Red Rock Randonnée Series (600/1000 km)

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Bryce Canyon

Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Start & Finish Location: Kanab, Utah
Rider Limit: 20 (for 1000K only)
Start Time: 02:30 for the 400, 600 & 1000K*
Time Limit: 1000K: 75 hours, or by 05:30 on Thursday. 600K: 40 hours, or by Tuesday at 18:30.
Mandatory equipment inspection & final registration:
16:00–17:30 hours (4–5:30 p.m.) at our host motel (Parry Lodge) on Sunday the 7th.
Registration: $80 + drop bag fee if desired
1000K Prerequisites: a 400K (or longer) in 2015, a 1000K or 1200K in 2014, or RBA approval.
Support: Very limited. As of the May 20th, we have a volunteer for the first day, but not for the others…yet. So, for the rest of the route, no SAG, sweep vehicle or roving helper. Because of the lack of services, we will provide a hidden water drop in two key locations however.
Ride with GPS Links: 1000K, 600K & 400K (see this page for info on the 400K)
Introduction to RRR For 2014, this route was rode as a 600K permanent test ride. For 2015 we are offering 600 & 1000K versions as ACP-sanctioned brevets. Additionally, we will have a 400K called the Panguitch Loop which shares this route. AND a 200K permanent that can be “tacked” on the end of the 1000K, providing a 1200K experience.

These routes cover varied terrain in both Utah and Arizona entering into three incredible national parks, a national monument and a state park. The routes have been designed so that each day you will visit at least one national park. The main scenic part of each day is in the morning or mid-day, so you don’t miss out on the killer vista views by arriving during the evening hours. This route primarily travels on highways and not quiet country roads (unlike many of our routes in the northern part of the state).

The cue sheet has detailed information on services including the store hours of most c-stores. It also has notes about water spigots at many c-stores, public highway rest stop locations in or near these remote towns — this is because riding a self-supported 1000 or 1200 km usually involves traveling at off hours when many services are closed.

Stages We recommend you ride it in the designed stages to you don’t miss the killer scenery and, in the unlikely chance have a support crew, they can provide “reasonable support” during the long service-less sections.

400 vs. 600 vs. 1000K Routes The 600 km option, will start at the same time and shares exactly the same route as the 1000K up through the morning of the second day. A new 400km route, called Panguitch Loop, which starts on the same day, shares the same route until mile 65 where the routes separate.

 

1000 km ACP Brevet

With an optional 200K Permanent tacked on the end, for a total of 1200K.

Prerequisites for this event are a 400K (or longer) in 2015, a 1000K or 1200K in 2014, or RBA approval. RUSA route # 1706.

Route Map

1000K Route Stats 1001 km (622 miles) with 29,120 feet of cumulative elevation gain (100% of the Ride with GPS figure). The starting elevation is 4,915 feet. The highest elevation gained is 8,839 feet on day three (regretfully, not on day one or two). Total time limit: 75 hours or by 05:30 on Thursday morning.
If you opt for the extra mileage of the 220K permanent (with a presumed start time of 05:30), then your final cut-off time would be 20:10 on Thursday, for a combined time limit of 89:40. This is a tighter schedule than a full-fledged 1220K which would provide you with approx. 93 hours to finish.

