2020 Carmel Valley Double – COVID-19 Edition:
- Stage 1 of California Triple Crown Stage Race.
- We’re putting on the ride to give the double century riders the opportunity to earn CTC ride credit during this challenging time. We trust this aligns with your goals as well.
- To avoid unnecessary travel and overnight lodging at hotels due to risk of exposure to the Coronavirus, we are offering virtual CVD. You may ride a virtual CVD on any local route of your choice (including smart indoor trainer) from 8/15/20 to 9/12/20 anywhere in the US, supported by your own household members or your “quarantine bubble”. All volunteers will receive CTC volunteer credit. The virtual CVD options are:
- Lowland: 200 miles with 10,000 vertical ft. (CTC ride credit – to be ridden between 8/15/20 and 9/12/20).
- Highland: 200 miles with 14,000 vertical ft. (CTC Stage Race credit – to be ridden between 8/15/20 and 9/12/20).
- Actual CVD Highland loop course on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 starting at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds (CTC Stage Race credit, and podium positions qualified).
- Total elapsed time limit for all 3 CVD options above is 20 hours.
- All Virtual CVD Riders must have a Strava account. The ride record must be set for public viewing. The Strava results must be submitted to Dzung Dang at email@example.com. The data will be verified and will be submitted to the California Triple Crown for ride / Stage Race credit.
- Cost will be $50 + servicing fee for all 3 CVD options.
- Previous registrants will get a refund of the difference, or they may choose to roll it over to 2021 CVD.
- All participants (riders and SAG volunteers) must register and sign waiver.
- The virtual Carmel Valley Double (CVD) is a private event for XeDapViet Cycling Club members Only. Registration fee includes membership in the XeDapViet Cycling Club through December 31st, 2020.
- See Who’s Registered
Ride Time and Location:
- Saturday, August 29th, 2020 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM to Sunday, August 30th, 2020 12:00 AM (PDT)
- Salinas Valley Fairgrounds
625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930
- Catered pre-ride dinner on Friday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds: $15 (vegetarian dishes available, please RSVP at registration) – NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020
- Nearby restaurants
Only the full loop course (CVD Highland) is available for 2020.
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.
Registration & Check-in:
Online Registration is open. It will be closed once we have received 200 entries, or at 12:00 noon on Monday, August 24th, whichever occurs first. Please contact Dzung Dang via email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to sign up after online registration closes (a late fee of $30 will be added!). See who’s registered.
Double Century: $120/person – Fully supported ride including 7 rest stops, 1 water stop, plenty of GREAT FOOD at every stop, plus a delicious catered hot meal at the end of your ride.
Pre-ride dinner on Friday: $15/person (vegetarian dishes available, please RSVP at registration).
Tent camping on Friday/Saturday: $25/site/night (campground with hot showers and flush toilets, please book at registration).
Pre-ride check-in at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930:
Friday, August 28th evening from 18:00 to 21:00
Saturday, August 29th morning from 03:30 – 05:30
The Carmel Valley Double (CVD) is a private event for XeDapViet Cycling Club members Only. Registration fee includes membership in the XeDapViet Cycling Club through December 31st, 2020.
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). Please note that our lunch stop at Big Sur Deli (@ Mile 95) will NOT be open until 11:00. Riders who can average 15 mph or faster please start between 05:30 to 06:00.
- Obey all California Vehicle Code rules.
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Light Requirements: The Carmel Valley Double has open start window from 04:00 to 06:00 in the dark and could, depending on your speed, potentially end in the dark. Working lights are mandatory for the start of the Carmel Valley Double Century – NO EXCEPTIONS. Reflective ankle bands and reflective vest are also required before sunrise and after sunset.
- Sunrise is at 06:40 and sunset is at 19:50 on Saturday, August 29th, 2020.
- All riders who abandon the event must call the Ride Director’s number located on the bottom of the route sheet.
- All riders must check in with volunteers at each rest stop or be disqualified.
- Personal SAG vehicles are not allowed. Any rider with private SAG will be disqualified and will lose California Triple Crown credit. We do, however, welcome Volunteers.
- All riders and volunteers must sign the release form that will be available at check-in, or they will not be allowed to participate.
- Carmel Valley Double (CVD) volunteer policy: If you (or a family member) contribute on the day of the ride, or help significantly just before or after the ride, then you or they may ride for half price on ride day, or join us at no charge at our fully supported Workers Ride.
- The Workers Ride is a fully supported ride of the entire course, and counts as a double for purposes of the California Triple Crown. To qualify, you must work a minimum of one four-hour shift at one of the CVD rest stops on ride day.
- Workers Ride date: Saturday, September 12th, 2020.
- Please register for the Workers Ride via email ‘email@example.com’.
- Please use the following California Triple Crown URL to register to volunteer for CVD.
- The Carmel Valley Double is fully supported. Ride support includes 7 full rest stops and 1 water stop, all stocked with signature cycling food / beverages and plenty of options for vegetarians. Lunch will be served at Rest Stop #4 in Big Sur (Mile 95). There will be a catered dinner at the finish (Mile 202).
- Full SAG support along the entire course.
- Rest stops’ open and close times are based on 04:00 start. Faster riders who can finish the course in less than 17 hours are asked to start between 05:00 to 06:00 so our volunteers at rest stops can serve you better.
- START (Mile 0) Salinas Valley Fairgrounds (03:30 – 06:00)
- Rest Stop #1 (Mile 26) Arroyo Seco (05:30 – 08:30)
- Rest Stop #2 (Mile 37) Cahoon Summit (07:00 – 11:00)
- Rest Stop #3 (Mile 67) Carmel Bicycle in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center (09:00 – 12:00)
- Rest Stop #4 (Mile 95) Big Sur Deli – LUNCH (11:00 – 14:00)
- Water Stop (Mile 117) Lucia Lodge (12:00 – 15:00)
- Rest Stop #5 (Mile 135.6) ~ 8 miles past Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd Summit (13:00 – 18:00)
- Rest Stop #6 (Mile 165) Hesperia Hall (15:00 – 21:00)
- Rest Stop #7 (Mile 181) Lockwood San Lucas Rd. (16:00 – 22:00)
- FINISH (Mile 202) Salinas Valley Fairgrounds – POST-RIDE MEAL (17:00 – 01:00)
- Special thanks to everyone who makes this ride possible. This ride would not exist but for the support of countless individuals and their families.
Here is the link to CVD results history courtesy of Charlie Irwin – the CTC Data Guy, who compiled, organized, and sorted these data. Big thanks go out as well to Chuck Bramwell, the CTC Executive Director, for providing and sharing these valuable data to us.