Sunday, March 22, 2020

Nifty Ten Fifty 2020

Pre-Flight Notes:

Update: April Fools Day. But what I have to say is not a prank. Sadly, I have decided to cancel the Nifty Ten Fifty this year. It is mostly due to the fact that it looks like rain all weekend. This will make the roads slick and less safe, even if people are willing to ride in the rain. I don't feel good about postponing for a week, as I feel the COVID-19 situation will be at it's worst in the Bay Area during the next 2-6 weeks. A late Summer or Fall event is certainly a possibility. And regarding the Nifty Mixty, currently the dirt trails are choked with hikers, so it is not practical to have riders on dirt trails. I am currently avoiding any dirt riding for that reason. Please stay tuned, and I hope for healthy times in the future for you and loved ones.

Update: 3/24: Working on a shorter COVID-19 Nifty Course. So far it's 42 miles and 8,000'. The idea is to have a course that is doable on two bottles without a water stop. Stay tuned.

This is NOT a group ride. It is NOT the normal Nifty Ten Fifty format. This is a special COVID-19 edition of the ride, done solo, and starting any time during the day on April 4th and finishing by 6:00 PM. There is no registration, no sign in, no official start time, and no direct contact with other riders. All State and Federal Social Distancing guidelines will be observed. We may decide to shorten the course due to the request that riders do not stop for food, water, or bathrooms. If State or Federal guidelines indicate that the event should be cancelled, we will do so. Please check back.

Please read the information below carefully which includes information and recommendations on how to participate safely following Social Distancing Guidelines in the COVID-19 era. Pre-Flight notes will be updated as event day approaches. Obviously, COVID-19 is a moving target, and things could change in the coming days.

Elverton is still closed to vehicle traffic due to a slide that happened a number of years ago. It is passable by bicycle around the barriers without a dismount.

I will report on any road closures or issues before the event.

The Strava KOM for Thorndale will include ONLY Thorndale Dr. It will NOT include the uphill portions of Thornhill, Sobrante, and Elverton. Other Strava KOM's are Marin Ave, and Claremont/Grizzly all the way to Vollmer Peak.

There is a tricky turn onto a short bike path to connect to Eastway Dr. at mile 17.9. Don't miss it! It's smaller than a driveway!

Park water fountains and bathrooms on the course are closed, and there is NO FOOD on the course until Montclair Safeway at mile 37. Due to COVID-19, we recommend that riders bring enough food and water for the entire ride, and refrain from the use of public restrooms if possible. We suggest you do not stop at any public place.

Please be courteous to other participants, to pedestrians, and to motorists. You will encounter many hikers on the climb to Vollmer Peak. Please warn hikers of your presence, and pass slowly and carefully.

The ride is self guided, and riders may start any time after 6:00 AM and finish any time before 6:00 PM, so do upload the course below to your Garmin. Upload your file to Strava by 6:00 PM on April 4th in order to be included in the results.

There is a bathroom at the start, in the park above the parking area. The bathroom will be unlocked, but please prop the door open so it doesn't lock for the next user. HOWEVER, DUE TO COVID-19, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT USE THE RESTROOM IF POSSIBLE.

Be sure to upload the rwgps course to your Garmin. You may also wish to print out a route sheet. You can do this from the link for the gps file.

I am adding a new twist for this special edition of the Nifty. At mile 4.8 (junction of Spruce/Grizzly), if you drop down Canon Drive, and Climb up Central Park Drive back to Wildcat, you will receive a 5 second time bonus on Thorndale, and a 10 second time bonus on Claremont/Grizzly/Vollmer.

The Nifty Ten Fifty will occur on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The Nifty Ten Fifty will again travel the newer route that was first run in 2015. Please scroll down for information about the event. Riders will self guide on the newer, improved, easier to follow course. Please RSVP on the Official Facebook Event Page. If you have dumped Facebook, don't worry about the RSVP.

Do not download the 2014 course. Use the new 2020 course below. There will be no rest stop, but services are available after 7 of the 10 climbs, at mile 37 in Montclair, so do bring food for several hours, and some cash to resupply. There is plenty of water on the course in the East Bay Regional Park system. WITH THAT SAID, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING ENOUGH FOOD AND WATER FOR THE ENITRE COURSE, AND THAT YOU DO NOT STOP FOR FOOD, WATER, OR USE OF PUBLIC RESTROOMS.

Here is the 2020 Ride With GPS course, 2020 Nifty Ten Fifty rwgps

Check out this video done by Chris Leavel at Peloton Magazine about the Nifty Ten Fifty. You may need to sign in with a free Vimeo account to view the video.

We will have a Strava KOM challenge on Marin avenue, Thorndale, and Claremont/Grizzly/Vollmer Peak, the final climb of the day, and the largest elevation gain. Marin Avenue KOM and QOM will track the best climbers with fresh legs on steep terrain. Vollmer KOM and QOM will go the riders with more endurance, those who have paced well over the day.

If you drive to the event, you'll need to get back to the start to fetch your automobile. Here is the Nifty Ten Fifty Return to Start. We encourage you to ride to the start. If the full Nifty seems a bit daunting, consider the Nifty Lite which is about 42 miles and 7,000'. Still a tough ride, with some difficult climbing. It's also perfectly OK to come out and ride as many climbs as you like, then leave the course and head home. Here is the Nifty Lite 2018 Course.

Do read What is the Nifty Ten Fifty and Nifty Ten Fifty FAQ.

You can also read the New Nifty Ten Fifty Ride Description, a new, fully updated description for 2015 and beyond!