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Joshua Tree Double Century and Century Saturday, March 12, 2022
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The Ride thru Joshua Tree area is 3/12/22 .

  RE: Century Ride, click on Registration (on home page) and it will take you to "century" option.

Please scroll down to the very bottom, for a full ride description, pictures, and more information.


This is an extra special Double Century you will definitely want to ride at least once in your life time!
Joshua Tree is an approved California Triple Crown Double Century, produced by Mountain High Cycling.

Anny Beck, JTDC Ride Dir.

mtnhighcycling@verizon.net /howhighwillyouclilmb@verizon.net

Date:Saturday, March 12, 2022
Start Time: 5:10 5:30 6:10 at Oasis Motel
Time Limit:Ride officially closes at 12:30MN
Start/Finish Location:Oasis Inn
71809 29 Palms Blvd.
29 Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 750.361.4009
EMail oasisinn29palms@gmail.com
Total Mileage/Elevation:193 Miles 9343 Ft
Time Limit:19:00 Hours
Sunrise:5:56 AM (Twilight 5:43 AM)
Sunset:5:50 PM (Twilight 6:16 PM)
Weather:Plan on mid 40's pre-dawn after 8pm.
Light breeze after sunrise riding west, No heavy winds usually this time of yr.
Day Before
Registration/Checkin:
6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Oasis Inn
71809 29 Palms Blvd.
29 Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 750.361.4009
EMail oasisinn29palms@gmail.com
Day of
Registration/Checkin:
5 am Ride Check in closes at 5:45 am
Oasis Inn
71809 29 Palms Blvd.
29 Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 750.361.4009
EMail oasisinn29palms@gmail.com
Ride Price:
Early Bird:$129.00 Ends on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1 AM
Passed
Reg.Fee:$139.00 From Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1 AM
to Friday, March 4, 2022 at 12:00 Midnight
Ends in Passed
Late Fee:$155.00 Credit Card Only Starts in Friday, March 4, 2022 at 12:00 Midnight
Passed
Registration Closes:Friday, March 11, 2022 at 12:00 Noon
Passed
Joshua Tree Century:$100.00 Joshua Tree 113 mile ride Ride date only 3/12/22
Places to Stay and Eat:Click Here
Online Registration:Closed. Please check back for next years ride.
Online Volunteer:Closed. Please check back for next years ride.
Registered Rider List:View Registered Rider List
Volunteer List:View Volunteer List
Volunteer Ride:3/13/2022 More Information
Riders Only Area: Riders Only Area
Volunteers Only Area: Volunteers Only Area
Sponsors:Click Here
Contact Us:Mountain High Cycling
10525 Somerset space 1-B
Bellflower, CA 90706-1152
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WELCOME TO JOSHUA TREE DOUBLE CENTURY, and CENTURY, March 12th, 2022!

 

                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Starting in Twentynine Palms, CA, March 12th, just east of Joshua Tree City, at Oasis Inn, Joshua Tree Double Century, and Century Riders will be going through Joshua Tree National Park which our Permit allows.

 

This California Triple Crown approved Double Century is 193.5 miles, with 9,100 feet of elevation gain. It shows the most spectacular, mesmerizing desert in the U.S.A.!   Double Century riders ride through the entire length of Joshua Tree National Park, entering the Joshua Tree entrance and exiting Cottonwood, on the south, and continuing on from there.

 

2022 now has a Century ride, 112.8 miles, elev. 5,500 ft. This ride covers the loop in JT Nat&&9;l Park, entering the Park from from the town of Joshua Tree, and exiting in the town of 29 Palms via Utah Trail. It then heads east on Twentynine Palms Blvd., aka Hwy.62 at mile 60, turning around at mile 85, where you&&9;ll be heading back with the double century riders, riding from the east, as you ride from the west to, both meeting at the Summit for a Rest Stop,turning around,  and then both (all riders) riding westward, to the Finish, at Oasis Inn, in the town of 29 Palms.         

 

Starting at Oasis Inn,  71809 29 Palms Hwy, (aka hwy 62), in the town of 29 Palms, there are no turns the first 14 miles, until Park Blvd, which heads south directly into Joshua Tree National Park.  After this left  turn at the signal light, Park Blvd. (mile 14) there are no more signals, until 2 miles before the Finish.  Also, re: Stop signs, there are four total in 193.5 miles. The pavement around the entire DC is good, with no expansion cracks, chip seal, or potholes!  

 

Joshua Tree National Park has three rider REQUIREMENTS:

1) helmet

2)  reflective neon vest, an ANSI class 1 vest,( which is the lowest quality).  If you are wearing a higher quality vest, that's fine. (These are about 8.50 from Walmart, Home Depot,Harbor Freight  or on-line.)

3) RIDE SINGLE FILE.  Rangers will be out there. (Rangers do not want to see you riding double, or riding out in the middle of the street, though you may pass when it is safe.  Riding single file is a big deal so please, please heed this rule. Thank-You!

