What’s the proportion of dirt to asphalt?
The route is about 75% dirt.
How much climbing is on the route?
What is the toughest part?
It’s all tough. The first leg (desert) is the most committing. The mountains afterward are tiring. The city will toy with your psyche. The climb back up into the mountains is long.
Will there be a leaderboard?
Yes. We will have a leaderboard provided by Trackleaders.com found here.
Is GPS use mandatory?
Of course not, but it might be a really good idea.
Is SPOT use mandatory?
Yes. All riders will be required to use a SPOT satellite tracker that will post to the leaderboard. If you don’t already own one, trackers will be available to rent from Trackleaders for approximately $45
In part because they can enhance your personal safety, and they provide a means for spectatorship.
How do I register my SPOT tracker or sign up to rent one?
Registered riders will receive a link to the SPOT signup page.
What will the weather be like?
The weather on this weekend, historically, has been on all ends of the spectrum. We could have cold, snowy weather in the mountains, and/or it could be sweltering in the desert. Freezing to triple digit temps are all potentially possible, we won’t know until we get closer to the day.
What’s the difference between the 2014 route and previous generations?
We exit the Idyllwild area on pavement due to road closures in May Valley. We’ve tweaked the approach into Borrego Springs to exhibit some (giant) outdoor sculptures, and made a significant change to the desert section. We will now ride to Agua Caliente park and hot springs for resupply around mile 115 instead of over Pinon Mountain. The new desert section should be more enjoyable and offers more route attractions. We have tweaked the route in the Penasquitos canyon area to avoid closures.
Will I be able to stay in a hotel every night?
Probably not, but maybe. You should expect to carry lightweight packing gear.
What is the closest town to fly in to?
Palm Springs. Ontario is further away but could save some bucks.
Can I ship my bike?
Yes. You can ship your bike to The Hub Cyclery for assembly and packing for the return trip. Call to make arrangements for assembly/service. You may also make arrangements to have your bike shipped there for a day or two before you arrive for DIY assembly.
Tell me about lodging.
We recommend Idyllwild Inn and Silver Pines Lodge. Both are located in the center of town and both are bike friendly. Idyllwild Inn is running a special price for registered Stagecoach 400 riders.
The Quiet Creek Inn B&B is excellent, bike friendly, and active in cultural happenings around town.
Is there car/tent camping near the start?
Yes. The Idyllwild County Park and the campground at Mt San Jacinto State Park both offer camping within biking or walking distance of all services. There are great “free” spots close to town in the National Forest, some will require permits.
What are some services in town?
Idyllwild has a great coffee shop, an organic grocery store, and dining that ranges from charming greasy spoon to gallery/social bistro. Board your dog at Mountain High Boarding.
What kind of bike should I ride?
That’s entirely your decision. The dirt roads vary from smooth as fast to rocky, with sand being a big variable depending on weather. Some folks consider a monstercross bike a good pick, others will want a true mountain bike. Some people like FatBikes. They all have pedals and a chain. Just ride one.
Is there an Individual Time Trial option?
Sure, I guess. Let’s talk.
When do we get the SPOT trackers?
The rental SPOT trackers will arrive in Idyllwild before the ride day. They’ll be available for distribution that day and at the pre-ride meeting at HUB Cyclery on Thursday. Don’t forget to bring 4 premium level Lithium AAA batteries to power it.