OCTOBER 10, 2020 – MESQUITE, NV
General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!
2020 Entry Fees:
Gran Fondo – Until October 8th at midnight: $65. After October 8th, make an online reservation using the SignUp link below and pay cash Saturday morning: $65.
Ultimo Fondo– Until October 8th: $80. After October 8th, make an online reservation using the SignUp link below and pay cash Saturday morning: $80.
Please read our registration and cancellation policies before signing up.
** If you’re planning to ride this event and know you can bring along a volunteer, please email us in advance of signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 50% off.
Entry includes chip timing with overall and age category results posted to the web (not included in 2020); fully stocked checkpoints along the route with water and a great selection of food and snacks; roving SAG support; Tri States Gran Fondo finisher award (guaranteed for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); post-ride snacks and refreshments; per rider donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Click the SignUp button to pay by credit card (includes a small service fee). You may also use that button to view the registered rider list. Please read our new cancellation policy before registering. To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received no later than September 26th.
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 5PM.
Event jerseys may be ordered with registration. Based on small event field, jerseys will be special ordered after the ride and mailed when available. We will have a sizing kit at the event.
Host Hotel: For 2020 we don’t have a host hotel. There are lots of excellent places in town to stay.
Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort, 333 N Sandhill Blvd in Mesquite, Nevada. Our group rate for standard queen is $TBA and deluxe queen $TBA per night (plus taxes). Call 844-796-7827 and ask for the Planet Ultra block to make your reservation. Rates expire TBD
The Rising Star is a beautiful new facility your entire family will enjoy. Free shuttle to Eureka Casino just down the street.
If you’re driving in the day of the event and not staying in Mesquite, there’s plenty of parking on site.
Veteran’s Park, 501 Hillside Drive in Mesquite, NV.
Saturday morning from 5:45-6:30am for Ultimo Fondo; 6:30-7:15 for Gran Fondo.
For 2020, due to COVID-19, we’ve been asked to host as a strictly fun ride with no timing (to avoid gathering at start and finish). In “usual years,” this is not a race- it’s a timed event. You must hang your number plate facing forward on your handlebars, and you must ride through the start/finish area.
Ultimo Fondo: Open start window from 6:30-6:45am. All riders must start during this 15 minute period; unless you’re really FAST, in which case you may start as late as 7am.
Gran Fondo: Mass start at 7:30am
Course and finish line closes at 4pm. If you’re far off the back, we may ask you to take a ride in the SAG wagon!
Note – Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. However, we can’t guarantee that the route sheet will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required. Links to the RideWithGPS.com maps and download files are below.
Ultimo Fondo Route: 112 miles with about 8000′ climbing.
Heading north from Mesquite, in just over a mile you cross the border into Arizona, and after a bit of rolling terrain, up you’ll climb – straight into Utah and to your first summit at mile 27. You’re rewarded with an incredible 7 miles of scenic descent, where you’ll get your first glimpse of the beautiful red rocks which make Southern Utah famous. Hang a left at the bottom of the hill and enjoy the rolling terrain out to Gunlock State Park. Past Gunlock you’ll continue a gradual climb to Eagle Mountain- a short, but quad busting 10-12% grade. From here it’s mostly up – finally climbing “the Wall” to the quaint town of Veyo, your next summit at mile 50. After another short climb out of Veyo, it’s mostly downhill, with a few easy rollers, for the next 20 miles. Be sure and take in the awesome scenery overlooking Snow Canyon State Park! Next you’ll ride through the quaint town of Ivins and enjoy the red rocks of Kayenta. Save something for the end! At mile 80 you’ll hit the last big climb – 7 miles on the return trip over Utah Hill. From here, it’s mostly downhill, across the border into Arizona, and finally back to Mesquite, Nevada, where you can relax, revel in your success and enjoy the celebration of a fantastic day in the saddle!x
Click here to view the full distance route map and download-able GPS files.
Gran Fondo Route: 54 miles with about 2,500′ climbing.
The Gran Fondo is an out and back up to the summit of Utah Hill. You’ll ride the same first 27 miles as the Ultimo Fondo, then turn around, and coast nearly all the way back to Mesquite!
Routing and Navigation: Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate. For example, we’ll let you know if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know riders like to have the course marked; and we do our best to make that happen (unless it’s forbidden by our permits, otherwise illegal, somewhere that locals would be really upset about it, or the turn is at a place that’s very obvious, like a big green highway sign). Many of the towns/cities/counties specifically request that no markings are placed in the road. Some of our permits are contingent on NOT marking turns.
Over the past few years we’ve sadly experienced locals or random drivers removing the arrows or pointing them in the wrong direction after we’ve placed them. So please don’t rely on arrows. You won’t get lost if you’re mindful of where you are on the route sheet. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation. Make it part of your experience. If you’re navigationally challenged, please use a GPS.
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.
We always need volunteers! Click here for information about positions available.