History of Inactive California Triple Crown Double Centuries

Date of
Last Event
Ride Name
Polar
Elevation
Gain*
Highlights
04/28/01
Lone Pine Double 14,000 Brand new Double for 2001
Beautiful and challenging terrain
07/07/01
Southern Sierra Double 17,800 Tough Alpine Double
Climb to Kennedy Meadows and Sherman Pass
11/10/01
Route 66 Double 6,750 Great first time Double Century
No steep climbs or technical descents
05/03/03
Ridge Route Double 8,900
-15,400
Three loops in and out of Santa Clarita
Climb the curvy little road that united California!!
03/02/13
Death Valley Spring Double 9,000 Classic southern route past Badwater and
over the passes to Shoshone and back.
10/26/13
Death Valley Fall Double 9,100 Northern route in Mother Nature’s greatest sports arena
Visit Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate
On hiatus from
California Triple Crown
after 06/06/15
Classic Tour of Two Forests Double 13,300 Traverses the Angeles and Los Padres National Forest
Beautiful climbs up Matilija & Heartbreak


California Triple Crown Doubles Ranked by Elevation Gain
Ranking
Polar
Elevation
Gain*
Ride Name
Miles
Difficulty
  17,800 Southern Sierra Double 200 Extremely High
  15,400 Ridge Route Double 200 Extremely High
  14,000 Lone Pine Double 200 High
  13,300 Classic Tour of Two Forests Double 194 Extremely High
  9,100 Death Valley Fall Double 196 High
  9,000 Death Valley Spring Double 197 High
  6,750 Route 66 Double 201 High

Lone Pine Double

This Double Century offerred beautiful and challenging terrain, some long climbs, and spectacular descents. It started and finished in Lone Pine and took riders to the west shore of Owens Lake, the cattle ranches of Olancha, the climb up Gun sight Pass, the entrance of Death Valley National Park, the almost endless descent to Panamint Springs, the climb to Emigrant Pass at 5,318’, and the climb to Towne Pass before returning to Lone Pine.

Lone Pine Double Web Site

2001 Lone Pine Double Results

2001 Lone Pine Double by Peter Pop and Dan Crain

Difficulty Rating: High

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Southern Sierra Double

This alpine Double Century started and finished in Ridgecrest. The ride took riders to Pearsonville, Nine Mile Canyon, Kennedy Meadows, Sherman Pass, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Walker Pass and back to Ridgecrest.

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

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Route 66 Double

The first Route 66 Double Century was held October 30, 1999. This ride covers parts of California the way "Main Street" has been for the last 70+ years. The old bridges, motels, and roadhouses are still in tact.

Route 66 Double Web Site

2001 Route 66 Double Results

2000 Route 66 Double Results

1999 Route 66 Double Results

1999 Route 66 Double Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

Difficulty Rating: Medium

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Ridge Route Double

The Ridge Route Double was first ridden in 2001 and 2002 in the form of the Ridge Route 400k Brevet.

This epic event features three loops that all begin and end in Santa Clarita. This will make it much easier for participants to obtain any special needs that they may have. Just bring all your gear and lock it in your car or in your room at the hotel!

Loop One heads north along I-5, then does a little warmup loop in Chiquito and Hasley Canyons near CA126 before it continues to Castaic. Here, after 14 miles, the climbing begins. We'll head northbound on the appropriately named Ridge Route, climbing higher and higher into ever more beautiful and remote territory up above I-5. After crossing Templin Highway at elev 2960, we'll have an 18 mile "epic adventure" as the Ridge Route becomes an "unmaintained road." Don't freak out, though: it's easily doable on a standard road bike. (And it's as true here as everywhere else that 19mm tyres are a bad idea.) We'll climb about 500', then roll along through an incredible set of rolling hills that vary between 3400' and 4000'. At the top is the controle and incredible views of California Poppies in the surrounding gone-back-in-time valleys. At this point you'll have done 4485' of cumulative elevation gain. From here we head east on Pine Canyon Rd and Three Points Rd, then south on Lake Hughes Road. It's mostly downhill or flat from here back to Santa Clarita along The Old Road. Fun!

