Death Valley…June…HOT, right?  It should be “hot”, but not “H. O. T.”

Forecast is for low to mid 90s.  Since we start racing early, it should not be hot for the first climb on Stage 1.  The second climb has you pulling yourself out of the Death Valley itself, and it will be warmer.  But we will have lots of water and ice at the Feeds, and will make it as easy as possible to weather the weather.  we plan on having a second water-only stop halfway up the second climb if we can get a volunteer to cover it.  Usually a few folks come out of the woodwork to help each year, and we will make it happen.

Stage 2 should be cooler, since you head upward while it is still cool and it should be nice at the summit.  My favorite part of that climb is the switchbacks.  Yes, it is the hardest part.  But it is cooler, there is the little stream and the wild onions to look at, and I am almost there.

Onion Valley might be the best summit in the world.  Not the hardest climb, but one of the top 5 of 10.  And it’s not the view down, but the view up that is spectacular.


Here is some really pro advice on Feeds.  I am no pro rider, but I have seen a lot of racing under extreme conditions.  I have seen a lot of meltdowns on the Everest climbs, and even on these lesser races.  Here it is:  SLOW DOWN AT THE FEED, and make sure you get a bottle.  A lot of folks rip through the feed, because they are going full gas all the time, and then get peeved that they dropped it, or the volunteer – somebody’s friend who gave up their day to help you! – didn’t hand it to them a certain way. They suffer needlessly for a long time because of this.  Kind hearted volunteers sometimes save them with window handoffs or the like, and this is unfair to the others as well as risky when it comes to our permits.

Relax, slow down for a few seconds, and get a bottle.  GET TWO, and put one over your head a little at a time so it lasts.  You cannot win the race at the Feed…but you can definitely lose it there!