WELCOME TO JOSHUA TREE DOUBLE CENTURY!
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.
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.)
This year I'll be introducing the best and newest high tech vitamin-mineral supplement on the market, Prodovite, with patented prodosomal technology.
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.
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
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.
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
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!!