Day One takes in 241 miles (387 km) with approx. 11,000 ft of climbing. It starts in Kanab and goes to the small town of Panguitch for an overnight stop. We are starting early on this day, to hopefully avoid most of the traffic found just west of Colorado City in Utah (mile 50), where there is no shoulder for some 20 miles. This day includes Zion National Park & a stop to Parowan Gap, a BLM site with petroglyphs. There are two 2,000-foot climbs. This part of the route involves some 10 miles of interstate travel, which is broken up into small sections, as we travel north to Cedar City.
Day Two travels 220 miles (354 km) with 6,100 ft of climbing. It begins in Panguitch and ends up back in Kanab. It includes Bryce Canyon National Park early in the day and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near the end of the day. You will enter Bryce Canyon at mile 20 for the day, after a long climb. You don’t want to leave too early, otherwise you will be there in the dark — yet on the other hand, you don’t want leave too late (i.e. later than 6 or 7 a.m.) or you may be pushing the cut off times later in the day. We recommend a start between 2 and 4 a.m.
Day Three travels 160 miles (258 km) with 8,297 ft of climbing (one single climb is 4,200 feet). It is an out and back trip from Kanab, traveling to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you wish to shorten this segment, there is a motel towards the end of the big climb to Jacob Lake, which is some 36 miles into this segment. You could move your overnight to that point, instead of staying in Kanab, so the last day has less climbing. But then day two would of course be even longer & you would be responsible for shuttling your gear to this motel.
Day Four Route map, optional, “207 Lonely Kilometres” (RUSA # 2570) permanent, creating a 1200K “fake” Grand Randonée. This is an out-and-back which travels 127 miles (207 km). It goes east from Kanab out to a c-store with an overlook of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. It is a permanent which could be added to the end of the 1000K ACP Brevet, for a combined total of 1207 km. This segment adds approx. 4,700 feet of climbing. It goes on a lone, but possibly busy highway (with a shoulder) with no services (except a water spigot some 42 miles in) until you reach the turn-around point. Unlike most segments on this brevet, this one stays at a relatively low elevation, so it could be potentially a very hot day. A short distance from the turn-around c-store is a view of Lake Powell or if you choose to proceed 4 miles further past the turnaround, you can go to an official viewpoint for a better view of the lake and Glen Canyon Dam (which are still a mile or so away).

1200K Note: there is also a variation of this route available as a 1200K permanent (# 1232).

600 km ACP Brevet

(RUSA brevet route # 1692. Also available as a permanent, #2363.)

Route Map

600K Route Stats 378 miles long (608 km) and has approx. 18,292 feet of climbing (100% RWGPS formula). Total time limit: 40 hours, by 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) Tuesday evening.

Day One starts in Kanab with the overnight stop in Panguitch. It travels 241 miles (387 km) with approx. 11,100 ft of climbing and includes Zion National Park & a stop to Parowan Gap, a BLM site with petroglyphs. It involves some 10 miles of interstate travel, which is broken up into small sections, as we travel north to Cedar City. Both the 600K and 1000K riders share the same route on this day and can ride together.
Day Two travels 137 miles (221 km) with approx. 6,300 ft of climbing. It includes Bryce Canyon National Park at mile 20 and near the end of the day, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, before finally returning to your car in Kanab. Bryce Canyon is early on this segment (after a long climb), so you don’t want to leave too early, otherwise you will be there in the dark — yet on the other hand, you don’t want leave too late (i.e. later than 6 or 7 a.m.) or you may be pushing the cut off time to finish the ride. We recommend a start on this day between 3 and 5 a.m.

Overnight Accommodations

We will not be providing overnight accommodations. You must book your own room.
If you wish to share a room, we recommend you post a note on our Google Group e-mail list or on our Facebook page.

Kanab It is in the southern-most part of Utah, near the Arizona border. It is noted as the location where many Hollywood western movies were shot in the 50s and 60s, hence the nickname “Little Hollywood.” There are many motels here, including some of the less expensive options listed below (some of which close in the off season).
Included in your brevet registration fee will be some meals provided by The Parry Lodge (coffee shop). See Meal Options below.

