Moab Double Whammy (100/200 km)

 

Canyonlands Overlook — one of the spectacular spots on the 200K route. See this page for additional Moab photos.

Moab to Arches 100 — RWGPS Link — RUSA-Sanctioned Populaire

105.7km (65.7 miles) with 4,543 feet of cumulative elevation gain (that’s a BUNCH for a 100K!). Time limit: 7:00 hours or finish by 3:00 p.m. Route # 1313.


Moab Double Whammy — RWGPS Link — RUSA-Sanctioned 202km Brevet

202.7km (125.9 miles) with 7,170 feet of cumulative elevation gain (6400 ft according to one on-bike GPS). The lowest elevation of the ride is 4038 feet at the start point and climbs to a maximum elevation of 6200 feet in Canyonlands. Time limit: 13:28 or finish by 21:28. RUSA route # 1137.


Start Time Check in at 07:30 a.m. and a group start promptly at 8:00 a.m. If you did not preregister, please come 30 minutes early and pay with a check (or exact change in cash). This event will be held rain or shine.

Start & Finish Point Downtown Moab at 220 North Main Street (please park directly behind the Shell gas station, not behind Wendy’s).

Registration Please register on my commercial site at least 48 hours in advance. This allows me to have time to prepare the personalized brevet cards and cue sheets (I will be “pre-riding” the route the day prior and may not have much online access while in Moab). The administration/insurance/support fee is $20.00, except for late registration, which is $25.00, checks or exact change preferred. Register early, as this event may be limited to the first 15 to 20 cyclists to sign up. This is due to restrictions on riding in a National Park, plus my ability to support such an event alone.
General registration information and snail-mail registration is on this page. Membership in BCC, RUSA or any other club is not required.

Introduction Moab Utah is ground zero for world famous slick rock mountain biking — so, why not have a brevet here too? Here it is…
These rides begin and ends in Moab, Utah, in southeastern Utah. The 200k brevet travels through two of my favorite national parks—Arches and Canyonlands, hence the name “double whammy!” (The shorter Populaire doesn’t go into Canyonlands.) These routes are composed of two out and back segments. You leave Moab and proceed to the end of the paved road in Arches National Park. After returning to the entrance of Arches and you make the long climb towards Canyonlands via a new 6.5-mile paved bike path. At the end of this path the route continues on a state highway up to the park for a stunning view of the Colorado River. You then return back to Moab.

Warning! This route requires self-sufficiency! Once you begin, there are NO services, other than water and restrooms. Between mile 40 (Arches Visitors Center) and mile 52 there is a 1,000-foot foot climb and no water or aid stations along the way.

Seasonal Temps The average high & low in Moab for September is 88/55F. In October, it is 73/41F. This route climbs up to higher terrain than the Moab city, so the average temperature most likely will be lower than those in town.

 

Other Fees Also, since you will be entering two national parks, you must pay $5.00 for each parak or posses a yearly parks pass.

Support This is what I call a “minimally supported” brevet. That means where there are convenience stores or water along the route, there will be no support, but where there are long sections (especially climbs) with no services, there will be a support vehicle on that part of the route (which also serves as a mandatory checkpoint where you can get your brevet cards signed). We will have ice water, sports drinks and snacks for your convenience. On this route, it will be at two and possibly three locations. The first will be at mile 22.6 at the turnaround point in Arches (Devil’s Garden Trailhead) and then another at the top of the switchbacks en-route to Canyonlands (mile 52.2). We will have fluids (ice water, sodas, Perpeteum, Cytomax, & Choc. milk) and snacks (such as Peta bread w/ humus, bagels with Nutella, bananas, oranges, Clif Roks) and electrolytes. These same items will be at the start, should you wish to pack some with you for use during the ride.
Randonneuring rules state I cannot provide sag support between checkpoints, unless it is neutral (for everyone). I will be on hand, at the end of the day, for any catastrophe’s. In any event, I will need to be at the finish line from approximately 2:00 p.m. on, to sign off on riders as they arrive. If you have to abandon the brevet, please call or text me, so I don’t wait for you at the finish.

Sanctioning RUSA-approved brevet #1137. This is not an ACP-sanctioned event and consequently is not a qualifier for some international events, but IS a qualifying brevet for domestic 1200ks. See our “What is a Brevet?” page for more information on sanctioning.

Reminders This is a self-supported event, so bring cash if you wish purchase fluids at the visitor centers and to gain entrance into the parks. Also have a pen in your bag as this route requires answering an “Informational Checkpoint.”

Lighting In 2011 some of the riders took over 11 hours to complete, finishing in the dark. If you anticipate taking this long (this route does have a lot of climbing), be advised to carry with you a front and rear light, plus a reflective vest and ankle bands. Arriving at the finish in the dark, without these items, will result in disqualification.

Contact Richard Stum (Regional Brevet Administrator), office 435-462-2266, cell 435-851-9558,  or Richard@DistanceBiker.com

If You Are Late Please call me so I can arrange to leave you a cue sheet and brevet card. You can start up to an hour after the official start time, but subsequent checkpoint cut-off times will remain the same, as if you had started with everyone else. If you know in advance, or wake up Saturday morning and decide not to ride, please let me know so I won’t worry about you at the start. I will not be checking e-mail on Saturday, so please call or text me.

Route Info A detailed cue sheet and brevet card will be provided at check in. Do NOT rely on the online cue sheet as it may not be up to date.

Blog Report Check out John Lee Ellis’ report of his May 2012 ride of this route.

Bike Route Toaster Link

 

Elevation Profile