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The course starts and ends at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. Two miles into the ride you will encounter some small hills and large rollers that take you to the base of Mt. Diablo. The mountain rises 3200 feet in 10.5 miles to a height of 3849 feet. The last two tenths of a mile are known as "THE WALL". It\'s only twenty miles into the ride, but this will already by testing your strength. The first rest stop is at the summit, and the view is spectacular on a clear day. The descent is some of the most fun you can have on a bike, but be careful; it\'s technical with lots of blind corners.
After leaving Mt. Diablo it will be a few miles and some minor climbs before you reach your next major challenge. The Morgan Territory Road climb is mostly tree covered and quite beautiful, following beside a natural creek that should be flowing strongly as you pass by. This part of the ride will likely be a little chilly due to the abundance of trees covering the road. The road rises 1500 feet in 7.4 miles and is VERY steep in a few spots. Just shy of the summit, you will find the second rest stop at mile 53. Going down the backside of Morgan Territory, known as "The Plunge", is fast and major fun!
Now you will start to work your way over the Altamont to Altamont Raceway, and then back over Patterson Pass Road. One mile below Patterson Pass, will be a mini-stop/checkpoint, from which you can look up to the famous \"Oh-My-God\" summit. Along the way you\'ll see many cows and a lot of windmills, before coming to rest stop number 3 at Mines Road. At this point, you have covered a little over 91 miles. Shortly after leaving rest stop number 3, you\'ll begin the long gradual climb up Mines Road towards the backside of Mt. Hamilton. This climb takes 19 miles to rise above 2000 feet through some beautiful country. If the rains have been on schedule, there will be many wildflowers and flowing streams along the way. Then it\'s a nice and easy 5-mile descent into "The Junction" and lunch at mile 116.
After a great lunch, you can warm back up with 11 miles of mostly flat and descending road before beginning your assault on the eastern side of Mt. Hamilton. In just 5 miles, you will rise over 2,100 feet to the 4209-foot summit. Be sure to enjoy the far-ranging view of the Silicon Valley while you are at the top of its highest peak. Now you will be descending almost constantly for over 16 miles (watch out for cows standing in blind corners) to the next rest stop. Last year this rest stop was staged at Joseph Grant Park, but the 2006 course returns to the legendary Crothers Road venue from years past. Just beyond the Grant Park entrance, you will climb about 2 miles, then be rewarded with a fast descent to Crothers Road at the base of Mt. Hamilton, around mile 150.
You will definitely want to refuel and take full advantage of this rest stop because in just one mile you are going to hit "SIERRA ROAD"! This sucker\'s a beast! In only 3.2 miles it shoots up 1800 feet! This will be your biggest test; not only is it incredibly steep, but you will already have over 150 miles in your legs! Once you have tackled this monster, you will face a rapid descent of about 1000 feet over 4 miles at which point you will skirt the Calaveras Reservoir while riding on primarily flat to descending roads into the next rest stop in the small town of Sunol, at mile 181.
After leaving Sunol you will descend Niles Canyon, turn right under an old railroad bridge and begin your climb up Palomares Canyon. You will climb a little over 1000 feet in about 4.5 miles and descend almost the same amount in the next 7 miles before turning right and beginning your climb up Crow Canyon, which leads you to your last tough (but short) climb over Norris Canyon Road. The Norris Canyon climb rises 530 feet in 2.1 miles to the summit at 910 feet. From there, it\'s just 3 miles of descending and flats back to a triumphant finish at the San Ramon Marriott! That is 205.6 miles and over 20,000 feet (Cateye accuracy) of elevation gain in one day!
We are not offering the Double-Metric option this year, in fact it\'s gone for good. There are many reasons, but primarily we do not feel that we can adequately support both rides simultaneously. It simply spreads our people too thin.
Most of the ride is rural, scenic, and low on traffic. The terrain is unspoiled and rugged. The ride will be held rain or shine. While the weather is usually nice at this time of the year with lots of wildflowers and green pastures, come prepared for anything. During this time of year the weather can be a little unpredictable, with everything from a heat wave to a heavy fog or even a spring shower being possible.
There is no shame in using a triple chain ring on this ride. In fact, we recommend it. If you don\'t bring a triple chain ring you should be equipped with AT LEAST a 39-26 or a 42-28. When you hit "SIERRA ROAD", you will wish you had mountain gears.
THE JUNCTION is a great little café located at the middle of a beautiful nowhere. They are not used to the influx of people we will be throwing at them. You may elect to take your time at lunch and order any sandwich you wish, which will probably take about 20 minutes to be prepared (we will pick up the tab for any one sandwich, burger or hot dog) or if you are in a rush, self-serve lunch items will be available outside for your convenience.