  • Parry Lodge, (Our Designated “Host Motel,” you must book your own room), 89 East Center St, Kanab UT 84741. Tel 1-888-289-1722 or local 435-644-2601. Old movie theme motel/hotel with an in-house restaurant. We have secured some rooms for Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights for $80 a night (say “cycling” group). We may not have enough rooms here, so find a riding partner and share if possible. If they are sold out, then choose another below. This motel is about three blocks north of one of the two 24/7 c-stores in town.
    The “movie” rooms are in the historic section of the hotel built in the 20s and 30s and many of the movie stars stayed in these rooms; they are smaller and the furnishing are reminiscent of the period and this is where the rooms with one queen bed and some special rooms are located.  The “pool” rooms are bungalows with one queen and a jacuzzi or claw foot tub and are located near the pool and have a courtyard in the middle. They also have rooms in the “2-story” or newly remodeled “L-Shaped” part of this facility. They have plenty of on-site parking there, so you can leave your car there while traveling to the overnight in Panguitch.
  • Aikens Lodge at 79 West Center St, tel 435-644-2625 or 1-877-644-2105. This one is very close to the cue sheet start & has perhaps the best rates, but has no in-room coffee makers or microwaves! They do have a “family style” suite with several bedrooms & one bathroom for big savings. $65-$90/night.
  • Redrock Country Inn, 330 S 100 E, tel 435-644-8774 (phone hours, 3pm-11pm). This is very close to the only 24/7 c-store in town. $70-$90/night.
  • Day’s Inn, 296 W 100 N, tel 435-644-2562. $80-$130/night
  • Royal Inn & Suites, 386 E 300 S. Mixed reviews but very inexpensive. $44-60/night.
  • Sun ’n Sand Motel, 347 S 100 E, tel 435-644-5050. Kinda run down, but less expensive central location. Next to the only 24/7 c-store.
  • Canyons Lodge, 236 N 300 N, tel 435-644-3069. $95-150/night. Rustic, warm-looking rooms.
  • Best Western Red Hills, 125 W Center St, tel 435-644-2675. $130-$200/night
  • Holiday Inn Express, 217 S 100 E, tel 435-644-3100. $150-$190/night.
  • Other choices, further (east) from the center of town, include a Comfort Inn, $110-$190/night.

There are no 24-hour restaurants in Kanab, only two 24/7 c-stores. Most of the fast-food places close at 10 or 11 p.m. McDonald’s closed at 22:00 or 23:00, and is located at 159 E 300 S. The best 24-hour c-store is a little off our route (on the east side of town on 300 South)—the 7-11/Wendy’s at 301 S Fairway Drive (tel 435-644-3488). It is open 24/7 and has more food choices than Silver Eagle. The Wendy’s lobby is open til 22:00 and the drive thru til midnight. Also available is the Silver Eagle c-store @ 289 S 100 E (centrally located), open 24/7, tel 435-644-5357. It is located at junction of the two main highways.

Panguitch

  • Our Designated “Food” LocationHenrie’s Hideout, which is a vacation home right behind the Henrie’s Drive Inn at 166 N Main St. I have reserved this home as our supper & breakfast will be served there. Across the street is KB Express, a c-store that will be open from about 04:30-Midnight.
  • Our Designated Motel — Canyon Lodge Motel, 210 N Main St, Panguitch, UT 84759, tel 1-800-440-8292 (Lisa). Our group rate is $64, except for the family room which has an extra bed. Just tell them you are with the “cycling” group. You must book your own room there. We have reserved it, but have not paid for it.
  • If the Canyon Lodge is filled up, then we recommend another motel nearby, Blue Pine Motel, 130 N Main St, tel 435-676-8197 or online.
  • Others that are further away, include:
  • New Western Motel, 180 E Center St, tel 435-676-8876.
  • Purple Sage Motel, 132 E Center St, tel 1-800-241-6889 or 435-676-2659.
  • Panguitch Inn, 50 N Main St, tel 435-676-8871.

Panguitch Drop Bag Service
New news: Our “Day 1” support driver will provide drop bag service, both ways…so you do NOT need to mail your goods in.

Previous plan: If you wish to have drop bag in Panguitch, you will need to mail or ship your bag to your motel of choice. After the overnight stop, before you depart on day two of your ride, drop off your single bag (duffel bag or small backpack, clearly labeled with your name) in the family room of Henrie’s Hideout. We will pick them up on our way driving back home. We will then have the shipping department of Richard’s company (eoGEAR) ship it back to you via UPS or USPS for a nominal fee. If you plan to pick your own bag after the ride, please let me know, so I don’t grab your bag by mistake. This fee will be listed on the online registration page.

