The 20th Annual Death Ride passes through Kirkwood!
Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in America's West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Death Ride®, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and warm hospitality of Alpine County! Registration takes place and the ride ends at Turtle Rock Park just north of Markleeville, California, the five pass ride includes 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three or four passes. For your safety, the first four passes will be closed at specific times to vehicular traffic.
This year’s ride returns riders to our infamous five pass course including:
- Monitor Pass (8,314')
- Ebbetts Pass (8,730')
- Carson Pass (8,573')
Five pass finishers will receive a five-pass pin and be eligible to purchase an exclusive five-pass finisher jersey.
Start & Cut-Off Time: Generally, the start-time is 5:00am or at daylight. Starting before sunrise requires visible lighting in front and back of bike or rider. If starting early bring your own food and water as rest stops will not be open until posted times. Riders not planning on completing all passes please start a little later to avoid congestion. All riders must be off the course by 8:00pm.
Road Closures: From 5:00am - 7:15am, the road will be closed to traffic from the Markleeville Courthouse to the junction of Highways 89 & 4. Monitor & Ebbetts Pass will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5:00am. Monitor Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 12:00pm. Ebbetts Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 3:00pm.