Most riders on the D.M.D. will need lights both in the morning and in the evening. Legal light is between about 6:00 AM and 7:40 PM this time of year. You may bring lights (and other gear) with you to registration. Place them in a (DMD-provided) bag with your name and number on it and we will deliver them to the rest stop of your choice. You may also start with your lights and drop them at the top of Diablo into a (DMD-provided) gear bag. They will be brought back to the Marriott or to the Crothers rest stop or to the Sunol rest stop….your choice.
Rest stops are up to 35 miles apart. Plan accordingly. Please bring a MINIMUM of 2 large water bottles and keep an energy bar or banana with you between rest stops to guard against the dreaded bonk!
THIS SHOULD NOT BE YOUR FIRST DOUBLE! These are VERY TOUGH RIDES. On average, riders who have done the Terrible Two say the DMD takes two hours longer. The staff will do all they can to pamper you at the rest stops but THE COURSE WILL SHOW NO MERCY! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
*There will be a two rider meetings this year. The first will be at 4:55am, followed by a mass start. This is the recommended departure time for all but the strongest riders. The gate at the base of Mount Diablo will open at 5:30am and is a nice 30-minute ride from the Marriott. Any rider hopping the gate will be disqualified. The second rider meeting will be at 5:55am. All riders will be credited with a 5:00am start, unless they answer to the roll call at 5:55am (for a 6:00am start).
*BICYCLISTS MUST OBEY ALL LAWS! Riders may be disqualified from the event, lose Triple Crown credit for violations, and will never be allowed to enter one of our rides again. Center line violations and exceeding the speed limit are a special concern on Mt. Diablo and Mt. Hamilton, not only due to their illegality, but also due to the risk to your life! We reserve the right to pull riders for any violations or to protect their own safety.
* Register early! REGISTRATION WILL BE CLOSED once we have received 175 entries, or at 5:00pm on Saturday, April the 22rd (received by us on this date, one week before the ride), whichever occurs first. Please register early. NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION DON’T ASK!
* No rider exchanges, transfers, or refunds
* The Quackcyclists reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone, or to remove any rider from the course at any time for reasons of their own safety, the safety of others, or because it is, in our judgment, in the best interests of the ride, our sponsors, our volunteers, or the Quackcyclists.
* Helmets are mandatory and must be shown at check in.
* This is a timed tour, not a race. Riders are responsible for checking themselves in at each rest stop. Our main concern is for your safety. To help accomplish this we need to know where you were and at what time.
*Riders who abandon must notify a course official ASAP.
* Private SAGs. We don\'t allow personal SAGs and Any rider with a private SAG will be disqualified and will lose Triple Crown credit. Also, they will be booed by passing riders and staff. We do however welcome Volunteers .
*All riders must sign the release form at check-in or they will not be allowed to ride.
*Check in Friday 5:00pm - 9:00pm or Saturday 4:00am - 5:30am. If at all possible, please check in on Friday evening.
*There are two primary cutoffs. #1: You must leave the Mines road rest stop by 1:00pm. Anyone later than this will have the option of either being Sagged forward on the course, or back to the start. #2: All riders must depart the lunch stop (Mile 112) by 4:30pm or they will be sagged to the top of Mt. Hamilton. We will allow you to continue on the course at that point. If either cutoff is missed, you will receive a DNF for the Double-Century, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy riding most of this absolutely wonderful course. Our primary concern is rider safety. These cutoffs are in place to prevent riders from having to descend Mt. Hamilton in the dark.
*Accommodations - The San Ramon Marriott is the site for the start/finish. A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate of $69/night plus applicable taxes. Simply call the hotel at (925) 867-9200 and tell them you would like the Devil Mountain Double Group Rate. The hotel is always quite busy this time of year, so register for a room as early as possible.
*The Ride Director is Scott Halversen. Executive Director and Quack-In-Charge of Volunteers is Jesse Smith.
*Special thanks to everyone who makes this ride possible. This ride would not exist but for the support of countless individuals (and their families). Scott, Jesse, Ish, Rory, and George are particularly indebted to their spouses and families who continually support them in this crazy undertaking.
All the Quackcyclists are volunteers who do this because we love cycling and our friends in the cycling community. No one is compensated in any way for working on the ride. All rider entry fees, & funds generated from the ride go to ride expenses or are donated to charities. Because we are just a group of friends & riders, we welcome any & all to join us as a volunteer! This ride, and the Knoxville Fall Classic Double happen because a lot of riders either help out, get friends & family to help, or put in efforts just before or after the ride. Please consider helping! Here is how we do it: If you, or a family member helps out on the day of the ride, or makes a significant contribution before or after, you or your family member gets 1/2 off any Quackcyclist ride in the next year. Or, the person that helps, or their designated rider may join us on one of our fully supported staff rides. (Normally the week before DMD & Knoxville, the Quacks go out to ride & mark the course. This also counts towards Triple Crown Credit!) All volunteers get some cool stuff, and are welcome to join us for the after-ride meal.
Or send an email message to:
Scott Halversen – Ride Director, or
Jesse Smith - Executive Producer & Quack-In-Charge of Volunteers