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World’s Premier Ultramarathon Bicycle Race Comes to 29 Palms

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Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race (Oct. 8-10, 2011)

The  coveted Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race is touted as the World’s Premier Ultramarathon Bicycle Race. It’s the also known as “The Toughest 48 hours in Sport.”

The 508-mile bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none.

It begins in Santa Clarita and ends at the finish line at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.

The course has a total elevation gain of over 35,000′, crosses ten mountain passes, and stretches from Santa Clarita (just north of Los Angeles), across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, to the finish line at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA. 

The race is sponsored by AdventureCORPS

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19 Comments

  1. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    This is exactly the type of events that the leadership of the village needs to support. This is the sort of thing that puts the village on the map. The Mayor needs to dress in his best Hawaiian Shirt and shake the hands of the winners. Give them the keys to the city, and even a bonus prize.

    The 29 Chamber of Commerce should be out in the streets and ready to greet the winners with some free stuff, like dinner for winners and maybe even lodging.

    However will they miss the chance to promote the village in positive manner?

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  2. WriterOne WriterOne says:

    I have a question:
    What constitutes a "village"? I thought that 29-Palms was an incorporated town (aka city). I seem to remember that a small cluster of dwellings and associated buildings, somewhat larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town, situated in a rural area sans a formal government or leadership was a "village". That also applies to a self-contained district or community within a town or city having features characteristic of village life is indeed a "village" within the much larger "town/city". Hmmmmm... I'll have to examine my funk and waggles.

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    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      WriterOne, yes 29 is officially a city.

      New York & Manhattan are referred to as a village. I call 29 a village at times because it is a town of around 14 thousand (something). Nonetheless we are still a small town.

      "A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand (sometimes tens of thousands), though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighborhoods, such as the West Village in Manhattan, New York City...."

      We need to keep grounded and remind our leaders they we are still a small town. They seem to get all puffed-up over attempting to make 29 out to be something it is not -- such as the likes of some of the proposed redevelopment schemes.

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  3. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    The City and the Chamber are aware of this race and are making appropriate plans for welcoming them to the CITY of 29 Palms.

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    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      What are they going to do? Have Kurt and the rest of the Theater 29 Cast meet them at towns edge in full drag?

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    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      Thanks Larry. What does "making appropriate plans" mean? If you have any other information on this Larry, would you please post it as you get it.

      I don't know how many of you have ever done a Century ride in a day. I have and it's unbelievably exhausting. Can you image these athletes doing 508-mile bicycle race in 48 hours? Unbelievable! Lets give the winners free lodging in 29. This is a great opportunity for 29.

      I really hope the city gets behind this (too bad the artsy duplicated 29 Palms rusted sign isn't ready to rollout on wheels... Wow! That would impress the riders. That damn rusty sign is going to cost taxpayers about $7,500. It's original looks good in it permanent position when entering town, but a rollout duplicate?

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    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      Larry?

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  4. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Forgot to mention, Chris of AdventureCORPS just joined the Chamber of Commerce.

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  5. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Thanks Larry.

    I was asking: "What does “making appropriate plans” mean? If you have any other information on this Larry, would you please post it as you get it."

    Thanks for your response Larry. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Just funnin' Ben. The Chamber is working on a program. I don't have any details yet. Will let you know when they are firmed up.

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    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Will it have anything to do with chalk or portable art on trailers?

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      • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

        I don't believe the bicycle event sponsors have asked for $40,000 from the city to slurry the finish line for them and to chalkFest the last several miles of the race.

        They're not like the usual local in-crowd whom annually feeding off public funds when their organization has thousand$ in the bank.

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  7. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    How about free hot dogs and sodas at the finish line?

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    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Yeah it figures the Chamber would stab a small businessman in the back... sure thats the 29 Palms Chamber way!!!

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    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      Good deal Larry on the hot dogs. Have the 29 Chamber give Mustard's Last Stand a call for its availability. Now what about the complimentary dinner for the winners? An event like this is far more important than city leaders realize.

      Larry, is the town going to support the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race event in any way?

      I hope they don't treat it like the 29 Palms Annual Motor Cross event. The city needs banners welcoming these events. That's the least the town can do. By supporting these events, it touches and concerns local business whom need to be treated just as importantly as the small clique of friends that are selectively treated with annual fiscal favors.

      What do you think Larry?

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  8. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    I'll keep you updated.

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