When is the tour?
The dates are March 4-10. It’s seven days of riding. Average is about 50-70 miles a day, maybe 5,000ft a day – TransMojave! We’re starting on the north side of LA so if you like, arrive Friday via LAX. The start hotel is in Santa Clarita, where the Tour of California loves to go. Saturday morning we roll out and go over hill and dale, er, mountain and pass rather… all the way across the Mojave Desert to… Las Vegas! Woooo!
We end in Las Vegas on Friday night and you can fly out if you must, or spend a day or two knocking around with us there- we have an optinoal add-on day of sightseeing Red Rocks State Park or riding the awesome MTB trails or road biking nearby and all the Vegas sights and sounds, food and booze and people watching you can stand. There is one night of tent cabin camping in the desert under the stars along the way, more on that later.
If you’ve never been to the Mojave Desert before it’s totally amazing. Previous riders have told us that this tour is a transformative experience. More than one has told us that it was life-changing. Nothing you’ve seen on TV or in the movies can prepare you for the sheer vastness of space and the enormity of the views. It’s like being on another planet. The ride is mostly dirt roads and desert double tracks. I am trying to avoid sandy roads as much as possible; that being said, it is the Mojave Desert and there are sandy stretches.
If we are on pavement it is only because it is a connector and there was no viable dirt option. It’s about 66/33 dirt to pavement overall. We will pass by petroglyph sites, aircraft graveyards, old mining operations, ghost towns, artists colonies, ultra-remote places where the only sound is your heartbeat in your ears, Grapes of Wrath dustbowl pits of despair, the Mojave National Preserve and a day in Joshua Tree National Park. Register Here:
Which bike do I ride?
A lightweight, 29er hardtail mountain bike with fast rolling 2.3” tires is recommended. There are sand dunes, military aircraft bombing ranges and giant mountains. Sometimes Navy jets buzz us at about 300 feet. We’ll cross multiple dry lakebeds and more weird stuff you won’t see anywhere else. We end as day turns to night riding down the Las Vegas Strip to our swanky hotel suites.
When do I need to register?
To be sure I can get the hotels that we need to be booked, I need to know if you wanna go or not. There are very limited options for places to stay because we are going out into the middle of nowhere (literally) and I need to book soon so you’re not sleeping on the ground outdoors with a mountain lion sniffing your junk at 3:30 am. We book the nicest hotels we can find and we go two or four per room to keep the cost down. Most of you know what you’re in for already, if you’ve not been on this trip before, just relax and let Murphy take control – what could possibly go wrong?
What does the daily tailgate menu look like?
- Pancakes and little sausages/veggie sausages w/ syrup cups (real maple syrup, not that corn syrup crap).
- Burgers / black bean chipotle veggie burgers w/ cheese if you like. I get soft brioche buns or onion rolls, not cheap white buns.
- Grilled cheese/ham & cheese sammies.
We’ll have one griddle that cooks meat and one that does not so the veg/vegans can relax, they’ll be clearly marked as such. We can boil water too and do pour over coffee and ramen noodles if you like. We’ll have a bunch of electrolyte powder/science food too. We also have two portable espresso machines for your coffee pleasure.
The cooler will have Cokes, beers, fizzy waters and the like. I generally get low alcohol beer for the day/riding hours like Tecate and Coors and save the IPA’s for the hotel room. We’re doing 50-80 miles a day and hitting the IPA starting at 10 am often leads to bad riding form (from what I’ve heard). Remember to crush your can each time before you put it in the trash bag- that saves tons of space.
There’ll be masses of salty snacks like chips, peanut butter pretzel bombs and trail mix and nuts. I’ll get some sweet stuff like Sour Patch Kids and all that jazz to balance out the salty/savory. Glutards: make yourselves known on the sign-up options so we can accommodate you!
You MUST have a routing GPS and know how to use it. There will be no paper maps unless you make your own. We have additional touch screen GPS is you need to rent one. It will come preloaded with the daily route maps. I’d like to keep the group together at least until lunch each day so it does not get super spread out, that makes running support much more difficult.
You get to bring ONE carry on size roller board or duffel bag. Do not bring multiple bags. We have tools, leave yours at home. Same with floor pumps. Temperatures will be in the 50’s – low 70’s (f, not c!). Many of the hotels have wash machines, you don’t need seven complete sets of kit as we will do laundry at least twice.
January 1st is the magical cutoff date to sign up for this amazing tour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any transfer/refund requests.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes! We will happily transfer your registration to another attendee up until 24hrs before the start of the event at no additional cost. If you wish to transfer your registration towards another SuperPro offering, please contact email@example.com before January 15 and this will not be a problem.
Eek! I need a refund on the support package since I can’t attend. What’s your refund policy?
Due to the nature of these events and the extensive planning involved, we are able to offer partial refunds if emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the following dates:
- 90% refund if requested on/before December 5
- 60% refund if requested on/before January 1
- 30% refund if requested on/before January 15
- No refund on/after January 16
Great! Where do I check in once I get to Santa Clarita?
Check-in will be 7pm-9pm on the evening of March 2nd at the Holiday Inn Express, Santa Clarita.
Will it sell out?
Quite possibly! The field is limited to 14 supported riders, though in the unlikely event we do not reach the minimum of 10 riders by January 1st, we will refund you in full.