RACE RULES  This is a long one.  Read it anyway, ok?

Breaking any of the Race Rules CAN AND WILL result in disqualification from the 2012 Everest Challenge (2012EC), forfeiture of awards, and additional penalties to be determined by the USAC Head Official and the 2012EC Race Director. We are not trying to be unreasonable here, but we are committed to your safety, and to the 2013EC! We expect you to abide by the rules—especially safety rules.
ALL USA Cycling rulebook rules apply. Make sure you are familiar with the rulebook if you register in a competitive category. We know the rules, and we will assume that a racer with a USAC license knows the rules. Other rules are spelled out on this page. Pay special attention to the STOP sign rule.


Online registration is available through www.BikeReg.com. Online registration closes at 8:00PM, Pacific Time, Thursday, 9/27/2012.

Late registration is available in person on Friday, 9/28/2012 from 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm, at the pre-race checkin at Tri-County Fairgrounds at the corner or Fair and Sierra in Bishop. In person registrants must pay the late registration fee of $180, payable in cash only. A map to the Fairgrounds is in the map section on the EC home page.

No refunds. We are willing to refund your entry IN FULL if you come out and volunteer. Cancellations can apply their registration fee tothe Everest Challenge 2013 entry, subject to a $25 rollover fee. If you register for the 2012EC and are unable to ride, send an email to the race director for instructions and a copy of the rollover form. Between the many race-related expenses, most of the money is spent – or promised to the four local charities we help support – before the racing begins!


Stay as far to the right as safety permits at all times. When climbing, stay close to the edge of the pavement to allow cars or other racers to pass. Stay single-file except to pass. Riding two or three across is reasonable on a small club ride, but annoys the local drivers, who sometimes write angry letters. To the people who issue us permits. See how that could be a problem? Help us keep the locals happy, and give riders and support vehicles enough room to pass safely, by staying to the right! Riders will be climbing and descending at the same time, and the room needed for climbing is much less than the room needed for descending. This means that ascending riders must stay in single file, as far to the right as possible so as not to force ascending riders and vehicles that are passing into the path of the fast moving riders in the descending lane.

Keep your head up, and do not stare at the ground or your front wheel. Looking ahead helps you stay to the right, and may give you a psychological boost when climbing. Look where you want to go, which is UP!

Be careful on the descents. The descents during the timed portion are fairly wide open with good visibility and good surfaces. But things happen very quickly at full descending speed. The descent from the Stage 1 Finish at Mosquito Flat is pretty rough, so be extra careful there. The narrow 9% descent from Glacier Lodge on Stage 2 has a dramatic drop off most of the way. On the downhill side, of course. Pay attention and stay on the road!

For the safety of the riders, all upper climbs are closed to Support Vehicles. The Support Vehicle mapindicates acceptable routes and parking areas for Support Vehicles. Violation of this WILLresult in disqualification. There is simply no room for vehicles moving at race speed on these long, narrow climbs, and no parking anyway.


Our permit requires a (rather expensive) CHP presence due to problems with race-related traffic and litter related to support vehicles in 2007. All Support Vehicles must follow the rules set out by Mono and Inyo Counties and the CalTrans. This means that we have to be on our best behavior, as the CHP, and local folks, are watching to make sure we are all following the rules we have agreed to obey. THIS MEANS YOU!


The race takes place on public roads—all California Vehicle Code rules and regulations apply. There are seven (7), stop signs on Saturday and three (3) stop signs on Sunday—including those crossing US395. You must stop at ALL of these stop signs. If one rider runs a stop sign, everybody wants to run it to stay competitive. The agencies that approve permits for the Everest Challenge can and will deny our permit applications if we have flagrant violations. The competitive advantage gained by running a stop sign will not improve your finishing position in such a long and difficult race, so just STOP. Please. We are going to try to have volunteers at EACH of these stop signs to enforce this rule. CHP will be at some of them. WE WILL DQ YOU IMMEDIATELY!


All racers must check in with the race staff between 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm Friday, 9/28/2012 at Tri-County Fairgrounds at the corner or Fair and Sierra in Bishop. Bring your USA Cycling license if you have one. We will have goodie bags, race numbers, maps and cue sheets, USA Cycling annual and one-day license forms, the local weather report, maps of the race route showing allowed areas for support vehicles, and in general all race related information. We will also have Everest Challenge jerseys, shirts, socks, and stickers available!


The SHORTER prerace meeting will be held 9/28/2012 from 7:00pm – 7:25pm at Tri-County Fairgrounds at the corner or Fair and Sierra in Bishop. Attendance is mandatory for all riders. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00pm, and will be over by 7:30pm. We will discuss safety issues, race rules, roads open and closed to follow vehicles, last minute contingencies, weather, and answer questions about the race. Bring an envelope to the race meeting with your name on it and $1 (or more) inside to indicate that you have read and understand the Race Rules. The money will be donated to Paradise Fire Prevention District. The PFPD Fire Station can be found along the course at about mile 30 on Stage 1. This is a volunteer Fire Department, and we are proud to support their efforts.