 

Support

This will be a self-supported brevet & travels in very remote area of Utah & Arizona with few services. The RBA (Richard) will be riding with the group as a participant. This means you will need to get your supply of fluids and extra food at convenience stores or cafes along the route. There is no or very limited SAG. In the event of any catastrophic problems, we recommend that you have a back up plan.

Note: the Salt Lake Randonneurs region is very small, with sometimes only two riders heading out on a brevet [including the RBA], so trying to muster support people is difficult. Right now we are advertising this event as an unsupported brevet and then, if at the last minute, we get a volunteer, we may just “pass a hat” to cover their expenses or send out an e-mail providing you the opportunity to pay for this “upgrade” online. If you have a friend or spouse that can help drive support for part or all of the route, please let us know — we welcome assistance. Such help needs to be neutral roving support — that is equal assistance for all riders.

Meal Options

  • On-bike Nutrition We will have some nutrition at the start. If you wish to grab some, get it on Sunday during the bike check, so you can get it packed into your carrying system for this brevet (or stashed in your car for use later in the ride). We most likely will items like Perpeteum, Cytomax (w/ Zip Locs so you can carry it with you), bananas, Clif Shot Roks, Honey Stingers, fig newtons etc.
  • During the day, you will be responsible for your own food & fluids. Bring cash and/or credit cards to pay your way. Most likely, there will be no supported aid stations. If we get a volunteer to help out, we plan to offer water drop aid stations on the climb on SR-20 on day one, and on the climb up to the Jacob Lake (on the way to the Grand Canyon) on day three.
  • Overnight Stops
    – Panguitch, Monday Evening
    The only 24/7 c-store in Panguitch has reduced their hours, so consequently we have arranged & paid for for supper for everyone on Monday night. The fare will be Chili Verde Pulled Pork burritos, along with a side salad & drinks. It will be at Henrie’s Hideout, which is a vacation home right behind the Henrie’s Drive Inn at 166 N Main St. This is across the street from our host motel, the Canyon Lodge. The food will be in Crock-pots starting at 18:00 hours and will be there all night. This stop will have a volunteer.
    Panguitch, Tuesday Morning  We will provide a simple breakfast like bagels, instant oatmeal, bananas etc. at Henrie’s Hideout. If you want something “heavier,” like a breakfast burrito, we suggest you purchase that the prior evening and stow it in your motel room.
    Kanab, Tuesday Evening We have arranged with our host motel, Parry Lodge, to provide supper on Tuesday from approx. 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. This is included in your brevet registration fee (but not included in your motel fee, which you must book yourself). This food will be served in their coffee shop area, which will be exclusively set up for us.
    Kanab, Wednesday Morning We will not be providing breakfast, so we recommend that you source that out on Sunday and leave it in your car…or visit one of the 24/7 c-stores.
    Kanab, Wednesday Evening Supper at the the Parry Lodge from approx. 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. which is included in your brevet registration fee.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Cue Sheet 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. A PDF version can be provided in advance upon request.

Registration Preegistration is required so we have time to prepare the personalized brevet cards & cue sheets. You are responsible to make your own motel reservations—overnight accommodations are not included in the registration fee.

If you have to abandon the brevet, please call or text myself, or the support crew, IF we have such a person.

Reminders This is primarily a self-supported event, so bring cash for stops at various convenience stores and for entrance fees into the national parks. Also, please have a pen in your bag as this route requires answering several “Informational Checkpoint” questions. The entrance fee for the National Parks is $12 each (2014 rate) or $80 for an annual pass. Sometimes they let several cyclists through on one paid admission.

Recumbents We do not recommend 3-wheel recumbents on this route, due to the narrow shoulders in the national parks, especially in Bryce Canyon.