Loop Two has two versions and riders must select which option they'll attempt prior to beginning the event.

Loop Two, Option One, the classic route, heads south along I-5 on The Old Road, San Fernando Rd, then over to Foothill Blvd to traverse the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley, along the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. After an easy, downhill or flat 23 mile stretch to Sunland, we climb up Big Tujunga Canyon. This climbs 2,000 feet over 13 miles up to Angeles Forest Hwy. Then we go right 4 miles to Angeles Crest Highway at elev 3800'. Next it's left and across 4.6 miles to the controle at the Mt. Wilson turnoff at elev. 4780'. All of these miles are just phenomenal, breath-taking, and quiet. You're going to love it! This is especially true after cruising another 4.3 miles to the Upper Big Tujunga where you get your first downhill treat: 9 fantastic, fast, downhill miles! Next is the final climb of this loop, a 6.3 mile, 1500' climb, but what follows is incredible! From here, at mile 64.5, it's all downhill or flat back to Valencia! We kid you not! You'll only climb 300 more feet in the last 48 miles of this loop! So, enjoy the fast ride down Soledad Canyon and get back to Santa Clarita before sunset!

Loop Two, Option Two: This alternative second loop wad designed for those who want to avoid a chunk of the overall climbing on this event. Riders will cruise from Valencia, elevation 1300', to the coast at Ventura, elevation 50', then return to Valencia. It's mostly an out-and-back via Santa Paula, but riders use South Mountain Road on the way out and do a small loop in Ventura, too, in order to see a little bit more scenery. The controle at Ventura and this entire loop are unsupported. Riders will stop at a hotel and get a business card to prove that they got there. Numerous stores and all-night mini-marts along the way can be used for resupply.

Starting in 2003, this ride will be ran as a Double Century and as a 400k Brevet. If you want California Triple Crown ride credit, you should sign up for the Double Century and if you complete it, you will be given California Triple Crown credit for the Double Century. If you want Brevet credit, you should sign up for the Brevet and if you complete it, you will be given credit for the 400k Brevet. Once you are registered and the event has started, you cannot change your event of choice ... you will get EITHER California Triple Crown Credit for the Double Century OR Brevet Credit for the 400k Brevet. RUSA has specified that you can't get Brevet and Double Century credit for one ride on the same day.

Ridge Route Double Web Site

2003 Ridge Route Double Results

2002 Ridge Route 400k Brevet Results

2002 Ridge Route 400k Ride Report by Peter Pop

2001 Ridge Route 400k Brevet Results

2001 Ridge Route 400k Ride Report by Peter Pop and Charles Griffice

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

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Death Valley Spring Double

Classic southern route past Badwater and over the passes to Shoshone and back.

The Death Valley Spring Double may not be held due to government intervention. Stay tuned to the AdventureCORPS website for updates.

In Spring we use the "traditional course" for this event, a fabulous out-and-back course in the south end of Death Valley with limited traffic and only two stop signs to slow you down. Death Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and by far the most unique of any park in the national park system. The actual interior of Death Valley, contrary to popular belief, is not flat but rather a combination of flat and noticeable rollies (nothing over 2% and 150' of gain). However, don't be fooled. Some stretches look downhill, yet your legs quickly tell you it's a mirage. And of course there are the big climbs on the south end of the park, but more on that later. There is a total elevation gain of 8800 feet for the double route.

Death Valley is about contrasts: Contrasts in elevation, temperature and colors. In the wintertime it is possible for temperatures to drop below freezing. The summer daytime temperature can rise above 130 degrees. (But never in March or October!) The color contrasts are what really make Death Valley unique. The colors are at their best early in the morning and again before sunset. Death Valley is one of the most mineral-rich places on earth. With every blink of the eye, the colors in the Valley change. This is because with every blink the sun's angle changes causing colors to change their shade, new colors to come alive, and others to fade away.

