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Western Wheelers Eastern Sierra Escape Ride 2022
September 6 - September 19
Join friends from Western Wheelers (and ACTC) who will gather in Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and Lone Pine to explore riding in this great area of California. Most routes start in the wide open Owens Valley and climb to beautiful alpine meadows and forests with fabulous views. While the routes include some of the longest and steepest climbs anywhere in the world, there will also be shorter versions to allow those with less fitness/endurance to enjoy these treasures by starting above the valley floor. Note that while these climbs can be difficult due to extended stretches of climbing, there are few (if any) sections where the grade exceeds 10-12 percent. Most rides are “out-n-backs”, climbing during cooler morning hours from the valley up into the alpine forests then descending back to town during the heat of the day. E-bikes are welcome on this tour and ideal for the long climbs, but make sure you have a good understanding of your bike’s capabilities.
This is primarily a hotel/base camp trip. While there are campgrounds available, most participants stay in hotels. Afternoons in Owens Valley are often quite hot, so it is nice to come back to a hotel room and pool after your ride. Each person will make their own accommodation arrangements – recommendations are listed below. Trip members usually get together at a common location for an optional happy hour and group dinner each evening.
Over the 13 days of the trip there are 11 scheduled rides, with impromptu (or sometimes scheduled) group hikes on the 2 off days. Participants are always welcome to take a day off or do a different ride/hike than the one scheduled for that day. Some come for the whole adventure, but many participants join for just part of the trip, coming for 3-7 days. Note schedule changes from previous years.
There are no group fees for this trip. Your expenses will be only for your transportation, accommodations and meals. Happy hours are “pot luck”. Rides are unsupported – no SAG. Some days have lunch purchase options and water availability, while on others you must carry your food and water.
All rides will be listed on the WWBC online ride schedule. For most of the rides, there are three routes: LONG/ SHORT/EZ-START with a description, route sheet and GPS file for each. The EZ START route is for people who can grab a carpool to the start of the ride. The EZ START route follows the SHORT route, then adds on the fun descent back to town!
Please REGISTER if you plan to attend. While there is no problem changing your plans or canceling, this will give us a better idea of who is coming and what dates they will be there. WWBC or ACTC club membership is always encouraged, but is not a requirement.
SEE ONLINE RIDE SCHEDULE FOR DETAILED RIDE INFORMATION!
WWBC – Guy Shuman (650-704-0895) /Mindy Steiner (650-714-9616)