Ridgecrest Desert Classic 2016

3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Event Description

So, what distinguishes the Ridgecrest Desert Classic from other SoCal mtbing events?  Tons of singletrack, challenging climbs and technical sections, and a special little area on the Sport and Pro/Expert course we affectionately call the Fun House.  And spectacular people, of course.  We encourage you to check out our Facebook page (Ridgecrest Desert Classic) and visit High Sierra Cyclists' website (highsierracyclists.club) to see what we have to offer.  We hope to see you on the 19th of November!  

Event details and schedule


The RDC is taking place this year on Saturday, 19 November.  There will be staggered start times of 0930 (Classic Loop and Beginners) and 1015 (Sport and Pro/Expert).  See below for course descriptions.

Bathrooms are conveniently locatedin the Cerro Coso gym facility, and Pony Express will be providing breakfast and lunch, so please plan to take advantage of these conveniences.

Packet pick-up will be available from 5 to 7 pm on Friday evening (the 18th) at TJ Frisbee Bicycles, 217 Balsam St.


Course maps and GPX files are available at highsierracyclists.club.

CLASSIC LOOP.  This course is our shortest and least technical at 8.2 miles. It will have one aid station around mile 5.5 before heading down Blacks and back to the CCCC parking lot. All RDC participants will ride this course, but will diverge at aid station one; our Classic Loop Group will head down Blacks, and all other racers (beginners, sports, and pros/experts) will head out east, which will be clearly indicated by those manning the aid station, as well as signage. The Classic Loop has fire roads, single track, double track, a few jumps (if the rider so chooses to partake), and downhill sections along Blacks that will allow for speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.  This will be an open class, meaning there will be no age groups and only the top three males and females will be recognized.

BEGINNER.  Our beginner 14-mile course will have three aid stations, the first of which will be the Classic Loop Group’s only aid station around mile marker 5.5. This course has several, what most would consider, difficult to moderately difficult climbs, does NOT go out into the Fun House, and finishes down The Ridgeline.

SPORT.  Ridgeline descent, climbs, fast single track, and a little Fun House make this course a good compromise at 21 miles. Four aid stations will be available to our sporters en route to the Ridgeline.

PRO/EXPERT.  27 miles of sweat, cursing, cramping, and type II fun (the kind you’re glad to have done with)! This course is unlike any other you’ll ride because of its extensive mileage through the Fun House. Twists and turns, banks and boulders -- the Fun House’s unique terrain will test you as you fight to keep momentum while avoiding getting stuck in a sand trap, or overshooting a corner. A true test of skill and definitely a ride you will not forget! 100% pro payout guaranteed.

Last year's results are also available at the bottom of HSC's website, and all of our courses are the same as last year, with the addition of the Classic Loop.

Please e-mail us with questions at highsierracyclist@gmail.com, or feel free to Book our Face at High Sierra Cyclists or Ridgecrest Desert Classic.


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