Are you ready to tackle the 2015 Alta Alpina Challenge? Have you set a goal for this season on your bike to climb one of the great mountain passes here in the Eastern Sierra of Douglas and Alpine Counties?

Registration is now open for the 2015 Alta Alpina Challenge.

Every rider is challenged to set a personal goal based on his or her own individual abilities. The Alta Alpina Challenge is a personalized event. Every rider bib is personalized based on their choice of ride.

Choose your favorite pass or custom design your ride on a combination of routes and passes in the challenge. This challenge is about you and the Alta Alpina Group helping individuals achieve the milestone accomplishments that they set out to do.

If you not familiar with the Alta Alpina Challenge;  Riding the Wild Sierra is an annual event in the last Saturday in  June featuring a Metric Century, Century, 8 Pass Challenge and a California Triple Crown Double Century. The Date is June 27, 2015 this year.

The Alta Alpina group invites you to challenge yourself with one of five popular rides or to design your own challenge.

The Five popular rides include:

The Foothill Fun Ride

  • Start/Finish at Turtle Rock Park
  • Three ride options.
    • Carson Valley Ride – 37 Miles – 2 Rest Stops – Start 8:00am to 10:00am
    • Carson River Canyon Ride – 15 Miles – 1 Rest Stop – Start 10:00am to 2:00pm
    • Diamond Valley Ride – 19 Miles – 1 Rest Stop – Start 8:00am to 10:00am

The Wild Sierra Metric

  • Start/Finish at Turtle Rock Park
  • 64 miles
  • 5000 feet of climbing
  • Featuring these roads and passes in the order listed:
    • Diamond Valley
    • Emmigrant Trail
    • Luther Pass (East)
    • Blue Lakes Road

This is a beautiful metric century on some of the most popular Alta Alpina routes.

The Wild Sierra Century

  • Start/Finish at Turtle Rock Park
  • 110 miles
  • 11000 feet of climbing
  • Featuring these roads and passes in the order listed:
    • Kingsbury Grade aka Daggett Pass (East)
    • Ebbetts (East)
    • Monitor (West)

The Five Pass Challenge

  • Start/Finish at Turtle Rock Park
  • Over 16000 feet of climbing in 134 miles
  • Five Passes on the course:
    • Carson Pass (East)
    • Ebbetts (East)
    • Ebbetts (West)
    • Monitor (West)
    • Monitor (East)

The course features six fully stocked rest stops, one checkpoint with water, and lunch and dinner at Turtle Rock Park.

The 8 Pass Challenge – The Worlds toughest Double Century

  • 20,300 feet of climbing over 198 miles
  • The most scenic double century ever on the best pavement
  • Start/Finish at Turtle Rock Park
  • Eight Passes on the course:
    • Kingsbury Grade aka Daggett Pass (East)
    • Luther Pass (South)
    • Carson Pass (East)
    • Blue Lakes Road
    • Ebbetts (East)
    • Ebbetts (West)
    • Monitor (West)
    • Monitor (East)

For more photos and video check out Nancy Yu’s Blog  on the Alta Alpina Challenge.

Cycling in the Sierra Mountains is a passionate and popular adventure. Depending on snow levels and temperatures you can find cyclists on just about every route in the Sierra from April – October.  Of course there are hundreds of riders that are out there year round enjoying the sport they love. If you are just starting out or maybe you would like to come out with the family and watch cyclists take on a challenge this year set June 27th aside on your calendar and come out to enjoy the atmosphere of 500 riders taking personal challenge head on in some of the most scenic parts of the world.


 

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