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2014 Everest Challenge
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:00:46 PM »
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The promoter was denied permits from the forest service for the Whitney race he put on last weekend.  The EC climbs are in the same forest (Inyo) but different ranger district.  So if the problem was at the district level it may not affect EC... if it's at the forest level it may.

He's not answered questions posted to his facebook page about EC still happening.  But he's not a computer guy.

I am wondering if writing letters of support to the forest supervisor would help?

In any case if it's canceled I may just go there and ride anyhow.

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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 05:18:36 PM »
UMD posted a picture. Rock creek is gravel now.

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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 07:16:27 PM »
Paving is supposed to start soon according to the posts here: http://www.rockcreeklake.com/board/index.php?topic=768.25

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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 10:08:51 PM »
Eric, the top 4 miles have no paving, and they are continuing to remove more of the paving going lower. I was stopped at the one way control for about 10 minutes yesterday and spoke to the guy for a while. He said basically at the end of September they will start doing the paving and they won't be done until mid-October.


Next year, the whole process will repeat for the next section below. I am assuming this will mean if the race happens at all we will just go up to the 395 and then hit up the extra climb on the other side like we did in 2007 when it was snowed out.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 10:53:41 PM »
Bummer.  Thanks for the report.

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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 11:02:32 PM »
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 10:30:17 AM »
so who's putting me up if i fly out there to do this? i would be totally unprepared but it seems like a wild event. bucket list for sure.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 10:56:21 AM »
This has always been high on my list of races I want to do. I don't have anywhere near the fitness this year. Putting it down as a goal in 2015.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 11:25:06 AM »
I enjoyed the training process and going out to do EC in 2012.  I would like to do it again at some point when I am traveling less.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 11:27:43 AM »
Man up and ride the gravel :P  Around here, any race with gravel automatically gets labelled as "Epic" :rolleyes:
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2014, 11:33:45 AM »
if not loose, I wonder if that gravel is actually smoother than the cracked, pothole fest that road used to be.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2014, 11:33:54 AM »
Man up and ride the gravel :P  Around here, any race with gravel automatically gets labelled as "Epic" :rolleyes:

It's not a matter of the gravel, it's that there is active road construction.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 11:34:52 AM »
if not loose, I wonder if that gravel is actually smoother than the cracked, pothole fest that road used to be.

It actually wasn't bad to ride up, but riding down was difficult. There were sections where it was deep, and lots of washboard.
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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2014, 01:49:07 PM »
There should be no construction on weekends, according to the info the USFS put out.
That doesn't look too bad to ride up.   But parking at the end may be limited.
(also the official road plan includes a bike lane!)

I'd be ok with not riding the last part of upper Rock Creek and making up that elevation by going to the top of Death Valley rd
on sunday, or doing Gorge rd on the other side of 395 (like in 2007) before Rock Creek, or going to Lake Sabrina (also like 2007) in addition to South Lake.

I sent a message to Steve asking if it'd be a good idea for some of us to contact the Forest Service people, to politely let them know that real citizens (who spend money in Bishop) want to do the race.  I know from when I worked for the FS that they may ***** in the office when members of the public pester them but it does get their attention.

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Re: 2014 Everest Challenge
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2014, 02:42:53 PM »
It's not a matter of the gravel, it's that there is active road construction.
I was only joking
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