Double Century riders will leave Furnace Creek at sunrise and quickly make the first of only three turns towards Badwater, 17 miles down the road. At this point, both the mountains and the salt encrusted lakebed start getting closer to the road and makes for interesting viewing. Stop sucking that wheel in front of you and look around. Over your left shoulder are towering peaks with names like Coffin Peak (5503'), and Funeral Peak (6384'), while to your right you will pass the Devils Golf Course and Badwater (-278'). Badwater is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Directly across the Valley from Badwater is Telescope Peak (11,049') and behind Telescope Peak is Mt. Whitney (14,494). Mt. Whitney is the highest point in the 48 contiguous states. Double riders will climb Jubilee Pass (1293 feet), then Salsberry Pass (3315 feet), and then descend to the right turn to Shoshone. Here, double riders turn around and retrace their path over the two passes to Furnace Creek, for a total of 150 miles. Next, they continue north up the Valley to the final turnaround in Stove Pipe Wells. Finally, double riders ride back to the Start/Finish in Furnace Creek.

The Death Valley Spring Double has been selling out in well under one day. To register for it, be sure to sign up for the email newsletter, AdventureCORPS News, which gives subscribers a short head start for registration. You can review the deadlines on the Adventurecorps Calendar but you will need to subscribe to the newsletter to have advance access to the registration link.

Time Limit: 17 Hours

Century Option is available.

Death Valley Spring Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Double - Small Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Double - Large Version by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

2014 Spring Death Valley Double was not held due to Government Intervention

2013 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2012 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2011 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2011 Spring Death Valley Double Race Report by George Vargas

2010 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2010 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Badwater Ben Jones at Ashford Mills

2009 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2009 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Badwater Ben Jones at Ashford Mills

2008 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2008 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Hugh Murphy, who founded the Death Valley Double in 1991

2007 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2006 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2006 Spring Death Valley Double Ride Report by Linda Bott

2005 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2005 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Chuck Doyle

2004 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2004 Spring Death Valley Double Photos by Chuck Bramwell
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2003 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2003 Spring Death Valley Temperature Graph by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

2002 Spring Death Valley Double Results

2001 Spring Death Valley Ride Report by Peter Pop

1998 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

1997 Death Valley Double Recap by Chuck Bramwell

1997 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: High

Visit www.AdventureCorps.com for all the information.

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Death Valley Fall Double

Northern route in Mother Nature’s greatest sports arena, visiting Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate.

The Death Valley Fall Double may not be held due to government intervention. Stay tuned to the AdventureCORPS website for updates.

As in the Spring version of this ever-popular event, riders will do an out-and-back starting and finishing in Furnace Creek, but will head the opposite direction (north) in October instead of south as we do in March.

Starting about sunrise, double riders will head north from Furnace Creek on 190 straight to their first checkpoint at mile 23 at Stovepipe Wells. Then they'll U-turn and head back nine miles to the turn-off to Scotty's Castle. DC checkpoint two will be just after the turn, at mile 33 (century riders’ first checkpoint).

After replenishing at checkpoint three at Scotty's Castle, the riders will continue up Grapevine Canyon onto the Bonnie Claire Flat in Nevada. At Scotty's Junction at Hwy 95, mile 80.6, double riders will refuel at checkpoint four. After climbing 5300', riders will turn around for a flat or downhill ride back to "lunch" at Scotty's Castle. But it's not a straight shot back to FC from there. Riders will enjoy two little bonuses on their return route that the century riders will not do. The first is just three miles after Scotty's Castle: the out-and-back 11.7 mile route to see the incredible Ubehebe Crater. Then it's a fast ride back to the morning's second checkpoint just before 190, which is now checkpoint six for the double.

But wait! Before hitting 190, the double riders will enjoy a 6.8 mile, 2000' climb up Mud Canyon to Hell's Gate. Come on, you didn't think all those free miles from way above Scotty's all the way practically to Hwy 190 were really free, did you?? But the view is worth it, and so is the bombing downhill back to Furnace Creek on the Beatty Cutoff! Dedicated race staff and an incredible sunset will help keep you motivated and in good form throughout the day!

The Death Valley Fall Double has been selling out in well under one day. To register for it, be sure to sign up for the email newsletter, AdventureCORPS News, which gives subscribers a short head start for registration. You can review the deadlines on the Adventurecorps Calendar but you will need to subscribe to the newsletter to have advance access to the registration link.

Time Limit: 17 Hours

Century Option is available.

Death Valley Fall Double Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Death Valley Northern Route 2003 to Scotty's Castle and Beyond by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Main Climb Analysis Mile 50 to 75 by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Ubehebe Crater Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

Hell's Gate Climb Analysis by Chuck Bramwell and his Ciclosport HAC4

2D and 3D Images of the Death Valley Northern Route by Doug Dog Sloan

Driving Recon of the Death Valley Northern Route by Chris Kostman

2014 Fall Death Valley Double was not held due to Government Intervention

2013 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2013 Fall Death Valley Double Ride Report with Photos by Steve Meichtry

2012 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2011 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2010 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2009 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2009 Fall Death Valley Double - Greetings from Another Planet Surface - Photos and Hi-Def Movies by Chuck Bramwell

2008 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2007 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2006 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2005 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2004 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2003 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2002 Fall Death Valley Double Results

2001 Fall Death Valley Double Results

1998 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

1997 Death Valley Double Recap by Chuck Bramwell

1997 Death Valley Double by Team Bikeaholics

Difficulty Rating: High

Visit www.AdventureCorps.com for all the information.

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Classic Tour of Two Forests Double

This historic Double Century traverses the Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest from Santa Clarita to Ojai, then up Pine Mountain to Lebec and back.

New for 2009: Mindful of the current economic climate, this event will be hosted with minimal support, and a very low entry fee just to cover insurance, any necessary permits, and a leap-frog SAG vehicle carrying snacks and water. Riders may bring lunch-size bags with their special-needs foods, which will be delivered up the course to at least three locations. Given the difficulty of the route, only experienced double century riders will be permitted to ride.

Classic Doubles are more than challenging alone. They are "tours" in the true sense, an opportunity for discovery and adventure in an area not often ridden.

The Tour of Two Forests has been such a classic since its first edition in 1980. It starts and ends in Santa Clarita and traverses parts of L.A., Ventura, and Kern Counties, plus the name-giving Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest. It begins with an easy cruise through Piru and down South Mountain to Santa Paula and then the easy climb up into Ventura County’s sleepy hideaway of Ojai. Next you’ll ascend 30 mile Pine Mountain and enter the heart of the ride: rugged and beautiful mountain country where a lone cyclist feels very small. Next comes Lockwood Valley (home of the "Heartbreak Hill") to Gorman and then a rolling finish through Pine Canyon, Three Points, Elizabeth Lake, Leona Valley, and down, down, down Bouquet Canyon to the finish back in Santa Clarita.

It's one of the most scenic courses in Southern California and is almost free of traffic lights. The logistics are really easy since it starts just 20 miles north of Los Angeles.

The Tour of Two Forests was first run in 1980. In 1984, the legendary tandem team of Pete Penseyres and Rob Templin set a course record of 10:35!! In 1985, Rob Templin came back on his single bike and set a solo course record of 10:21!!

In 2004, the course was modified to start and finish in Santa Clarita instead of Lancaster which reduces the mileage from 218 Miles down to 193 Miles.

The Tour of Two Forests Double Century was placed on hiatus from the California Triple Crown in 2016 because of small numbers of riders which then only allows for brevet style support which is inconsistent with the California Triple Crown standards and history.  The Tour of Two Forests course is a great route with storied history but was basically replaced by the Heartbreak Double route in 1994.   The Heartbreak Double has nearly 100 miles of the same route so we encourage riders to support the Heartbreak Double instead.

Time Limit: 18 Hours

Classic Tour of Two Forests Web Site

Elevation Chart for the Tour of Two Forests Double by Mike Sturgill and his Ciclosport CM414 Alti-M

2015 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2014 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2013 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2013 Tour of Two Forests Double Century Ride Report with Photos by Steve Meichtry

2012 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2011 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2010 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2009 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2006 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2005 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2004 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2003 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2002 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2001 Tour of Two Forests Double Results and Photos

2000 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

2000 Tour of Two Forests Double Ride Report by David Nakai

2000 Tour of Two Forests Photos on PhotoCrazy.com

1999 Tour of Two Forests Double Results

Difficulty Rating: Extremely High

Visit www.PlanetUltra.com for all the information.

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