Joshua Tree to Vegas 300k

03-02-2024 06:00

25 Registered

03-02-2024
06:00
PST
03-03-2024
02:00
12-01-2023 05:00
02-25-2024 23:59
190
ACP 300
Hilly
20:00
Sunrise 6:10:19 AM Sunset 5:44:05 PM
Ride Leader(s):
Willie Hunt

Get me there
Joshua Tree Valero
61794 Twenty Nine Palms hwy
Joshua Tree, ca 92252

$150.00
Registration is not open

SAG Service Available



There will be a 28 rider limit because this is the number of bikes that can be transported back to Joshua Tree.  This will probably be the last time PCH Randonneurs ever runs this ride because the transportation and permit costs have gotten so high.  If you've been thinking about doing this ride, this is the year to do it!

Note:  You must register in advance for this ride- registration closes at midnight on Sunday before the ride.  There is no late registration or day-of-event registration. You must be a member of both RUSA and PCH Randonneurs to register.

The Joshua Tree to Vegas 300k is a  point-to-point brevet from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas, with SAG support in route across the massive Mojave desert, finishing in Henderson, NV (south of the Vegas strip).  The entry fee includes a shuttle for you and your bike back to Joshua Tree on Sunday.  Most riders park their cars near the start in Joshua Tree (on the city streets) and take the provided charter bus shuttle service back to Joshua Tree after the ride. We have plenty of space to accommodate everyone that wants shuttle back from Vegas to Joshua Tree.  There are 2 Motels (Joshua Tree Inn and High Desert) within a few minutes of the start for those wanting to maximize sleep before the ride.   [Option for OC riders:  Some riders come to my home in Foothill Ranch, CA for a 3:00AM departure to Joshua Tree and I can accommodate up to 5 riders for this extra shuttle]

Alternatively, for riders flying into the LA area, John Wayne airport (SNA) is the closest to Willie and thus the easiest logistically for pickup.  Bike boxes will be taken to Vegas for any riders that wants to fly from Vegas directly home.  On the Las Vegas end, some riders may want to fly back home from Vegas. Bikes will be shuttled back to LA / OC even if you fly, just leave bikes and excess gear with Willie.

The route itself has huge expansive views across the Mojave desert including mountains, sand dunes, Joshua trees, railroad lines, the Ivanpah solar power plant, even the casino lights of Primm, Jean and Vegas. Riders can see for 50+ miles at several vista points. Traffic is generally quite light and often 10 or 15 minutes go by without a car passing. Climbing is reasonable at 8500 feet, but concentrated mostly 2 massive climbs, and 2 smaller climbs. Wind is normally blowing toward Vegas, so it’s possible to have a tailwind the whole way there! Pavement quality is good for the most part as most has been recently repaved, but there are a number of miles that have a few avoidable potholes. 23mm tires will work, but 25 or 28mm would be wiser. Since cell connectivity is limited and spotty, the SAG will sweep the route to make sure no one is left out there.

Important:

All riders need to contact Willie Hunt well before the ride so shuttle space can be logistically handled.

New Finish Hotel!  Because the M Spa Resort has become way too expensive for rando budgets, the finish has been moved to the Silverton Casino Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139.  All riders need to make their own room reservations at the Siverton Casino Lodge or nearby hotel.  Make your reservations early, Las vegas hotels tend to fill up because of events going on in town.  You are welcome to use the PCH Randos Google Group to help coordinate room sharing.

Drop bags will be taken to Vegas and normally are available at each SAG stop in route.  However, I cannot guarantee that your drop bag will be available at every stop, because there will be 2 SAG’s and they will be spread out, one in the lead, and one following up the rear.  You choose at the start which SAG for your drop bag, depending on your riding speed.

Generally the return shuttle will leave at 9AM Sunday morning, so you may want to limit the partying in Vegas Saturday night!

Because Joshua Tree to Vegas is more costly than our typical brevet and also involves many fixed expenses for the club, the following refund policy will apply:
If you cancel your registration by 2/1/24, you will receive a $120 refund.
If you cancel your registration by 2/17/23, you will receive a $75 refund.
After 2/18/23 there will be no cash refunds. (but we can offer you a free registration in another 2024 PCH Randos brevet)

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