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Carmel Valley Double

Carmel Valley Double

August 24 2024
King City California USA
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Distances: 200 miles,14,000 feet
Difficulty: Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Limited to: 500 or less Participants

The course starts and ends at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City. In the morning, riders will ride north toward Greenfield climbing Cahoon Summit to Carmel Valley through the famous golden hills of California and through some of the richest agricultural areas in America. From Carmel Valley, the course continues northwest toward the world-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea, then heads south on the beautiful rugged stretch of California coastline, State Route 1. To the east, the Santa Lucia Mountains provide a breathtaking border, and to the west, there is nothing but steep cliffs, hidden beach coves, and ocean as far as the eye can see. Point of interests are Rocky Creek Bridge, Bixby Creek Bridge, and Grimes Point Scenic Overlook. Lunch will be served in Big Sur at the Big Sur Deli at Mile 95.

After lunch riders will continue heading south on State Route 1 toward Lucia, then will climb the famous Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, the only road across the Santa Lucia Range, connecting State Route 1 and the Big Sur coast to U.S. Route 101 and the Salinas Valley. The road heads east from the Pacific Ocean into the high country of Big Sur; after 7 mile scenic ascend it reaches the summit at an altitude of 2,780 feet. The road descends through the heavily forested eastern side of the ridge, passes through the U.S. Army’s Fort Hunter Liggett, and ends at Mission Road in Jolon. Riders will then continue east onto Jolon Road toward a 20 mile out-and-back ‘Lockwood-Hesperia-Lockwood’ segment before heading north to finish in King City. Total mileage will be 202 miles with ~14,200 ft. of elevation gain.

The route is tentative pending final permit approval from the counties. Feel free to upload this route to your navigation device with the caveat that road or weather conditions may force us to change the route at the last minute. You will receive the official cue sheet in your rider packet.

Carmel Valley Double


Start Located At: Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930
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The time limit will be 20 Hours. The event has an open start window from 04:00 to 06:00. All riders MUST be on the course by 06:00. Riders have until midnight to complete (with intermediate cut-off times at rest stops that correlate to a midnight finish).

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XeDapViet (XDV) Cycling Club invites you to ride some of the challenging beautiful roads in Monterey County on our 5th annual Carmel Valley Double. One of California Triple Crown best supported cycling events, the Carmel Valley Double is the Stage 3 of the 2020 California Triple Crown Stage Race, and takes place on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930.

The Carmel Valley Double is fully supported. Ride support includes 6 full rest stops and lunch, all stocked with signature cycling food / beverages and plenty of options for vegetarians.  We will also have 1 additional water stop in Lucia before climbing Nacimiento-Fergussen Rd.

Full SAG support along the entire course.

Riders will be electronically timed using a RFID chip attached to a number plate which hangs on the handlebars. Riders must attach their number plate to their bike.  Any rider who doesn’t receive a chip start will be presumed to have missed the Start Window and will be listed as DQ in the results.  

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Results Within 24 Hours
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