Event Date:October 14, 2017

Death Valley Century

CYCLING IS BACK IN DEATH VALLEY!
Century & Half Century Options!
LIMITED TO 300 CYCLISTS. THIS EVENT MAY SELL OUT!!!

2017 Entry Fees*:
Until October 11th or event sells out: $150.*
** If you’re planning to ride this event and know you can bring along someone to help out, you may email us in advance of signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off.  By helping at the event, the volunteer you bring earns an entry to a future single day event for only $25.  If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the entry. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.

Entry includes three fully stocked checkpoints along the route with water and a great selection of food and snacks; roving SAG support; Death Valley Century tech tee and finisher award (guaranteed for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); per rider donation to both Death Valley Natural History Association and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

*Due to strict permit requirements imposed by Death Valley National Park, entry fees are higher than our standard century event pricing. In addition to expensive permit fees required by NPS and Cal Trans, Planet Ultra must hire 2 ambulances and also 2 National Park Service Ranger Monitors for the duration of the event. With the 300-rider limit, the per person cost is much, much greater. To make this event possible, we do have to charge more. We think it’s worth it!!!

Please read our registration and cancellation policies; and everything below before signing up. Our DVNP permit imposes various restrictions and requires that we enforce very strict rules. We need all participants to understand and agree to respect and abide by the rules of this event.

OneStopRaceRegisterNow Click the Register Now button to sign up and pay online. We are unable to accept mail-in entries for this event. Due to the restricted rider-limit, no volunteer or credit vouchers are accepted for this event. LIMITED TO 300 RIDERS. It may sell out!

 

Jerseys are to available to purchase during registration until August 14th. Thereafter you may purchase for $80 at the event. If we don’t have your size, you may order it for delivery by mail after the event.

 


Host Hotel: 

The Ranch at Furnace Creek Resort.  Our group rate for 2016 is $150 per night (plus resort fees/taxes) for a standard room with two queens. We’re waiting for the group rate code – please stand by. Call (760) 786-2345 and request group block code ??? (Planet Ultra group). The discount expires September 15th, so please make your reservations early.  For those who prefer to camp, The Ranch has a private RV Resort and campground; and there are 9 National Park Service campgrounds ranging from full hookups to primitive.
Please note that for 2017 only, The Ranch will be under construction and there will be very limited food service. We will update this page and also send a pre-ride email with details about what you’ll need to do for meals.

Start / Finish Location:  Location TBD. The Ranch will be under construction during the event; so the front lawn will likely not be available. We will update you closer to the event on this page and via pre-ride email.

Check In:
Friday night from 7pm to 8pm at location TBD; depending on status of construction at The Ranch.
Saturday morning from 6am to 7am at location TBD.

Start Times:
7am wave starts of 20 riders in increments 2 minutes (based on recommendations by Death Valley National Park staff)

Time Limit:
8 hours – based on the earliest start at 7am. All riders must be off the course by 3pm.
Strict cut-off at Furnace Creek Aid Station at mile 54 (required by DVNP permit): Century riders must leave the Furnace Creek Aid Station no later than 11:30am.

Ride Description:  This epic route is both scenic and challenging, covering 100 miles with about 4,500′ climbing. The first 55 miles is an out and back to Badwater and beyond. The next 46 miles include a challenging 6.5 mile, 2000′ climb up Daylight Pass (Mud Canyon) to Hells Gate and back via Beatty Road.

Route Sheets and GPS Files:
Please note that advance route sheets and gps files are provided as a courtesy and you use them at your own risk. Planet Ultra doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Please further note the following very important caveats:

  1. The ROUTE SHEET is gospel. Whenever the route sheet and the GPS unit disagree, the route sheet is correct.
  2. A GPS can (and will) route a rider over a cliff. There’s really no substitute for the human brain, so please use yours.
  3. Never depend solely on a GPS. Bring your route sheet, and know how to follow it.
  4. GPS batteries on many “bicycle” GPS units may not last for a century. Make sure you’ve arranged for additional power.
  5. Click here to see the 100-mile route. The 50-mile route is simply the first half. You may also download GPS files from this site.


Routing and Navigation:
Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate the course. For example, we tell you if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know that riders prefer course markings; but Death Valley National Park does not allow it. Besides, there are only 7 turns on the entire route – several of which are at T-intersections where it’s obvious! If you are particularly navigationally challenged, please get a GPS and download the route!

Personal SAG Vehicles:
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without warning. The definition of a personal SAG is any vehicle (motor or otherwise), anywhere on the route, operated by someone other than Planet Ultra staff, that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. Please understand that our permits simply don’t allow dozens of extra vehicles on the roads or at the checkpoint locations. Imagine the traffic from all those cars! If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.

Volunteers:
We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions.