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Bicyclists to embark on 509-mile journey

Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race begins in the SCV

Posted: October 1, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 
More than 175 bicyclists from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia will take off from the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday on what is known as one of the world’s toughest bicycle races.

Several local riders will participate in AdventureCORPS 26th anniversary of the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race, set to start at 7 a.m. from the Hilton Garden Inn off The Old Road.

The annual race traverses 509.58 miles through Death Valley and leads riders up a total elevation gain of 35,000 feet. The halfway mark is at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. Racers then pass through the Mojave National Preserve en route to the finish line in Twentynine Palms.

Solo riders are given 48 hours to complete the race and relay teams have a 46-hour time limit.

The non-stop bicycle race is known for its mountain climbs (cyclists cross 10 mountain passes), desert scenery, desolate roads and reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, according to AdventureCORPS Web site.

A total of 1,662 racers have competed on the route, the Web site says.  

The Hilton Garden is located at 27710 The Old Road in Valencia.

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