Every racer is provided TWO Race Numbers to wear on their jersey during the race. Black numbers are assigned to racers in competitive categories, and red numbers to riders in the non-timed Public/Tourist/Noncompetitive/Randonneur category. Check points are at each summit. Make sure that your number is recorded at each check point. Racers on the course before their start time WILL be DQ.

Race Numbers are to be placed on BOTH sides of the jersey, on the back, above the pockets and below the arm. Numbers are to be vertically oriented with the bottom of the number at the side seam of the jersey. The idea is for the number to be easy to read by an observer as you go by. Or the Chief Ref in a car. Or the Finish Line Judge.


Smallish coroplast signs with arrows mark the turns, as well as A FEW small chalk arrows sprayed on the road. There are no giant banners or gendarmes to guide you. Or throngs of tifosi. One sign announces the turn. Farther away for faster, closer for slower. Another sign right before the turn. A “wrong way” chalk X is on the original road if you miss the turn. Pay attention! Look at the cue sheet Friday night for road names and mileages between turns. Many turns are at “T” intersections. Still, it is your responsibility to stay on course. We recommend the very detailed cue sheet.


Stage 1: There are public restrooms next to the gazebo inside the Millpond Recreation Area, at the Start/Finish. You pass Millpond again after the first descent at mile 40. There are six restrooms along the last climb.

Stage 2: We will have porta-potties at the Start/Finish, which you will pass by twice during the stage, at mile 26.2 and again at mile 47.8. There are public restrooms at the junction of Hwy 168 and US395 (SE corner, in Glacier View Campground), at the top of the first climb at mile 13.1, at the 8000’ Rest Area Aid Station at mile 59.6, and at the top of the last climb at mile 68.


We provide FIFTEEN AID STATIONS. The best feature of our aid stations has got to be our amazing volunteers. They can fill your bottles, get you a snack or two, and even peel you a banana. Really. Aid station volunteers will tell you that you are doing a great job, and encourage you to get back on the bike and keep climbing. Aid station volunteers will also remind you to pull off the road, out of the way of vehicle traffic, when stopped. Our generous sponsors have made it possible for us to stock each aid station with water, Hammer Nutrition HEED energy drink, Hammer Perpetuem drink max, Hammer Gel, Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes (electrolyte replenishment), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for fans of solid food, bananas, oranges, and salty foods (saltines, goldfish crackers, pretzels). The folks at Hammer Nutrition sponsor the Everest Challenge each year, and if you use their products, you know they work! If you are not already using Hammer products and in your daily training, we recommend you try them! It is a good idea to try new products before the event. On our physician’s advice, we WILL NOT have Advil, Tylenol, etc. You will need to bring your own.

The 2010EC and 2011EC were very hot and dry. Some racers ran out of water between Aid Stations. Those riders only carried one small bottle. And two cages. Hmmm. The Race Director is not as fast as you, but he carries two water bottles.

We will have a sign at each aid station listing the mileage and elevation gain to the next aid station so you know what to expect on each leg. Aid Station closing times will be posted also. We will enforce posted cutoff times as per our permits. The cutoff times are on the cue sheet also.


Racers with support personnel may resupply, but only in designated areas. To be really clear about this, you may ONLY give riders food and water handups, clothing, etc. from Feed Zones. Only pedestrian handups. No handups from vehicles. NONE. Vehicle handups violate our permits, and riders WILL be DQ for this. We know you can do window handups safely, but our permits allow us only pedestrian handups.

Aid Station” means neutral support from the EC. FEED ZONE means team support is allowed there. Maps showing allowed vehicle routes at checkin 9/28/2012.

STAGE 1 Aid Stations and FEED ZONES:

1) Bishop Creek Lodge Aid Station (AS). This FEED ZONE(FZ) is at mile 15.0

2) South Lake Summit AS. This is NOT a FEED ZONE, and is it mile 20.0

Millpond Rec. Area FZ, (but not an AS) at mile 40.0

3) Round Valley School AS and FZ at mile 46.7

  1. Pine Creek SUMMITAS, NOT A FEED ZONE at mile 54.6

  2. Paradise Fire Station AS and FZ at mile 70.0

  3. Tom’s Place/Rock Creek AS and FZ at mile 77.8

  4. Water only AS – fill your own bottles only – at mile 83.0

  5. FINISH LINE Summit AS with hot food, snacks and Hammer Recoverite at mile 88.4

STAGE 2 Aid Stations and FEED ZONES:

  1. The first ½ mile of Death Valley Road (either side for riders going up or down), which is the Start / Finish. Unsupported racers resupply from your cars, and we will have a table with water, but may not have a regular Aid Station. Watch out for fast riders, especially coming down from Waucoba Canyon. This FEED ZONE is at mile 26.2, and again at mile 47.8.

