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Everest Challenge

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January 1, 2018 (Monday)
208 Miles (29,035 ft)
Bishop, California
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The race that every cyclist dreams of riding in is the Tour de France. Usually, the deciding stages in the Tour are those in the Alps and the Pyrenees that feature long, hard climbs. Well, the Everest Challenge is every cyclist's chance to experience the same kind of climbing that "Le Tour" is famous for. Except that our Eastern Sierra climbs are longer, and our two stages are tougher, than any back-to-back stages in the Tour de France. Our three highest summits are much higher than the Tour de France has ever gone! The Everest Challenge offers a truly world class cycling experience with climbing that is unsurpassed. The scenic beauty of the Eastern Sierras is the setting for a unique and challenging race and ride for the US race calendar.

The Everest Challenge is the hardest two day stage race on the USA Cycling calendar. Each day features three monumental climbs, with a total elevation gain of 29,035 feet in 206 miles. Cumulative time over the two days determines overall placing. But you do not have to be a USAC racer come to the Everest Challenge to test yourself against these amazing mountains. Cyclists love to rate and compare difficult climbs. Climbs are rated the same way as they are at the Tour de France, using a system of numerical ratings. "Category 4" is the easiest rated climb, with Cat.3, Cat.2, and Cat.1 progressively harder. The very hardest climbs are rated "HC", or beyond category. Five of our six climbs are rated "HC" in The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), complied by John Summerson, which is the definitive guide to the most spectacular climbing in the USA. Only the climb up Waucoba Canyon is "merely" Cat.1. No other ride in the United States packs so much climbing into two days. You will be climbing or descending nearly the whole race. Read more about the Everest Challenge climbs in the Course Description. Stage 1: Saturday the Start / Finish line is at the entrance to the Millpond Recreation Area, about six miles northwest of Bishop, CA. Bishop is located in the Eastern Sierra on US Highway 395, about 200 miles south of Reno and 200 miles north of Lancaster. coming soon is a map to the Saturday Start / Finish. Stage 2: Sunday the Start / Finish is at the intersection of Death Valley Road and CA 168, two miles east of Big Pine, CA. Big Pine is 15 miles south of Bishop on US395. coming soon is a map to the Sunday Start / Finish. A map of the whole Bishop area can be found here.

 
 

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