Bike Race: Everest Challenge

Find an Everest Challenge interactive map, route profile, and ride description, as well as pictures, personal notes, and more about the Everest Challenge bike ride.
205 miles with 29,035 feet of climbing * Numbers published by organizer
Day 1: Mosquito Flat, Pine Creek, and South Lake (120 miles 15,465 feet)
Day 2: Glacier Lodge, Waucoba Canyon, and White Mountain (85 miles 13,570 feet)

Everest Challenge • Description

The Everest Challenge, held in the Eastern Sierra, is the California/Nevada State Climbing Championship - the hardest two-day U.S.C.F. (United States Cycling Federation) race and ride.
The route allows a view of most of the fourteen thousand foot peaks in California, including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The total elevation gain equals that of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.
Each day includes three major out-and-back climbs. The time is stopped at the top of the last climb of the day, on day one at mile 100 and on day two at mile 65 (all climbing is done in 165 miles).
Everest Challenge - Day 1 • Route Profile
120 miles 15,465 feet

Everest Challenge - Day 1 • Climbs

Mile 13 (HC), 58 (cat. 2), and 83 (HC)

Everest Challenge - Day 1 • Description

Day one starts in Bishop (4,425') and climbs to Mosquito Flat (10,250'), Pine Creek (7,420'), and South Lake (9,835'). Mosquito Flat, the "Cima Coppi", is the highest paved road in California.
Mosquito Flat is 22 miles long with an average grade of 5% and an elevation gain of 5,825'. Pine Creek is 8 miles long with an average grade of 7% and an elevation gain of 2,995'. South Lake is 20.4 miles long with an average grade of 6% and an elevation gain of 5,410'.
Everest Challenge - Day 2 • Route Profile
85 miles 13,570 feet

Everest Challenge - Day 2 • Climbs

Mile 4 (cat. 1), 28 (cat. 2), and 45 (HC)

Everest Challenge - Day 2 • Description

Day two starts in Big Pine (3,940') and climbs to Glacier Lodge (7,800'), Waucoba Canyon (6,538'), and White Mountain (10,100').
Glacier Lodge is 9 miles long with an average grade of 8% and an elevation gain of 3,860'. Waucoba Canyon is 8.5 miles long with an average grade of 5% and an elevation gain of 2,598'. White Mountain is 21 miles long with an average grade of 6% and an elevation gain of 6,204'.

Everest Challenge • Pictures

Everest Challenge • Mosquito Flat
[Mosquito Flat]
Everest Challenge • South Lake
[South Lake]
Everest Challenge • Glacier Lodge
[Glacier Lodge]
Everest Challenge • White Mountain
[White Mountain]

Everest Challenge • Personal Notes

It was great to see some guys from San Clemente (John W. and Tom DeB.) as well as riders from the Son of Death Ride (Jim M. from San Diego and Tony M. from Cherry Valley).
By: Bernd Straehle
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