Death Ride this weekend

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About 3,000 of the world’s most dedicated endurance cyclists will descend on Alpine County this weekend for the 33rd annual Tour of the California Alps – Death ride.

Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, the ride begins early Saturday and continues for most the of the day.

The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce  hosts the 129-mile event that contains 15,000 feet of climbing. The ride begins and ends at Turtle Rock Park in Markleeville. Riders have the option of riding one to five passes, with the first four being closed to traffic. Registration for the event has been closed for some time.

For any travelers looking to pass through the area Saturday, a number of road closures will be in effect.

  • From 5:00am – 7:15am, the road will be closed to traffic from the Markleeville Courthouse to the junction of Highways 89 & 4.
  • Monitor & Ebbetts Pass will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5:00am. Monitor Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 12:00pm.
  • Ebbetts Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 3:00pm.


For more information on the event, visit

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