Sunday, March 22, 2020

Nifty Ten Fifty 2022

2022 Update:

Nifty Ten Fifty will be held in 2022! The date is Saturday, April 2, 2022. I am very pleased to announce a partnership with Sports Basement in Berkeley, CA for the 2022 Nifty Ten Fifty. For 2022, this means that the event will start and finish at Sports Basement at 2727 Milvia Stl, Berkeley, CA, 94703. Do sign up for the ride here:

Sports Basement in Berkley, CA

Please read the information below carefully:

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 22.6. Don't miss it! It's smaller than a driveway!

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.

Do upload the course below to your Garmin. Upload your file to Strava by 6:00 PM on April 2nd in order to be included in the results.

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

The Nifty Ten Fifty will occur on Saturday, April 2, 2022. 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 at 

Do not download the 2014 course. Use the new 2022 course below. Services are available after 7 of the 10 climbs, at mile 41.6 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.

Here is the 2022 Ride With GPS course, Nifty Ten Fifty 2022

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 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!

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