The annual Death Valley Ride is back again for 2014, again timed as a major endurance ride 4 weeks out from the Busselton Half Ironman. Save the date, Saturday 5th April! Please find below the full details from our ride coordinator and Death Valley veteran, Bill Walley.
Folks, Put April 5 in your diary for the annual North Coast death Valley ride. Death Valley is the one of longest published club rides and totals 130km. This ride, commencing from Sorrento SLSC, takes you out into Death Valley, a pit stop at the Gidgy Bakery, and a fast trip back to Sorrento SLSC via Reid hwy and Hepburn Ave. Featuring the infamous OMGWTF Hill, Billy goat pass, Where past members Mal Cruickshank and Di scott went missing and yet to be found, Cow Hill on Reserve road and more pain than half a dozen stingers between the groins!. Seriously, Death Valley is not for the novice! It was put on our calendar purely as training for the Half Ironman, and if you have been putting the kilometers in, then this is helpful towards achieving your expected bike time at Busso, this is great training one month from the Busso half for those that have been putting in the work. And at the same time a pretty good social event. If you are racing at Busso and have not done the work to see you comfortably through the valley, then this could set you back a couple of weeks. However, so, we can all enjoy a taste of the Valley, There is also a shorter version appropriately named ” The happy valley” ride. This ride organized and led by past President David Norton and his 2ic Earl “Baywatch” Franklin will ensure ALL cyclists are catered for, in particular, those amongst us, not yet ready for a 130k jaunt through the valley. It is still a solid ride, with one hill up to the Bakery in Gidgy, With the bonus that Earl will be offering Cheese and Bikkies with hommus and kalamatta olives on platters from the rear. On a more serious matter, We are asking for someone who is keen, to offer themselves as support and sweeper for safety. The call is for ideally, someone with a vehicle capable of carrying up to three bikes, with a couple of spare wheels. A gold coin donation will be requested from riders on the day as a thank you for their support. In fact, a free lunch and drink at the Gidgy bakery is also in the offering! This will cover any incident if one unfortunately was to occur. it must be noted that there is no reliable mobile phone coverage in some sections of the Valley. So you should either travel with others or lodge your plans with someone before you head out this way.
So, APRIL 5, departing 5.00am fro Sorrento SLSC.
The route is as follows:
- Start Sorrento SLSC head north turn right into Hepburn Ave
- Left into Beechboro Rd North, travel south, then Left turn onto Reid Hwy
- Left turn onto Great northern Hwy
- Right turn into Oakover road, Herne Hill
- Left turn into Campersic Road
- Left into Connemara Drive, Brigadoon (regroup 100m into Coonemara Dr near Dulcify Ct)
- Left into Lancewood Road
- Left turn into O’Brien Road, (regroup at the top of the first O’Brien Rd climb, corner Ewing road, which is a 4k ascent. O’Brien Road then turns into Clenton Road
- Continue along Clenton to T intersection with Berry Road. (Regroup)
- Right turn into Berry Road
- Right turn into Reserve Road
- Left turn onto Toodyay Road (regroup 600m Gidgy at the Gidgy Bakery for toilet and drinks)
- West along Toodyay Road (regroup at Stratton Service station, bottom of Redhill)
- Right into Roe Hwy, onto Reid Hwy
- Right into Beechboro road North, Left at roundabout
- Right onto Hepburn Ave
- Left onto West Coast Hwy
- Finish Sorrento Surf Club