Lighting This route requires bicycle lighting. This includes a front light, a rear tail red light, a reflective vest or sash and reflective ankle bands. Be advised to bring back-ups for each light too. There will be an inspection at the start line to insure you have everything (if you arrive at the finish after dark without appropriate lighting and clothing you may be DQed— see our rules page for more info on this topic).

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 in the morning and decide not to ride, please let me know so I won’t worry about you at the start.

Sun Data (approx.) Civil twilight/sunrise: 5:26/5:59 a.m. Sunset/civil twilight: 8:57/9:30 p.m.

Cue Sheet 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. A PDF version can be provided in advance upon request.

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

Wanna See More Photos? See my 2014 ride report of the 600K on my blog.

Sanctioning The brevets are ACP-sanctioned. The permanent is RUSA-sanctioned. See our “What is a Brevet?” page for more information on sanctioning.

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Grand Canyon (south rim)

FAQs

*Why the super-early start? At mile 50, the highway crosses into Utah and the shoulder with a rumble strip, diminishes down to nothing. Consequently, we want to get everyone through this section before the daytime traffic hits. There are no 24/7 restaurants in Kanab, only a few c-stores that are open all night.

Isn’t a June route going to be too hot? Some have asked whether or not doing this even in June will be too hot in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. The problem is that this route has drastic changes in elevation so riding at night at elevation must be factored in. The Rockwell Relay, a grueling race starting in Moab which travels west across Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, also starts during the second week of June. And they have been doing this event for a few seasons now, so I figure they have a handle on good dates. Also, Hoo Doo 500, another relay race in Southern Utah (solo entries accepted), used to run this event in early September, but due to brutal cold conditions at elevation in the middle of the night, they have moved it back into August too.

What about permits going into the national parks? Obtaining an official tour permit to enter a national park can be very expensive and problematic. The permits are primarily for groups that provide support inside the park boundary. We have no such plans, rather, we plan on doing what the Arizona and Southern Utah (now defunct) regions have done in the past, while entering national parks—that is to “fly under the radar.” You will be required to pay an entry fee for each park ($12 or an annual pass). Most of the checkpoints in the parks are Informational Checkpoints. There is one Receipt Checkpoint in the Grand Canyon (with an option for Informational, if arriving after hours). We recommend that you ask for a receipt and NOT obtain a signature—so as to not arouse any questions. If asked why there are several cyclists in the park, simply reply something like “we are a bunch of Facebook friends riding as individuals. This is not a race or a commercial tour.” We do not recommend volunteering information with any park official about what a brevet is and who RUSA is. Please keep it low key!

What type of roads will we be traveling on? Regretfully, this route primarily travels on highways and few few quiet country roads (unlike many of our routes in the northern part of the state). Except for the national parks, most of the highways do have a shoulder, but many of them now have rumble strips. We advise using a blinking tail light (1/2-watt or brighter) in day and night, and wearing light and bright-colored jerseys for better visibility. There are no grades over about 9 or 10% on this route, but there are several long, continuous climbs of several thousand feet. Also, there are long sections, up to 50 miles, between services. Bringing a third water bottle or a hydration pack is recommended.

Rider Limit Due to the travel in the National Parks without a permit, we plan to limit this brevet to 20 participants. We will instigate a wait list if necessary.

Refund Policy For the 1000K, we will refund all but $10 up until two weeks prior to the event, and then no refund thereafter.

Stats of Interest (other 1200Ks and their respective climbing…85% of the 2014 Ride with GPS stats):

Cascade (C1200): 32,862 ft. (1240 km)
Gold Rush (GRR): 31,581 ft.
Colo. High Country (CHC): 34,850 ft.
Boston-Montreal-Boston (BMP): 35,962 ft.
Endless Mountain (EM): 45,355 ft. (1240 km)
Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP): 35,140 ft.
Calif. Central Coast (3CR): 45,985 ft.

I have tried to reduce the vertical gain on this brevet, but I could not, without having to cut out a national park, leaving perhaps one day as just “another ride in Utah.”