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Joshua Tree Double Century Saturday, March 9, 2019
The Joshua Tree Double Century Rider Registration opens December 24th, 2018.
Joshua Tree is an approved California Triple Crown Double Century, produced by Mountain High Cycling
Date:Saturday, March 9, 2019
Start Time:4:30 5:00 5:30
Time Limit:Ride officially closes at 12:00MN
Start/Finish Location:El Rancho Delores Motel
73352 29 Palms Hwy.
Twentynine Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 760.367.3528
EMail erdmotel29@gmail.com
Total Mileage/Elevation:193 Miles 9343 Ft
Time Limit:20:30 Hours
Sunrise:7:09 AM (Twilight 6:43 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
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
El Rancho Delores Motel
73352 29 Palms Hwy.
Twentynine Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 760.367.3528
EMail erdmotel29@gmail.com
Day of
4:35-5:05am Ride Registration closes at 5:05am
El Rancho Delores Motel
73352 29 Palms Hwy.
Twentynine Palms, CA. 92277
Phone 760.367.3528
EMail erdmotel29@gmail.com
Ride Price:
Early Bird:$120.00 Ends on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 12:00 Midnight
Ends on 21 Days 17 Hours and 42 Minutes
Reg.Fee:$130.00 From Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 12:00 Midnight
to Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 Midnight
Ends in 80 Days 17 Hours and 42 Minutes
Late Fee:$150.00 Credit Card Only Starts in Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 Midnight
Starts in 80 Days 17 Hours and 42 Minutes
Ends in Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6 PM
Ends in 87 Days 11 Hours and 42 Minutes
Day of Ride: CASH ONLY $170.00
Places to Stay and Eat:Click Here
Online Registration:Opens 12/24/2018 (Midnight 'End of Day')
Online Volunteer:Volunteer Here
Registered Rider List:Opens 12/24/2018 (Midnight 'End of Day')
Volunteer List:View Volunteer List
Volunteer Ride:2/25/2017 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
General Rules
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Registration opens 12/24/18


Starting in Twentynine Palms, CA, this Double Century offers you a wonderful ride.  This Double Century has about  9,100 feet of elevation gain and the most outrageously fun and beautiful descents in the California desert.          

      Ideally you should have both a full 70 oz. Camelback and at least one water bottle for this desert adventure. Please fill your water bottles with our good water and pick up snacks at the Ride Start.

     Desert air is very dry, therefore it's recommended you start drinking lots of water the day before, along with electrolytes, and ionic minerals.

     A Camelback is close to a must when riding through the desert. Please put electrolytes in your water and take extra  minerals with you, to prevent dehydration, which includes cramping, nausea, hot foot, slowing down, negative mind-set, and denial that you are, in fact, dehydrated. A Camelback and two full waterbottles, or at the very least, three full water bottles are mandatory, as under-estimating your need for water in the desert is mistake you want to avoid.   Always have minerals, which include the 5 electrolyte minerals, in your water. (When you sweat, you sweat out minerals and water, not just water. Ionic minerals are from plants and the form the body can absorb the best.  This is why ionic minerals are served on every ride Mountain High puts on.) 

   Chiraco Summit, spells LUNCH.  Please look at the pictures on the website so you will know ahead of time where to look for Lunch.  There are bathrooms here.  Chiriaco Summit, is an exit off the I-10 freeway, the only civilization out here. Volunteers will be making delicious sandwiches for each rider and volunteer.

      All the rest stops will serve excellent water designed for endurance athletes plus Hammer products, liquid ionic minerals (all very important). (Volunteers take note this is the last gas station until the end of the ride, 100 miles away, plan ahead now!) 

     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! Custom-made porta-potties (for this event) will be available.

      Leaving Desert Center ghost town, you turn north onto Rice Road with 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 the frequent headwinds.  This is when you'll be glad you brought music.  The next Rest Stop is only 15 miles, which almost every rider appreciates.

After the water, ice, & mental pick-up stop, on Rice Rd., the road will begin to curve slightly to the right where you'll alas see the high radio tower in the distance at the summit marking your next rest stop    (It will help you to look at the pictures of your route on web or Joshua Tree Facebook page.  That summit on Rice Road is your last turn of J.T. Double and the Oasis Rest Stop is up here. You now have 50 miles to the Finish with no stop signs, and wide, smooth, pavement!  This is where I personally would recommend you send your drop bags (Rest Stop 6) and put your lights on here, as the sun will go down fast for a lot of you, before the next rest stop, in 15 miles. Take your warm gear with you from your drop bag, here too.  If you’re fast, send your drop bag to RS 7, 8 or the Finish.

     From the Oasis Rest Stop (RS 6) you will head 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.  The long-slopping hills zigzag westward (and homeward) with mountain ranges in the distance on both sides.  These hills are not steep, but the 4% grade has false summits, dipping, then stair-stepping up again, for what seems like a long 15 miles.  At the summit is your RS 7.   Cokes and delicious chunky chicken noodle soup await you.   Please try to start out with a group of riders. Get ready for an awesome long, pay-back downhill!  


     Settling into night riding, 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy will be out to add sparkle to your Joshua Tree desert experience.  The stars own the nights out here, but you will own this road, and somehow, I think you will get a sense of everything out here is resonating desert in its springtime beauty.  It is 23 miles to your next and last Rest Stop. It will start out a long, straight down hill, then flats with cold pockets of air, and (finally) a view of the city lights far away.  Near the finish, there will be a climb that is bowl shaped, for about 3 miles, which may seem longer at the time, and then a nice downhill will welcome you into town!  

     Your last stop Rest Stop, #8, is just 11.6 miles from the Finish.  You can make it in from here!


    You will know you are almost home, when off in the distance, 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 close in!   From that orange light, you have another mile to your Finish.  About 1/4 mile before the finish is a signal light, which I hope is green for all of you!

     Joshua Tree Double Century is in your history book!! 200 miles! Congratulations! YOU DID IT!!






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