 

  Hydration is extremely important in the dry desert air!

 

     Since the desert air is very dry, therefore it is highly  recommended you start drinking lots of water one to two days before, along with electrolytes, and the whole spectrum of ionic (liquid) minerals.  Electrolytes are five of the 72 minerals your body needs everyday of your life for optimal health and longevity in this sport.  Ionic minerals liquid are from plants angstrom size, which is what your body is 100% capable of digesting and absorbing. The body needs about a teaspoon a day, but you sweat them out along with your water, so you'll need more on the day of a challenging ultra-distance bicycle ride in the desert.  These help prevent symptoms of dehydration, which includes cramping, digestive issues, swelling, hot foot, slowing down, brain fade, negativity, irritability, and denial that you are, in fact, dehydrated. Under-estimating your need for water along with minerals, in the desert is the number one mistake ultra-endurance cyclists want to avoid, and seems to be the number one reason why riders have problems during this double.   This is why ionic liquid minerals are served at every Rest Stop, on every Double Century Mountain High puts on.  Ionic simply means they are angstrom size, from plants, not rocks, (i.e. calcium carbonate found in tums).  Humans were not designed to digest and absorb minerals from rocks, like in tablets.  Ionic minerals, do not absorb way faster and way better, deeper into the cells than any powder, capsule or tablet. They don't require the extensive process of digestion, which  your body has a harder time with when you are cycling for long hours, because the muscles compete for the blood.

 

   Park Blvd.,your first turn,a left, at the signal,heading south, five gentle climbing  miles, lead to the entrance of JT National Park.  The Park&&9;s length is 60 miles.  There are two Rest Stops in the National Park: 1) Keys View for both Double Century and Century Riders,at mile 29, and 2) Turkey flats at mile 66, from the ride start.

 

  The first turn in the JTNP is after 14 miles,(R) up to Keys View.  This road begins a long, very gradual five mile climb to a deadend, where your First Rest Stop will be with a View that you'll want to have your camera for!  It does get steep near the very end for about a mile or so, but heck, that's the steepest climb in the entire Double!  This is an awesome descent with more spectacular views, to the main road; turn right at the T.  Traveling along here is flat and the road winds around back and forth, eventually curving left, heading west through gentle fun, mostly down hill rollies for about 5 miles. There is only one turn which veers right for the Double Century Riders towards "Cottonwood". The Century Riders will not make this right turn but continue straight ahead.  The Century riders, instead continue straight ahead where the road bends north heading on Utah Trail (same road), towards the Park's exit in 29 Palms. (The National Park has three entrance/exits).  All through Joshua Tree there are huge mountains made up of boulders of rocks, along with a forest of Joshua Trees, bent on doing their own thing, which shows us amazing unique design. The desert flowers will be in full bloom too!  Surrounding the entire desert out there is a deep sense of tranquility, peacefulness, grandeur, awe, and a something that just cant be explained, only experienced!

 

Double Century Route: after the right turn south, towards the Cottonwood South exit, is a gentle 1-2% climb for two miles then a long descent, with spectacular views, and then flat across the desert floor.   Before starting the climb out, there will be Rest Stop 2 at Turkey Flats on your left, in a parking lot. The long five miles or so of climbing, can set one up for dehydration later in the afternoon if you are not sipping enough now. Finally you'll see a long flat road ahead of you to the Cottonwood Ranger station on your left with restrooms and water fountain.  I would prefer you drink the water we give you, as it just tastes better. Just past the the Cottonwood Visitor's Center is a left turn leading up one mile to a dead end, which helps get you the needed two miles needed to make the minimal mileage requirement for a CTC double century ride credit, so please, don't miss it.  The last half mile climb out of the Park leads to an 8 mile whopping descent and over the freeway, where you will head east (left), for five miles to Lunch.   The Park exit at Cottonwood is not a designated Rest Stop, but does have restrooms and water as aforementioned.

 

  Chiriaco Summit, spells LUNCH!  Please look at the pictures on the website, at the bottom of the home page, so you will know ahead of time where to look for Lunch.   Chiriaco Summit, is an exit off the I-10 freeway, the only civilization out here. Volunteers will be making a variety of delicious sandwiches, for both you and your volunteers, plus there will be potato salad, chips, Hammer products, electrolytes, and fresh fruit.  This RS is over to your left, through a gravel parking lot, in front of the General Patton museum, and NOT straight ahead where the gas station and store are. (However, restrooms are at the back of the small store; 5 stalls).

 

      All the rest stops will serve excellent water (reverse osmosis filtered).  Supplements include liquid ionic minerals, Tailwind, Scratch, liquid electrolytes, Perpetuem, Heed, liquid tumeric aka curcumin (an al natural anti-infammatory),liquid cal-mag, whey and vegan protein powders

 

Ok, back to the Double description!

 

     Hopping back on the bike after lunch you will spend a few more miles on the wide shoulder freeway to reach the Eagle Mountain Road exit, leading you to the historic ghost town of Desert Center which is your Strawberry-banana smoothie stop! 

 

      Leaving Desert Center ghost town Rest Stop, expect desert temperatures to rise up into the mid 90 possibly up to 100!  Right after this Rest Stop, you turn north onto Rice Road which has no turns, signs, stop lights and very little traffic, for the next 25 miles. Rice Road is a road that stair-steps up with hidden pockets of short dips, making the ride along here more interesting.  There is usually no traffic, great smooth pavement, and vast open desert vistas with mountain ranges on both sides. Leave this R.S. with a group of riders, as you'll want to stay together and take trades up front, fending off  usual light to moderate headwinds. This is when you'll be glad you brought music.  The next Rest Stop is only 13 miles, which almost every rider appreciates. Remember to look at all the pictures showing what you can expect on this Double.  I highly recommend music and riding in a paceline to help you get through this seemingly long 25 mile stretch. Generally the tiny lavender desert flowers flourish in this area, just to the right of your smooth paved road!  They are so tiny, that only a cyclist would notice them out there. Sometimes, after the rain, it will look like the ground is purple,lavender, and pink carpet with those tiny flowers!

 

After the water, ice, watermelon & mental pick-up stop, on Rice Rd., the road will begin to curve slightly to the right where you alas see the high radio tower in the distance at the summit marking your next rest stop    (Again, it will help you to look at the pictures of your route on web Home page, at the bottom.). That summit on Rice Road is your last turn of J.T. , 51 miles from the finish. 

 

     From the Oasis Rest Stop (RS 6) you'll be heading west with no turns, signals, stops signs or traffic. Along here is where Twentynine Palms Hwy introduces you to another type of open, vast, desert scenery.  These hills are slopping about a mile long, and stair-step up, in a zig-zag design, with mountain ranges in the distance on both sides.  The hills are not steep, but the 4% grades have false summits, dipping down, then stair-stepping up again, for approx.15 miles. Since it gets dark early, this is where many riders forward their warm clothes to have with them or put them on, as once it gets dark, the temperatures drop to at least appreciate a wind breaker, or a vest with arm warmers. Some may appreciate leg warmers.

 

  At the summit is your RS 7, for Campbell's chicken noodle soup and caffeine. Get ready for an awesome long, pay-back downhill!  Also, RS & is where the Century Riders will come up from the west to meet you and turn around to ride back all together to the Finish.  

 

     Your last stop Rest Stop, #8, "The Caboose" is about 12.6 miles from the Finish, at a paved pullout. You can make it in from here!  It's mostly flat.  There could be a slight to heavy headwinds, especially as the sun is setting, and they they usually die down. Somewhere in here is a 3.5 mile bowl shaped 3-4% climb, curving to the right, a then a down hill into town and flat.

 

    Your first welcome sign will be a blinking orange light about a mile out of town. Now you can smile, and start to hum that "Chariots of Fire" tune as you head for the barn.   From that orange light, you have another two miles to the Finish.  There is one last signal light, passing through the small town of 29 Palms, which I hope is green for all of you. Then just past Rancho Delores motel, there is one last short climb about 1/2 mile long, 7-8%.  A downhill and flat to the Finish!  At rider check in (Oasis Inn), you'll get your picture taken!

 

                             CONGRATULATIONS UNSTOPPABLE RIDERS  YOU DID IT! 

 

 The Oasis Restaurant is open Sat. night until 11pm; to clarify, dinner is not complimentary, but the Sunday am breakfast  is, to my understanding.  Motel 6 is one mile east, on the north side of the street.  The Holiday Inn is across the street from Motel 6 on the south side.  Rancho Delores Motel will save you having to climb the 0.5 mi. hill at the end of the ride.  You may start and finish from there if you do NOT wish to be timed; but I will need you text me your times and send your strava to verify you rode the ride.   This is not an official  race; it is a bicycle ride.HERE WILL BE SEVERAL START TIMES FROM 4:45 am, 5:10, 5:30, 6:10, 6:30, 7:15.  A brief information time, and photos, and prayer for safety,just before you leave at ten after the hour, There is a complete list of accomodations on the website.  Next door is Stater Bros grocery store with a full deli section, with a variety of food, open until 9pm, or there also a Chinese Buffet, next door to Oasis, and a Taco Bell one mile east, next door to Motel 6.

There are three desert cities out there, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and 29 Palms. the last one being 29Palms, where you actually start this ride.   All are on hwy 62/ 29Palms Blvd.  

  The following link is for a previous ride.  If you want to see a current ride with gps please look on the registration page
for the, RIDERS ONLY AREA, log in and the current route and other rider information will be available to you 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35023427  

   

Anny Beck, JTDC RIDE DIR.

 

 

 

 

 
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