|October 28, 2006
196 Miles 10,500 feet of climbing
This particular edition was the fourth in history to traverse the northern route of this
event, heading to Scotty's Castle, Ubehebe Crater, Hell's Gate, and other roadside
attractions. With riders representing AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY,
MA, MD, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI, plus Canada and
the United Kingdom, this event remains one of the most popular endurance rides in the
country. (Chris Kostman)
The Death Valley Double Century (DVD) marked the third major endurance event in a 5 week
period. Beginning with Everest Challenge Sept 23-24, then two weeks later I did my goal event of
the year Furnace Creek 508 solo Oct. 7-8, and finally, my last event of the year, the Death Valley
Double on Oct. 28. I felt really good. Considering all the miles and climbing in the recent weeks, I
really felt strong. I felt recovered. I finished 10th. My goal was 12:00 hours and I just missed
it-- total time 12:11!
I was 20 minutes faster than the last time I did this event. Considering that I rode solo for
over 170 miles, I am satisfied with my time. The last time I did this event (total time 12:31) I drafted
with riders throughout the course. In particular, I remember drafting down from Hell's Gate (over
45mph) to the finish (last 25 miles) behind a tandem.
In five weeks I did over 900 racing miles and 75,000 feet of climbing.