JUNE 4, 2022

For 2021: DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON HWY 395, we will use the “old” route to Benton and returning on US-6.
190 miles with 10,200′ climbing

Outdoor recreation, for the purpose of facilitating physical and mental health through physically distanced outdoor exercise.

PLEASE NOTE: This web page information is primarily based on a non-Covid year. 

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” -John Muir

General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read before signing up!

Click here for 2020 virtual Eastern Sierra DC results.
Click here for results from prior years.

2021 Entry Fees*: 
Until April 15: $140.
April 16-May 22: $155
Late entry: May 23-June 1 at noon: Make an online reservation and pay $180 at the door.
Very last minute entry: June 1 at noon – June 4 at 5pm: $200.
Entry includes dinner at Holy Smokes Texas BBQ, just down the street from the finish line.  Entry fees increased in 2021 due to huge increases in insurance, traveling and other fixed costs with fewer riders covering that.

Please read our registration and cancellation policies. 

* If you’re able to recruit an event volunteer, please email us before signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 50% off. For helping, the volunteer receives a credit for 50% off a future Planet Ultra single-day event. If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU may use that credit. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and 50% discount on your next event.

Registration for the 2022 event will open in January. 
Click the SignUp button to register online and pay by credit card (processing fees apply).  To pay by Venmo or Zelle, use this form. Your email form and payment must be received at least two weeks before the event.
Please read our cancellation policy before registering. We highly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance when you sign up (available only with online registration).

Event jerseys may be ordered with registration or ordered at the event. Due to small quantities, we do not pre-order jerseys. We will place the final order after the ride and mail it to you in August. We will have a sizing kit at the event. If you already have one of these awesome event jerseys, get yourself an OCD jersey instead!

Start/Finish Location:
For 2021:  Cielo Hotel, 651 N Main Street in Bishop, 760-873-6381. Call the hotel directly and ask for the Planet Ultra Group rate of $159 per night (plus taxes). This hotel will sell out. Please make your reservation early!

Friday evening from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturday morning from 4:30am to 4:50am at Cielo Hotel.

Start Times:
“Mass” start at 5am for riders needing 13-17 hours to finish. All riders expecting to finish in under 13 hours must start at 6am.
Riders needing more than 16.5 hours may opt for the Tourist division during registration and start as early as 4:00am. Please familiarize yourself with the Tourist rules.

Checkpoint Closing Times Strictly Enforced:
Checkpoint opening and closing times, listed on the route sheet, are strictly enforced. Typically, only checkpoints #2 and #3 present a problem for slower riders, as the route is front-loaded with climbing. If you miss either CP #2 or CP #3, you’ll be asked to turn around and ride back to Bishop on Highway 395. No exceptions.

Time Limit:
17 hours unless you choose Tourist rather than Timed. Based on the 5am start time, course closes at 10pm.
The course has rolling closures from aid station to aid station.
Aid station closing times are listed on the route sheet. Once an aid station closes, so does support end along the course prior to that aid station.
Finish line closes at 10pm.
Total time allowed to complete the course with an official time: 17 hours based on the 5am start unless you choose Tourist rather than Timed. 
Tourist riders who finish before before midnight will get Grand Slam and California Triple Crown finisher credit, so long as the total elapsed time does not exceed 20 hours.

Twilight, Sunrise, and Sunset:
Twilight begins 5:03; Twilight ends 20:41. Sunrise is 5:33; Sunset is 20:11.

Lights and Gear Drop:
If you leave your lights at the start, your bag will be waiting for you at the Whitmore Park checkpoint (in 2021 Benton). We do, however, encourage you to carry your lights yourself. That way if you need them, you’re guaranteed to have them.  If there’s any chance that you’ll be out past sunset, you MUST have both a headlight and a taillight attached to your bicycle, and you MUST wear a reflective ankle band on both legs.

Lunch Bag Drop:
Because we know some folks have special dietary needs (or are very particular about what they want), you may bring 3 lunch-sized brown paper bags (like the ones you took to school in 2nd grade; and absolutely no larger) filled with your special foods. Drop the bags off at the start, and we’ll deliver them to these checkpoints: Crowley Lake, Lee Vining and Sagehen Summit. Please mark your bag(s) with the location where you want it.  Bags will be discarded when the checkpoints close. So please make sure you pick up your bag, or don’t care that you won’t get it back.

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 riders prefer course markings; however, beginning 2020, we will no longer mark the course. Many of the towns/cities/counties specifically forbid it. More importantly, we believe double century riders are experienced and sophisticated enough to mange navigation. This route is super simple to follow; especially if you have a GPS with turn-by-turn capabilities (which you should have at this level of cycling).
Please understand and take responsibility for navigation.

Route Sheets and GPS Files:
Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. We can’t guarantee that advance route sheets will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required.

You may also download a map and GPS file from RideWithGPS.com. 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 for the RideWithGPS.com map. You may download a GPS file from this page.

Route Description:  A mass start through the city streets of Bishop will quickly head out of town. After a fast, flat warm up heading north through the cattle ranches of Round Valley, the climbing begins in earnest! Ascending up from Round Valley to Crowley Lake, the Old Sherwin Grade winds through pinion pine and juniper woodlands while following Lower Rock Creek to enter Mono County and the heartland of the Eastern Sierra. After cresting Sherwin Grade, a rider friendly 1800′ climb, you are greeted by the startling views of Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner, and the serrated ridge of the Minarets in the northern distance. North a few miles further awaits Lake Crowley and the grassy bed of Long Valley. Further north en route to Mammoth Lakes, you pass Hilton and McGee Creeks; the mouths of their canyons filled with huge glacial moraines empty into the valley from the Sierra high country.

Leaving Long Valley, you’ll quickly enter the town of Mammoth Lakes, famous for its world class ski resort. You’ll climb gently, but quickly, around the outskirts of town and head out of town and north via the Mammoth Scenic Drive. After a short climb cresting the 8,041′ summit of Deadman Pass, you’ll enjoy a well deserved descent as you head to the June Lake Loop where you’ll enjoy the incredible views of  June, Gull, Silver and Grant Lakes.

Once you’re back on 395, you’ll enter “The Land of Mono” as you head to Lee Vining and a nice lunch stop. Enjoy the views of Mono Lake, a million year old body of water ringed by eerie tufa towers, volcanic craters, mountain peaks, and high desert silences.  Mono Lake has no outlet; over the thousands of years of its existence, salts and minerals washed into the lake have become concentrated as waters have evaporated. Though Mono Lake has been called a “dead sea”, it actually abounds with life. No fish live in the lake, but populations of brine shrimp and brine flies adapted to the exceptionally high concentration of salts provide a plentiful food supply for more than seventy species of migratory and nesting birds.

Leaving Mono Lake, you’ll head south on Hwy 395 to Hwy 120 through the Mono Crater area. Take time to look around as you climb between these craters en route to the high plains at Sage Hen Summit, through red lava canyons and over to Benton Crossing Road, which is new starting in 2018. Benton Crossing is a beautiful quiet road that takes you around to the back side of Crowley Lake and back to Bishop via Hwy 395.

This course has about 12,400 feet of elevation gain, more than half of which is between mile 16 and mile 80. As doubles go, it’s not that tough and the views and roads are so incredible, you won’t even notice the climbing that it does have!

FOR 2021 we will return to an earlier version of the route, taking Hwy 120 all the way to Benton and returning via US-6. 190 miles with 10,200′ climbing.

Personal SAG Vehicles:  Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without a 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.