30+mph, wonderful if you can just let loose, not so cool if always braking.
The course map, and the info, says the ride is the 5 passes and then back to the start, 129 miles, but in fact the "finish" is at the top of the 5th pass? Did lots of folks seem to be stopping there? Were you tempted? :-)
This sounds pretty awesome. Well done!
I would like this I think....not much different in difficulty than the D2R2, longer, about the same climb, but on pavement. And much windier, and less air!
I hate downhills, and From riding out west, I know they are long.
The food is definitely better out here though, and a free beer at the end.
Congrats on nice prep and riding. Have driven the roads thru Alpine County -- very scenic passes! Most of the roads look like they shut down in winter.
You definitely had to break on the way down, but not continually - Ebbett's pass was the squirreliest, but at the truly hairpin corners they had signs out to warn us (SLOW - SLOWER - SLOWEST). I enjoyed the downs, maybe except for the 2nd Monitor down because of strong gusts.
Yeah, the "finish" really seemed to be at the top of the 5th pass, so long as you had the stickers they put on your bib from the 4 other passes, it counted as completed. There was also no mandated start - we started a bit earlier than the assembly area, just to not have to compete for parking.
Wow, yeah, D2R2 sounds like a hard ride too! Won't debate the food - their menu sounds lovely. =)
I think that the roads shut in winter may make it easier for them to just close the roads for this ride - there are boards at low intersections instructing drivers which passes are open or not - probably mostly for winter, but came in handy for this weekend! (And now I understand why you can't drive directly to Bear Valley from Tahoe in the winter...)
Your enthusiasm shows a good event well prepared for. Congratulations! If they moved Indiana 7000 ft higher above sea level, it would be fun to train for. The hills around Markleeville are gorgeous.
In good years, the trip from Bear Valley to Tahoe in winter is optimized for snow gophers.