  2. Glacier Lodge Summit AS, not a FEED ZONE, at mile 13.1

  3. Waucoba Canyon turnaround AS, not a FEED ZONE, at mile 37.0

  4. 6000’ Spring AS and FZ. Support vehicles park OFF THE HIGHWAY on the left, behind the trees. It will be obvious when you see it. This FEED ZONE is at mile 52.2

  5. 8000’ Rest Area AS and FZ at mile 59.6. Support vehicles park in the Rest Area.

  6. FINISH LINE Summit AS with hot food, snacks and Hammer Recoverite at mile 68.0


All Support Vehicles must complete, and sign, the SV form. The safety of every racer is the highest priority and our number one concern for this event. PRIVATE SUPPORT VEHICLES ARE PROHIBITED ON UPPER CLIMBS.The SV map shows acceptable routes and parking areas for Support Vehicles. Violation of this rule WILLresult in DQ. There is no room for vehicles on these long, narrow climbs, and no place to park at the top anyway.


Saturday: Stage 1 starts about 5 miles West of Bishop, CA. Travel about 4 miles Northwest from Bishop on US395, turn left on Ed Powers Road for about 1/4 mile, right on Sawmill Rd. for about ½ mile, then leftinto Millpond Rec. Area.

The CHP and Inyo County allow us to park our automobiles along the shoulder of Sawmill Road—as long as we stay well clear of the entrance to Millpond and DO NOT LITTER. We will have Race Marshals there in the morning to help you find a place to park. Best place to park? Inside Millpond.

Sunday: Stage 2 starts just North and 2.3 miles East of Big Pine, CA. From Bishop, travel 14 miles South on US 95, turn left on CA168, then go 2.3 miles to the junction of Highway 168 and Death Valley Road.

The CHP and Inyo County allow us to park our automobiles along the shoulders of Death Valley Road. NO PARKING ON CA 168! If you park there, you WILL find a parking ticket on your windshield, and they may tow your car.


Bring a windbreaker or better, gloves, legs, and hat for your final descent. Put your things in your supercool EC bag. Put some duct tape on it. Write your name on it. We collect these at the beginning of each stage, and take them to the final summit. Every year, a lot more clothing is taken up on Sunday than on Saturday. Think about it!

If you leave your clothing at the summit, we can mail it back to you for postage. When it is hot in the valley, what is it like at the finish? It is NEVER hot at 10,000 feet!


There is no parking at either timing finish, the third summit each day. There is simply no place to park. Riders MAY be picked up at Tom’s Place after Stage 1, and at the 8000′ Rest Area after Stage 2.


There will be roving neutral SAG (Service And Gear) support throughout the race. But the race will be spread out over many miles. SAG vehicles will carry spare tubes, a pump, and some tools. We will do everything possible to get you back on the road, but we cannot be everywhere. We recommend you carry at least a spare tube and a pump or CO2 inflater. In the event of injury or catastrophic equipment failure, the SAG vehicle can give you and your bicycle a ride to the Start / Finish. SAG is not taxi service, and you are expected to get back to the Start / Finish under your own power except in the case of a medical emergency or if your bicycle is not rideable. SAG vehicles can carry wheels, but they have to be labeled with the name and number of EVERY rider who is allowed to use them (something like TEAM JONES would be fine). Your wheels will only be given to riders listed on the card. We will have cards and Sharpies at the Start both days.


Race Founder Tom Reid’s recommendations to maintain ~90 RPM on the climbs:

Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39/25-27 Yes, Climbing Gears!

CAT 1-2 . . . . . . . . . . 39/27-30 Long Cage Derailleur!

CAT 3 . . . . . . . . . . . 34-39/34 XTR Cassette!

CAT 4-5 . . . . . . . . . . 30-34/34 Compact Crank!

Public / Tourist . . . . .26-30/34 Triple and XTR!

If you’re a great climber, you may get away with higher gears. If you’re NOT a good climber, go LOWER. You will have a lot more fun if you are spinning than if you are stomping just to stay upright! If you don’t mind grinding out the climbs at 40 RPM and thrashing your knees you can probably get away with 42/21 like Merckx. Seriously, each day finishes with a 20+ mile monster climb to over 10,000 feet. This is at the end of a long day of climbing. Unless you train on a steady diet of tough climbs, think about some climbing gears.

“My only regret is not having mounted a triple” – Gilberto Simoni, La Vuelta, Angliru Stage


Awards will be presented at the Schulman Grove Summit timing finish on White Mountain at the end of Stage 2. There will be a brief awards ceremony for each class with podium photos. Bring your own umbrella girls and champagne. Everest Challenge Awards the following:

All EC2012 finishers . . . . . EC2012 finishers medal and EC2012 FINISHER shirt

All USAC categories . . . . . Prize List checks


(half as much if category is less than half full…we usually pay the full amount no matter what!)

PRO/I/II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,990

Cat III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$990

Cat IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $990

Masters 35+. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $990

Masters 45+. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $990

Masters 55/60/65 (combined). . . . . . . .$990

Women (combined) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $990